I want to be perfectly clear about two things: (1) money is not the most important thing in life; (2) money is one of the most important things in life.
In short, you should want to make more money because money helps you do the most important things in life.
Whether you admit it or not, money matters. People who say that money doesn’t matter or that money is not important are usually broke and desperate for money.
That is not a judgement; that is simply an observation.
I’ve found that people are often apathetic about money until they are desperate for it. By then, it is too late. To avoid poverty and desperation, resolve to make more money.
I honestly believe that, when you strip away the layers of political correctness, everyone wants to make more money. We just have different reasons for wanting to make more money.
Some people want to make more money to pay off debt, to make a downpayment on a house, or to go on a trip to an exotic destination. Some people want to make more money so that we can buy the person that we love something nice for their birthday. Some people want to make more money to give it all away when they die.
Remember, you can do whatever you want with your money. You can use your money for good or evil. That choice is always up to you.
That said, there are still people admonish those who make and have lots of money.
They complain about the one-percenters. They read and share articles about “the undeserving rich.” They whine about how they got dealt a bad hand and how rich people are taking advantage of them. They do everything in their power to prove to themselves that making or having lots of money is bad.
Then, they listen to “Billionaire” and watch some episodes MTV Cribs instead of doing something productive and putting in the work to become rich themselves.
Hypocrisy makes the world go round, I guess.
The way I figure, it is either always good or always bad to be rich. The goodness or badness of being rich should not change because of your personal financial situation. You can’t say that being rich is good if you’re rich but that being rich is bad if you’re not rich. You can’t have it both ways.
“But, I don’t want to turn into a rich asshole.”
“That’s fine. Then, don’t be an asshole.”
In my life, I’ve met rich people and poor people, good people and bad people. If I’ve learned one thing, it is that there is no relationship between wealth and goodness. In fact, some of the best people that I know are also the wealthiest.
There is no direct tie between a person’s goodness and a person’s wealth. They are mutually exclusive characteristics. A person can be good and rich, bad and rich, good and poor, or bad and poor. If given the option, I’d choose to become a good and rich person who uses my time, energy, and money to improve the state of the world.
In the end, I believe that you can do well and do good.