It's not hard to start consulting. Plenty of people consult and many of them are very successful short term.
Far fewer are successful for the long term, truly 'live the dream ' for decades, whether this means some combination of high pay, meaningful '& exciting work, and a high level of personal freedom, or something else.
What do consultants that are living their dreams for decades that creates long term success?
Lessons learned are from both Ted Demopoulos ' nearly 30 year consulting career and from many other long term successful consultants and include: