Well, I made it to the new year. 2008. Wow. For quite a while there, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to get through 2007.
My income comes, basically, from two essential sources. Inworld income (sales, consulting and so forth), and from writing. Essentially, Second Life puts food on the table, and keeps the bills and mortgage paid.
Sure - there's not exactly much of anything left over afterwards, but keeping a family of three is an accomplishment in and of itself.
It's not glamorous to pinch your pennies, or live on cheap foods, or walk instead of spending on public transport. Success, though, isn't measured in glamour. Nor is success a goal. You don't succeed and then suddenly stop, just coasting in the zone for the rest of your life.
Success is a journey, not a goal. I'm fairly poor, sure, but I have everything I have to have to make it to tomorrow. Tomorrow, I'll work on the day after. That's how it goes.
Do remember, that what you want is not the same as what you need. Your needs are what you have to have. Your wants are what you can do without - and you can be happy without the majority of your wants - just focus on the needs, and go from there.