I already know that my turning point will be soon. Like others have stated, I'm scared because I will be going from a stable job with great benefits to a venture that does not gaurantee a stable income and worst case scenario is I lose everything. I feel like the time to do it would be soon because I'm still in my mid-late 20s and can recover from a lost quicker than if I were to already have a family.
I've talked to a few respected professors who have/had their own businesses and they stated the same thing as you, Steve B. You need to do what you like and the money will follow. Those who do what they enjoy become great at it. And the greats in all fields, be it sports or doctors or whatever, make great salaries.
Steve B: If you don't mind me asking, what is your business? You can PM me if you don't wish to disclose the info publically. I always try to connect with members who have stories and lessons to share as I find them valuable.