You know that saying about do what you love and the money will follow? I don't think it works in all cases, but I finally got to understand its meaning.
Sometimes if I've made a meal where it was just thrown together because I'm tired, hubby might tease and say "I can't taste the love in this." "Yeah, yeah yeah" is my response and I brush it off. The other day though, I went in for a massage because I had a Groupon coupon.
My masseuse was efficient and friendly enough, but it's like all these sushi restaurants popping up all over town. They do it for the money, not because they're passionate about the art of making sushi. These people haven't spent years perfecting the rice, they took a short course on the basics of making sushi and opened up restaurants because, if you build it, they will come. The same was with this last massage.
I've been to a different masseuse in the past, and he and his wife both go learn new techniques and train with the masters once a year. And when these people give you a massage, it's a whole experience. The music they play is soft, the lighting is dimmed, and they give it their all. This last massage I had, people were talking loudly outside the room, the music was classic meets the pound (there was a dog barking in one "song"), and even as I was headed out the door, they wanted to book me for another session rather than waiting for me to say I wanted to come back.
So now I understand, you need to have passion in what you do, you need to do it because you feel strongly and emotionally tied to your craft. That will be reflected in the final product and people will appreciate the effort that's involved.
So enough preaching, I'm off on a two week hiatus because my wonderful sister is visiting.