Wednesday, March 5, 2008

“What would you be doing right now if you had all the money you needed?”

Was my commuter buddy’s question to me this morning.

Out of the blue – not sure why he asked it – but he did.

I thought about it for a moment and then said “Well I guess I would be helping out somebody – I think children – and my family and friends. I am not sure how, but I would want to help people.”

In hindsight I should have asked him “How long would I have had the money?” If I had just acquired it - I would probably need to spend the first year or so buying a new house, going out socially with family and friends; and, of course, working out with a personal trainer everyday to combat the newfound social eating frenzy. Then once I got buff from working out, I would have to buy new clothes and with new clothes comes new baubles to accessorize them with and the list goes on and on.

So my initial answer to him was unselfish – but my further-thought-out-answer is insanely selfish (at least for the first year or so.)

Not to worry though - I don’t see totally selfish in my future at all.

unless a windfall


Wise Ol' Man said...

No, first thing, you'd hire an estate lawyer, get a handle on monthly income prospectus, investment percentage with projected minimal return, pay all bills, but establish a credit line on what you have been advised. A shopping spree is in order, is where I feel people go wrong. They elevate themselves to a life-style of which they know nothing.

So, the smart first step is to rub elbows with that class. If need be, hire an expert to teach you proper etiquette at the level to which you aspire. Show that you belong and two things happen: you are at ease with where you are, and they are at ease with your presence. What happens next is more up to the impression you have made, than the money you have made.

Your hair must be impeccable, likewise your choice of footwear, and how straight you sit in your chair as well as how you walk. Think I'm kidding? Huh-uh. The Rolex won't help if you neglect those.

Hedy said...

Hmmm. I didn't realize that a sudden windfall would require a whole new set of friends. I've always believed that the best part about winning the Lotto (because, let's be honest here, that's the only way it's happening to the likes of ME) would be sharing it with my friends and family. And last time I checked, they don't give a flying fart about my shoes. Or my hair. :)

kengell said...

Interesting question.

The question has very little to do about money and more about what's in the heart/mind/soul; what really matters most.

Initial answer speaks volumes.