"Not everything that count can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton).
For Christmas this year my Secret Santa gave me a desk calendar entitled Stuff White People Like. A little back story - Stuff White People Like is a blog that takes a satirical aim at the interests of North America "left leaning, city dwelling white folk." The blog was created in January 2008 by white Canadian Christian Lander, who grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Lander co-authored the site with his Filipino Canadian friend Myles Valentin after Valentin teased Lander about his watching the HBO television series The Wire.
The reason I am sharing this with all of you is because I was recently reading a day in my calendar entitled Unpaid Internships (which if you are interested you may read at http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/07/20/104-unpaid-internships/).
The basic premise of this blog is that people work a lot for very little. This resonated with me because I have heard (as I am sure you have) numerous individuals complain about working more than they are paid. And, I also know someone (and so do you) who works harder than they get paid. It got me thinking about the saying - do you what you love and you will never work a day in your life.
Now I am not so naive as to think (nor should you be) that just because you love what you do there aren't going to be bad days. But the point is, if you love what you are doing you will want to be doing it all the time (or most of it) regardless of how much you are getting paid.
I am not suggesting that people work for free but I am saying that you should find something you enjoy doing and the money will follow. Either way, if you want the money or the prestige you are going to have to work hard for it so you might as well be doing something you love while you're chasing it.