How (not how much)

Henry Ford. Albert Einstein. Benjamin Franklin. When we look back at these influential people in history we focus on one thing — how they made their mark on the world. What the exact bank account balance of these individuals was at the height of their success is not something that anyone really cares about anymore.

In our own personal lives we often take the opposite approach. We concern ourselves with how much money we are making without giving much thought to how we are actually making it. Our goal is the next paycheck. The next promotion. That big bonus. Leaving a meaningful mark on the world has become a secondary consideration.

We will all die soon. When we do people will remember us by the impact we had on the world. They will judge us based upon how we made it — not how much of it we made.