Many people look wealthy and aren’t. They have, eat and wear only the “best.” Their clothing and belongings are always designer or brand names. They have the “coolest” and latest models of everything. And they tend to spend their money quite freely and extravagantly.
Then there are those who adorn themselves in the simplest clothing and invest in essential items. They practice modest behaviors overall and choose when and where to spend freely and extravagantly. Yet, they actually DO have substantial wealth.
Often you wouldn’t know that many of the people you see are wealthy, because they don’t “show” it.
One of the clearest examples of this is former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. He’s a billionaire.
But while he was mayor, he was often seen eating hot dogs. As a billionaire, we “expect” him to eat only the “best” foods. But he loved hot dogs and didn’t care what anyone thought of him.
If we hadn’t known who he was, we would never have known a billionaire was buying hot dogs for lunch!
We’re used to a society that revels in “proving” we have money when we possess it. In fact, if wealthy people DON’T dress fancy or flashy, many of us label them “cheap” or other unflattering names. You KNOW I’m right!
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you have to live like a pauper and buy, wear and use boring and plain things all the time.
What I AM saying is that trying to “look wealthy” isn’t the way to go. Look at MC Hammer and Johnny Depp.
The behaviors typically associated with trying to look wealthy actually DEPLETE wealth.
Don’t let the opinions of others tell you how to conduct your life.
Whatever way you choose to show up in the world IS YOUR CHOICE (obviously, it goes without saying that this should still include showing up clean and smelling pleasant - not being sloppy, unkempt and/or smelly).
“Dressing (and living) to impress” others is the surest way to run yourself into debt.
And it is the surest way to waste money by being “extra,” when you could be USING that extra money you’re spending to build up your net worth and your bank account.
Dress - and live - to impress YOU first and the rest will naturally follow.
Define what wealth is for you. And what it isn’t. Then do that. Live that.
Like the quote says, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers
About Yolanda Ransom
Yolanda Ransom teaches professional Black women how to confidently master their money, so they can achieve all of their financial dreams. She is a financial educator, coach and CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting. She speaks and writes about personal finance and personal development. Find out more about Yolanda and her work at yolandaransom.com