I don't know. It was working out very well until I got to grad school, and then things went downhill. I sometimes wish I could quit the PhD, but I'm annoyingly close to finishing the stupid thing. May as well sprint to the finish line and quit running when the race is over, rather than in the middle of it.Do you regret your move?
I just want to keep it as a hobby where it can be safe from corruption and outside pressure.
I might be able to succeed in academia if I could be more specialized, but I took all these general classes, so I saw all this broken math that needs to be fixed. I can't forget about it and just focus on one narrow area. Most of the other guys just move on when they see these things because they know if they spend too much time on them, they won't be able to publish "new results" and their careers will suffer. I can't do that. First, I have to clean everything up that came before, otherwise, I don't see a point to researching something new. The math we have is a mess and no one cares because you can only get funding if you publish new results. The few people who do write textbooks are often conformists who just copy the same unenlightening stuff that they've been taught, perpetuating the problem.