I started a business with a few other people at the end of my freshman year of college. That was my main income source from 18-32 years old. We hit a rough patch along the way and I finally got a j-o-b shortly after I turned 32. I kept the business going on the side after the other owners dropped out. Now the business is doing better and I am 100% owner, plus I have my full-time job. I'll quit the job the end of this year, at 35 years old, since I'll be FI. I enjoy the business (travel industry), so I'll keep that going since it doesn't take much of my time, I can run it from anywhere, and I like getting free stays at ridiculously expensive resorts.
Looking back, would you have taken the same path, or would you have worked a job instead?
Same path. The job gave me a peek into the world of being an employee and it helped me truly appreciate the lifestyle I had as a business owner. Even though I probably could have made more money at a regular job and hit FI a year or two earlier, I still prefer the path I took. The end of this year will conclude 3.5 years of what I'm calling the Office Space chapter of my life. That's just about the right amount of time to get the full experience of being a cubicle monkey, develop a better appreciation for Office Space and Dilbert, and escape before I go insane.