With any quote, my first thought is always did this person really say this? Either way, whether Maya said this or not it’s definitely something she stood for. Being successful isn’t having all the money in the world, or having the most power, real success gives you satisfaction in yourself. If you have to lie and steal everyday, but it contributes to your promotion, how would that feel? I personally couldn’t deal with it. I would rather make $10 an hour doing something I love than make $100 a hour doing something that eats at my soul. From experience, I’ll tell you there’s nothing worse than having to go to a job every day that you hate. It’s a feeling I would wish on my worst enemy.
Trust me, I know you can’t get just get up and quit your job tomorrow, but if you’re in a place that’s leading you down the wrong path, ask yourself, “how can I change this?” Success shouldn’t make you feel guilty or sick and it has very little to do with money. You only get to do this one time around (unless you believe in reincarnation, in which case you get to continuously live, but if you’re an asshole in one life I’m pretty sure you come back as a bug or something), so why shouldn’t you be able to be happy with yourself and the choices you make every single day?
This week I challenge you to search for the things that make you happy. If you’re still in school choose a career path not for money but for enjoyment. If you hate your job today, take the right steps to change your surroundings.