“I Am Not Doing This For Money” Syndrome

by | Nov 1, 2020 | Public Speaking | 9 comments

I’m not doing this for money.

How many times you have said this?

Or how many times you have advised this to someone, don’t do it for money.

It’s beyond my understanding. Let me have your perspective on this.

Because as a child, so many times I remember adults asking this question to me and my friends and one of the most common answer was “Yeah, yeah, we will be very successful. We will earn a lot of money”.

And adults used to say “Very nice, very nice.” They used to appreciate. Something which they used to appreciate when we were kids, suddenly same adults or the same world they don’t appreciate when people make money.


Why sometimes we are very eager or very quick in stamping someone that he is doing it only for money.


Why you are so obsessed with this piece of paper, which human beings have created?


I still remember when I went to my boss for an increment.

My boss said, ” I see you are doing good. Passionate, committed but don’t work only for money.”

Why? When I started my entrepreneurship journey, I was sitting with my friends and my friends said “See, good you have started but don’t run behind money.”


Money Is Just One Part Of Our Life, Important.

Why you don’t understand this simple point that money is just one part of our life, important.

I am not at all denying that it’s not an important part of our life. We are the only species on the planet who needs money even to deliver babies. No other species need money to deliver a baby. We are the only species on the planet who needs money even to eat food. No other species need. So I am understanding the importance of money but money is not everything.

It is so painful, so painful when I see people spend their 60 years or even more than 60 years behind doing only one thing, that is money and the world is saying don’t do it for money. Don’t do it for money. Don’t it for money.

Don’t you feel that is completely what we say and what we are doing and what we are watching?

Even if you are doing a job, if I say, “I take the salaries out. No, no. Be passionate, be committed. I take the salaries out. There is no culture in this organization to give salaries.

Will you go?

You will not go to that work, right?

So you are working for money and there’s a don’t do it for money, don’t work for money.

Just Because One Output Is Money That Doesn’t Mean That Level Of Commitment, Passion & Interest For That Work Gets Diluted

Your primary objective, and I’m very careful because if I remove that objective you will not go to work.

I understand you are committed, you are passionate, you love your job but if I remove money, you will not go.

Same with entrepreneurship.

If I remove profits, you will not go, you will not enjoy that entrepreneurship journey.

So one hand we are doing it only for money and on the other hand the world is so obsessed with this thought don’t do it for money.

I’m not doing this for money.

Why don’t we accept this, that yes whatever we are doing one output is money and we have to accept that.

We are homo sapiens. We need money. You have to accept that.

But just because one output is money that doesn’t mean that my level of commitment, my level of passion, my level of interest for that work gets diluted.

The easiest example if I have to give, is free live webinars.

When we do free live webinars and there are certain people sitting in the free live webinar, they sit with this intention that “See, see, see, now, he will ask for money now, he will ask for money now, he will ask… “.

Imagine the 60 minutes free live webinar. The trainer is committed to give you maximum value. Maximum value, he is trying his best to give you maximum value doesn’t matter whether you buy or you don’t buy. That is secondary. You are spending your valuable time. I’m giving you maximum value.

But in that 60 minutes your mind is busy. No, you know, he’s doing it only for money. He has invited us only for money, now he will ask for money.

However, why so?

What kind of obsession you have with this piece of paper?

Now after 60 minutes if trainers ask this question that okay.

Tell me you have spent 60 minutes with me.

How many of you are hungry and thirsty to learn more? Out of those few people there will be few people that yes, it’s worth spending more time with this person.

Any trainer and I’m not talking about me, any trainer that is worth spending time with this person and his trainer says see I have something which I have created with a lot of commitment, compassion, dedication and I can give that to you, but I’m looking for only serious people.

Only serious and one way of validating your seriousness is money. Neither you decided nor I decided, when we invest we are serious. Now because we are validating the seriousness of people who are really serious or those who really deserve what the trainer is offering, the money just a validation. Just because that person is asking for money, no, he’s doing it only for money, alright, come out from this obsession.

Understand one simple thing ladies and gentlemen, making money elegantly, making money lawfully is a simple skill, worth learning that skill whether you like it or don’t like it.

As a human being we need money, but just because whatever you are doing if that is generating huge amount of money that doesn’t mean that you are doing it only for money, not necessary.

Maybe you are passionate about it, you are committed about it. You’re liking that, you’re loving that and money is just an output.

So something which was correct as a child should not be wrong when we grow up.

That’s my perspective.

What’s your perspective on this?

This is Praveen Wadalkar signing out until we meet again.


  1. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂


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  2. Praveen Wadalkar

    Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

  3. Subra Mukherjee

    Waow! Very Well Articulated Praveen Sir…
    True, money is a tool for us to experience certain aspects of abundance in life, and there’s no harm in wishing to earn more money as long as one does it lawfully and conciously without exploiting anyone…

    Saying that”I don’t work for money is a kind of obsession”…
    Money becomes a problem only when it becomes a greed…..

    Sadhguru says that Money creates misery only when it gets into one’s head instead of staying in the pocket…

    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  4. Sourabh ghosh dastidar

    Dont go for money is a very wise advice since this advice is to keep focus of ones person in the quality of work which if perfect will bring money automatically as a bye product. But if one person only focus on money then the quality of the work to get that money will get diluted and may astray a person into corruption and other bad habits.

    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  5. Vivek Agarwal

    Well explained, why we need money.

    I also think that money plays big role in Kalyuga. you can’t survive without money on this earth, even if you are going to get something pious / auspicious , you must have money.

    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂


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