What did it cost you to stay at your high-income job despite not enjoying the work?

Oh, I totally agree with you and my apologies if I came off as jealous. Rest assured I am not, simply because it's counterproductive to my goals. One of the reasons I visit this sub is because I enjoy picking the minds of people better off than myself. A lot of the stuff I've learned here is amazing and priceless, it's a wealth of knowledge from people willing to share it out. If you go look at the PF sub it's downright depressing and it's a stark reminder of how lucky I am.

I'm one of those "weirdos" who choose to pay off their mortgage in five years instead of owning a car with a glovebox light. I simply have no desire to drive a Lambo or have a huge home to prove my status, my goal instead is to retire while I'm still young (like many others here).

I think you can learn an awful lot by studying people who are more successful than you are, and maintain a healthy perspective by also studying people who are less successful. However, if you "cross the line" into envy or jealousy it's incredibly dangerous, because it'll put you into a victimhood mindset where you end up not trying as hard because you feel inferior and blame others for your problems. No thanks on that, I learned that lesson a long time ago. For me, crossing the six figure mark as a high school dropout was something I thought may never happen. Luckily it did, and nowadays I've removed all mental limitations on my own earning potential. I'm in the process of removing myself from the world of "working for other people" so I can earn more than I could ever possibly earn by renting out my personal time to an employer, that's the next big step for me and it's gonna be a journey.

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