To me, there is a big difference between theory and practice. In theory, doing what one loves should lead to great compensation. However, in practice, doing what one loves may be disappointing financially. Why is there such a big difference between theory and practice? Here are my thoughts:
However, all was not lost. In practice, I still do what I love, but for personal enjoyment. For example, I transferred my quickness and speed in football to rugby and tennis, both of which I was able to play many years after college. In practice, I also used what I was good at and applied it to a challenging, good paying job, in which I had interest. This led to a very satisfying career from which I recently retired in my forties this year.
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