Self-awareness can't be built on looking at our pluses and minuses before we look at the most basic essence of what we are.
We want something desperately and we try to force the universe to give it up before it is ready. We want everything now. That is the devouring self.
When you bring your creativity to your goal it becomes doubly yours. And there is a true base of happiness.
We are creatures of emotion. The idea is not to stop feeling emotions, but to stop being a victim of them. This is how we take part in life and truly make the most of our time here.
When there are no conflicts in you between material wealth and spiritual life, you have found yourself.