Day9, this resonates highly with my past experience in the music industry. I'll explain:
When I was in my early 20's I started playing music "professionally". By this I mean that some friends and I got together in one of our parent's garages and annoyed our neighbors to death. Playing shows and trying to get known in the greater Los Angeles area is really hard and takes a huge toll on one's bank account. But essentially what we were doing was inventing jobs for ourselves. It took time, passion, commitment, and lots and lots of failure. But we finally disbanded. That's right, we did what the majority did, we failed. And I could blame my band-mates like so many 2's partners seem to do. But that's like blaming your ex for things not working out when they weren't going to work out anyway. Instead I choose to look back and see all that I learned during the process about marketing, design, the music industry, web development, stage presence, technical theater, public speaking, and even just something as simple as decision making. I'm about to turn 30 and some would look at the 5 bands I've been in as failures. Rather, I look at them as stepping stones toward a greater goal that perhaps I can't see yet. Maybe it's in music, or acting, or teaching math (yes I'm also a math major), I don't know. But what I have found over the years is that the more I strive, the better I get.
I went and auditioned for a play recently (I haven't acted since high-school, and I kinda sucked then) but by the end of the audition the director was begging for me to play one of the leading roles in the cast. What's funny is that when I got on stage, I felt energy that I had never felt before. And greater than my getting the part for the play, I praise God for this ability because now it's not about just being good, but it's about excelling! The difference between now and 12 years ago is not a pill I took that made me magically a better actor, it was the hours and days and months and years of dedicating myself to getting up on stage and sucking over and over and over again (you may say music and acting are very different, I say nay nay). Playing and practicing and working on stage performance and straining my voice to do things that I never thought it could do was normal to the craft. I was constantly in fierce competition and I didn't always come out on top. But I learned and I got stronger and better and more professional.
Furthermore, all of this is done second to school and work. The laddering process starts when I wake up and ends when I go to bed. It isn't just learned in a classroom or on the job, it's learned when you say, I'm going to do "this" and then do it no matter what obstacles come in your way. Day9, you're absolutely right here. You want to be a part of the paradigm shift, then do it! There's no such thing as real passion or love without sacrifice. If you only want to get paid to do eSports, you're probably not going to get very far. But if you love eSports and you're passionate about it, then you'll sacrifice much for the sake of entrepreneurship whether it means getting paid or not. And I think this resonates strongly with the StarCraft crowd. We are a bunch of highly motivated, talented, and intelligent (though sometimes a bit trolly) individuals who can, and I think will, take the internet by storm in the near future (if we're not already doing so).
Thanks Day9, awesome blog.
-Edwin / Guardian