DAVID J. CAROL
Photography does not have to be your job or career. This may be an obvious statement, but I think many emerging photographers feel that to be a "real" or successful photographer you must do it for a living. I don't agree with this at all. Doing photography professionally is tough and generally low paying, and in most cases, you're not shooting what you want.
For me, the most satisfying, rewarding and successful work I have done throughout my life has been taking photos to please myself and not someone else. In fact, it's not even a contest. I think the answer to being a happy and content photographer is to get a job doing something that isn't awful and to go take pictures for yourself.
Never equate success with money!