So why the attempt to create an escape hatch? I know that I'm not going to find a job that pays considerably better, or allows me to be an "artist". Bills still have to be paid no matter where I'm working. These are the responsibilities that come with real life, a mortgage and a wife. I'm not naive enough to think that I'll find a place where the grass is greener in that regard.
What I'm looking for is my own independance. I have known from an early age that I have the entrepreneurial spirit inside. I want the challenge of creating not only software but a business around it. I want to be the one with the responsibility to make things successful.
Will this lead to happiness and riches beyond my wildest dreams? Once again I'm not naive enough to think that. But what I do hope it brings me is control of my own destiny. At least then if I fail I know that it is because of me and not because some layer of upper management decided something.