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Join a field that draws lots of passionate people and you will have low pay and poor working conditions. It looks like the market monetizes passion.



Yup. Passion can substitute for paycheck to some extent ("I don't earn as much as I would at $mundane-job-X, but at least I'm doing what I love!"), at least for the first couple years - and by then, it's much harder to change your career path.


Exactly. After the passion wears off and you're left with a young family that needs food and clothing and medical care and you can't afford to buy a decent house, doing what you love isn't enough.


This is the true lesson of the economics of career choice. Cleaning toilets can pay surprisingly well because no one wants to do it.


I am not sure that your example is really appropriate.




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