If you want to be rich, stop acting like it
I’m currently listening to a fascinating and inspiring audiobook called Stop Acting Rich by Thomas A. Stanley (author of The Millionaire Next Door).
I’ll be honest and tell you that if I were to try reading this book instead of listening to it, it’d probably get boring really quickly. It’s packed with lots and lots of case studies, percentages, and survey results. It’s apparent that the author likes to leave no stone unturned, loves to analyze people, and is very, very detailed.
However, the main point of the book is really good. Namely: If you want to be rich, stop acting like it.
Thanks to 0% financing, it’s easy to try and pretend like we are more well off than we are. But that facade won’t put any additional income in the bank. In fact, the exact opposite will likely happen: you’ll become poor trying to look like you’re rich.
There’s no doubt about it: you can’t buy your way to wealth. As Stanley says, “No one ever became rich by purchasing $800 shoes.”
If you want to be rich, stop acting like it. Learn to live within your means by setting up and following a written budget. Then, take it one step further and live beneath your means — even if it’s just $5 or $10 less than you make each month (for those on really, really tight budgets).
Money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness comes from being content with what you have and seeking to make the most of where you are.
Start loving the life you’ve been given, embrace exactly where you’re at, and choose to be thankful for the blessings you do have. If you do this, I promise you’ll end up finding a lot more fulfillment in life than pretending you’re a millionaire will ever give you.
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