The beauty of life is that anyone can change their life by just changing their thinking. Is it easy? Well, not necessarily. But, it's not that difficult, either. It all comes down to this for me: how bad do I want it?!
As for others slaving away and all that, hell, that's their choice. It's not for me to condemn it, judge it, or try to change it for them. Only THEY can do that. Some folks are just fine with no money, dead-end jobs, getting high, etc. It WORKS FOR THEM. It's their stability. I salute anyone doing what makes them happy, regardless of what that may be.
But, their way never has to be MY WAY, and vice versa!