Material Success vs. Fulfilment: Why Both Matter, and How to Achieve Them

Manoj Gupta
2 min readMar 8, 2023


Hey there, folks! Are you feeling torn between pursuing material success and living a fulfilling life? Well, you’re not alone! Many of us are caught up in the rat race of making money, building our careers, and achieving external recognition. But what about our inner satisfaction and personal growth?

As someone who has experienced both the highs and lows of material success, I’m here to tell you that it’s important to strike a balance between material success and fulfilment. In fact, the two are not mutually exclusive, and in order to achieve true fulfilment, we need to focus on both.

So, what exactly is material success? It’s the external rewards that we receive from our work, such as money, promotions, and recognition. While these rewards are important and can give us a sense of accomplishment, they are not the only things that matter in life.

Fulfilment, on the other hand, is the sense of purpose and satisfaction that we feel when we’re living in alignment with our values and passions. It’s the feeling of being content with our lives and having a sense of inner peace.

But how do we achieve both material success and fulfilment? Here are some tips:

  1. Define your values and passions: Take some time to reflect on what matters most to you. What are your core values and what do you enjoy doing? When you have a clear understanding of your values and passions, it will be easier to make decisions that align with them.
  2. Set goals that align with your values: Once you’ve identified your values and passions, set goals that are in alignment with them. This will help you stay focused and motivated, and give you a sense of direction in your life.
  3. Prioritise self-care: Taking care of yourself is crucial for both material success and fulfilment. When you’re well-rested, nourished, and mentally and emotionally balanced, you’ll be more productive and creative, and able to achieve your goals.
  4. Celebrate your accomplishments: Don’t forget to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may be. Celebrating your wins will help you stay motivated and boost your confidence.
  5. Give back: One of the best ways to achieve fulfilment is by giving back to others. When you help others, you’ll feel a sense of purpose and fulfilment that cannot be achieved through material success alone.

Remember, material success and fulfilment are not mutually exclusive. Material success is just a part of life, not life!

By focusing on both, one can achieve a sense of purpose and inner peace that will lead to a truly fulfilling life.



Manoj Gupta

Managing Director & ExecCom Member | Author of Bestseller - New York to NEW YOU | Keynote Speaker