Their value system is broken. It is based on a one-dimensional, megalomaniac desire for money and power, which at its core is based on their desire to attract women. AT THE CORE it's a sexual impulse that drives them to spread their genes not with women but with ideas, with the transportation mechanism being purchased through greed, which itself is driven by wealth and power.
What many of these men also desire is to cheat death. Besides the sexual aspect of desiring power, it is a desire to earn enough to become immortal.
Unfortunately, four generations from now, even if they had a billion dollars, few will remember their name.
As for increasing the world's standard of living, I'd say that is debatable. The world is more polluted and overpopulated than ever before. There are more diseases of the mind that result as a function of stress than existed fifty years ago. Mountains of wealth and savings are wiped away every decade or two. The greatest medical breakthroughs can only be enjoyed by the priviledged few.
You have asked for nothing, save for "proof". What does that entail? Had you actually graduated you'd be able to fire off a small list of required details that could conclusively prove that I had graduated.
But you haven't, because you are a chowderheaded ninnie.
Sure you do. Achieving a .1% top income, you need to rely on other people. You must have the right connections. These connections simply don't materialize no matter how hard you work. The connections arise largely as a matter of probability. One gentleman in a suit with the stroke of a pen can make your life, and with the same stroke can destroy it.
Drive the entire world forward to what end? That increased wealth is a measure of progress? Technology is evidence enough the humans are actually making something of themselves?
Some people so desperately wish to be important that they pretend to be something they aren't. That something, as is in your case, would be colloquially referred to as a "player".
You can have yourself a fantastic life by making a decent amount more of dough, relative to the average, but you don't need millions to be happy. You don't need to be pressing palms on Boeing 747's or hanging out with dignitaries. You do however need to realize what your true priorities in life are, and for most that realization comes too late.
Nobody has asked for details on what proof they'd require. What this means is that they actually believe me, which is what I thought all along. In truth, they so desperately wish to feel like they are one half step above a garage failure, as they like to say, but in reality they aren't anywhere in my league.
You keep repeating this mantra as if it were true. You can take all of the responsibilities for all the decisions that you want, but it still will not have a dramatic effect on your income. Or, as you define it, your success.
The majority of what motivates and drives a person, their underlying cognitive functions, are driven by unconscious processes. The same process of self-destruction, which is usually engaged when someone feels that they are *NOT* integrally linked into society, can either manifest in drinking booze or an obsessive compulsive desire over "money".
You probably have no idea why you do what it is you do other than "its a cold world out there and I gotta win win win".
We all end up making grass grow anyway. I've never understood this sociopathic desire to get filthy rich. Comfortable, sure. A few million in the bank, damn that's good. Any more than that? A pipe dream.