What Is Worth More Than Money? A Lot, Unless You’re A Shallow Tool To Society

If you’re a shallow tool to society you might think nothing is worth than money. Think again. What is worth more than money? A lot.

What makes one person successful and another person a failure? Many things. Some believe that the true indicator of success is wealth. Others say it is popularity. Others still say fame.

If you take a look at society these days, you’ll notice one thing. You’ll notice that most people think success is based on what you’ve accomplished for yourself.

Got a ton of money? Success.

Got a high power job? Success.

Famous? Success.

But fame and money are perhaps two of the worst indicators of success. You could quite quickly achieve a relatively high level of fame and success if you were willing to do anything to get there. You could rob a bank and become rich. You could sleep around with producers and become famous. But the problem is you’d inevitably end up hurting people in the process.

You could also quite easily become “successful” if you have a complete lack of morals. Take Kevin O’Leary, for example. Here’s a man who has billions. He’s accrued billions for himself. And no surprise, he’s also a man who has absolutely zero morals.

For evidence I site the following quote… and also his face. Honestly, can’t imagine a blind mother kissing that.

So, this guy is successful because he has money…? Is success really so cheap?

Success is not money. Kevin Oleary, for instance, is an extremely rich man. But does his money make him a success? Hell no. Kevin OLeary has publicly stated that he is glad that there are people starving in Africa. Douchebag. And proof that money is not success.

Society has completely lost the plot when it comes to defining who is successful and who is a failure.

Take the example of a charity volunteer, the type of person who is in Nepal right now doing their part for the world. They’ve decided to sacrifice their own desire for wealth in order to help others. They’re not famous, they’re not rich… so are they therefore less successful than Kevin O’Leary and Tiger Woods (the latter of whom I include for his lack of respect for women)?

If capitalist-funded researchers investigated the relationship between asshole-ism and money, they’d find a very close link.

To prove that point just question precisely what leads to wealth. Wealth means having money. To have money you have to take money. You don’t make money. That’s a fallacy. You take money. That’s never been truer than it is today.

Today, more people get rich suing others than by legitimately earning it. Just turn the TV on and you’ll see that about half of all adverts are for lawyers trying to find people who want to sue others. Most of the cases aren’t legitimate. Most cases are made by people who don’t care whether they’re right or wrong, but just want to make money the easy way.

And speaking of making money the easy way, what about all those single mothers who have umpteen kids in order to get paid through welfare that comes from the taxpayer? They’re actually making more money having illegitimate children than people who are working honest nine to five jobs.  So are they more successful?

Money, clearly, is no indicator of success. So what about having a job with a fancy title? Is that a true indicator of success?

If so, then every banker around the world must be a truly successful person, right? Those people running our banks and getting millions in bonuses even when they cock everything up… they must surely be successful people right? After all, “Investment Banker” sounds pretty good to me.

But if that’s the case, then Fred Goodwin must be one hell of a successful guy. This is the guy TIME calls, “The face of over-reaching bankers everywhere. Goodwin is greedy. More than 20 takeovers helped him transform RBS into a world beater after he assumed control in 2000. But he couldn’t stop there. As the gloom gathered in 2007, Goodwin couldn’t resist leading a $100 billion takeover of Dutch rival ABN Amro, stretching RBS’s capital reserves to the limit. The result: the British government last fall pumped $30 billion into the bank, which expects 2008 losses to be the biggest in U.K. corporate history.”

One of the people who caused the financial crisis, Fred Goodwin is both extremely rich and the holder of a top job, so he must be successful…right?!

If leading the world to financial crisis is success then I will gladly remain a failure, thank you.

It’s clear that society has it ass-backwards. Success has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of money you have or with your job title.

Real success looks more like this…

Money is not success. What is success? Well, maybe it looks a little something like this, this woman helping a starving kid in Africa and doing charity work. Money is not success. THIS is success. Love and compassion are success.

I’m going to suggest that we all change our perspective on success. How about we call people successful when they give their lives helping other people despite the influence to themselves?

That would make our guy in Nepal right now a genuine, bona fide success. He’s out there not concerned with dough or with his job title. He’s out there helping families in crisis because he cares. Now that is surely a much better example of a successful person?

Success. It’s got nothing to do with riches, fame, and high powered jobs. It’s got everything to do with being a damn good person. Because love, compassion, kindness, these are all things that are more valuable than money.


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Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.