If you're goal is to be financially free, then being frugal is the more sure path that earning lots of money per year.
expected net worth = [age X (pre-tax income)/10]
This assumes, no ingeritance. If you have twice that, you are a prodigous accumulator of wealth.
Another way to think about it is:
How much money would you need a year to live your lifestyle (assuming you like that life style)?
How many years of that amount do you have saved?
That is the amount of finacial freedom you have (measured in years).
I know most people are students, so the basic question is:
"how little can you manage to live on for a year?"
For the poll: I should point out, that this is for the lifestyle you want, not your current lifestyle (unless it is the one you want).