It would be interesting to hear Bear's story from the beginning. Looking back at my life, where I am now, my work ethic, the things I value, while partially learned from the tiny experiences of a lifetime, but also a few pivotal points.
When I was just out of highschool, I really wanted to be a professional musician. But, I've been a diabetic since I was three, so a full time job with good medical benifits is a necessity. After a while, I cut my hair, and got a "real" job selling computers. I really didn't mind the work, and it paid the bills. But, it sure wasn't the same as my dreams of being creative with my life.
Ten years later, I was married, making decent money by the standards of my community, and was very addicted to the lifestyle and accoutrements of high dollar sales. And, I was very depressed.
Divorce didn't seem to be a good thing at the time. But, in the years that followed, I learned alot. I turned off my cable TV, first out of financial necessity, then left it off, because I found I got more done. For the first time in years, I was really happy deep down.
I still pay the bills with a sales job, and I really like the job. I don't covet the "things" that people buy to show that they are sucessfull, I have no debt, I don't watch TV for more than an hour or so a week, and I get a ton done.
Somewhere between Bear's lifestyle, and Bill Gates lifestyle, there is a home for all of us. I'm slowly simplifying my life, and it makes me happy. I still like snobby wine and food, but over all, life is simplifying, and it makes me happy.
Looking back I wonder where I'd be without the diabetes, or the divorce, or the job in sales. No regrets really, but those things certianly shaped where I ended up.
Just my $0.02