Understand the System
A lot of people fight against the system, but this is like paddling a canoe upstream against a raging current - eventually you will tire out and the river will have its way with you pushing you over the waterfall.
The philosophy I use is to become a student, then a master of the system, and then use the system legally to build your wealth to achieve financial independence.
If you don't learn how to control money, money will always be in control of you.
The absolute key is to have enough wealth to get out of the system and lead a spiritual life to pursue those things that we are truly passionate about without the consideration of money coming into the decision making process.
The way I look at it, is that I'm truly the artist of my own life and my future is a blank canvas to map out and paint my future experiences.