Mods, I'm not exactly sure where this is, or anything, so please move it as needed. Basically, I have been playing bass for about 2-3 years now, and I have absolutely fallen in love. I recently dropped out of a major university and have gone to a community college to study and try and see if I can't get my theory on par with my technical ability. Well, I have found that having absolutely no musical background is rather detrimental to my ability to do this, as I didn't know what any keys and scales were, let alone relative minors, chord subs and anything else were. I have been catching up recently, and I feel like I'm making fairly good (albiet very slow progress, as my brain seems to be fighting me on theory every step of the way) So, today, my prof. calls me into his office today, and looks me straight in the eyes and tells me that, "I understand that you enjoy music, and that it's something that you really like to do, but you're not at the same level as your peers, and you aren't making very much improvement. (I could study more, but I feel pretty good about my what I know/how long I've been studying ratio) Basically, I don't believe that you're going to make it as a musician. Do you have any other plans?" I was really rather shocked by this, and at first I was really bummed, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that that was one man's opinion, and that I'm going to find thousands more who will always tell me that it's never going to work out, and that I'm doomed to failure. In all honesty, I feel just as optimistic as ever (if not more so) because I know deep down that I'm going to be a professional musican. I am just rather appauled that this guy was willing to point blank tell a student that their life dream will never happen. I suppose he's trying to do what he thinks is best, but wow. Sorry that wasn't very funny, but I just wanted to post it in case anyone else (young or old) had someone tell them they're not good enough, because you are as good as you want/need to be.