The other day, I was listening to an interview with Kevin O’Leary, one of the Dragons Den members. Throughout the conversation, he made it very clear what his intention/purpose in life is: make money. He claims his philosophy is very simple: go to bed with more money than when he woke up. Everything else, from friendships, employees, etc. was filtered through that lens.

On the one hand, he demonstrates how when someone has a clear vision for their life, it becomes the primary driver. It’s succinct and memorable for him. Nothing will deter or distract him from his goal. It’s challenged me to check with what is the vision/purpose of my life, because the more aware of what that is, the more I can discern what promotes that vs. distracting me from it.

Yet realizing this is his vision, it seems a shallow mark to hit. To make money, but for what purpose? To be driven to make more at the end of the day than he had at the beginning. Is this what we should aim for? At one point in the interview, he shares about a meeting with a prospective employee. The candidate asks if he really is that mean as he shows on TV. O’Leary asks, is he concerned about making friends or making money? At the end of the day, it’s the latter that drives his life and encourages others to do so as well. But Jesus challenges us: at the end of the day, what does your money really get you? What eternal value does it provide? Absolutely nothing. If that’s the case, is that worth investing your life in?  If not, then what is?

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