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Hello I believe I may be able to help you with you concern
I understand the difficulty in breaking the cycle of the small paying projects that you mentioned because you have a responsibility to take care of your loved ones, and if you do take a break from those small jobs to work on your bigger IT project/startups it would be considered a risk, which is your dilemma
So you may have a couple options for yourself, you could go to your bank and ask for a loan that would be able to "buy 3 months of your time." If you have a good credit and history with your bank a 3 month loan should not be difficult to get
Or you can go to crowd funding website and put your project idea on a website and ask for people to help support you by giving you the money to start your project/startup. An example of one crowdfunding website would be Kickstarter.com
Another option would be to get a partner or two to help you with your IT projects, so that you can still continue to earn daily money with your music jobs, but also work here and there on the IT startup ideas as well as have your partner(s) work on it as well so that you will be able to finish those projects and still continue earning through your daily music production job
In addition, some governments have grants, tax breaks, or loans for innovative projects such as yours, so sometimes speaking to a lawyer in your country about these possibilities may be an option for you as well.
I see that you are offline right now, but when you get back online I would be very interested in continuing this discussion with you and talking about any further ideas regarding your concern, so if you respond in the chat box I will be able to get back to you as soon as possible.
I understand and that is why I am here to help give you counseling on the matter
Okay well it sounds like that you are feeling guilt over the thought of taking a big project and what it might do to your family and your presence in your family. On one hand you can continue the smaller paying music jobs and still be a great father and husband, but on the other hand you have a chance to be more successful in something and provide more to your family, but may only be a good or average father and parent. Sometimes making a temporary sacrifice of your time is not abandoning them, but doing it for their own benefit to provide your children with opportunities you may not have had. Have you discussed your feelings with your wife at all? I think if your wife supported your decision to take the bigger projects, you would not feel this guilt possibly.
Obviously taking the bigger projects is a risk, but the benefits of that risk can be great. If your family was supportive of you, no matter if you succeed or fail, this should give you the reassurance that you are doing the right thing. Now if you choose to stay with the music jobs, I think you will always be left wondering "what could have been," and that can cause you greater anxiety over this.
So she is concerned that you will resemble her fist husband's work behavior and she does not want that. You can try to make a compromise and do one project to see how it works out with your family schedule. If you tell her that this will only be temporary, as you mentioned "buy 3 months of your time" then she may be on-board with this and then you both can talk about it afterwards to see if this is a worthwhile investment for you in the future and how it would impact your family life. Think of it is a trial run. There is no real wrong decision here as both decisions you are thinking about what is best for your family.
If you feel that the IT projects are not worth it, why can you not go back to the music afterwards?
I see, i did not know that about the music business. Well if you stay with the music business you are doing something you love, is steady work, and gives you more time with your family. If you choose the IT projects, then you can provide more for your family, but it is riskier and you may not make as much money too, not spend as much time with them, and you may not love it as much
Well than that is the benefit from the risk if you idea pans out like that. The decision is a difficult one and requires sacrifice on all sides. I think you are have thought about it very thoroughly, but you have to decide if you want to take this risk. I also think the fact that you have been thinking about it for so long, you will regret it if you do not take the chance.
Well this is difficult with people who are good "go-getters" because you have a lot of ideas and want to do them all. So what you have to do is write down a list of all the things that you want to work on and then prioritize that list, and then move down the list one by one. This will help you put the more important things that you want to work on at the top and the less important things at the bottom.