Some believe making a lot of money is success. Do you agree or disagree?
Some believe making a lot of money is success while others think making contribution to society is success. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
financial freedom n. 财富自由
justifiable adj. 合理的
milestone n. 里程碑
virtuous circle n. 良性循环（恶性循环vicious circle）
signify n. 表示
At the other end of the spectrum 另一方面（替代on the other hand）
monetary adj. 金钱的
contentment n. 满足感
competence n. 才干
mutually exclusive 互相排斥
sideshow n. 余兴节目
materialism n. 物质主义
fortune n. 财富
spiritual needs n. 精神需求
dispensable adj. 可有可无的
Success is usually associated with a great degree of financial freedom, which is justifiable as wealth enhances people’s economic motivation, or their drive to work and improve their standard of living. Furthermore, money can be a tool to motivate one to achieve major milestones in life, creating a virtuous circle which signifies success in the long run.
At the other end of the spectrum, it is also justifiable to regard success as achieving high target by doing what one is passionate about regardless of its monetary value. In other words, successful people are also more productive and satisfied with their ideal jobs, thus creating positive feelings of self-worth, pride and contentment. Such sense of competence is, without doubt, a key indicator of achievement.
However, money and other factors indicating success are not mutually exclusive in most circumstances: people who make more money also tend to be more successful at what they do and sense a higher degree of competence. Whether money is a mere sideshow of real success all comes down to the way one views wealth and materialism. For some with materialistic pursuits, making a fortune is indeed success, while for others with spiritual needs, money could be deemed to be dispensable.