Rich and humble
Most entrepreneurs believe that part of the gains of success is to spend the money they have worked hard for to show their level of success. Who can blame them?
If you have worked hard and taken a lot of risk, then you deserve the trimmings of success. Right?
This is understandable, especially in these days of social media and celebrity influencers. The more people you can reach with your outrageous claims, the more views you are likely to get.
Despite this, there are a number of people who are wealthy and still keep their feet to the ground. These people shun publicity as best as possible. They help others without a camera in sight or a video postings of their wealth and achievements.
The most famous of those will be Warren Buffet who still lives in the same house he bought for $35,000 over 50 years ago. He still drives himself around at the ripe age of 89 and surprisingly still drives an ordinary car just like the rest of us. No private jet despite owning a company that builds and sell private jets. His total net worth is in excess of $80 billion. At a time when people try to pretend they are richer than they are, these are examples of people who genuinely love what they do.
Another of the rich but humble was the IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad. A very rich man by all standards but stayed true to his simple upbringing. You can read more about him from the link below
If you are interested in other rich people who live like the rest of us, the link below may help.
The essence of wealth is to help others and make a difference. That legacy will outlive all of us.
I found a story on LinkedIn awhile ago about Narayan Murthy, the founder and chairman of Infosys. Mr Murthy has a net worth of over $4 billion but still travel not only by commercial plane but in economy. When he was asked why not in first or business class, his answer was a classic one for most of the humble and successful, ‘ will I get to my destination any quicker by being in first class?’. What a man and what way to look at life. If you remember that most celebrities who are worth only a few million dollars are very keen to forgo travelling with the masses to flying their own private jet.
With all that money, what are his plans? Apparently, it is better to give away his money to others and make their world a little bit better.
Others like Sam Walton of Walmart and Mr Tata of Tata group are all the same.
You may be interested in the book ‘ The millionaire next door’.
Rich and humble, these 2 words rarely go together in our modern world.
What are your thoughts?