For me during school education was always second to playing rugby. I could easily get motivated to play a big rugby match compared to sitting down and writing.
On the money side, what I will say is that my father is a reasonably rich man with his own business. He has always said to me that it is more about the 'game' as he calls it of beating competitors to contracts etc than the money he makes from doing so. I'm a great believer that this is true. Once you have reached a certain level of financial stability the money just doesnt matter anymore.