In related news, my goal is to have a decent enough portfolio by the end of this year to launch an honest to goodness photography website and see if I can't make a buck or two taking photos of people. It may take longer but I'll keep everyone posted.
I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off.
If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.
If you don't love something, then don't do it.