Are You Chasing the Money or Your Passion?

The following is an excerpt from the book, “Holy IT…A Guide to Finding and Doing Your Thing – Your ‘IT'” by my good friend Scott Wittig.

A twenty year study done by Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler that observed over 1,500 people to determine the relationship between passion, career choice and financial success.

At the outset of the study, the group was divided into Group A, 83 percent of the sample, who were embarking on a career for the prospects of making money now in order to do what they wanted later, and Group B, the other 17 percent of the sample, who had chosen a career path for the reverse reason, they were going to pursue what they wanted to do now and worry about money later.

The data showed some startling revelations:

  • At the end of the 20 years, 101 of the 1,500 had become millionaires.
  • Of the millionaires, all but one – 100 out of 101 – were from Group B, the group that had chosen to pursue what they loved!

Look at your own career choices?  Are you passionate about what you do at work?  Does fear hold you back from pursuing what you’ve always wanted to?

Scott’s book is inspiring and fun to read.  If you are “stuck” and unsure of what your ‘IT’ is or how to pursue what you’ve always wanted, I recommend picking up Scott’s book and gaining the clarity you need!  (No, I do not make money endorsing his book.)

About Trevor Hammond

As a veteran of the mortgage industry, Trevor Hammond is the co-author of "Borrow Smart, Retire Rich," a Certified Mortgage Adviser and a founding Faculty Member and Contributor to the National Institute of Financial Education ( And he has provided thousands of homeowners with the clarity and confidence to make smarter decisions when it comes to their mortgages and money. In 2013 he launched an entirely new kind of mortgage company: Aspire Mortgage Group, which is committed to educating and empowering homeowners to increase savings, eliminate bad debt, and safely increase net worth. The specialized group of mortgage professionals at Aspire Mortgage Group have redefined what homeowners should expect from a mortgage company. To learn more about Trevor Hammond and our team of mortgage advisors please visit our website at or email Trevor directly: Aspire Mortgage is a Sierra Pacific Mortgage Partner.
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