That is a big question, and it involves some
terms that may mean different things for different
people, so this can only be my personal answer. I
will answer yes to the first part, because many
scientists I know are happy because they do
something that they enjoy, that they are good at,
and that is meaningful to them. That last part is
important because it will help you when at times
you need to do things that by themselves you do
not like doing as much but that you know will get
you closer to where you want to be.
Now about rich - I know few scientists that would
be called rich but there are some. I doubt that
any of them started out with a goal of getting
rich though. And if they did start out with that
goal rather than the goal of learning more about
something that they are interested in, I think
they would not have made it through the long
training that it takes to become a scientist.
That being said, having gone through all that
training and studying to be a scientist means that
you will likely end up having enough money to be
comfortable. And there are studies that suggest
that above a certain level of income (where you
don't have to worry about "basics" any more),
happiness does not increase with income.
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