We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I heard this fellow Tom Corley interviewed on the radio last week. He studies the life habits of prosperous people compared to less prosperous people.
He said nothing surprising. For a few examples, he said the prosperous tend to delay gratification, exercise, set life goals, make life plans, volunteer, severely restrict their kids' TV and computer time, set examples of hard work and self-discipline for their kids, to be constructive with their time, and to be frugal except in matters of health and charity.
Sounds old-fashioned, doesn't it? Socio-cultural-character tendencies. These things have not made me rich, but they have made my life better. People tease me about my frugality, but I am never frugal about truly life-enriching things and I hate being slothful. God did not make me to sit on my butt.
My dad works at 72. Construction supervisor. Wears a yellow hard hat. Not rich by any means, but probably could afford to retire to a trailer in Florida if he wanted to. Says he works so he has money to give to church and charity.
Precisely. And these people shouldn't be allowed to hide money in retirement accounts, at least not a lot, when there are others who could use that money. To stimulate the economy by consumerist purchasing, of course.
Besides there is such a thing as church and state, and those characteristics sound a whole lot like what used to be heard in Christian churches.
Depends on what you mean by 'slothful' I suppose. My grandfather used to say he was the best farmer in the world because he was the laziest farmer who made a living at it. He really meant being efficient. There is always something to do on a farm.
Re second paragraph. I agree: Y, Y, Y, Y, Y, Y, Y, Y, and Y....which is why my wife and I are extremely comfortable in our retirement and, having sacrificed nothing of importance during our working years, can enjoy our annual vacations in exotic places around the globe. We never had huge salaries, but we lived well while keeping our spending within our means...and I'm looking at you Barack Obama, as I type that.
This raises an interesting which-came-first question. Do people get rich because they have more patience, or do rich people, who generally have whatever they need and thus avoid a lot of stress, find it easier to be patient?