The US is struggling hard to ween itself from the dependence on foreign oil. Relying on foreign oil has this country in a vulnerable position and we have too much pride to be comfortable with that. The US is agressively trying to create a way of providing energy/fuel domestically. Until that happens, the US is forced to play according to the terms of other nations that provide oil to us (i.e. paying higher gas prices). Working a 9-5 job as an employee is the equivalent of the US relying on foreign oil. The employee is dependent on a paycheck and is forced to taker orders as an underling, with little say in the matter. The job may be great, but the employee is in a vulnerable position nonetheless. What happens if the company suddenly goes bankrupt, has a massive lay off, bad management, crooked politics, etc. Of course these are worse case scenarios. But the worst probably of all the facts of being bound to a 9 to 5 are that you have a minuscule chance of becoming financially independent/wealthy. It's just not the way it works. The greatest financial rewards come to those who take the largest risks. Now before you get all gung ho and try to quit your job, let me say this. 9 to 5's can be a stepping stone toward creating your own financial pipeline. 9 to 5's can teach you invaluable skills that you can use in your own endeavors and to say the least, they keep the bills paid until you do establish your own cash well to draw from. But just like the US has learned, relying on foreign entities long term can have devastating consequences if they become the end all be all. While working a 9 to 5, have a plan in place to be able to ween yourself when the opportunity presents itself.