A friend of mine said to me over last night's dinner that he felt sort of depressed for not having a promotion in 10 years. Well, I replied, life is too big to just care about career and promotion. Focus on something and somewhere else. There must be something that, I continued with a pat on his forearm, one is good at, fond of and proud of. The most successful life is very often in one's leisure life, not the career life. Get a hobby and do it with all your heart. Or even serve others with all your heart.
Applying the same logic to photography as a hobby, practise it everyday and be sure of your ability to be better than a professional photographer. Present your styles and perspectives in your photos. Try and fail; fail and try; do it again and again. I am not a "great" photographer but without boosting myself to whoever is reading this, the fact that I have won four cameras in the last three years in some photography competitions may give some credence to this humble belief of mine. But overall I have failed more than made it.
Life without a taste of failure will be unbearably light. Try to find a way through good times and bad times which you can proudly call it My Way.