Brilliant post. There are plenty of those people around, who risked it all and lost. Still, I think the vast majority of business owners are neither super successful nor super failures. Even in the IT field, most are just coasting by, with decent incomes but nothing spectacular. And of course this is precisely what one would expect in an efficient market. Take, for example, a tech startup I invested in 15 years ago. At the time, the owner had huge dreams and everything seemed very promising. He is still going at it, making some money, but nothing near what he was shooting for. He has maybe 5-6 big clients who pay the bills and everyones modest salaries, and that is it.