What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
In the first chapter of Walden it talks about the economy. Walden does not agree with many things happening with the economy. Thoreau wrote about how inheriting land and farms from your family without having to pay is negative instead of positive. I am a bit confused why Thoreau does not believe in inheriting houses and tools either. I got out of Walden that Thoreau says that it makes people more lazy when people inherit farms and houses. I would much rather not have to pay for land that I can instead obtain from inheritance. Maybe Thoreau believes that people would not take care of the land as well if they do not pay for it.
Later in the chapter Thoreau explains how he thinks that old people are useless. Thearou talked about how old people instead of being wise are out of their time and are not people you should take advice from. I do agree that old people might not know as much about modern times but they still know more about the economy in general and have personal experiences about the past.
One thing to me that spoke out to me was how people do jobs that make them work like machines. When I grow up working as a machine and doing the same thing everyday is something I do not want to do. I want to have my own life and have a new experience everyday.