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The Rules of Wealth, 3rd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 106

Once you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it

Wealth is lovely. Having money is great. Getting rich is a worthwhile 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.

I 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 ...

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