I've always found the advice "Do what you love, and the money will follow" to be unhelpful and, frankly, a little perplexing. I mean, unless you are a performer, or an artist, or the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, doing what you love for most people would be a one-way ticket to the poorhouse. The fact of the matter is, few people *love* doing what most well-paying jobs require.
Any time anyone ever offered me this quote as advice, I quipped in response "I don't know of anyone who will pay me to read novels and pet my dog all day." I mean, historically speaking, those are the two things I've loved doing the most. Honestly, I think I'm in the majority here, not the minority, in having the things I love doing be things that would in no way equate to a paying job. . . let alone a job that paid a livable wage.
I am now several years into my second professional career, and in my years of working, I have known a lot of nurses, doctors, therapists of various types, and now lawyers, as well as other professionals. Very few of them *loved* what they did for a living. Notice I didn't say "none." The ones who did love their work certainly stand out in my mind. But they were distinctly in the minority.
Do you think my experience is peculiar to the fields in which I've worked? (Nursing/healthcare and law.) It's a well-known fact in the legal profession that a lot of people hate their jobs, and I recently read an article that nurses are among the most dissatisfied with their jobs. Do you think that, in other fields, more of the people love their work?
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate my job, and there are certainly aspects of it that I like and enjoy (as well as others I do not). There was aspects of being a nurse that I enjoyed, too. (Although, for me, there were more things about that particular job that I disliked than liked.)
But I don't love my job. I really can't imagine *loving* a job.
I can say, without a doubt, that I love being a mother. But yet again, it's a job no one will pay me to do. :-)