Interesting analysis Reed! I'm someone who stayed in the same job since graduation but have been rewarded well and grown.
You're absolutely right about people needing to be honest with themselves about what they are willing to do. I wasn't willing to move around and got comfortable. This stability allowed me to develop other passions outside of work. I'm happy this way but many others wouldn't be.
I think your path is a great example to others to show them a realistic way to get to where they want to be!