Spending money to show people how much money you have is the fastest way to have less money.
We tend to judge wealth by what we see because that’s the information we have in front of us. But the truth is that wealth is what you don’t see. Rich is a current income. Nice cars purchased. Diamonds bought. But wealth is hidden. It is an option not yet taken to buy something later. Not knowing the difference is a source of countless poor money decisions.
Someone driving a $100,000 car might be wealthy. Or he may just be poorer by $100,000.
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Avoid taking financial cues from people playing a different game than you are.
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No one is impressed with your possessions as much as you are.
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Aiming to be mostly reasonable works better than trying to be coldly rational.
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You can be wrong half the time and still make a fortune.
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Success is a lousy teacher, it seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
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The Psychology of Money is a collection of short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of it.
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