Although the title of this post is Following Your Passion Is Not Just Luck, I do feel incredibly lucky that I am able to have my own business and do what I want.
Self-employment has been amazing for me so far, and I can't believe that I had any doubts last year of what having my own business would be like for me.
I worked hard to get to where I am. I was working and going to school around 16 hours a day, 5 to seven days a week, for over five years. I believe that how hard I worked in the past 5 years led to where I am today.
And, I'm still working hard. Thankfully, I'm not still putting in 16 hour days 5 to 7 days a week, but I am still working hard. I have been better at utilizing my time and being more efficient, which has been good for me (and probably those around me as well because I'm sure I'm not as cranky).
Here is what I think it takes to become successful and do what you want.