Whether it is writing, painting, singing, or designing bridges, this quote about the odds is funny and true.
It is risky business to bet on making a living as an artist, doing what we feel happy doing, or what we feel compelled to do (instead of taking a sure paycheck from a job we don’t like).
Yet, it worked for John Steinbeck, and millions are glad that he took the risk and put up with the massive uncertainty inherent in his chosen profession.
Taking a risk is usually not the preferred route, but sometimes it is the only route if we want to make the contribution we were born to make.
(Considering that a solid, stable business will still ruin us if it is the wrong business.)