Under the revised legend, I would suggest never underestimating the freedom a few extra bucks can provide.
What is the quote? "Those who say money =/= happiness are the ones that already have it?" Something like that.
I would say the PURSUIT of money over everything else is the problem. Unfortunately, a certain amount of money really IS needed for at least some sort of happiness. You just can't get around it. How much
is what is going to vary drastically from person to person.
My dream job is to be head gardener of some palatial estate, castle, or chateau where I am allowed total creative and financial freedom to do what I want. I'd like to think this job would pay well, but in reality, unless you're on tv or something, there's not much money in it.
I guess, technically, I am currently at my safe job. I'm in the industry I aimed for, but in a position where my skills are completely wasted. The money is decent, and I'm allowed a bit of freedom, so it's hard to complain.
Still, at this point in my life, with all the expenses that having a family, and a chronic medical condition entail, I simply cannot pursue my dream job. This is why I've basically enacted them at home. My personal compromise. Build an amazing garden around a little house in the suburbs. If I could only get paid for it...
To actually answer the question, yes, I would take the dream job over the safe job, regardless of pay. Just not for another 10 years or so. *sigh*