A person who has yet to engage in Buddhist practice generally prioritises in life the pursuit of sensual pleasures, and perhaps achieving wealth, status or fame. When we develop renunciation we form a goal that transcends all of these worldly preoccupations. Our goal, which is indeed a noble one, becomes to transcend samsara and to achieve liberation. This does not mean that we cannot be rich, that we cannot have power, or that we cannot have fame—however, these things in themselves are no longer sufficient; no longer are they the valid, primary motivations in our lives. They become subordinate to our greater purpose of achieving liberation.
[~How to Follow the Path of Liberation]