“The emphasis now is on success and personal gain. I’m sitting in it, and I’m telling you, that’s not it… I’m the guy who’s got everything. I know. But I’m telling you, once you’ve got everything, then your just left with yourself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it doesn’t help you sleep any better, and you don’t wake up any better because of it. Now, no one’s going to want to hear that. I understand it. I’m sorry. I’m the guy who’s got to say it. But I’m telling you.” -Brad Pitt Rolling Stone Interview October 28, 1999
The deepest longings and desires for justice, transcendence, community, and beauty, can’t be satisfied with financial and personal success.
Survey after survey and study after study proves happiness is not sustained and cultivated with the growth of wealth and/or success. Personal experience might prove the same.
Being made in the image of God means the pathway for true and lasting happiness is found in family, relationships, faith, and meaningful work.
You can’t measure any of these metrics with a dollar sign.