People love the words “dedication,” and “passion,” but what does that mean outside of the ten-minute training montage we see in the movies? It means working seven days a week. It means forgoing time with friends or watching tv so you can [write]. It means a boring routine that will produce something that relieves others’ boredom. And on top of that, it is best to maintain some kind of balance so you don’t burn out. THIS is the meaning of “dedication.” THIS is the meaning of “passion.” No one wants to look past that cool training montage, but in the beginning, “dedication” and “passion” often boil down to an act of monotonous sacrifice.
(When it no longer seems like monotony or a sacrifice, that, IMHO, is when the professional begins to emerge)