How many cares one loses when one decides
not to be something but to be someone.
~ Coco Chanel
If you create a work of art or develop a successful business venture so that people will be impressed and admire what you have done, you are really only seeking personal gain. If you think of fulfillment as coming from impressing others, making money, seeing your name in the papers, or showing your parents that you are not a failure, you will be disappointed because it will not bring you happiness.
Happiness is an “inside job.” Only by searching within can you truly find what will make you happy. So ask yourself these questions: Am I serving money, or am I serving God? Am I working at something to please my parents, or myself? Is what I’m doing serving humanity as well as myself? Ultimately you must ask yourself, “Who is my Lord? And who am I serving?”
Self-admiration and glory-seeking serve as signs that you are not truly enlightened.