you can make big $$$ even while employed, it's all in how you make your dollars work for you. A chap I know retired from being employed as a timber salesman 8 years ago, never had his own business, but during his working years he invested wisely enough to now have a shopping centre farm and various other scattered properties - there are many stories like these.
Self employment has it's ups and downs and you need to consider there are many self employed operators that just make a wage and some of them are even happy doing that. The past 5 years has seen many businesses go under, some of these on the face of it seem large and successful.
good points & respect to the people growing them selves from being a "slave to the man" and aspire to either be one of these people or successful in my own empire what ever it is. Being self employed doesn't mean being rich for some people its about being happy with steady stream of income and a family life.
While others love the drive off succeeding and enjoy the riches along the way & i want to be one of these people. Working long weeks to be successful drives me not just the money/power. if that what drives you each to their own
i like your comment about seem large and successful then collapse owing 00's millions in some cases. I dont mind using debt or such to grow but use it wisely. not just to seem successful to the masses