My father's life philosophy goes something like this:
"When you have a big decision to make, take the money out of it."In other words, never make a decision purely for financial reasons. If you have a job offer, for example, FIRST decide if you would be happy doing it, what benefits it would bring to your life, what inconveniences, etc... THEN factor in the money. Because if you don't like the job to begin with, no amount of money is going to make that a good decision.
I think some people may see this as a privileged position... to get to make choices without having to consider money. But it's actually really practical advice.
If you do something you love (or seen from another perspective: if you can find love for what you do), chances are you will invest a lot of energy and heart into that. That kind of enthusiasm and inspired action reaps amazing rewards if you have the patience and trust to let it grow.
It makes good financial sense in the long run.
Whenever I make big decisions, I always make sure my motivation is something other than money.
Most people think they want more money because it will make them happy. If you aren't happy making that money, how does that add up?
Joy is NOW.