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Does desire for money come in conflict with career aspirations? Meaning should you not aspire to be great in your career?
I think that it's all about motivation. If you aspire to be great in your career as an end unto itself, or for wealth (as an ends, not a means to something greater), or for kavod, etc., then you're right; you shouldn't aspire to be great in your career for that reason.But if one's only desire is for Torah and avodas Hashem, he can still aspire to be great in his career if it is because it is the ratzon Hashem that he gives people proper value for their money, because he wants to make a kiddush Hashem, because he wants to do chesed through is work, etc.
There's of a story about two famous Chasidim (I forget their names). When they came to Israel from Russia, they went to work helping to make the roads. When the boss saw how good they worked, how holy they were, how they would recite Tehillim and study Tanya by heart as they worked, he promoted them to a desk job. How could anyone make such holy people work so hard. After the two chasidim had their desk job answering phones, etc... The chasidim asked for their old jobs back so that they could continue to recite tehillim and Tanya.
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