During my time I dabbled into a variety of things that was supposed to gradually provide compensation to the point where it was supposed to take over the main source of income. I did things on my own and I did things with others.
Doing things on your own has its benefits; great pride is taken in seeing the fruits of your ideas and creativity develop and manifest into some sort of success. Plus when all is said and done is that mainly you don’t have to share the compensation with anyone else.
The drawback is that if the ideas and creativity fall short of expectation, you cannot point fingers to anyone else to justify your failure. Not that failure can be justified, it is just that most people won’t own up to the fact that their own failures is really on them and not anyone else.
Does that make you develop a strong character? Perhaps, but if you look at it this way, you’ll find that failure isn’t a bad thing. Believe it or not, failure actually prepares you for future experience. Every person that is deemed “successful” will say that they have had more failures then success.
Real life examples are often given. Michael Jordan said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
But the great hindrance is that there are those who are afraid to fail; they don’t want to experience the pain. They blame their short comings on someone else instead of facing the fact they are the one that dropped the ball
The question is how many times one will experience failure, loss of income, and time before that can attain what they strived for and be compensated for it. Your guess is as good as mine. This stuff is not written in stone, and each person’s development is something that varies from person to person.
Just recognize that the compensation that a person earns does not have to be measured in money. In most cases the money comes in as a byproduct of a person’s sacrifices like the time and effort they put into what they do.