Ayodeji Awosika Wow, I couldn’t agree more with your article. This is probably one of the best I’ve read on Medium to date.
As someone who in my younger days chased the millionaire dream, I now appreciate but more importantly understand the skewed vision I once had. For many, we only see the facade of the millionaire lifestyle. We see the image advertisers portray and that image is always one of smiles, laughter and… happiness. Yet behind the glossy magazine print lays a life we’re blinded from. To quote Jim Carrey;
I think everybody should get rich and famous… so they can see it’s not the answer.
As you eloquently point out, the material richness is a byproduct of work. And now here is where my frustration lies. Advertises promote the byproduct. We now live in a world where values, manners, hard work and politeness are no longer our primary focus. Doing something good or something of value for someone you will never meet is one of the most rewarding and selfless acts. Unfortunately, the promotion of ‘do what makes you happy, not what makes you money’ now feels like this only lies within small groups (great people like yourself) within small platforms (medium) against the big wider material world.
So thank you for this article and thank you for sharing it with the many that have read it. Hopefully this movement and message is one that will prevail.