Have YOU noticed that people who criticize success & wealth are the SAME ONES who want
others to socioeconomically subsidize them in one form or another?
Interesting point! I hadn't thought of that.
An ex-friend moved from Hawaii to my beloved Pacific Northwest, and taunted me because I didn't have the "courage" to do the same. I told her I was the best off I'd ever been here, and wasn't about to budge until retirement, especially since I still didn't understand why I'd had bad luck when I lived in Seattle. She said I was clinging to my negative experiences; I should forget and move on. I call it being foolish.
Each of my three books contain a chapter on money management. I also give money management presentations to high school kids. She criticized me for writing the books and giving the presentations, saying I would only get laughed at. She sneered at me saving pennies for retirement, and essentially said I should cash in those accounts to move to Portland and invest / share in a business she was trying to establish. She would ramble on about how she used to be wealthy, and make fun of the fact that I'd always rented rooms in houses when she'd lived in mansions.
A few years ago, she inherited a house from a boyfriend. She sold it at a loss for $120,000, but it wasn't her loss since she hadn't paid for it. She blew the money - in ONE YEAR!!!
I dumped her when she became insulting. She was dissing all her friends. Last I heard, she was renting a room in a house, and things weren't working out. She hadn't saved a dime, and was on her way to becoming homeless.
It is common for people to criticize wanting wealth, but what if everyone admitted they wanted to be wealthy, and practiced proper money management skills to acquire it? There would be a lot more people who are well off, and better able to help those less fortunate, right?
Teaching money managrment to children is fantastic!
Here in our country, the culture around money know-how or feeling comfortable around money (how you obtain money) is still surrounded with an air of secrecy or being a taboo subject. More to you!
Actually, I think this question is a tad twisted. In 65 plus years I have yet to meet anyone who openly criticizes a person's wealth or success unless, they acquired their success and wealth by taking advantage of those beneath their economic station in life. When corporate America stomps on the "little people" in an effort to give obscene wages and bonuses to their executives while keeping emplyee wages low and benefits at a minimum then something is wrong. That is NOT honorable success. Instead, we have confused wealth and success with greed.
You have to dehumanize the enemy before others are willing to attack them. You have to criticize others as thieves before you steal their stuff.
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