Many people used to get jobs because they needed to pay bills. As a growing young adult, having a job and making money is the next step in the natural progression of life. However, jobs have come a long way since then, and people have been changing their feelings about working. No longer are people sitting idly at their desks while the world goes on around them in an "Office Space" style of working. They are going out and finding careers that they love, and taking hold of their dreams. This is what you need to do if you want to make the most of your career. Sure, money is nice, but wouldn't it be better to make a little less and be happy than to make a little more and be miserable?
For some people, there is no question that the highest paying job is the best one. However, for those who seek the balance between happiness and making a living, there are many ways to find a career that can be enjoyable and allow you to provide for your family. The first rule of choosing a career is to go with your gut. Find something that you like to do and make sure that no one changes your mind. If you want to be a CEO, start climbing the corporate ladder. If you'd rather work your way up to management at the video arcade, then do it. People look down on these types of jobs in many cases, but someone needs to do them so that businesses can continue to function.
If every single person said 'I'm never working in fast food' and stuck to their initial opinion, there would be no fast food restaurants because there would be no employees. There is no shame in doing what you love, no matter which industry you end up working in. Once you've determined which careers you would enjoy the most, you need to figure out what training or education is necessary, if any. Obtain that training and/or education, and then begin applying for the career of your dreams. It's hard to ignore input of others when it comes to choosing a career, but at the end of the day, you are the only one that has to live with yourself.
Remember this when it comes to choosing a career. It might be easy to do something that is expected of you, but you will only be making everyone else happy. If you want to do what's best for you, choose a career that you would enjoy regardless of other people's thoughts or opinions, and don't settle for anything less than what you want out of life. Remember that success is not measured by how much money you make, but rather how much you enjoy the journey that life takes you on. Always keep in mind that life is not about the destination, but about the journey getting there.