There is no Sin in Success

I grew up in a very religious family.

Every Sunday, we attended mass. Individual

Every Saturday, was confession.

I said the rosary every night before I went to sleep.

At a very early age I truly believed my calling in life was the priesthood.

But things changed and, instead, I became a CPA. Most CPA’s I know are very moral and honest individuals.

I suppose those not cut out for the priesthood, become CPA’s.

One of the things my mother would often recite to me was a biblical scripture in Matthew 19:24:

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Rich man

As a result, I grew up convinced that the pursuit and acquisition of wealth was a mortal sin and saw all wealthy individuals as sinners.

Almost daily, this belief was validated by the media and politicians, who almost unanimously, vilified the rich as individuals who did not pay their fair share in taxes, who paid employees far too little and who were, well, just plain corrupt.

That all changed in 2009, after completing my analysis of my five-year study on the daily habits of the rich and poor.

That study opened my eyes.

I learned that wealthy individuals were not bad people.

So many of the self-made millionaires I studied devoted their time and money, funding and running charitable organizations that helped poor people, disabled people, homeless people, and those otherwise cast aside by society. 


They also valued their employees, loaning them money to help them purchase a home, paying for unexpected medical expenses and mentoring them so they too could succeed.

Wealthy people, I found, were among the finest human beings to walk the earth.

No, it’s not a sin to pursue and acquire wealth.

In fact, I have come to believe that those who pursue and realize their dreams, and become wealthy in the process, are actually closer to God than those who sit in condemnation of them.

Don’t let ignorant ideologies hold you back from the pursuit of success.

Unshackle yourself from them.

Those who embrace the notion that the pursuit and acquisition of wealth is bad, are, in my opinion, the real sinners.



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Tom is a CPA, CFP and heads one of the top financial firms in New Jersey. For 5 years, Tom observed and documented the daily activities of wealthy people and people living in poverty and his research he identified over 200 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots” which culminated in his #1 bestselling book, Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Visit the website:

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    December 7, 2016 @ 3:39 pm Chris

    Hi Tom, nice article… thank you.

    I was sorry to read that you grew up with an incorrect interpretation of that commonly misinterpreted Scripture verse. Generally, you can take anything out of context if you focus on one sentence of the Bible and not cross reference or read passage of Scripture in its’ entirety.

    The passage you refer to says something like this:

    When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    If you read the entire passage, you can easily determine that Jesus isn’t saying wealthy people are evil or cannot go to Heaven. The first part of the passage of text is saying do not worry about worldly treasures as they will mean nothing in Heaven and cannot compare to the treasures promised to Christians in Heaven.

    The second part and the bit that confused you (and many other people) is simply using a hyperbole (exaggeration) to illustrate a key point about salvation/gaining access to Heaven. Namely, that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle (aka impossible) than for someone to purchase their salvation or buy their way into Heaven. So to emphasize the point, Jesus said it’s easier to do something impossible than to buy your ticket into Heaven.

    Take care mate and thank you for sharing your insights,


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