I work for a Major IT company and have a career. I would not want to give that up for poker, as its good income and the the foundation of my financial standing.
However I love poker and the strategy that lies within. I used to play purely for Fun and not really focus on winning. I realise this now. Sure I tried to win, but was not focused
After reading John Vorhaus book about "Killer Online Poker" I focused on the pure stategy of winning. To be fair I had 24 months experience to fall back on and could relate to the book. Now that I win consistenly I find the experience far more rewarding.
I now poker as a profitable side line - circa 5-10 hours per week. Not life changing amouts, but it pays for things like a new hand made oak dining table which is not a bad thing from a "hobby" that I enjoy.
Am I professional - No.
A winning Amateur - Yes, so far
Would I ever go profesisonal - No
Would I ever use poker winnings to play a large tny - maybe a smaller WSOP
event for the experience to play with the professionals.
Would I ever rely of poker winnings - No
Do I keep Poker money ( bankroll) separate from everything else - yes.
....if you go to forums like 2+2 I think you will find more professional players.