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You may be right, Danny, but you can also make a lot more $$$ in many other pursuits. It's not always about making the most $$$.

After all, money can't buy CAN, however, allow you to buy a yacht big enough to sail right up next to it.

Money can't buy happiness....but it will allow you to enjoy your misery in a nicer part of town.

Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps the kids in back to the topic at hand:

Seriously, though, at age 20, I say go for it.....succeed or fall flat on your face.....or something in between, but I do know that as you grow older and reflect on your life experiences, chances are you'll regret the things you didn't do a lot more than the things you did do. Give it a go!!
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LVMagicAL, while I agree with almost everything you are saying, you may be forgetting one thing - experience. While it's true that some 20 year olds will succeed simply because they dare to do when the 50 year olds advise caution, more 20 year olds will fail simply because they lack the experience or the resources to get them over their failures. I speak this from my own experiences. ("Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions.")

Deciding to teach a magic class, like any other business decision, can NOT be based solely on expertise in the required skill. Especially, in this arena. *I* am palmtreemagic's target market - you can hype the kids, but you have to get the money from the parent. If you can't sell me several fronts other than your magic skills (value for my dollar, control of a classroom situation, and safety of my child being three mentioned here), then you get nothing from me.

On the other hand, if he can get a bunch of kids who have their own money and whose parents do not care where their kids go or with whom, then he may be able to get a class together - but he may not survive the experience! If my kid comes home and could not learn anything because palmtreemagic was so busy controlling two rowdy idiots that he couldn't impart the magic, then I am going to feel ripped off!

Sometimes it's a good thing to hold your dream castle at arms length and let it take on a bit more substance before you move into it. You may get to stay a while longer.

palmtreemagic - Is there any way you can do something smaller under the advisement of someone else to get teaching experience? Can you teach an after-school class first so you can get a feel for the age group, and for the teaching experience and the classroom management skills you will need? Can you teach for the City Recreation Department with an older and more senior person there to help you if the kids get out of hand, and to give you more credibility with the parents?

I don't know you, your magic, or your skills in any area. These are just questions based on my experiences as a parent, putting my kids into things and watching my oldest son who became a teacher's aide right out of high school and has been doing it now for several years. There are things other than your magic and your passion to consider if you want to come away from this with more than just experience.

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