WHAT USED TO BE A HOBBY OF YESTERDAY IS A HIGH PAYING JOB OF TODAY
Growing up my Grandfather"s advice to me and my siblings was :
"Parho gey likho gey to bano gey Nawab aur kheloy gey kudo gey to hi gey kharab "
( if you study hard you will become an honorable person , if you just play you will waste your time ).......
It's true our grandparents generation thought that there are few decent, financially secure professions like law,medicine, banking, engineering, teaching, business or civil service. Everything else like sports, designing,entrepreneurship, cooking or broadcast journalism is just a past time hobby or a side job and it cannot be a full time career.
Most of us agreed with that notion in the 70s but now 35 years later... No way! Time has changed. When I look around I see basket ball players and golfers becoming millionaires ; getting admissions quite easily in Ivy League colleges courtesy of their sports credits. Many young twenty year old athletes earning a six figure salary.
In the world of today being a good sportsman could get you popularity all over the world and make you rich very easily and very quickly . What people thought earlier was to work hard, study and make money. Sports were something to relax. It was never actually considered a serious profession until the end of the 20th century when sports like baseball , tennis , cricket and rugby started to change the logic.