... and that's exactly the point. If I would have had some prior knowlegde (or even foresight), I would have quit my job after explaining this Internet and HTML thingy to the senior consultants and management who did not udnerstand a wahoota of it somewhere in 1996, started a company, sold out in 1999, and now live off some comfortable piggy bank somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle Thus, I might start again as a software developer if I could go back to when I started working in 1992, but I sure would not be working as a software developer in 2008
A lot of people talk about getting a lot of money (the time travel thing is useful in that scenario) and then retiring. But the vast, vast majority of people who make a lot of money and sell out then spend the rest of their life (and money) funding and investing to prove to themselves that it wasn't a fluke.
I'm not sure that anyone can simply decide to play 'Left 4 Dead' for the rest of their lives and actually be fulfilled.
So even with a big bank balance there is still the urge to 'do something'. Why would it not be software dev?
"If you reward everyone, there will not be enough to go around, so you offer a reward to one in order to encourage everyone."
Mei Yaochen in the 'Doing Battle' section of Sun Tzu's: Art of War.
I did not say I would not be developing software - I just ment to say that I would not be doing it for a living. I have a passion for software development - but it is partly driven by the fact that is the best way I can monitized my talents. I have other passions as well. After 16 years of software development I might explore them too. If you are financially independent basically EVERYTHING you do is a hobby, and hobbies may come and go in the course of a lifetime