Yes, I realise it’s in vogue to think of the rich as being capitalist pigs, worthy of derision – but let’s look at the facts. Unless you personally develop wealth, then you’re going to have to rely on the rich (through taxes and charity) to support the mistakes you’ve made in your life.
Being rich can give you time, power and the ability to help those who need to be helped. It can give you time to learn a musical instrument, become fluent in a foreign language, write a novel, indulge your family or focus on getting good at a sport – all things that will not only improve the quality of your life, but they may also add years to your life as well.
Make the way you earn your living a servant to you, not the other way around.
Flip your thinking around so you don’t feel like you’re trading gold for your soul. Find something that will stimulate you and help you to thrive intellectually, so that you’ll become an even more interesting human being to those around you. And if you’re not getting that kick through your job, or the business you run – then get good at trading.
And.. yes, definitely. Go ahead and get rich.