Originally Posted by Milton
After one has invested time, effort and money qualifying for a particular occupation, and then additional time and effort building relevant experience/expertise, it is easy to feel trapped. But the reality is that - absent unusual circumstances - almost all of us have a choice whether to continue or try something else.
True, people look at the time, expense and effort put into their careers as investments from which they cannot walk away. However, a truly objective investor will cut his/her losses at a certain point. While there is no way to put in "stop loss" orders for your career, there are various stages at which you can choose to do something else. The key to avoiding the trap is not becoming completely dependent on the full income from your chosen career, also called "golden handcuffs".
Money = Freedome to Choose (and walk away if necessary).