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What it's like to be secretly rich

February 7, 2015, 1:43 pm | This story has an Influence Score of 2093

By @mariocantin

These are the stories of six Quora users.

Story #1:

by Anonymous

It doesn't feel any different. Money changes people, but for me, I feel like I am the same person I've always been. I wouldn't say I intentionally keep it a secret, but I live a modest lifestyle and don't make a habit of gloating about my money or assets.

I invest, own my own home and have a family, but don't go out and buy unnecessary items. Money doesn't last forever, at the drop of a pin, you can lose everything. I am aware that I could lose everything tomorrow, so I remain grounded.

I work very hard to keep what I have and at the end of the day, my family matters much more than money ever will. But I have become accustomed to my lifestyle, as have my wife and children. Currently in total (assets and whatnot) I am worth about 14 million dollars which isn't a lot of money but for most is more money than they will ever see in their lifetime.

I donate a lot of money to charity anonymously, but I don't tell people about it. Our friends and family know we have money, but they don't know specifics. If my family and friends were to know, they'd treat us differently. People know we aren't struggling but don't think we are overly rich (it makes life easier that way). People treat others differently when they know they have money.

Story #2:

by Anonymous

As a 28 years old, my monthly income is more than tenfold of almost any friend or relative that I have. However, they think it's just slightly more than them.

Well, I'm really happy with that. This money could change me to what l am not. It could destroy my friendships and influence my family heavily with new and strange expectations. Of course, My family know about it from first days but as I don't buy expensive stuffs for myself they also try to follow me.

I don't like to honor my money. I don't like others to compare themselves with me and feel ashamed of about that. Instead of buying some beautiful rubbish I'm happy that I can buy what I need and present others what they need. 

I'm proud to be an 'ordinary' man, an ordinary 'successful' man and it's more than enough for me.  Thank God,  it was one of the best decisions which I made so far.

Story #3:

by Anonymous

If you don't have luxurious tastes, it's remarkably like being poor.  The cheeseburgers taste exactly the same.  You drive exactly the same 13 year old car, and you shoot the breeze with your friends and co-workers, and watch the same Super Bowl as everyone else.

Probably the only big difference is that you have a high degree of confidence that you don't have to balance your checkbook at the end of the month and aren't worried about where the mortgage (or rent) payment is coming from.

Story #4:

by Maxfield Mansel McCoy

Finances have never, and will never define me. I am not very interested in the materialistic. I live well within my means. I do not own a house, nor a car. I live in a minimally furnished apartment, and ride public transit. I keep myself well groomed, and well dressed. I do not wear a $2,500 suit, when a $750 will do just as well, I do own a tuxedo however, and wear to special occasions. I do not wear jewelry, and wear a Timex digital watch most days, and a Seiko, or Bulova when I go out; no Rolex, or Patek Phillipe here. 

I am heavily involved in volunteerism, give often, and generously to a few worthy charities. I try never to let an opportunity to do good go by. I perform random acts of kindness without hope of reward, recognition, or recompense.There is a lot of hurt out there, so every once in a while I have to withdraw decompress, and recharge. I once paid someone's rent anonymously, and had a little pow-wow with their landlord in regards to tenant's rights, multiple building code, fire code, By-law, and Ll&T act violations; he became quite compliant, and went the extra mile after I mentioned The Canada Revenue Service... 

It is nice to have the freedom to do this. It is gratifying to put mean-spirited bullies in their place. Money, is to me, a means to an end. It affords me a great deal of liberty, and autonomy. That I don't have to worry about my living expenses, and am secure in my person, place, and property is a source of great peace. This is why poverty, and all of it's attendant ills Must be eradicated...

Story #5:

by Anonymous

You look rich, I act poor.

We both are liars.

Story #6:

by Anonymous

A lot of pressure - especially if you want to be (and are not) self-made.

My father and grand father worked too hard to accumulate all that wealth. They did not join their father's business. They all did their own thing and took the family to the next level generation after generation.

My grand father was almost homeless and retired comfortably with couple of local businesses. My father started with $1,000 in loan and runs a business that does over $100M in sales annually. Every generation provided a better education and life to their kids.

I am 28, doing well in my career with a normal 6 digit salary in the US. It feels good to have the ability to quit my job and chase my passion. However, as my father approaches retirement, I'll need to have my plans figured out. I  feel the need to do something of my own to take our family to the next level.

It would suck to be that guy in the family tree where wealth creation stopped and consumption started.

It's not about the money.

(I use an iPhone 5, don't care about fashion labels, drive an 07 model with 100K miles and live a comfortable but low key life.)

It's more about your own significance.

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Source: www.quora.com. Link: http://www.quora.com/What-does-it-feel-like-to-be-secretly-rich

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