Greedy. Selfish. Materialistic. Uncaring. Money hungry. Morally misaligned.
These are just a few of the names thrown at people who set themselves goals related to personal gain and wealth accumulation. Some people are indeed greedy and materialistic, but not all. The majority of people who set money-related goals simply understand that you have to look after yourself first before you can look after others. You have to be happy before you can make others happy. You have to love yourself first before you can spread love. You need emotional and financial security in your own life before you can help anybody else improve their quality of life.
The people who want you to feel guilty for targeting financial success are simply jealous and insecure. Ignore them. It is much easier to stand in judgement of another than it is to actually go out in the world and make something of yourself. They will often try and claim a moral high ground and show themselves to be more virtuous, spiritual or religious than you. At the same time they forget one of the bible’s most important teachings, which is more relevant today than ever;
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Money is neither good nor bad. It’s simply a tool with which we exchange value. It’s what you do with it that matters, and having a large amount of it is not a bad thing at all if some of it is being used to provide value for others and to help them.
If you want to help people and make a difference, don’t be afraid to set audacious goals and set out after them with determination. You need to help yourself before you can even think of helping others.