I have followed the "Do what you love" to a proper "T". Graphic Design, professional Illustration and my own personal work are not just a career choice, but a necessary part of every day. I love answering the creative questions brought up by Design challenges, and ideas that randomly barge their way in. I am a perpetual art student, and am happily and constantly hungry for the next great opportunity.
People daydream all the time. Those who let themselves be taken away by this dreamlike (and healthy) state, are dangerously vulnerable to creativity. A person should be honest enough with themselves to pursue that nagging passenger whispering ideas and creative questions. Some dismiss these moments, and the passenger multiplies. Soon their thoughts clump and fester like excess weight in their minds, until the rank of it wafts into other parts of their lives.
In truth, it takes so little to satiate ones creativity. It does, however, take initiative to set aside the moments needed to let the creativity out. Which can seem a daunting responsibility. But, like taking your daily medication, bringing the trash to the curb, or brushing your teeth, taking a moment to satisfy your creative need is necessary. It can even be a medicinal procedure, combating the minds ability to weaken itself against life's daily challenges.
Graphic Design is an evolving challenge to solve a puzzle. A Graphic Designer should show creative courage to see into the puzzle, and map its architecture in order to solve it. The challenge continues forever, be it for a client, and employer, or yourself.
A Graphic Designer should fortify themselves with every visual tool they can (sketching/drawing, painting, construction, crafts, photography) to bolster their ability to meet every challenge, or at least understand what is needed enough to explain why their visual choices were right. Whether working alone or part of a team, Graphic Design is an art that requires a fearless ability to create. The humor is in how simple the product may seem to others, after the Designer has toiled over the myriad of decisions needed to finish.