I know, the expression is usually more like "follow your dreams", but the truth is, to make your dreams come true, you have to work - and work hard to make them happen.
In his book "Outliers" (from 2008 - but one of my favourite reads of 2012), Malcolm Gladwell writes about the 10,000 hour rule - that basically, talent only gets you so far. It seems that no matter how "innately" talented you may or may not be at anything, it's those who put in the effort who succeed. The magic number of hours of effort that seems to turn up every time you look at especially successful people? 10, 000 hours.
Talent helps and opportunity helps, but all the talent and opportunity in the world mean nothing if you don't put the hours in.
Right. Off to put in a few hours before bed and then back to work in the morning!