Many university studies showed that once beyond poverty wages, when you achieve new levels of wealth and success, it brings only momentary pleasure. Sure you will feel joy at getting a raise, but that joy is short lived. For proof, look at your own life and how you felt after a promotion and raise. It is certain that you felt a momentary blip of gladness at the time. But fast forward to today. That raise or promotion did not bring any lasting happiness. After you adapted to the new circumstances, the new work duties, and purchased a new car or clothes with your raise, everything is still the same. And then you simply raise your standard of comparison. You feel the same as before. This is shown statistically over and over again, in endless university studies.
Humans have the amazing ability to adapt, both upwards and downwards, and the striving for more money and power is another dead end whose idea was sold to you through society’s advertising and through the social construct of the machine of Society to have people work harder and harder to produce more and more efficiently for its leaders and the people at the very top.
Let go and allow your work to unfold gradually, without resistance and frustration if it does not move at the speed you wished. There is so much that you cannot control, so fretting over not having enough money or power or attention or success is a meaningless exercise and waste of time. In is a well known survey I once read from NORC, a research lab based at The University of Chicago that after the poverty wages are crossed, a man making $40,000, $400,000, $4,000,000 and even through the Forbes 400 level (hundreds of millions of dollars per year) have little to no “happiness” differential based on feedback from surveys the respondents gave back to the researchers. So be cognizant to this fact of life.
You cannot achieve any last happiness by climbing any ladder of money and success. You are already there where you are. You have all the necessary ingredients to be as happy as anyone else. It is your own choice on if you accept happiness or if you accept fear and frustration as your reality.