Get paid, get yours: The greater good as afterthought

My LinkedIn network, visualized

My LinkedIn network, visualized (Photo credit: For Inspiration Only)

You still have a better chance of becoming rich in the United States than you do, say, in Russia. This is because, although the disparity of wealth in the U.S. has never been greater, it is not as bad as countries with governments that funnel the sums of their gross domestic product into the hands of a ruling few.

I think people coming up now are more inclined to have making money as one of their goals. “Get paid,” goes the creed. While some people believe helping out the poverty-stricken in foreign countries helps them feel better about themselves than those who stay at home and chase a buck, the ones forsaking disgustingly big earnings at a young age are now most definitely in the minority.

No matter whom it is and where the opportunities are, people who struggle at all early in life seek to change their fortunes as soon as possible thereafter. Many specialize in a field of study that promises their best chance at immediate employment when their schooling is done.


Money is one of the great motivators, second only to ambition. I would suggest if someone has ambition, part of their wanting success stems from the thought of what a lot of money can bring them at the end of their pursuit of success: prestige, sex, creature comforts and status among their peers—and maybe more sex, provided they are willing to pay both the literal and figurative premiums. But is money the root of all evil or is its acquisition in more than copious quantities simply a necessary evil?

I’ve often wondered, given a chance, how much money would I need before I would feel it is time to help others get to where I am and become an “influencer” on a forum such as LinkedIn? I think those with just money wealth as end games in mind do not ever consider such things. When you are in the hamster wheel that is chasing a buck, you never get off it even when you are tired. You just drink more coffee and keep the damn thing spinning.

When you embark on a path, whether it is one that can offer the chance for a lucrative career or one where you feel your contributions to society at large are more important than the amount of money you make, which path do you opt for?

If you had to think about that last question at all I am encouraged. Most decide quickly what the answer is and that answer most of the time is embarking on the path that promises the lucrative career. I believe if you hesitate at all when you think about what your answer is, you quite probably have the big picture in mind. You feel sharing of yourself, your time and what you know, with those who could use your help the most, takes care of a greater overall and more responsible need. This is what rich people do after they acquire so much money they finally figure out it is more than enough for them to remain comfortable no matter how much they spend each day. So, they reach out to lift people up in the best way they know how. I salute them for this, too, as it’s better to arrive at this good place late rather than never at all.

Wealth in America

Recently I read a draft feature article by one of my classmates at school. This is a young person trying to better their lot in life with education and the promise of a job awaiting them at the end of their studies. The article was about how they felt they were making a difference in a person’s life, how they helped someone on a particular day, so much so, that what they did changed not only the outlook of the person they assisted, but also altered for the better how they viewed themselves. This is how I define living each day with meaning and purpose.

Chasing a buck beyond one’s needs reeks of selfishness. What are you doing with all of that extra money? The latest irritating thing for me from professional networking sites like LinkedIn is their wanting, check that, besieging me, to follow “Influencers.” Best I can tell, influencers on LinkedIn are people who make more money than I do and by implication, if I follow them I can be successful like they are. I call happy load of crap on requests like that.

LinkedIn has been great for broadening my network of professional associates, but after reading a few posts from different influencers, I was quickly and unflinchingly unimpressed. Most of their “influence” is directed at how I should be changing or doing something in order to make more money and/or become financially successful. Not a single one of these influencers account for people like myself who do not equate more money than you need with success. That may be the definition of business success, but business success without personal success is a lonely place from which to live.

Rich Studying

From my perspective, people who are rich are out of touch with most of the people who live ordinary lives on a planet where success sometimes means just making it through the day alive.

You’re not following any Influencers or Channels yet. That’s an easy fix! Click the tabs above to explore, or we can help you get started. – LinkedIn

That’s ok. Thanks just the same.



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