This is a question I am asked more times than I can remember. The answer depends on who you are and how you go about doing things.
There are two major types of people who ask this question.
1) The Rouge-The people who live by the saying "No guts no Glory"
2) The Seeker- People with normal lives and jobs but they seek something more.
If you have not figured out I would be classified as a Rouge. When I jumped into treasure hunting, I burned all bridges and immersed myself into to the world of a treasure hunter. There was no turning back and I paid a huge price for that. 10 or more years of heartbreak, frustration and pain. Some Rouges do not make it,they end up dead in the desert or starve to death. I was one of the lucky ones.
I was having a conversation with a soon to be Rouge a few months ago. I can spot Rouges from miles away.When he asked me the question if he could succeed in in becoming a treasure hunter I said to him
"You can succeed at almost anything in life if you are willing to pay the price.
The price is heavy on this one. But I know it can be done.
The people who are willing to pay the price are doing it. They will make it happen. Yes there are people doing it. They paid their dues for years.
As costly as the price is- the ones that have made it- believe it is who they are. They are treasure hunters and no amount of logic will stop them. The real world and what people think and say is meaningless to them.
The ones that give up were not willing to pay the price.
I would not recommend this lifestyle to anyone. But that will not stop the ones that are willing and know who they are."
He understood the message. God help him.
The Seeker is for all practical purposes a normal person with a normal life. But within their normal lives they have a dream and a quest. They are more grounded than the Rouge and often have families that depend on them. They have the same dream as the Rouge but cannot take the radical steps like the Rouge. They are also smarter than the Rouges and their path is an easier one.
To the Seekers I say "Keep your job and Subscribe to this free blog, I will show you how in 2-3 years you will be able to quit your job and treasure hunt full time."
Bold claim, perhaps but I am not selling anything. You will have to do the work. But it is an easier path than the Rouges.
To the Rouges: Go to it, seize the day!