First is not about how much money you make, but about how much money you can save, and how do you feel that you have a good balance between living the moment and preparing for the future.
One thing I see, once you are able to reach a financial stability in whatever professional career you seek, is to make sure that you make enough money to be happy where you work, and how that pays back the time you give to work, as a return on sustaining your happiness and desired lifestyle.
The big piece of the puzzle that has no magic spell, nor predefined script is called Resilience. Ability to adapt as a constant. Opportunities come and go.
Diego recommends the following next steps:
Jessica recommends the following next steps:
If financial gain is your goal, then think about setting up a Company in your chosen field (e.g. Architecture) and have Architects work for you, and again look to be the best Architectural firm in your area.
Risk vs reward:
Individual = less risk so less reward
Company = more risk so more reward
Lastly, don't choose a Career based on financial reward alone. You may end up being very unhappy.
Drew Peake, MSME, M.Eng., MBA, PE, FNAFE, DEE, CIH, CSP
Drew recommends the following next steps: