If undesired suffering can be eliminated if you are rich and powerful, then such people like in the Forbes 400 list or those who are famous musicians and artists should be free of suffering. But as you know, this is obviously not the case. They are usually even more miserable than a random person picked it a crowd. You read daily about some successful person who either committed suicide or confessed to being depressed and seeking treatment, or becoming a drug addict. Strangely, once those people achieve a lot of power and money, they tend to become even more arrogant and jealous and nervous.
And if they are not any of the above, they become bored. That is the proof of how the seeking after success and achievement (the building up of one’s own ego-self) never leads to joy and peace. You should never say never in this life, but this is one case where never is never. An example I just read on the Internet is how medical doctors have a slightly higher rate of depression and suicide than an average person. If you are a female surgeon, the rate of suicide is 400% higher than that of an average female.
If success and achievement and comparing and competition was the real formula for bliss and peace, then we would definitely see a great reduction in pain and suffering among the rich and successful. But we all know that is not true. The rich and powerful have far more problems and concerns and thoughts blowing through their minds. If a person is of modest desires and means, they tend to be much less bothered by such problems. That is the proof and supreme irony of life and our Western value system.
Again you have a choice in this. You need not avoid success and achievement if it comes to you naturally. The point is not to obsessively seek it out. You don’t have to embrace Society’s recipe “the best way to think and live”. So if you are unhappy, also know that your mind is making you unhappy. Nobody can make you unhappy without your permission first. Again, no other being can make you unhappy except yourself.