I have made a vow to myself: I will work fervently, spending hundreds if not thousands of hours on each distinct business idea, until one pans out. No, I am not into get-rich-quick schemes nor am I attempting to give into delusions. What I want is a sustainable business for myself that can provide what I want out of life; part of that is the transformative business itself. Personally, I want to change industries. Simply put, I wouldn't be happy working for a company. I appreciate all the work that goes into running a major company like Apple or Google, but I have no desire to work under someone else. What I want is to create and inspire. This a personal post frankly that could get deeply personal but I won't go on for paragraphs as I could. My ambition is to build businesses. The pressing truth is that I have not actually put money behind business plans I have developed... yet. There is a better chance I will fail quite a bit at first. But how long can you fail until you give in? I feel like I could really take any sage advice in this thread to heart. A lot of thriving companies that changed our daily lives would not exist today if its founders succumbed to failure. Frankly, I just don't want thirty or forty (11-21 years from now, respectively) to creep up on me without my having accomplished my goals... I really have no idea what I would do if I do not achieve what I innately desire to with this one life we get. I feel like I am already a step ahead by deciding that I want to create my own business, wholeheartedly developing it for more than the purpose of revenue. To be blunt far too many people do not see all the potential prospects that exist in the world. There is so much we can change and create yet too few actually attempt to. (Even if I was working at i.e. Apple, I would still prefer running my own small technology/food business with prospects of changing some aspect of the world.) Should you attempt to realize your goals until the day you die or give in at some point if it does not work out and just make a fixed salary in a position ergo a life you do not want? Once you realize the potential in the world, it seems remedial to accept less than making your own personal contributions to it in my resolute opinion.