This has been on my mind for the last fews months, information I have seen about successful individuals from people around me, celebrities and ASF members the consensus to me seems to be the same.
To really become wealthy and lead the life you would like, it would seem the requirement is running your own business. My parents have done just that, started a small business and put in the hard work however they are near retirement now and own their business, several IP's paid in full and can now have the freedom to pursue what they like. From my point of view I don't think this would have been achievable without running their business from the beginning. I would also argue unless you have a large amount of capital beforehand it would be difficult to achieve such results from investing/trading alone without the capital and income being received from your business.
Apologies for the long introduction, but as a group of seemingly successful people I would be very interested in your thoughts.