Main Question or Discussion Point
There is a Theoretical Physicist by the name of Garret Lisi. He gave a ted Talk on one of his unified physics theories that received a lot of attention. The reason why I am bringing him up is because he left academia after he finished his phd and moved to Maui. During his time there he found part time gigs just to get by but didn't want to make big commitments because he feared it would take away too much time from his research. I believe now he's financially stable and is able to contribute successfully to Physics without being in Academia. I guess what I'm trying to ask is: do you really need to be in academia to be a successful theoretical physicist ( not experimental), since they don't work in labs. In today's day and age, it is easier than it has ever been to make passive income as a result of the development of technology, social media etc. I recently completed a double major in mathematics and physics and plan on pursuing a phd program in theoretical particle physics and want to live the lifestyle of Garret Lisi.