We live now, more than ever, in an overly speculative world. Conjecture and superficial opinions have usurped deep wisdom. There is no convenience in the time necessary to develop a depth of understanding.
True knowledge is acquired by many unplanned experiences of failure and hardship. The correct mark of an individual is not the immaculate material wealth or rapid succession of multiple successes they may enjoy. Rather, it is being authentic by holding firm to their well-earned enlightenment and not letting commercially fueled innovation hijack their attention or resources.
Early on, we aspire to fulfill social obligations by learning what type of achievements we are supposed to seek. However, a realized person understands that the onus is entirely theirs to decide what they desire.