The web is filled with motivational speakers who urge you not to work for someone else. The only way to achieve true wealth is to get out there and make a name for yourself. You have to have hunger, and hustle until you make something you can be proud off. Usually these people will throw in a few names like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and a few other names we are familiar with.
These names are supposed to exemplify people who followed nontraditional paths and became wealthy. It is true, if you put your self out there, you might just strike fortune just like those famous names. But, for every Bill Gates, there is Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella. For every Steve Jobs, there is a Tim Cook. There is a Sundar Pichai, a Lisa Su and many more name of successful people. What these people have in common is that they are not company founders. They are employees. Yet, they hold the same prestigious titles.
There isn't one path to riches. Starting your own thing will most likely result in failure. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something we dismissed. It could turn into years of struggle, and failure, and most likely, never becoming rich.
Instead, think of your time as investment. How much time does it take to achieve a certain financial success through self employment versus a regular job. If financial success is the goal, the shortest time is always better option. Remember, a job can be less stressful than starting your own company. And it can pay just as well. See the names of people I listed above, they chose the career path.