You forgot to mention: investors don't change their time for money, which is basically what everyone else does.

Can you elaborate on point 5? What kind of risk are you referring to? I don't see any risk apart from less time with family and friends when only taking the former paragraphs into account.

Generalists vs. specialists, that's a tough one. Being a specialist in a relevant field might lead to significantly higher compensations. Of course, that is not the general case. But apart from job-hopping, I don't see too many chances to get substantial raises in a programmer's wages in a short amount of time.

I don't see any possible multiplier in your article apart from: "Otherwise, you can do freelancing on the side, write a book, or start a YouTube channel, a blog, or a podcast" here we get to the exciting points: opportunity costs vs. risk. The risk is still very low as there are little to none costs involved (only time). But these are business models which at least have the potential to scale and reach a broad audience.

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