From the comments of Never Make Counter Offers on Bram Cohen’s weblog,
…Money is really like a chronic disease, my financial situation is something that intrudes on what I want to do, and prevents me from doing it unless I keep it treated. Either the work is interesting, or it isn’t what I want to do with my life. (You turn 40 at the same time regardless of what you’ve been doing, the question “was it worth it” is not a dollar value question.)
I suspect all real geeks are like this. Being paid very well to sit in a cubicle with nothing to do (been there, quit that) is low-grade torture.