When you start your first band and it has an impact on the rest of the world you go through a lot with those guys and you become very protective of that legacy.
Why should you be content with so little? Why shouldn't you reach out for something big?
I was going to be a musician, no matter what it took. I supported myself with blue-collared jobs so I could write music and be in a band and play shows. I even got into an underground art scene. I was going to do whatever.
Radio and TV can still push a band, but things need to be shaken up. There is the Internet, but mostly what I see there is little kids on YouTube playing music.