Those living in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) have been, every day, entertained by news of corruption and fraud in the construction business.
There were many arrests made by l’UPAC (anti-corruption brigade) of mayors of two major cities, engineers and lawyers, allegedly involved in bribery. During their testimony, the expression we heard many times was ‘everyone was doing it’ so they felt ok to participate in the scheme.
Why? For more money.
How about the reputation? How about the brand? How about the family? How about the friends? These individuals are now busy with proving their innocence. They don`t even have time to benefit from the extra money they have been receiving for many years. Or perhaps it is already spent…
On the flip side, research has proven that money does make you happier. In fact, within a country, rich people are happier than poor people—the populations of rich countries, as a whole, is happier than the populations of poor countries.
However, money makes you happier when combined with time. Giving of your time to someone, combined (or not) with a gift is the recipe for happiness. It`s saying to that person ‘I enjoy spending time with you’. It`s a note to self that reads ‘I am giving of my precious time to this person for free’.
In the end, balance is key for having a life whereof values, hobbies, relationships, work and wealth are present in such a way that one does not take over the other one and there is a place for all.
After all, ‘successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy