The definition of work was now to make some original contribution to the world, and in the process not to starve.
To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that's pretty cool.
Do NOT worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. Don't worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. When you can ask the opinions of people whose judgment you respect, what does it add to consider the opinions of people you don't even know?Go read this essay. Paul also elaborates on some strategies to find "what you love to do" and how you can make money from it... but makes no bones about how its not easy - it requires hard work and discipline. Me thinks its worth it!
If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious.
Much as everyone thinks they want financial security, the happiest people are not those who have it, but those who like what they do.
Seth Godin, on the other hand wonders... "Maybe you can't make money doing what you love"...
Maybe everyone can't, but I'm sure as hell going for it!
Side Note : While reading Paul's essay, I also realisedWhy Parents Will Never Understand Their Kids... And Also Why Uncles and Aunts Will Always Be Cooler!