Measuring Success



The Love of Money

What an interesting question. I think the answer is probably no. Being successful requires ambition and aptitude and perseverance. One might easily be successful without loving money. One might like the idea of personal accomplishment, recognition, and for many, the pursuit of power. Whether you love money or not is only one motivator. Money might be adopted by some as the measure of how successful they were, but not the principal motivator. To be successful requires that you have good people skills, know how to network and have reasonable technical skills. I have known many marginally successful business people who were penurious and loved money far too much, to the point that it suffocated their chances for success. On the other hand, the other day I attended the funeral of a businessman who died suddenly. He had just retired. His funeral was packed out… by people who had known him and respected him mightily. Person after person stood up to describe his leadership skills, his mentoring abilities, his integrity and compassion, his honesty in difficult situations, and the way he had helped others. This guy never earned more than $ 80,000 in his life, but he was wildly successful, loved …

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