Many of the famous CEOs of today take 1 dollar as a salary. Steve jobs did it from 1997 till he died. Although his net worth was estimated to be 7 billion dollars, but the wealth was due to Disney-Pixar alliance. He never received any bonus either. Meg Whitman ( new HP CEO) is suppose to receive $1 as her annual salary and her severance package is 1.5 times of her salary if she leaves before completing the first year, so it is $1.50. Many others are same and you may google to find more such.
But my point is, nobody who has ever achieved something in life has done in ideal conditions, everybody has thrived because of adverse condition. Since the days of Confucius ( Crisis is opportunity ) to Napoleon ( troubled childhood) to Einstein (Late starter), adversities in life has always been the medicine for their success. In today's climate when things are gloomy at the best, Now is the time to innovate and create a history to complete the chain of accomplishment of the folks I listed above. We came from nowhere and we are destined to go to dust, why not give the generations something that will keep the torch burning.
When I see the mediocrity in life is prevailing and the caliber seldom is recognized, it hurts !!! Einstein once said "“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”. So true he was and so true it is today.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. - SJ
Signing off for now