Money is an important tool to achieving our goals, realizing our dreams, and making day-to-day living easier. It can buy us bigger homes, better cars, more vacations, and other things that will make life more comfortable. However, it should not be your life’s goal. Money should not be the driving force that makes you work hard day and night.
Money is not equivalent to success. You could be rolling in cash, yet a failure – unhappy at life, unaccomplished, a nobody. Or living in a small house, yet successful – accomplished, happy, and productive.
Our goals are relevant to our idea of success. Getting rich and amassing assets is easily what comes to mind in relation to success. So, we strive and work for money, increase incomes, and acquire more assets. The goal becomes the accumulation of financial wealth.
But setting money as the goal is misleading. Money comes in numbers, and numbers are infinite. One can never have enough money. If you are going to use money as your goal, you will always be going after an ever-increasing number, a never-ending series of goals. There will always be bigger houses, newer cars, and never worlds to conquer.
This is the reason why there are people who seem to have accumulated properties and wealth that will last way beyond their lifetime, yet remain seeking and unsatisfied. They might look successful and accomplished to the world, but to their bones, they remain unfulfilled.
Money is essential to a good life, just like freedom and good health. But, putting money as your goal will only lead you to a frustrating and never-ending quest for success. You will never achieve and experience true happiness and success, you will only have a pile of money.
Instead of aiming for more money, aim for things that will make you happy. Is it travelling? Time with your loved ones? The arts? Gardening? Philanthropy? Fame?
Determine your passion. What do you want to do if you’re not engaged in money-earning activities? If your true happiness lies in photography, then you should aim to be a good photographer. If you love travelling, find a means of sustaining and earning from your travels.
The clear solution is to create a career or a business out of your passion. Dedicate yourself to your profession and work hard to be the best in what you do. The money will surely come later as a consequence of your great work and professionalism. And if you’re lucky, so will fame.