1) I just looked at his Patreon, and saw he had 493 supporters. He publishes precisely one piece of content per month, which is a recent development and is unlocked at 10 dollars. Its possible there are a bunch of people at his 500 or 5000 dollar tier. It just seems like an insane way to spend your money, but I don't have evidence as he doesn't publish his take. I think most supporters would be 10 dollars or less. Sure it will boom when he publishes a new book and puts chapters up, but who is going to put 10 dollars into a patreon for an author who is already successful in return for nothing? I'm all for charity, but i'm not donating to people richer than I am. I doubt anyone else will either, no matter how good/generous/ altruistic they are. I'd rather send it to a nigerian prince 2) Its not unusual for otherwise successful people to give up high paying jobs for uncertain careers because that's the life they want. Personal anecdote, my mother chose to give up a very, very wellpaying position as an it consultant with the government to get back to the work she burns for, working as a social worker specialising in children. Money is just a number to me and most of the people I know, if you have enough to survive then you don't really need more. You don't need a fancy car, or a large house or to go on holiday every year. These are luxuries that won't make you happy, on the contrary they will isolate you if you build your life around them. Follow your passion if you are fortunate enough to have one, not the money. 3) As for the idea that starvation will make you creative, take a look at the flood of creations coming out of China. Some of them are good, but most are terrible. They are made on demand by people who can only afford one or two missteps before they are on the street and it shows. The fear and stress make them take the same safe and generic routes over and over, leading to novels that are basically indistinguishable from one another. 1: Create self insert character 2: make idiotic villain who offends him for no reason 3: give him OP mcguffin 4: kill villain, possibly villains family/ clan/ sect/ master 5: repeat from step 2 Hungry people usually start looking for safish shortcuts. Ways they can work faster and squeeze out a few bucks on the side. 4) In recent years there have been experiments in Finland with what is commonly referred to as a Universal basic income. The study is centered on people without jobs, who received a UBI equal to welfare in Finland but without the usual strings. As one might expect, most of these people kept looking for jobs, though some created startups of their own. A handful kept lasing around as they had on welfare, usually because they had various issues that weren't monetary in nature. Nothing changed much. Personal opinion Most people don't want to be leeches, they want to contribute in a meaningful way to the society they live in. They want the status that comes with being an honest, hardworking member of society. Not everyone, but there is a reason that criminals make up less than 1% of the population and even among them most aren't doing it because they want to be leeches, they want drug money or they want somewhere to belong. When pushed to have multiple full time jobs to make ends meet after cutting personal expenses to the bone, people become warped, lose faith in the system and start doing whatever to get by.