There has been some heated reactions over at A Photo Editor about a young photographer who ran out of money and felt defeated after working sparingly as a photo assistant in New York for close to a year. He made a decision to go back to school to take a Master's Degree in Accountancy. He writes, "As disappointed as I am, I feel this is the only way to go to have any kind of success for myself in the future. I hope that I can go back to photography in the future once I get my finances together..."
Each one of us has a threshold for risk and some are more fearless than others. But that doesn't mean the risk adverse is less passionate about their photography than the risk taker. Regardless, the end goal is to continue making pictures no matter how it gets accomplished. The meaning of success is also very personal. In the end, it doesn't really matter what others think but how one maps out their destiny and fulfills it in their own terms.