On first thought, sure, Greed is not great. Last week we spoke about having far more than what you need. However not all Greed is created equal...
People don't think about the other side of Greed. The side that is not directly linked with capitalism. Greed can be a great component of motivation. Having that drive and desire to accomplish and achieve makes it highly more likely that you will succeed. Mother Teresa was greedy; she absolutely Had to serve the poorest of the poor.
You should never settle for less..why would you?! Greed for one never allows people to settle for second best. Greed will not allow you to sacrifice your goals and dreams because of the perception of others or other obstacles.
What is important when considering Greed is the idea of giving back. Greed can allow you to obtain, achieve and possess all the riches in the world however you should always find time to give back. Give back to your community, your family and friends, your town, your country or to those less fortunate. Look at Warren Buffet. He is considered quite possibly the greatest investor of the 20th century and is worth $66.5 billion. Buffet, along with Bill Gates and his wife, have created 'The Giving Pledge' whereby people who are worth at least $1bn give away at least half of their fortune. The Gates have pledged 95%, Buffet...99%!
The Giving pledge has its own criticisms for being self congratulatory and allowing tax havens but those arguments are outwith the principles here. It doesn't have to be money you give back, in fact your time and other resources are probably more valuable than your notes.
We all have Greed within us. It is coded within your survival instincts to want more in life. The people who can utilise Greed to their advantage are those who create something in this world (e.g. entrepreneurs) and who leave behind a legacy.
The problem is we attach this stigma to greed. We are afraid of Greed because of the connotations it has and what we don't realise is that we should be using it as a tool. Stop being afraid of Greed and start embracing it for if you can embrace Greed you can control it. Once you control it you will have that insatiable desire to become a better person each and every day. Someone who will achieve greatness.