As an OFW, Are You Choosing Money Over Passion

Imagine that you can control all your decisions from here on out. Do you prefer working overseas to relish the benefits of a high-paying job or chasing your dreams without the guarantee of a steady income?


This question encapsulates the age-old debate between money and passion. Notice that some of the yearbook quotes and Facebook posts are flourished with the saying: “Do what you love, the money will follow.” Many lifestyle, finance, and Psychology authors shared their distinct opinions on the subject matter.


A Filipino worker who is set to move to Australia and leave his family behind creates a blazing baggage of uncertainties. Is moving the right decision for your marriage? Can you afford to live in OZ on your own? Will you be able to visit your loved ones every year? These are just some of the worries that can initially consume an OFW’s mind.


Based on a Harvard Business Review’s research, desire is crucial when you are heading to an unknown path. Desire is important as it helps you to become more resourceful, creative, and persistent. You may cushion the uncertainties and achieve work efficiency after relocating into a new continent by doing something you love. For instance, opt for a job at a local pastry shop if baking is your passion. Aside from directly working for your passion, you may choose a path that strategically leads you to doing something you love.


Getting paid handsomely for something that you love to do is everyone’s fantasy. But, reality strikes hard! Choosing your passion can’t guarantee wealth or financial success. If you are incapable of fulfilling your responsibilities such as paying for the rent or supporting your family then, it is safer to shy away from your passion and focus on earning a steady income.


Most OFWs understand how complicated it is to survive in a developing country like ours. They mostly settle for blue-collar jobs to paint a brighter future for their loved ones. Although some of them have tertiary education under their belts, they lower their prides in order to gain sufficient amount of money to live comfortably. I know these because I am speaking from personal experience as both of my parents are working overseas.

OFW hugging her child

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It broke my heart to see my father tear up as he took a job for the first time. You see, my father came from a relatively affluent family in the Philippines. He built a series of businesses after graduating from college. He got so used to being his own boss that he forgot what it is like to be on the other end. He sacrificed his passion to reap a higher salary. We deeply appreciate this overwhelming gesture.


Although he gave up on his passion of building businesses from scratch, it does not mean that he cannot be happy! I realized that my father’s passion was redirected to his family. We inspire him and fuel him to continue battling thru life’s challenges.


Passion takes shape in various forms. One thing is for sure, you will never know what you desire the most unless you try. So, spare at least 15 minutes of your day to do something that makes you feel passionate!

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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