In reality, a lot of people are doing better than ever before. The vast majority of them are self employed. If you want to be rich nowadays, one of the best way to do this is to work for yourself.
Working a regular job is not an intelligent way to make money. Having a job means your income is limited to what the company chooses to pay you. It also means your income can get shut off at any time. Senior citizens often complain about having a fixed income. Lots of employees have fixed incomes too. I think 'fixed' is the wrong word.... it should be called 'broken'!
I have a regular job right now, but I am actively working on an exit plan. I do my stand up comedy for some extra money right now. I also make some extra money & residual income by writing blogs here and writing for other sites. My plan is to keep building these incomes and adding new streams of income until I can quit my job. Then I am writing a book and blogs that will help others escape corporate slavery.
What is your exit plan?