does innovation require desperation?

One thing I learned over the period of time that I was “problogging” was that working at home is a train wreck for me. Part of it is simply that I have no backbone. I don’t have the steel core that allows me to shout at the rest of clan Blap “I’m going downstairs, locking the door and working!” I think if you were going to work at home you’d have to have either a full-time babysitter/nanny or a will of steel to brush off a child who wants to play, play, play.  Or ship them off to daycare full-time.

I also think that if I knew blogging – or freelance writing, or taking photos for cookbooks, or whatever – was going to be my primary source of income, I’d pull it together and get it done. As long as any activity like blogging is more of a hobby than a primary source of income it’s hard to get motivated to pursue it to the exclusion of other activities. And that leads me to this question:

Can I ever make a go of ANY alternative way of making a living without quitting my contracting work?

In my line of work, contracting is lucrative. I do not feel any burning need to make side income. I’d like to make PASSIVE income, of course, but blogging is far from passive – for every hour I spend writing posts I probably spend three answering emails, taking care of links, comments, etc. It’s still a labor of love but it is labor.

Yet I wonder… if I had no income coming in, would I become a successful problogger? Would I figure out other ways to make income if I had to in order to keep income coming to keep our home? I bet I would. I think the challenge is lacking for me, because I know the base income needs – and then some – are taken care of by contracting.

It’s not a bad thing at all. I know that some other bloggers blogged on the side for a while before leaping into problogging. I’m picking on blogging since as a reader of blogs you understand what that entails, but it just as easily could be income from investing or knitting sweaters or being a notary public on the side.

Is it just that some people need desperation to become successful in an area? Can anyone ever make their “hobby” their cash cow? Can you actually make significant career shifts without at least a bit of desperation?

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