Without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with luck.
I hope you are very wealthy. I wish I were. But if you aren't and you suddenly became rich what would you do with the money? You hear stories of someone winning 100 million dollars in the lottery and five years later they're broke. How can that be? They squandered it, that's how.
So you look at your 100 million, or whatever part of it they let you have, and say that now you can quit your job, pay off all your debts, get some health issues taken care of and buy a new car. Then you look again and realize you have barely made a dent in your new found wealth. So what else can you do with it.
You buy a new home, perhaps a big one, a mansion, and then hire a staff to take care of it.
You say "What the hell, you only live once, let's live it up" and take your wife on a trip around the world, or maybe you go it alone.
You had such a good time doing that you buy a yacht and a crew to take care of it, so you can go to sea again anytime you want.
You wouldn't think of going into a gallery or art auction and buying a Picasso or a Matisse for a few million and have something of lasting and increasing value. No, you start collecting rare and expensive automobiles once owned by movie stars.
Now you're living an easy and comfortable life you decide to run for Governor. That ends up costing you the rest of your fortune and you lose the election,.
Now you're broke. You have to put your mansion up for sale at a loss. The same with your yacht and your used car collection. You might actually sell the yacht, but the house will languish on the market and it's costing you a lot of money to keep the cars. You finally make a donation of those to help you with your taxes.
You go looking for a job.
Does that story sound like a fantasy? It is. But it's a very real possibility for someone who doesn't have the common sense to realize he hasn't just gone straight to heaven.
If I remember correctly the first New York City resident to win the New Your State Lottery, which was one million at the beginning, was an inner city Puerto Rican gentleman who when asked what he was going to do with the money said he would retire from his job and grow a vegetable garden in his back yard. I admired that.
If you suddenly get rich, if you aren't already, and I hope you do, it is not the time to throw your sanity out the window along with everything you've worked for. Wealth is a gift, a blessing. Many people who were born into wealth don't realize that. And many people who achieve wealth in their lives don't realize how lucky they are and tend to look down on the poor as being lazy or ignorant. But those who know the discipline of a difficult life, and don't forget it if they get rich, are the truly wealthy.
DB - The Vagabond
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At what event of the past do you wish you could be present? Why?
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