Since I was 5 years old I knew I wanted to run a (hopefully large) software company. I never liked following - leading was appealing; and I've always had a love of software. When I was 16/17 I started freelancing, and didn't goto college. I chugged out work for several years, gaining experience and friends. I landed my first "real" coding job about 1.5 years ago. Now I work as a lead dev for a startup, and run my own small software company on the side (weekend projects, for now)... so tantalizingly close to my "dream job". Hopefully within a year or two that dream will become a reality. So how about you guys... Do you work at your dream job, or are you still on the path (perhaps it is a hobby for now?) Have you given up on it completely?