A couple years ago I made a set of handlebars for a customer. During our conversations on the phone about the bar design, it came up that he ran a business selling parts in the "chopper" world. After having about 4 hours of labor and material in his bars, I contacted him with the final price... the rest of the conversation went like this. "I'd really like to have you make multiple bars for me to sell in my business, I'd sell a ton of these bars for you. You need to bring the price of your bars way down though for me to be able to sell them (aka make money on your hard work) for you".
I believe myself to be a pretty humble guy, but shit... I've worked pretty hard to have the ability you see on this blahg today. I think anyone with time and effort can learn to do just about anything they set their mind to, but you have to make the decision to put that work in. Jump in with both feet and have heart in what you're doing. Putting yourself out there, putting your work out there is a scary thing. That work is an extension of who you are and for every person that digs what you do, you better believe there's someone that doesn't. Was my work worth the $$ I charged the customer? You betcha. Was I interested in him selling a "shit ton" of my handlebars? Not really. My bars are too expensive? Well, have someone else make them for you then.
Thanks to everyone who frequents this blog and values the idea of things being handmade.