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The one thing I really love about this site is that it allows subjective answers, unlike many of the other Stack sites. So here starts my rant. Please, get yourself a cup of coffee or light your cigarette because it is going to be a long read or maybe just move on if it is tl;dr.

Ever since I was a kid, I was interested in learning new things and I guess we all are. The zeal to learn new things is what I guess is 'detrimental', if I may say. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer and I wrote my first 'meaningful' story in 7th grade; it was about D-Day and had a nice plot twist at the end. Somehow, that faded away.

I am now in a university and studying computer science. Recently I developed an interest into photography but since I could not afford a DSLR, that sort of faded away. However, I take pictures with my phone and edit them to make them look better. I focus more on the composition and the use of natural light since I know I cannot capture a lot of detail with an 8 MP camera. That's when the idea of being a 'photo essayist' struck my mind. It combines two of my most-liked passions; software and computer being the first.

Photography and writing are about just one thing : human behavior, at least to me. Right now I have the option of taking an online course on psychology or on Android programming; dilemma.

I know that the one who begins a lot achieves very little and that mastering one trade is better than being a jack in many.

So, now stands my original question: Can one really turn hobbies into side-careers? I havent even turned 20, yet !

P.S.: I try to be as articulate as possible whenever I post on any Stack site. I consider it practicing writing and I also maintain a blog even though nobody reads it.

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This is not on topic here, and while interesting, I'm really not sure it is a useful question for any Stack Exchange site. The answer is demonstrably 'yes' as many individuals have multiple careers. I myself have my main career in my chosen industry, and have a well paid side-career with my rock band. –  Rory Alsop Jan 9 at 22:02
    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about personal productivity. –  Rory Alsop Jan 9 at 22:02
    
You might find this interesting. Unfortunately, since he's made it a book, a lot of the material isn't available, but one of the general gists is, often it's the side projects that take off, so put your fingers in lots of pies. –  dwjohnston Jan 10 at 0:11