Something I notice often in my work with entrepreneurs is the fascination with doing good while making money.
Another version of this is “doing what you love.”
It feels good to think you can make a lot of money and do a lot of good, all while having a fantastic time! It’s a good dream! And what are entrepreneurs if not dreamers?
And there are plenty of examples out there of people doing that. However, in my experience it’s the exception, not the rule. And even when accomplished, it follows a few tested patterns.
So what can you do about it? Short answer? Accept it. Do your charity work with charities. Make your money with businesses. And get your kicks with leisure.
People often talk about “changing the world” when you start a company. In a sense you are, sure. But you aren’t changing the way the world works. Trust me. The world will continue working its way. You might bring something new in, but you aren’t changing human nature or society.
So where does this leave your idea of doing what you love and also making money?
Why do they have to be the same thing?
Why can’t you take days off and go hiking? Do you really have to start a hiking company?
You will have to learn this lesson for yourself, so good luck. But, if you want to save yourself a lot of pain, separate the concepts of leisure, business, and charity, and enjoy them separately.