Work, being practical and making money is associated with the element earth. Imagine a life full of earth – it’s work, work, work. Sure, you can put food on the table and you may be well off too. But is there joy and laughter (fire element)? Is the work good for your soul (water element)? (I could go on about whether the work is beneficial for your mind (air element) but I wasn’t thinking about that).
Maybe it’s good to have a balance. Work (earth) that’s nurturing for the soul (water) and inspires, ignites the passion within you (fire).