I realize that ours is not necessarily the usual course of action...+ even having the option to choose is privilege. Many take advantage of this privilege + decide career paths based on the size of the paycheck to come...and (within reason) there is not a whole lot wrong with that (as long as those careers are not about using people).
I do want to share, however, something that I know to be true: "Money often costs too much." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Doing a job solely for the money is a soul suck. Humans crave purpose...and making loads of money, in my opinion, is not true purpose. We need some money...but I don't want to become a slave to it.
My best tools for moving away from an all-consuming devotion to money are: simple living...making our needs few...learning to recognize enough...and simple pleasures...these things don't sound like much fun...but they enable our choices...and they are the most reliable bearers of joy. Less stuff, decreased commitments, less striving to impress others, less comparison...they mean less money going out which means less money has to come in. These tools allow us to know that money is not the entire goal...consuming is not the goal. They give us the freedom to prioritize love, compassion, generosity + passion rather than being slaves to "more"...and there is great joy in that.
Prioritize joy...not money. (Money doesn't create joy.)