If Only Macbeth Had Waited

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a power literary character. More than his memorable lines (“Out, out, damn spot!”), he is a perfect example of a person whose success led him to a tragic ending.

He was approached by three witches who prophesied that he would become the thane of Cawdor and eventually become King of Scotland. However, instead of waiting, his selfish desire for wealth and power urged him to kill the present king, King Duncan as well as his two sons. Although he did become King, his success was not only tragic but also short-lived. Guilt haunted him and he had visions and dreams of a bloody dagger. In the end, he was killed and beheaded by Malcolm, a Scottish general.

Success can be dangerous. Yes, it’s important; and it’s probably something you’ve experienced a lot in your life. But if you’re not careful, it can also rob you of your final years of purpose. So ask yourself this: Do I have a success purpose or a significant purpose?

There is no rushing the search for significance—and doing so will only lead to trouble (as Macbeth discovered). Your life already has a significant purpose, even if your focus and energy have been on success your entire life. And it’s time to make that purpose a priority.

Your family won’t remember your final account balances—they will remember what you were most passionate about. That’s why knowing your purpose for being alive needs to be a significant factor in your planning. Stack your team with the right experts who can provide clarity about what is most important to you about having money and the opportunities available for achieving what you want.

Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now. Pass it on and share the insights like this that you find valuable.


“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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