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The Rules of Wealth, 3rd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 39

Work as if you didn’t need the money

Most of us work because we do need the money. But some of us let it show and some of us don’t. If somebody looks as though they don’t need the money, it’s for one of two reasons. Either (a) they put on a good act or (b) they genuinely enjoy their work and do it because they love it – they would do it even if they didn’t need the money.

Clearly (b) is a fantastic place to be and one we should all strive to get to. But even if that’s not the case for you yet, there’s a very good reason to act as if you would work irrespective of the financial return. If people think (or indeed know) that you need the money, it gives them power over you and that puts you in a vulnerable position; it makes you insecure. ...

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