What do most people believe is an important goal: to be rich or successful? Rich is a relative term, that can be interpreted differently. When my older son was about 9 or 10 years old, he came and asked me if we were rich. He had noticed that our family had two homes (one was a tiny and simple cottage “get-away” with no TV or phone), two cars, and a boat (small). I answered that we weren’t “rich”, though we may be more fortunate that others. (Saving our money and managing our money as best we could.)
It made me recall that when I was a young girl, I remembered a friend, whose father worked at a manufacturing firm, where he bought his daughters shiny crystal necklaces, which made me think that they were rich. Interesting how we begin surmising or make conclusions about wealth at a young age.
Recently online there was a list of the “richest people in America”, though when you clicked on the list, the names on the list shifted every few seconds, relating that due to stocks, bonds, trading, the economy, etc., those financial standings changed instantly ever so quickly. Isn’t that amazing? So even if you were the richest one minute, your name could drop off the list completely the next minute. Being rich can quickly fad. Is that what you want?
It would seem to be understandable that many may want to attain a reasonable amount of wealth over time, as long as that desire doesn’t become obsessive. Wealth does NOT buy happiness, though it can pay for medical care, normal living expenses, and help to take care of families and allow you to share financial support to those things that you value highly. (That could include contributing money to a church, hospital, important projects or organizations and other good deeds.) Special contributions are all around us (i.e. funds to help with medical research, etc.). There are so many who could value and benefit from financial contributions. However, becoming rich or wealthy is not something a person should strive to attain.
Being “successful” in your line of work or for an important passion of yours (i.e. providing assistance to teach those who have lost their jobs how to manage a successful job search) is an example of succeeding in an important effort or passion. This, in turn, would be a satisfying experience for yourself. When deciding whether to seek wealth verses success in attaining solutions, etc., the latter is likely to be much more exciting and a long-term reward, especially when it benefits others. www.compasscareer.com