That's a great question!
We're living in an era where opportunity to make real changes exist like never before. Unemployment is high, people are losing their homes, jobs are paying less and employers are requiring more.
It's a perfect time to make changes if you want to control your destiny.
In my opinion, the first thing that needs to be changed is a person's mind.
Generally speaking, the majority of people concern themselves with 'how will others perceive them' if they wave the flag. For me it was the realization that. . . your family, neighbors and co-workers don't live your life. . .you live your life.
The second step is to find a quiet place and write down everything that your prepared to lose or could lose if you follow your dream. This list will give you insight to help make the necessary changes.
The third step is to make sure you're goals are realistic. Look inside yourself and see if you have the ability to run this race.
If you do, run it. . .don't be afraid to fail. . .don't look back. Follow your passion and work toward your goals.
I read a story, just last week about a 61 year old man, who went back to college and is playing football, as a kicker for the team. To me this guy is a hero.