Monetizing Your Hobbies *Isn’t* Killing Them. It’s Making Them Extraordinary.

What doesn’t kill you makes you money

Tim Denning
ILLUMINATION-Curated
5 min readJun 4, 2024

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A hobby that remains a hobby forever ends in regrets.

A hobby is something we love. It’s often artistic or primal. We do it for the sake of doing it and don’t care what people think. When we’re doing our hobby, often, we experience the greatest flow states.

My hobby started out as writing. I did it to de-stress from the pain of working a boring banking job.

One day I realized my hobby could be so much more.

The nightmare that is the starving artist

We’re all artists in some form.

Even entrepreneurs are artists of business. Starving artists tell themselves that making money with their hobby is evil. They think it’s dishonest or it makes them a “sell out.”

So they never get paid for their art.

That means they never have any money to invest in education to make their art better. If they’re a musician, they can’t buy a better guitar or invest in some audio equipment to record their music.

Being a starving artist is a stupid decision. It’s just an excuse for refusing to face the truth.

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Tim Denning
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Aussie Blogger with 1B+ views that made me 7-figures — Get my free email course: https://timdenning.com/1k-mb