Again, I walked into the coffee shop to meet my mentor. While not world famous for wealth, he’s generous with his family, his charities, and while frugal with expenses, each year his wealth increases more rapidly than he spends it.
“You're lucky.” I said to him a bit disheartened. “You’re a rich man. I struggle the best I can to feed my family and barely afford to buy presentable second-hand clothes and shelter. How did you become so lucky?”
He chuckled and smiled, “It’s not a matter of luck, Chris. Most people who receive wealth they didn't earn end up big spenders, who waste money in exchange for desires they have no ability to satisfy. Others receive wealth they didn't earn and become hoarders, afraid to spend and live in constant fear of losing what they have. Few people can take unearned wealth and add to it while being happy and content. Most people who receive wealth they didn't earn live in secret misery and empty fear because they know they didn't earn it.
I nodded to acknowledge what he said was true. Then I spoke shyly a bit embarrassed, “I admit, I've hoped…to win the lottery or somehow receive riches I didn't earn.”
“I appreciate your confession, Chris,” assuring me it was safe to share my heart with him, however misplaced my hope, “Please, don’t count on a benefactor,” he smiled, raising his coffee mug, “Except buying your coffee and sharing financial insights with you, when we leave the coffee shop, you’ll have no more money than when you arrived. However, the lessons you learn, have the potential to make you a wealthy man.”
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.