What makes us happy?
Happiness is a state of mind. A person could be unhappy with all material prosperity whereas a person with less material possessions could be better on the happiness quotient. If you are not satisfied with what you have, certainly, you will aspire to get that satisfaction level propitiated through illegal means. That illegal means will bring in its wake disgrace and ultimately sorrow.
There are so many cases in point of well to do people involved in various corruption cases. They have minted crores of money through their illegal means and when told to account for their earnings by the law enforcement agencies, they were clueless and had no plausible answers. As a consequence, they are now cooling their heels in the confines of jails. The money earned has not been of help to revive their tarnished image and standings in the society.
What is the price you will have to pay, if you are caught read handed. Name once sullied can hardly regain its past glory ever afterwards. Infamy image is a curse. It is a life with everything bereft respect.
Hence it is a considered fact that those who work their way up in their sphere of activity consciously, honestly and sincerely may not get the due respect initially but after a period of time they are the likeable persons of the society and happiest ones at that.