Indifference to Fame and Fortune Characterizes a High Aim in Life, and Leading a Quiet Life Helps One Accomplish Something Lasting.
This saying, with the attitude to fame and fortune at its core, refers to a way in which people in ancient China sought to practice self-cultivation. People should not be greedy for fame and fortune and be burdened by such greed. Instead they ought to cherish noble ideals and work heart and soul to achieve them.
Hence, unless he is indifferent to fame and fortune, he cannot demonstrate his virtue; unless he stays calm and quiet, he cannot reach afar; unless he is magnanimous, he cannot learn from others and be inclusive; unless he is kind and warm-hearted, he cannot embrace the people; unless he is even-handed and righteous, he cannot take control and make decisions. (Huainanzi)
Unless he is indifferent to fame and fortune, he cannot have aspirations; unless he stays calm and quiet, he cannot reach afar. (Zhuge Liang: Letter of Warning to My Son)