I don’t have the answer Ohai, but for what’s it’s worth, I’m thinking the same. I can’t really see myself doing this stuff when I’m 40 (6 years from now). I want an out strategy but I also haven’t figured out what that is yet. A guy I used to work with resigned his job as head of a trading desk and went into teaching high school science. He came back to finance after 2 years though so not exactly a success story.
I’m hoping to maybe eventually do some kind of online business of some kind, something that’s scalable (i.e. not a grocery store), and that allows me to work from wherever I want (i.e. just need a laptop). I don’t know what exactly, but that’s the areas I’m brainstorming. I knew a guy at an old job who set up an online business selling baby stuff that he got made in China. That kind of thing. It would also allow me to move away from the big city where I could get a nice sized block of land for not much and maybe set up a bed and breakfast, something to supplement our income. My wife wants to write a novel so I’d like her to be able to pursue that dream and hopefully write the next DaVinci Code. What I’d do then is probably best left for another thread (i.e. how to spend it if you made it).