RULE 99: Once You’ve Got It, Don’t Flaunt It

Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson

Wealth is
lovely. Having money is great. Getting rich is a worth- while and enjoyable
activity. Buying the pink Bentley is
just plain gross.
As is a lot of
other things that shout nouveau riche,
over-the-top, flaunting, bling; So tacky. Take lessons in how to handle wealth
by all means but do handle it well. 1 read a nice story the other day of a
young lad who got to stay in a millionaire’s mansion – a relative i assume –
and when he went to bed he left the light on. The millionaire popped his head
round the door and told him it was wasting money and he should turn it off. He
even threatened him with a $1 fine. But instead he tossed him a $1 coin and
turned the light out himself.

The kid never
forgot the incident and is still turning lights off when he goes to bed or
leaves a room to this day. And he still doesn’t know why the reverse psychology
worked. As he says, he went from a possible $1 fine to a big windfall (it was
1953 when a dollar was a lot).
Be frugal. Be
careful with your money. Don’t flaunt it. And as you now belong to an exclusive
club, could you please observe a few rules:
¨     No flash cars
¨     No castles,
ranches or ranch, style house—this isn’t Dallas you know.
¨     No bling.
¨     No glitz or
showing off
¨     No impulse
spending
¨     No wild animals
as pets
¨     No buying
Islands

“Don’t ever mention how much you’ve got, what you
are worth or how much you earn. Never! If you tell people, half will despise
you for not having more and the other half resent you for having so much. Only
reveal such information to your bank manager and even then they should have to
drag the info from you”.

No private jets
No flying all your relatives to a
foreign county for a party
No flying your relatives to a foreign
country for your latest trophy wedding
No huge diamonds – or big jewellery of
any sort, it’ll only attract the robbers and thieves.
Be a discreet,
tasteful, refined, cultured, less-is-more more-is- tacky, quiet sort of rich
person. Someone we can all look up to. Someone who will inspire and not
cultivate ridicule – they do laugh at those leopard skin trousers I’m afraid
(not that you’ve got any).Someone who will set a good example to the young, the
impressionable, the not so well-off.
We’ve all seen
those who come into money too suddenly and flaunt the fact that they have loads
and we all think ‘God, how tacky’. I know we shouldn’t sit in judgment on
others but I do find my toes curl at … no, I can’t say in case you’ve got
one. Flaunting it creates envy, jealousy (different from envy), criticism,
snobbery, condemnation, censure – and all quite rightly. Discretion, on the
other hand, encourages respect, admiration and emulation. Don’t ever mention
how much you’ve got, what you are worth or how much you earn. Never! If you
tell people, half will despise you for not having more and the other half resent
you for having so much. Only reveal such information to your bank manager and
even then they should have to drag the info from you.
From The Book; The Rules of Wealth by
Richard Templar
(Read Rule
100
of Rule of Wealth tomorrow on Asabeafrika)
 
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