You have to do what you love!
I love being outside and creating unique outdoor spaces. I had a lawn and landscape maintenance business while pursing my finance degree at UCO; that endeavor evolved into landscape design and installation. Through that I discovered that hardscaping is my passion. Anybody can have a holly in the landscape, but creating that perfect stone outcropping, that one of a kind water feature, or the ultimate pergola, are the elements that will set one landscape apart from another.
A landscape design should be "living", something that moves and evolves. I like to say "It's in pencil"; this gives us the artistic license to tweak an element on site if it's not producing the effect we want. I believe that having a synergy between the client, the crew and designer is how we create the final outcome.