T4, for the most part I love what I do, in terms of my career. I am lucky enough to be very good at something that I enjoy that is also something for which there is a market. and lucky enough to have identified that skill early on. pure luck. I don't, however, enjoy every day of my work, and some positions I have enjoyed more that others. For every example you can find of people who have formed their hobbies into careers and been successful, I can show you a dozen examples where it didn't work. many of us are influenced by those silly books where a person who has never had a real job becomes a millionaire by revolutionizing the retail/coffee/fast food/womanswear/whatever industry with a simple tip they learned from their mother. this happens so rarely that it is probrably more likely to get hit by a golden meteorite. Aside from a few years in my late teens, I haven't really thought that I would end up as anything but a salesman since I was about 11. I would respectfully suggest that a person who makes it into adulthood and then, after investing in one career, decides to go into a career like running a top end retail store, will probrably have neither the skill set, nor the natural abilities to make a success of it. the one way to build the chances of success in this would be to work for a few years at an existing store, learning the ropes from the bottom up, and then possibly taking those skills and improving on them. It wouldn't be a bad idea to go to night school and take some basic marketing, bookeeping and cost accounting courses, as well.
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11/10/04 at 11:23am