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And for those of us that are lucky, we get to do BOTH Just remember, "and all your money won't another minute buy" - Kansas, Dust in the Wind.
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Or as the famous mythologist Joseph Campbell quipped - "Follow your Bliss" Doors will open that you never thought possible.
Doors will NOT always open, you can't always make lemons from lemonade, etc., etc. If you want to do what you love, that's fine. It might pay off financially and satisfaction, and it might not. You might struggle with poverty, sickness, angry family and friends who need financial support you can't provide, etc. Don't sell sunshine and rainbows to people who are making a choice that could make life VERY hard for them. There are good arguments for pursuing your love as a career for financial remuneration, and there are good arguments that you do. Everybody needs to make the choice for themselves, but there's no point in painting over with bright colors all the awful things that can happen to us with bad decisions.
No you can't make lemons from lemon aid, but if you have lemons, sugar, & water, you can always make lemon- aid!

It depends, if you are totally going for it, you will find a way.

Obviously if you love singing and have a voice like fran from the nanny, it is not realistic. On the other hand you can find a musical outlet that enables you to do that and make a living. Bob Dylan was not a great singer. He is a great writer and composer.

You can work and save, and but some rural land, and literally reduce your costs to almost zero, and while you are following your bliss, you just might find someone who shares your love for it.

I do agree, that nothing comes for nothing. Everything in life is a series of decisions that involve some sort of compromise, or a setting of priority.

The hardest thing is knowing what you want, and committing to it 100%.
Hi +Brendan Howard, you are right and if you read the article, it talks about making sure basic needs are met first and everyone should have a plan for that regardless. No rainbows or unicorns for sale here, only 80 hrs of work a week doing what I love. Being able to care for a sick child while working out of my SOHO or helping with elder care for my mother in law is hard to put a price on and yes, sometimes it sucks. Having a supportive wife who carries benefits to enable me to launch an Internet marketing service practice is priceless and is a situation that is not available to all reading this. My wife was blessed to be able to be a stay at home Mom for the first 10 years of motherhood to raise our two boys while I carried benefits and brought in a salary that allowed her to be there for the kids in the formative years. It payed off and was enabled by sacrifice and working 80 hrs a week. We drove low end cars and lived in a 1000 sq ft started home. I will willing trade income required to live the la vida loca in exchange for avoidance of latch door rearing, but that is just my personal choice and its not for everyone or even available to everyone, but I worked darn hard to enable that. I have contact in my kids life now and wanted to do so before their childhood is gone forever. Getting to do what I love to do is the bonus and the tradeoffs that I choose include having a TV in my living room from the early 1990s as flatscreens beyond computer monitors has never been not a priority for me. Heck, we didn't have cable until my mother in law moved in. We drive entry level cars and do what we can to make ends meet. Yes, some people will work and be miserable in exchange for a new BMW each year or out of economic necessity to make ends meet, but for some of us, we will work hard doing what we love and to those with the dedication and desire, refuse anything short of success. Just my 20 cents (inflation is a killer!)
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