Interesting question and I think the answers will be as varied as our members.
Personally I could never understand the dichotomy some people impose upon themselves between career and happiness.
Life should be simpler than that:
Decide ‘where and what’ it is you love doing, then figure out a way to make money at it.
I always found that a good business plan for success.
So my cruising lifestyle started early after university when I switched mindsets from becoming a marine
biologist to a ‘watersports specialists’.
I focused on becoming accredited and comfortable with teaching people how to be safe above and below the water
. Achieving both yachting and commercial marine
licenses, I transitioned to delivering their dream or commercial
boats all over the world, while honing and testing my design, management and seamanship skills so as to be of higher value to any HNW employer.
Success breeds success and the by-product in my case was that I was already living 80% of my ‘dream’ where the compensation was secondary to the experience of sailing all corners of the world.
Ironically, there is a real danger
of becoming a workaholic when you really love what you are doing and are well compensated. It took the sudden death of both my parents to realize that and help me to decide to go after that other 20%.
So I retired early, bought Stargazer and now enjoy life…. one day at a time, with the freedom and confidence to do as I choose.