Your next to last paragraph concerning entrepreneurs is where I have often ended up in my own thinking, Doren. Unfortunately, I think it is where many designers land. Take the money, do the work and suffer through a career of mediocrity. In fact, I think this is why I write so much. It is my creative outlet, a place where I have some, if not all, control over the creative process and output.
This is a very well constructed comment and a very nice add to what I have written. Thank you for taking the time to put your thoughts down, Doren!