I dunno, I have to discourage the "money doesn't matter" bit.
It most certainly does matter, and it should matter. If not for now, for later on. You may have simple needs, simple desires, or a small set of wants, but, unless you want to work forever, then you need to bankroll your future.
As a teacher, we are innundated with these idealists who think that following your passion is the way to find happiness and success. Well, I did that when I had a woodworking business. I was making good money doing it....not as much as I do teaching, but, it was only part time...I was very passionate about it.
As soon as your passion becomes your profession....as soon as that thing you love making, becomes a commissioned piece, or anything like that...it changes the perception of what it is that you do. I have a great number of friends who have chased their passions...and what they are left with is a "job" they don't like...and, depending on thier pay, they either have a job they aren't completely happy with but a lot of money, or, a job they aren't completely happy with, and live in debt / paycheck to paycheck.
Back when I was a bartender, I looved that work. When I was a ski lift attendant, I loooved that. Landscaping...awesome. But these are mostly retrospective analyses, because when I was in the position, I remember hating the bullsht, the hours, the weather...or whatever.
I am, and always have been, a glass half full kind of person....but, truthfully, anything you do day in and day out will wear on you and the only thing that justifies the means in some cases, is the end. Do you make enough money to compensate for the bullsht, the people, the red tape, or the mundane nature of the job.
I'd love to "do what I am passionate about", which is to live in Maui and do something related to the ocean. But, when push comes to shove, and the reality of it all sets in, you still get up with the sun, finish when the sun goes down, 5 days a week...and then count your beans at the end of the day. There would definately be a better quality of life by living there, but it would be at the expense of a great deal of other things.
So, when I see someone from the TED conferences saying how we have to be dreamers and we have to pursue our passions, I look at the hoardes of those doing that, who also live in poverty and are miserable for it. I look at a larger and more noteworthy cross section of people who have managed to do something they enjoy, or like, and feel they are compensated adequately, and those are the people we need to point to and say: "find that".
You can be like a good friend of mine and chase the girl of your dreams as well...perfect body, gorgeous face, athletic, has a matched passion for your passions....but then you'll end up being 37 years old and chronically single. In the 18 years I've known him, his longest relationship was about a month. Combine low income, and unreasonable dating goals, and you end up renting a room at a friend's house with a bleak future for anything to actually work out.
You have to find something that meets the 2 goals in the middle: Something you enjoy and something you receive adequate compensation for doing. If you endeavor to only satisfy one of them, then you'll forever notice the absence of the other.
Chisa hates his job....maybe if they doubled his salary, he'd feel differently.
I enjoy what I do, but if they cut my pay in half, I'd be out the door.
If there were other things I could show up at tomorrow and work for slightly less money, then I'd consider it, but it would HAVE to be something that I'd enjoy more than what I'm currently doing. You'd never catch me leaving my career to make $40k a year....even if it meant being a porn star, fcking hot porn chicks.
I don't want to work until I'm 70 years old, so, a bit of dissatisfaction here and there is the trade-off for not having to do it forever.