Men's Health has an interesting article about a guy who left a six figure job to become an actor. The tagline reads "I went broke and found mental, marital and financial stability."
This is one of those things people debate all the time. Should you really do what you love? It sounds so easy and fun, but what if you have bills to pay? Plenty of people who are "doing what they love" are struggling in unstable lifestyles that prevent them from doing other things they would love, like having a family.
Society seems to frown upon 20 somethings that do what they love instead of "acting like adults," and to frown upon 40 somethings that don't do what they love and remained trapped in a job they hate so they can keep up with the Joneses. It really comes down to Socrates. He hit the nail on the head with "know thyself." What's more important to you? That should frame your decision.
Many of you are probably like me, and your dream job is currently out of reach. I'd like to be a full-time value investor, which means I either need enough of my own money to live off that, or I need to convince someone to hire me for their fund. Both are unlikely to happen in 2007. But I have a plan, and am on the right path. Sometimes you just need that zen-like acceptance of where you are in life, combined with the drive to always do better. Satisfaction comes from enjoying the path – not just the goal.