I don`t think Oprah started doing interviews, saying to herself, "Well, I like doing this, but there`s no way in hell I`m every going to end up in the top 1% of the country`s income earners. Still, I kinda like doing this, so I`ll do it."
Bill Gates, on the other hand, started out saying, "Windows Everywhere!" True, he wasn`t particularly saying he wanted all the money from having Windows everywhere, but it was a large consideration.
In my experience, people who try to get rich and famous because that`s their entire end goal, usually don`t end up rich or famous. But people who have a passion for something often "end up" rich and/or famous.
Someone made a brilliant point, on another thread awhile back. Some people have a true passion and a huge amount of enjoyment out of making money. That IS their passion. But when you speak with them, they really don`t care much about how rich they are. The money is only a "counter in the game."
All of us choose whether we want to do things in life because we have to, or because we want to.
I know a guy worth $25 million who started out with the specific goal of becoming wealthy, what he told me is, "DO NOT pursue a business with the idea of, "What business can I start that will make me rich?" but rather pursue it with the idea of, "What business can I build that I will be passionate about, but also has the potential to make me wealthy in the long-term?" He also told me there is no "get-rich-quick," that it requires passion, hard work, and dedication. And he also said to pursue business with the idea of filling needs and solving problems, and always care about the customer, and the wealth will come.
I love business and entrepreneurship, I love the whole idea of building a business, I am 23 and have built nothing right now but my goal is to build a successful business, sell it, retire wealthy for some years, then build another successful business, etc...repeating the process. I read about a guy who does this.
I want to be a professional entrepreneur I guess :)