Money or Success?


What changes people more money or success? I was thinking about this today and I really had to think hard about it because at the end of the day, they both change you but if I had to pick one, I would say the success.

When your growing up as a kid you don't really see money but you see success/fame whether national or local. You see the basketball, football, actress and singers and you look up to them before you really understand that they are millionaires. It's the success that lives with you long after your gone. I know that fame doesn't always mean success for some people but I am not talking about the "what ever makes you happy success." I am talking about success in loose terms. Kim Kardashian can be looked as not contributing to society at all but at the end of the day she is successful.


The process you go through to become successful changes you more than money does in my opinion and also maintaining your success. And when I say maintaining your success, I mean in terms of being perceived as a "top/important/influential person." If you travel the world and bring change to peoples lives and are recognized for a noble peace prize, the process of learning and being able to understand all different types of people will change you, more than winning the lottery.


I do understand that money changes a person too because money can change your lifestyle, which then automatically changes you. In my argument, I am mainly talking about people that didn't have money and now they do because people that grew up with money don't really see money as an issue or source of change because they always had it.

What about when it comes to the people around you? Does money or success more change the way people act around you? Both of them can bring upon jealously out of people close to you and people that just know of you. This is a really hard question and I just want to know your opinion. Pick a side if you can and argue it. 


While this wasn't particularly science-related, it's still a very valid topic to bring up. Unfortunately, I think this is an argument that nobody will ever have a solid, defined answer to. In my personal experience, I've noticed that there is almost always a correlation between money and success, so it's difficult to differentiate between the two. Also, who are we to define what success is for other people? While success for a business school graduate may be assuming the position of CEO of a major corporation, success for a preschool student may be learning to write all the letters in the alphabet. Granted, these are two COMPLETELY different ends of the success spectrum, but it's certainly something to think about. I'm sorry I couldn't take a specific side to the argument.

I guess it really depends on the person and what situation they're in. I'm sure there are some studies out there that analyze the brain and the way it reacts to success and money. Although success and money pretty much coincide in almost every scenario, you could look at the reaction of someone that won the lottery and compare it to someone that recently got promoted in their job or something like that. This article on New York Times ( says that "Just the idea of holding money can make people selfish". That quote sort of delves into the whole idea of neurology and the way the brain works with money. Apparently you don't even have to be holding money, let alone own it, to be selfish. With that said, maybe it is more likely that money affects the way a person acts more than success. But like I said, I think it really depends on the person and their situation when looking at how they will react to money or success.

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