I've been discussing this a lot lately with the guitarist in my band and with the other musicians I work with a lot and wanted to see what others thought about it... As a college student with ambitions of making it as a musician, while NOT studying music full time in college, it is very hard to find the time sometimes to accomplish all that I want musically. What I'm doing in school is sort of a backup plan for me later on, and to further enrich my character and my life experience. The trouble with this arises when you want to play more than do other things (like homework), even when those other things take priority. Even though I want to play more, I can't neglect my other tasks. Music and my schoolwork occupy the same spot on my list of priorities, but sometimes one gets more attention than the other. I freely admit to slacking off on my schoolwork sometimes to play more, but I always rebound. I always balance it out. I feel that I will eventually reach the potential I believe I have as a bass player and musician on down the road, but school is sort of an obstacle or roadblock that, for me at least, cannot be avoided. I'm working just as hard at my music and know I'll get there 100%, but it will take me much longer than if I were concentrating on music alone. Some of my fellow musicians here at the university feel this isn't possible... that it isn't likely that you will reach your full potential if you are not focused on music 100%. I disagree, and feel that if you want it badly enough, if you recognize obstacles and deal with them, that you will be able to reach your full potential. What do you all think? I would dare say that in some form or fashion, EVERY serious musician who loves and reveres their craft has had to deal with this. Any comments, experiences or words of wisdom out there?