I've been fortunate, over my increasingly long life, to have had experiences that were of the "pure" variety--there was enjoyment in spite of the compensation, but during my tenure in those positions, the bright sheen turned into a weathered patina, and, had I not exited at that point, I would likely have become another jaded employee.
It's just too often the topic of conversation, that kids should do what they love. This has been a foundational pillar in 21st century educational philosophy. We go to great lengths to prove kids with elective courses that will tap into some lifelong passion. We offer extracurricular activities that we initiate, again, as a spur for some lifelong endeavor. So, this continues until we propel our newly pro[pagandized youth into the workforce: Work is about fun, work is about love, work is about passion....and because of these presuppositions, , it is no longer work.
If you saw how crazy the crazy-making has become, you'd be astonished. No longer is the role of a teacher to teach, facilitate or inform, we have an explicit mandate to have them learn through inquiry. Naturally, people are inquisitive, but if you condition them to learn about that which interests them, then you lose an entire generation's ability to spell, use grammar, do long division, or multiply single digits in their head....
You just have to do sht that you don't like to do....either as a rite of passage, as a learning process, or simply because that's part of the job description. Since the New World Order in education, and, increasingly, in entry level employment, are so 'fun' and 'passion' focused, you begin to understand why even the most untrained eye can see that there is an entire generation lost....right before our eyes.
My point is that for everyone, happiness and compensation teeter on opposite ends of a fulcrum. Too often we're told to ignore the money issue and focus on the passion. Focus on the love. I'm not saying any of you said "money doesn't matter", but that is the general direction our youth is being propelled. It's disingeuous to even speak of a lifelong career without keeping happiness and compensation closely linked.