To be perfectly honest I don't feel I am the person to be giving life lessons here. I do however have plenty of tips and tricks I share on my blog (http://durkkooistra.com/category/blog/). One thing that's always good advice is; never give up. If you want to make a living doing what you love it sometimes means you will be disappointed, put down or get frustrated with yourself. Persistence pays of.
Since I have been working on a set of Kontakt instruments for Audiomotif I became more and more interrested in Kontakt as a sound design tool. While mainly engineered towards the chromatic instrument simulations – Kontakts built in effects and scripting language allows you to create very effective sound design tools.