The secret of success is to look for today's hopes and justify them, turning them into tomorrow's reality. It is economically expedient to fulfill other people's hopes, because people are willing to pay for it, at least with gratitude. To fulfill hope, you need to believe in it. Faith is a process of movement and fulfillment.
You worry about being used… You're stupid. You do not understand that by allowing yourself to be used, you are dominating your master, making him dependent on you. Having become dependent on you, your master must now protect and feed you.
A proud man is one who loves flies. There are few flies, but many proud men. Proud people are ready to bite each other's throats for flies. There is a lot of soup, but no one needs it. Take your soup, and sell the flies that drown in it to the proud.
Being does not tolerate haste. The slower the parasite eats its host, the better. Restrained parasites are beneficial to the system, but greedy parasites are not. Those who are in a hurry, the system seeks to destroy.
On small, on very small, you can get very large. I have heard a story about hired corn sellers who, for a couple of years, selling someone else's corn (as far as we honestly do not know), bought their own apartments. In summary, do not disdain even the smallest. You never know where you'll find it, where you'll lose it.
The idolaters (the proud) they crave the big... but the big is not enough and there are many who want to own it. This creates unhealthy competition and crowds of sufferers. At the same time, the small remains in oblivion, no one needs it for nothing.
Try to explore alternative ways to achieve your goals, and try to formulate them not in money, but in processes. The fact is that goals in money rarely come true and in General money is not a goal... the goal is a creative process.