I think there is a parallel here with the advice one receives when the first child is on the way. It's all about how hard it is, how little sleep you will get, how much it will cost, etc. It's not that people are trying to discourage you as much as they don't want you to look back and say 'why didn't anyone tell me it would be so hard?'
It's all true, I don't sleep, have no money and have never worked so hard (a child for me, not a brewery but same same) but I wouldn't trade it. I think Major and the rest of the dream catchers on here would feel the same way about their 'babies'.
You can imagine how wonderful it will be, it's harder to imagine how hard so everyone is trying to 'help out'.
Good analogy! I don't want to discourage anyone's dreams. I just want to apprise everyone what's in store. Cream rises to the top. don't look at it as someone stepping in front of your dreams, look at it as telling you the facts - and if you are going to do it this is what you need to get ready. It ain't homebrewing!
I agree that's a good analogy, with the exception that I've never seen anyone with kids being discouraging of others having kids. It's more like "when are you going to have one/another one."
It seems that people feel the responses here are discouraging about becoming pro rather than receiving constructive advice.
No one told me not to have three kids, they waited until afterwards to tell me how hard it is. But there are a ton of rewards that come with that hard work.
Perhaps it's just putting a different spin on the advice you're giving? I'm sure there are rewards to all the hard work you put in at your brewery.