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What will you sacrifice in order to live your extraordinary passion?

The desire to live out one's passion always seems to come at a price. The stuff you'll have to give up is not just one but many things. Take a MD to-be for example, other than the sleepless nights and bulk of money he's throwing in just to complete the long and tedious road of education, he would have to endure the pressure coming from the society on various decisions he has to make in life.

Here is a young undergraduate at internship pondering about her passion. I am aspired to become a physician. Yesterday I stumbled upon an article,
10 things you need to give up to become a doctor
Maybe it's easier said than done but I feel like I'm ready to give them all up except for #6. This dream this passion has been the greatest source of motivation for a slacker like me to work hard in college.

What's your passion?
Is there a limit to how much you would sacrifice for it?


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    Aug 7 2013: well if it's your extraordinary passion, it shouldn't feel like a sacrifice, should it? If you feel like you're sacrificing, isn't that telling you your passion isn't as strong or satisfying as you tell yourself it is?

    I haven't sacrificed anything to follow my passion, it's been quite pleasant.
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      Aug 8 2013: That's great to hear! good for you, this is a very positive perspective:)
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        Aug 16 2013: Well, again, yuzhou, if it feels like a sacrifice, maybe it's not your passsion? Curious, what are your motives for wanting to be a doctor, is it to help people, to make money, have prestige, invent a new cure?

        My passion seems to be to interest people in milk. For the last five years, I've been living 95% on skim milk, every day I drink about two gallons of skim milk (like eight liters), and I eat maybe 5% other things. I started doing it because my eyes were bothering me and the eye doctors weren't doing that well solving it; so I started this diet, and it has really helped me. For one thing it's great for weight loss; and two, milk is easier for the body to handle because it is food in fluid form, it doesn't interfere with your body processes, or clog you up as much as solid food. I'm trying to get the nutrition and medical establishment to investigate this diet to see if it will help other people.

        I also advocate for people having a few cows and producing some of their own milk. I myself don't do that because I don't have a wife, and I think it's very hard for a single man to own cows, for example, what if you are too tired at the end of the day to milk them, who milks them?

        You might be interested, here is a chart that shows the different countries' milk use: http://chartsbin.com/view/1491. You can see Asia, which I guess includes your country, is low on milk use. I wonder why, someone told me it has to do with Buddhism.

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