At the tender age of 18, Canada's Mike McDonald took down $1.35 million at the European Poker Tour's stop in Germany; with his championship at the Borgata, at the comparatively grizzled age of 25, Jerry Yang could always head back to social work to pay the bills (although I don't think we have to worry about any of these gentlemen paying their bills anytime soon!).
For most of us, poker, whether it is cash games or tournaments, is a diversion. We rejoice in our significant victories and, for a moment, harbor those thoughts of becoming the next Moneymaker (who has accounting as his retreat). Then, reality sets in and most of us return to our solid, boring existences rather than try to fade the variances of poker for a living.
It's something the younger players in our game today should think about. For every "Annette_15," "Timex" or "ElkY" out there, there are potentially tens of thousands that won't reach those lofty heights or even will fail outright.
Having something to fall back on isn't admitting defeat; it's ensuring you will have something to add to humanity other than pushing chips around.