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Why Successful People Don't Focus On Money

In an interview, Steve Jobs explained to the host how at age 23, he was worth $1 million. At age 24, he was worth $10 million. At age 25, he was worth $100 million. In the middle of the interview, Steve looks down at his lap and says, “Ummm…it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”

If the world held this same sentiment toward money, what a different place it would be! But, like most of us, the world has bought into the lie that obtaining money is the means to obtaining success and happiness.

This assumption is hogwash.

On our honeymoon at Disney world, my wife and I experienced some of the most incredible kindness from cast members. One evening, I had a hankering for a turkey leg in Epcot. We approached a snack shack and ordered one. Since it’s Disney, everything was expensive. This turkey leg was no different, costing me $12. But as I reached for my wallet to pay the cast member, she gave me a huge, genuine smile and said, “This one is on us today. Congratulations on your marriage!” We were astounded by the kindness. Over the next two weeks, we received over a dozen free items, food, and desserts throughout our stay.

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Another example is Chick-Fil-A, a restaurant I frequently visit. On a Tuesday night last year, I went with some co-workers to get a chicken sandwich. When I walked up to the cash register and ordered my sandwich and side salad, the cashier smiled at me and said, “This one is on us today. Have a great day!” My friends were all jealous that I got a free meal!

What’s all this have to do with money?

Disney is one of the richest companies in the world. Chick-Fil-A is one of the most profitable restaurants in the world. How are these two companies so successful, rich, and generous all at the same time?

It’s because they prioritize people over money.

They put others first. They are willing to serve others selflessly and people are willing to pay them for it! Albert Pine wrote, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

In other words, money doesn’t make us happy. Money can’t buy us anything eternal. But, the way we treat others will buy us, and them, more than we could ever dream of purchasing with the green in our wallet.

When you look at your job, business, or money opportunities, are you putting your desires before others? Are you more focused on making a buck than treating others as if they were more important than you?

It should never be about the money. If you want to leave a mark on this world, put others first, and the money will certainly find it’s way to you.

I’ll leave you with a quote that summarizes this idea.

“Do what you love and the money will follow.” Marsha Sinetar