I just paid the $18 so I hope the anonymity of the DL may help.
I am considered a very talented, successful agent. My lifestyle has provided me and my other half an extraordinary amount of time off (6 mos this past year) with homes in major cities in the United States. We travel extensively and while not "dripping in diamonds" we're at least upper middle class.
I am comfortable with my life. I love the co-captain in this relationship. He is my best friend. My best lover. We are content.
But, after over 15 years in said business, and while still young(ish) (42) and fit and attractive (it matters in my career), I can open my own firm and start with younger albeit slightly less successful friends/colleagues. Or I can stay with the large firm, continue to thrive while my superiors are buying mansions in the South, and making so much more money than me, a rain maker.
I have been pressured into starting my own firm. And bring with me some heavy hitters.
I love the anonymity of the DL so I ask, what would you do? Remain in a relatively stress-free life just thanking the gods that you're fortunate enough to live such a life...or....take a risk and start your own empire, with your own rules?