Wealth is a Byproduct!


Success stands for the here and now. This is the comic thing – if we do not aim for acknowledgement and financial rewards, they're far more probable to come. Tolle stated it perfectly: fame and prosperity are commonly the by-products of success. But they're not success itself.

Success is adding quality into the very action you're taking right now. Quality implies bringing the maximum care and attention into every action. You should know that the here and now is the only moment we have; and consequently success plainly comes from putting our heart into whatever we're doing right now.

This was something I fought to comprehend; so maybe it would be easier to view the opposite.

How many of us are adding quality into our work? On a routine level, our minds are always disordered. Even as I write this, I'm thinking about lunch, I'm rubbing my neck; I'm looking forward to getting out this evening.

On a richer level, many individuals plainly hate what they're doing. They merely go through the motions. Money is their common motivation – there's no delight in what they do.

Other people are perpetually working through their ego. They work to establish that they're brighter, better, more established. They want to look good in front of their peers. Others pollute their work with petty squabbling, backstabbing, and controversy.

 So many ways! Our attention is forever being pulled in this and that direction, never centered. A light bulb, and not a torch; how can quality come out of that?

 If this is you, then merely find something else, something you are able to throw yourself whole-heartedly into. However this is easy to say, hard to accomplish. If you can’t leave, then do your best to alter your mental attitude – let your actions come from a state of acceptance, of non-resistance.

This deficiency of quality is apparent even in things we take for mundane. I recollect a few years ago, when I was eating out while traveling. We ordered a local treat: a hodgepodge of vegetables, dipped in a spicy sauce. A simple affair to make – just chopping up and mixing, but my friend glowered as he watched the food being fixed.

“She’s putting no heart in it. She detests her job. I doubt it will taste good,” he said. And he was correct.

Success, then, derives from being intensely centered in the here and now; placing whatever action you're doing into your very life purpose.

 But isn’t there all of the time a different purpose to everything we do? When I work, even if I love it, isn’t making the bills a part of it?

 Everything else is just a secondary purpose; one that does not have to take up any unneeded attention. I'm walking to the kitchen to get myself a cup of java – the java is inferior, the act of walking itself is my chief purpose.

 The worth of this is obvious. If I was to be amply present and enjoying myself, having fun – that instant will be infused with as much quality and joy as imaginable, making the secondary purpose far more plausible.