TsarTom: ...after parlaying a multi-million dollar inheritance...Yeah... Shut up.
qorkfiend: Sure. But it's a little galling for someone who inherited millions of dollars to sit and lecture people about hard work.
LockeOak: Fark != kickstarter
cig-mkr: 1) You will never get rich working for someone else2) You can't get rich by spending every dime you make on toys3) You have to make your money work for you4) Be frugal, but always buy the best you can afford5) Set goals and stay the course to achieve those goals6) Invest in the long term, (never met a rich day trader)
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Then I guess I'll start robbing rich people. If I work hard at it, I can be rich too.
fireclown: Probably something to that, even though the messenger might be less than ideal.What the hell. OK FARK, lets brainstorm. I'm willing to blow $500 on a startup. It has to be something that I can do while still working full time. Gimme your ideas.
Jon Snow: T.M.S.: Pay my Amex bill.Can you share with the rest of us untermensch how someone manages to be a wildly successful self-made man? You know, one who didn't live a good chunk of his early years on the tax-payers' dime? Being disqualified from such a life personally, as I benefited from many institutions of the state, I was only asking in the hopes of passing on the wisdom to some uncorrupted youths in highlands of Peru.
Loadmaster: The problem is that the bad behavior is much more acceptable than it was a generation ago.
Loadmaster: Being on food stamps, taking welfare, not having a job for years at a time used to be considered shameful and cause for being ostracized. There was a time, not too long ago, when people did not want to ask for hand-outs because of the stigma and loss of self-worth it brought. Not any more.
BgJonson79: manimal2878: Mugato: Zuckerbergs, Bill Gates,Not really apples to apples is it?Neither of these guys had parents on food stamps or parents living pay check to pay check. Zuckerberg and gates both went to exclusive prep schools and had enough wealth to afford to go to Harvard and was raised in an atmosphere where he had the connections to apply. These are people that were born on third base.Also... they're smart. If you have $1 billion, but an IQ of 85, you're still not going to Harvard.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: Lionel Mandrake: Give me a shiat-ton of money and I guaran-farkin-tee I'll turn it into more money.So you're the Nigerian Prince?!
Martian_Astronomer: I have a fantasy in which people are not allowed to graduate high school until they can give a dumbed-down, plain-English explanation of the word "stochastic." People seem very uncomfortable with the idea that although you can skew the odds in your favor, there are just some things in life that are out of your control (or effectively random.)There is a big difference between "Hard work makes you rich" and "Hard work makes you more likely to get rich."
kgf: If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourself - spend less time drinking, or smoking and socialising, and more time workingThis is the basic underlying premise of the American Lie. The truth is hard work alone will not make most people wealthy. It takes extraordinary luck and connections. For every poor-guy-made-it-big story there are 100,000 poor-guy-is-still-poor stories.
T.M.S.: All but one billionaire I know started with nothing. All but one of them made their money in television.I advise working in television.
Mary_Contrary: How many of you are at work right now?That helps explain it.
GAT_00: Just 'working more' will not make you a millionaire. If that was the case, grad students would all be incredibly rich when they got done.
fireclown: cig-mkr: 1) You will never get rich working for someone else2) You can't get rich by spending every dime you make on toys3) You have to make your money work for you4) Be frugal, but always buy the best you can afford5) Set goals and stay the course to achieve those goals6) Invest in the long term, (never met a rich day trader)I'm not sure about 1). I've met a lot of six figure folks who work for the man.For grist, I'm a big fan of the Dave Ramsey plan. I know it gets a little Jesus-y from time to time, but I worked the plan for a few years in a secular way and it did wonders. No credit card debt, no car debt, and I have a cash fund ready to blow on a car when my trusty '02 Prius dies. Get yo' backside out of debt pronto.
Visionmn2: I have offered several people $1000.00 to get started after they go down, get a student loan, and get an associates degree. I have yet to have anyone take me up on my offer.
stevetherobot: fireclown: Probably something to that, even though the messenger might be less than ideal.What the hell. OK FARK, lets brainstorm. I'm willing to blow $500 on a startup. It has to be something that I can do while still working full time. Gimme your ideas.Instead of blowing $500 why don't you just quit start smoking, drinking and socializing?
RenHoekNL: Why are the people starving? Why don't they just eat cake?
douchebag/hater: 'Obvious' tag, subby?'Hero' tag is more appropriate.
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