Carl Jung, a respected psychologist described the human journey through life in a simple way when he said that the first 40 years of our life is about ambition and the next 40 years is about meaning and purpose.
In the first 40 years, we are driven by our ego and we seek to fulfill our most basic needs for security, belonging and achievement. We work hard to achieve results, to earn a good salary, to be recognized and to achieve our full potential. As we achieve success, we seek to acquire material possessions, get married, have kids, have a nice house, a nice car, a cottage, travel to Italy and so much more. In that phase, many of us believe that our true value in this life lies in our achievements, out title, our salary and that our material possessions are the physical demonstration of our success.