Shouldn't I make money first -- to fund my dream? The notion that there's an order to your working life is an almost classic assumption: Pay your dues, and then tend to your dream. I expected to find numerous examples of the truth of this path. But I didn't find any. .... It turns out that having the Financial independence to walk away rarely triggers people to do just that. The reality is, making money is such hard work that it changes you. It takes twice as long as anyone plans for. It requires more sacrifices than anyone expects. You become so emotionally invested in that world -- and psychologically adapted to it -- that you don't really want to ditch it.
I've had an issue with people who have told me exactly that "classic assumption", and although I know based on seeing other people's experiences that the author is right, it's easy to get into the trap of putting off my dreams when the proponents are so vocal. Of course, then the question is still, "what should I do with my life?"...And here is a good nugget of truth from the article:
The right question is, How can I find something that moves my heart, so that the inevitable crap storm is bearable?
I'm still looking for the answer to that question.