By generally working exceedingly hard and not for remunerative aspects alone. I loved what I did. I specialized in 18th and early 19th century structures and started my own Design/Build Co in my late 20s. My clientele were all high net worth individuals. I was always passionate about the problem solving, period accuracy coupled with ameliorating all the aspects of modern day living requirements
while remaining sensitive to architectural style . Success came quickly and my clients were happy and business boomed. I have retired from that and now play/restore wooden sailboats as a hobby when not traveling or sailing.