For all of you naturalists: physicists, biologists, geologists, etc (not engineers or applied scientists): Has watching or reading iconic documentaries and books by successful scientists such as Greene, Sagan, Feynman, Dawkins, Cox, etc. ever been an inspiration for your career choices? How realistic is the impression that the celebrity scientists pondering the mysteries of time, space and evolution seem to project about the beauty, wonder and awe of the the workings of the universe? Also can one live a life that caters to these fantasies because its one thing to give your all to something you can work on for the rest of your life because its interesting and its a completely different one to try to grasp the perfect opportunities to fend for your family and daily needs? Any experiences, reminiscences, regrets, advice or epiphanies would be welcome. PS: I personally wasnt lucky enough to find the opportunities to pursue my romantic dreams w.r.t. a career in science but thats only because I tried to be realistic. Its haunting me though.... Have any of you been lucky enough to blend your scientific interests with your paycheck?