Not everyone agrees with Newport, but I think he’s on to something. When I was a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a rock star or cartoonist. My father urged me to get an education and pursue a reliable, stable career. “Enjoy your cartooning and music, but have something solid to fall back on,” Dad used to say.
John P. Weiss
The duality is what stands out to me. Liz Gilbert was a bartender when she started writing. Stephen King was a teacher until writing paid the bills. A lot of parents urge their kids to abandon the creative dreams for the “logical” ones, but I think there’s room to pay the bills while working on that creative dream. :)