I was listening to an episode of the Joe Budden Podcast w/ Rory and Mal. Joe was particularly passionate about being a risk taker. They were talking about how creatives should take a big risk and quit your day job, to devote more time to your passion.
I've heard that advice from many entrepreneurs and side hustlers, but that isn't an option for me. A mother with bills & kids. I'd never risk not knowing where my next meal is coming from, with kids.
So for those of us who can't just take that risk, it aint over. You can still hustle, build your business or whatever. Steal a little time (30mins - 1hr) from each day. If you want to write a book, commit to writing a page a day. In a year, you'll have 365 pages, and you'll have learned so much. Remember that most dreams aren't built overnight. They're built over time, incrementally.
I have to remind myself of this too. I'm an artist with a day job as an engineer. Most days I can't devote hours a day to my craft, and it makes me feel stuck. Overwhelmed. The business is suffocating. This would've made me give up, but I recently read a book (Real Artist's Don't Starve) that taught me that, when I feel overwhelmed, I still have something to give. That lil 30 mins a day toward my goal seems small and insignificant, but it will add up.
That big risk/reward shit is cute, but it's not an option for most. It's an exception to the rule. You can take small steps everyday. Be patiently persistent.