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Be Grateful, Aim Higher

You just got that amazing video game you've been saving your allowance for, trying to set aside any extra money you can earn, and then you buy it, ecstatic as a little kid in a world of candy. Then not even a few days later, that new comes out. It's the new craze of the market, and all of you're friends buy it, leaving you with that old game. Ugh, why did I buy that stupid game, it's so dumb, I want the new one. But then you think to yourself, I should be grateful for what I have, it could be worse. Do you think it's bad to want more than what you have? In my opinion, being grateful for what you have is the best attitude, but there's nothing wrong with wanting more, wanting better, to aim higher. I think this because the more you have, the more you can give.

Money isn't the root of all evil. Also, once you reach a limit where you're comfortable, or you've reached your goal, be humble and not greedy. Appreciate what you have, and try to maintain that level. The final reason I say yes and no, because you can be a role model to others to teach them humility and to be appreciative of what you have, but at the same time, work hard to get better.

Money is not the root of all evil. It does not create selfishness, if you truly want to do good, help out, or make a difference in the world. Many millionaires in this world spend money frivolous gifts for themselves, but there are those who understand that giving back is the greatest gift of all. Think of all the things you can do with an extra million dollars...