It doesn’t have to pay off right away. It may not pay off for ten years and it could still be worth it.
The only animals which evolved to sing are birds (which can fly away if a predator hears them) and whales (which can swim away if a predator hears them). And humans. And birds which can’t fly don’t sing.
If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. But you won’t know unless you try. So if you don’t have much to lose, hey, go for it.
I used to be afraid to hold and express strong opinions. I would say “Here’s what I think, but you all are smart people and you can make up your own minds.”
“There’s no time like the present” is a literal truth. If you prefer, you might say “There’s no time but the present.”
Light a candle, sleep in, take a bath, have a glass of really, really cold lemonade, pump your fist, go for a drive, eat at a restaurant. Smile, and be goofy about it. You did it. Enjoy yourself.
Are you worried about the threat of AI? If so, you can calm down. A superintelligent AI poses about as much threat to humanity as an asteroid hitting the planet at light speed.
Computers are terrible at randomness. You can program them to behave randomly, but they’re not any good at it. Most computer randomness is a simulation, a simple equation which looks random, but only if you don’t look too carefully.
Your measure of success informs a lot about how satisfied you feel with your life. It’s 100% within your power to choose your own measure. Most people don’t bother. They’ll stick with the measure that everyone else around them has picked.
“It can’t be done”, they say. “We’ve tried.”