Shop is where the Festools are
. In my case it is a particular room, but it could be mobile shop or a setup at a customer site.
I was trying to do a rough sum of the number of hours I've spent in the shop over the years. Woodworking is my avocation - I'd go broke if I had to make a living at it. I'm guessing that I've got somewhere around 9000-12000 hours in the shop in the last 25 years or so. Someone who is in the shop full time ought to get that in around 4-5 years (or less, depending on work habits).
Thus the first question - how many hours have you spent in the shop?
Now the second question - why? What floats your boat in the shop?
For professionals, the immediate answer might be the money, but if that's your answer, then please take it one step further and ask why that profession rather than another?
I'm reasonably good at my job as a software architect, but at the end of the day, not many people understand or care about what I do there, aside from my immediate co-workers. Woodworking keeps me in touch with the ability to craft tangible, useful, and beautiful things. At the end of a project, I have something that I can enjoy or pass on to someone else to enjoy. The creative challenge is to design for the material, and to bring out the inherent beauty in the wood. Finally, it is somewhat soothing to be able to go into my shop and just focus on a different kind of problem for a few hours.