From XRayVsn …
In the quest for financial independence and potential early retirement, a fundamental transition needs to occur, transforming from a laborer to a capitalist.
What do I mean by this?
For the vast majority of people the way they “earn a living” is by getting a job and trading time/labor for money.
It is a central tenet to how our economy works. We try to maximize this compensation by developing skills that are in demand and in which society places as a premium. But even highly compensated individuals, such as physicians, are laborers at the very heart of the matter.
When a laborer stops working, that income stream dries up.