Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your Passion

Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your PassionWhenever I tell someone that I left my day job to pursue what I want in life, I usually hear a lot of excuses about why they could never do the same.

There are so many excuses that I hear each time, but I won’t lie – I used to tell myself the same or similar excuses all the time. I finally just had to force myself to take the leap before it actually happened and seemed real.

I’m not saying that you should go into your job tomorrow and quit your job right away. I think you should always have a plan if you can and have the opportunity to do so. Thinking about income, expenses, emergency funds, taxes, health insurance and so on are all important things to think about before you make the leap.

Here are several excuses that you may be using.


I’m not rich enough to do that.

When I first made the switch to self-employment, someone actually had the nerve to say to my face that it “must be nice to have parents fund your lifestyle.” I had to laugh. This person obviously had no idea who I am or what my story is.

I don’t think being rich has anything to do with following your passion. Yes, it may make it easier to follow your passion if you have millions of dollars, but you also might just need a better plan.

You might need to work on your passion in your spare time, you might have to build up an emergency fund, you may have to pay off your debt, and so on before you leave your day job, but I think it is possible with hard work.

Even if you have to return to school to achieve your goals, some universities have programs in place that will help you to pay for the cost of tuition. Keep in mind that you might have the chance to take your degree courses online, so you will not have to quit your current job, pay the cost of commuting, and take on a mountain of debt in order to go back to school.

When you enter a degree program that features a tuition reduction option, you can save money while working towards your dream. If you’ve always loved detective shows and have an interest in law enforcement, then you could pursue a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice, which will open you up to a whole list of new opportunities.


What if it doesn’t work out?

So many people are afraid that it won’t end well if they go for their passion.

Well, guess what?! You won’t know until you try!

If you have the time and money, then creating a backup plan wouldn’t hurt you. Not all businesses and ventures work out, and for all you know, you might end up hating your passion.


I have no one to help me reach my goal.

I didn’t have anyone help me! I believe that success all comes from hard work. If it wasn’t a hard goal to reach, then I don’t think it’s much of a goal.

Do things on your own and you will appreciate it much more.

P.S. Have you read about the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents? She didn’t want to follow their rules (such as a curfew) so she decided to move out, and she decided to sue so that they would STILL PAY FOR HER COLLEGE AND EXPENSES. Seriously, read this. I bet this girl will use the excuse “I had no one to help me reach my goal.”


I’ve already put so much money and time towards _____….

This goes along with the excuse of “It’s too late.” Some don’t want to change their major, change their job, etc. because they are afraid of the progress that they’ve already made.

Trust me, I had the same excuse. I worked at my day job for three years and even though that’s not very long, I felt very stuck. I didn’t want to go backwards and I was afraid of ruining what I already had. However, I knew with each day that passed that it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t want to waste anymore days.


I don’t have the time.

I hear the “I don’t have time” excuse ALL THE TIME. You probably do have time to pursue your passion. Yes, you might have to try it out during your spare time. You might have to work long hours. You might have to make sacrifices.

Not all passionate jobs came easily!


What excuses have you heard?



Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your Passion — 43 Comments

  1. I love the “I don’t have enough time excuse”.. For me if you don’t have enough time you simply don’t want it enough

    Although there are always exceptions to this i.e someone with five kids will find it quite tough..

    I’m too stressed is another one I see people around me using.. I read somewhere that your mind needs to put itself to do something, it can either worry about everything or start moving forward to achieve your goals 🙂

  2. Great post. For a long time I let the excuse of not having time stop me from starting a blog. Now I keep myself to a strict publishing schedule, because if I let the excuse of not having enough time stop me from writing, I’d never get anything done! It feels like every week is crazy busy and there is never enough time, but I just don’t even let myself think of that as an excuse now.

  3. …someone actually had the nerve to say to my face that it “must be nice to have parents fund your lifestyle.”

    I can’t believe someone said that to you. That’s incredibly rude.

    For myself it’s the need for perfection that holds me back sometimes.

  4. I guess what a lot of people who haven’t gone after their goals don’t realise is that EVERYONE has had one or more of these excuses come up along the way. The key to success is not being in a ‘perfect’ place with enough money/support/resources, it’s pushing ahead despite not having all those things.

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  6. I hear these all the time – especially the ‘lack of time’ excuse. It pisses me off when people use excuses, but then I remind myself that I used to do that as well and might be still doing it (only that I don’t recognize it with myself).

  7. It is incredible the lengths people will go to, in order to justify inaction. Really though, they usually just lack control of their emotions. What about all the inadequacy topics? “I’m not smart enough? If it was a good idea someone else would have done it! etc.”

    People are their own worst enemy. Thanks for the post

  8. Yes, I have read that news about the teen suing her parents. Her parents didn’t kick her out in the house, but it’s her own decision and now she wants that her parents would finance her school tuition.

  9. The one I commonly hear (and have used myself) is being scared of failure. But failure is part of life and you learn from it. It’s a risk but sometimes, you just have to take them. You’re right, you never know until you try.

  10. I think it’s much easier to take the leap into self-employment if you’re married or in a long-term relationship. I would’ve been terrified if I were single! Having someone else to fall back on if you fail helps.

    • Hey Holly,

      Do you find that some of your friends who have partners may not have been as supportive if they were to start their own businesses?

      Congrats on your site as well 🙂

  11. Building your own successful business (working from home) is in a way similar to someone getting into spectacular physical shape. Lots of people will “hate” on them for whatever reason…”I’m not blessed genetically” or “I don’t have the time”, etc. They don’t think it’s possible because in their mind, they want instant success and it doesn’t work that way.

  12. I know there have been times in my life that I have worried whether or not something will work out. Fear can be a huge emotion to overcome. The reality is that security is somewhat of an illusion. I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer but just because you have a good job at a good company doesn’t mean it will be that way forever. Plenty of people had good jobs at good companies and lost them during the Great Recession. It is scary to take a leap of faith and I do agree that you need to be financially prepared to handle the ups and down of starting a new business. While it may take a little time to get over the fear and build a plan, ultimately living with regret for not attempting something that I feel so passionate about seems like a bigger mistake than trying and not succeeding.

  13. Oops. Forgot to click through.

    There’s been a lot of talk about passion lately among personal finance blogs. Other bloggers say not to even think about it until I’m 50. Or until my net worth hits seven figures. I like your way better 🙂

  14. This is one of those posts that can remind me to push on and spend the time and energy to achieve more.

    All of these reasons are so true and I couldn’t agree more.

    Back to hustlin’…. 😉

    The Warrior

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  16. This post is so timely for me. I have just had a couple of super cool things reinforce my desire to work for myself. BUT, I’ve had to work through the excuses and fears in my head. Thanks for pointing out that trying is part of the process.

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  19. When you let the Lord be the author of your novel you will have some great experiences exploring your passion. When you make it a habit to listen to the crabs in the bucket. You live a life full of regrets.

    As a new fulltime blogger, I have gotten my share of negative comments like: your wasting your degree, your too old, girl what about your retirement fund, keep your hobby a hobby, etc.

    Everyone ignored my reality for the last 5 years: I went to a job that was driving me crazy, no growth potential, not using my gifts, and waking up regretting my day before it happened. But I was getting a regular pay check for my unhappiness. In some people eyes money can buy their happiness.

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