You have a family of 3 children with the spouse of your dreams. You despise your job, but you get paid exceptionally well and the people you work with are intelligent and at times interesting. Thanks to the income you're making, the kids are set for college. You rarely see them but they know you try your best to race home in your Mercedes every night. And when you do make it home, you make the most of the time you have with your loved ones. In addition to your spacious and plush abode you have a vacation home where you've done more working than vacationing. You're respected and revered by your peers, who know you're pulling in bank. Your dedication to charity and service is admirable. You give your hard earned money to respectable charities (that actual benefit the people they intend to).
You have a family of 3 children with the spouse of your dreams. You love your job, but you're pushing a '96 Dodge Caravan. You could make a lot more money if you wanted, but you live comfortably enough that you rarely, if ever, entertain the idea. The absence of constraints from your job affords you the leisure to hone and cultivate a craft. Your vocation is your charity, so although you can't come out of pocket to give, you often give of your time because you have it. Your kids think that Outback Steakhouse is luxury dining. You're respected and revered by your peers, who know you're not pulling in loot but respect your resolve. You're making a difference in the world and your skills are invaluable to your coworkers. You know your kids and their crushes and they in turn know you and your dreams, but your vocation and the money it brings in makes Williams College seem a lot less appealing when your daughter tells you she got in.
Would you rather be the person in Scenario 1 or 2?