Most guys I know that own their own business are consumed by it, and have very little time to spend all that money they're making. OTOH, a handful of them now oversee only the executive level stuff, and actually make time to enjoy the fruits of their labor. A lot of factors come into play in this, IMO it's the guys that don't need to constantly control every facet, and hire excellent trustworthy people to hand the reins to, that successfully balance work life and quality of life. Many believe that work is life. I'm not that guy. Work is an inconvenience that gets in the way of life.