For many gamblers, the dream is to turn pro.
Life is all about dreaming, battling for what you want, and achieving goals. It is one gamble everyone should go for. Why? Because it isn't a dress rehearsal and you don't want to wake up one day and regret not giving that passion a ballsy go.
Some people have literally dragged themselves out of the gutter and achieved everything and more.
A dream could be anything: climbing a mountain may be those hard-fought steps after you suffer a stroke. Someone finding the courage to learn to read and write as an adult or, perhaps, a small child called Neil Armstrong saying: ''One day, I'm going to walk on the moon.''
Think what you love and give it your best. Trust me, you won't regret it.
I love someone talking about their passion.
It could be someone growing their first lettuce in a windowbox.
If their is a sparkle in the eye (Nelson), excitement in the voice and adrenaline in the bloodstream - you're onto a winner.
So you want to be a professional gambler?
In this day and age, you're probably going to be a poker player than a horse racing gambler but all are there for the taking.
However, the basic starting point, I would suggest, for most gamblers is to start small.
That's small stakes.
It is a time to learn and build those small profits into sums that make you're eyes water.
Those big names such as Phil Bull, Alec Bird et al all started in the same position as you.
They were born on planet Earth and had a dream and the determination to follow that dream.
There is a lot to think about. One thing is that many professional gamblers earn just 1% from their stake. I don't know about you but 1% isn't a great deal. It isn't a great deal of a return on your cash when you think back to the good old days of the Post Office giving 10% on your investment (oh, to be back in those days).
If your profit margin is one percent of your staking then you need to be betting a lot of money. £1000 staked to make £10. It's a scary thought, hey. Betting £10,000 to win £100. This sounds like hard work.
Perhaps you have a £100,000 in your betting bank and you just go for ''broke'' every day. You can win £1,000 (a week, day, or hour). Who knows, you tell me.
But, how many punters have a cool £100,000 sitting in the bank to do just that?
Not only do you need lots of knowledge but lots of bunce.