Great riches aren’t worth the hassle

Great riches aren't worth the hassle
This is an essay titled How to be Successful Without Being Rich or Famous.

In this country – or most of the world, for that matter – success is usually measured by wealth and notoriety. That's totally unfair to the millions of us who will never be millionaires or make it on the prime time news.

We'll never run for president or be elected Pope – or charged for great embezzlement or even newsworthy murder.


No doubt there will be some conservative souls who will accuse me of preaching mediocrity or rationalizing my own failures (somebody else's words, not mine), but it's time someone speaks out for the fiscally deprived and for the poor down-trodden have-nots!

I'm speaking here of the Brittany Spears and the Donald Trumps among us. Some are just lucky – to be chosen to appear on American Idol, never to be seen or heard from again.

They are the lucky ones never to sign an autograph or be hassled by paparazzi. But I started out this piece by telling you how to be successful without piling up a stack of shekels.

Be yourself! Don't let the lure of gold color your work. It's much better to be honored by surprise than to strive for it.

He who would set a goal based on millions – or public relations – is setting up false hopes, or at least an unlovable reputation. After all, who wants to be another Paris Hilton?

When you opt for fancy limos, you're bound to be disappointed. There's only so much room for those Hollywoodian types, and you'd be fed up to here if you become one of them.

This is just my personal opinion, so you can chase after the almighty dollar if you want to. I just happen to think that success doesn't come that way!

Now I'll come down off my soapbox, and REALLY tell you what I think. If you want to succeed, you've got to work for it. You've got to run harder and be eternally focused. But I don't want to live that way.

I'd rather take time to smell the petunias than to be like Donald T. or Paris H.

I'm funny that way. If success means running your buns off, I'll choose another route. Great riches and everlasting fame don't mean much to a laissez-faire guy like me!

© 2008 Robert F. Karolevitz

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