Not the most relatable picture when a rather successful human being tells you, “It’s not worth pursuing wealth”.
It’s often misunderstood, the idea we do have of success and wealth — as a combination.
My view of success was recognition, wealth was byproduct of my pursuit.
I often see, too many individuals — wandering through life like lost souls, willing to sell themselves short.
All it takes is a little inspiration, because I can relate what it feels like working a dead-end job when you know deep within yourself you’re meant for something greater.
If this advice means anything, from experience — I’d say “patience” is undervalued.
Monetary success comes at a brutal cost, we just don’t see it because how could we…we’ve never experienced it before.
It’s hollow and there’s no happiness in an empty palace.
You lose a lot more than you gain, in the drive we have when we forget that our dreams were once meant for much more than “bragging rights”.
As obsessive as I am in my pursuit, I try to remind myself to slow down every once in a while — it’s not worth risking your life over a speeding ticket.
As students, you’re free-spirited, creatively unshackled, spiritually unconstrained, it’s the most wonderful time of your life; and you’re hardly noticing it.
Notice your surroundings, value these moments, savour every inch of happiness that comes along.
Once you hit the road, there’s no turning back — it becomes an obsession.
Dreams evolve into wants, and in satisfying these wants we sacrifice our soul.
Don’t do it.
It’s not worth it.
You get to a point in your life where you either realise or you forget; what the difference is having “enough” or wanting “too much”.
There was a time in my youth when hearing the world “Millionaire”, would sound like a myth.
Now the word “Billionaire” is a normality.
What’s next, “Trillionaire?”
How much do you need? , How much do you want?
Put a price tag on your soul, and don’t ever settle for any less.
Make enough to maintain a healthy life, but don’t meddle with excess.
It’s a delusion, too many have fallen from grace in this needless pursuit.
I look at myself now, and there isn’t a moment that goes by that I could wish I had some privacy.
Which is why it was always so easy for me to walk away, because I knew I had enough to survive — I could now focus on what I love.
Not every one has that luxury, many of us never get that chance.
In pursuit of wealth, don’t get so blindsided as to lose sight of what’s really important; the people around you.
Look back and offer a helping hand, to those that need it — if you can.
In my days of being a Consultant, the most daunting thing a man who was worth more money that I could ever imagine said to me was this;
“I’d burn it all to just be able to hold my child again with innocence.”
It was in this moment I realised, wealth doesn’t just affect you — it affects everybody around you.
People seem nicer.
Nobody tells you the truth anymore.
Everybody always wants something from you.
Relatives you never knew existed will send you resumes.
Every single individual you surpass in life, you’ll be asking yourself;
“What do they want from me?”
You’ve got two splendid job offers, one is offering to pay more than the other but it requires you to make a larger compromise — is it worth it?
It is worth losing sleep over?
People in need, people in struggle, tend to take any path offered to them because nothing else makes sense.
We’re all offered a helping hand at some point or another, it’s the devil that puts forward the hand we don’t see.
Our attention was diverted to the hand all along, never the face.
Create, but don’t compromise your soul.
Create, because it feeds your soul.
Create, but don’t sell your soul.
Create, because you’re worth more than a price-tag.
Create, because for your self.