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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Why is it that people who are immoral are so often more successful?

Question:  If a business owner works hard and lives a moral life, are they usually not as successful as an immoral business man?  Answer:  Where did you get that crazy idea? I am sure you can point to some examples where it appears to be true, but the premise of your question is contrary to the fundamental laws of the universe. Evil does not succeed. Not all moral people will succeed. But to be truly successful, you must be moral. Immoral people may appear to succeed. They may have a lot of money, they may appear from the outside to have all the evidences of success. But inside, in their hearts, there is a rot that destroys their soul. For what have you gained if you have material success but have lost your soul? Answer: not much. The outward appearances of success are deceiving. What truly matters is what is not shown: what is inside you, in your heart. For you can have all the money in the world, but if you have no joy, where are you? You cannot have joy if you have no moral compass. If you follow your moral compass, you will be successful. Maybe not in …

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