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Old 08-04-2022, 09:21 AM   #61
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I was very lucky to be born into a wealthy family and I know many wealthy family members and friends, both self-made and inherited. DW and I are also very lucky to have amassed a good-sized portfolio over the years.

One of the traits I've observed from my circle of wealthy relatives and friends is that many of them are very humble. They don't flaunt their wealth, and only discuss it or dispense advice if others ask. They treat people they meet in all walks of life with respect, no matter how much $ these people have, and they don't presume to think that they are better or have advice to give just because they have more $.

Be respectful of others and be humble and thankful. These are lessons I'm still trying to take to heart and be mindful of as I climb the wealth ladder, and hopefully I can impart these to my kids.
Define wealthy.

Dad earned a high income via his business but he & all his friends I knew with exceptions I can count on the fingers of one hand simply spent it.

And I wouldn't classify any of them as humble...more like "I and I alone am responsible for my success."

It didn't help their high-consumption lifestyles attracted every hustler/conman/scumbag around.

In the end Dad had to sell his business for maybe half what it was worth just to have enough funds for him and his wife in their later years...and Dad was not as profligate as most of those around him.

It's too late for me but I'd love to know (maybe via PM) what business allowed the OP to earn such a high income in a single year since I've got one kid who just finished undergrad & has an entrepreneurial bent.
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:37 AM   #62
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Back in 2011 we took the extended family on a Caribbean cruise. I’m sure they figured we had some wealth by then. Nobody knows our net worth, but I want to divulge our finances to the boys soon. One son is well on his way to Fire, the other not so much. They both live in townhomes we own and we’ve gifted money to them for several years now. So they know we have money, just not how much.
My father-in-law lives with us and though we haven’t told him anything, he has told other family members we’re “rich.” Not happy about that, but no one has come to us asking for money. They’re satisfied with what they have and appreciate a few things we’ve done, such as funding 529 plans for our nephew’s kids after he died.
Our Priest and the Parish Business Manager know what we contribute, so they know we have money, but have never asked us for any more directly.
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:45 AM   #63
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In my church, the pastor by design has no knowledge of any congregant's pledge. We want him to treat everyone equally. Only one of the financial secretaries knows that, and she is sworn to secrecy.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:06 AM   #64
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I think the title including "only share with strangers but not family and friends" means strangers like folks on ER.org, etc.

I have shared more with this forum than anywhere else. It's the only place where I talk about finances.

DH has no interest and it's an effort to just keep him in the loop for his own good. Our sons have told me their salaries without me asking. If either one asked me I would tell them any and all of our numbers. I've shared with them that we live off DHs pension and that my SS and part time income are gravy. They also have seen me working on being more generous, doubling gifts this year and making donations so they know we are doing well enough.

Our younger son (35) just started a new job and he gets Federal benefits including pension and TSP. I've never seen benefits like this before, they are actually beneficial! He had a couple years of ObamaCare and really appreciates his new health insurance. Both of them are making more than us now, which just thrills me! If they ask me investing questions, I may tell them what I know and what I do but remind them that I'm a very conservative investor.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:29 AM   #65
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I don't really care how much or how little money (or other assets) people possess. I am much more interested in what they can do, are doing or have done. The latter leads to far more interesting conversations.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:33 AM   #66
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In my church, the pastor by design has no knowledge of any congregant's pledge. We want him to treat everyone equally. Only one of the financial secretaries knows that, and she is sworn to secrecy.


Our Pastor signs our tax receipts and thank you letters. We’re not treated any differently than other members of our parish. A priest’s salary is not set by the parish, but by the archdiocese.
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we do not highlight this to friends or family. They know we retired early. Since most folks never plan to retire then we must be filthy rich in some eyes.

Then again we seem to have the oldest cars and most modest cars as anyone in our neighborhood. So some probably think we are barely scraping by.

I kind of like the ambiguity.
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What are some of the financial "Success/Secrets" you can only share with strangers here but not families/friends because the risk of envy, jealousy or unwanted attention. For me, that is: I made $4m last year. I am hella happy about it but it seems socially unacceptable to share that with friends or even relatives because it will always appear as 'showing off' somehow...

What's yours?
4 million is not that much. I know of two guys, Bill and Jeff, who have lost tens of billions this year. I may pass the hat to help them out.
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Old 08-04-2022, 11:44 AM   #69
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Yeah but you 'd have to tell them about the 5 million you've lost this year.
You mean like, I was up $330k last year but I was down $484k in the first 6 months of this year. Last year my money was growing faster than I could Roth convert it, This year, I wish my money was growing faster than I can Roth convert it.
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My friends know I have retired, but on the whole, are not interested in discussing finances. Their eyes would glaze over if I so much mentioned simple principles of retirement planning. I do have some family members who fit in the "filthy rich" category, who are good people.
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Old 08-04-2022, 01:24 PM   #71
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Our Pastor signs our tax receipts and thank you letters. We’re not treated any differently than other members of our parish. A priest’s salary is not set by the parish, but by the archdiocese.
"culture" can have a lot to do with how people react.

When I was MD of several companies in Europe I was required to disclose my income and assets in statutory filings. Theoretically, my employees could request statutory filings and see what I made and what I was worth. To my knowledge, nobody did -- or if they did, it didn't faze them.
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Old 08-04-2022, 01:48 PM   #72
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Sadly…. I can never share my financial success with my family. They are truly awful people. I wish my father was still alive, I think he would have cheered for me.
I do have good friends, and we are all in much the same situation, being financial “unicorns”. We are grateful to be able to discuss things together, because for us, it is never jealousy. We cheer for each other… and mean it!

I recently had my taxes done and they were a FP as well, asked a few questions about things I was thinking about doing. The man just stared at me in total shock when I disclosed my wealth level. And compared to some on here, I am in the very shallow end of that pool.
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Our Pastor signs our tax receipts and thank you letters. We’re not treated any differently than other members of our parish. A priest’s salary is not set by the parish, but by the archdiocese.
Mine is a Congregational church (gathered in 1639). We have no governance structure beyond our own congregation. We have an annual meeting every January, where we get together and vote on the budget for the coming year, which includes the pastor's salary.
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Old 08-04-2022, 01:52 PM   #74
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I agree with your basic premise that talking about one's success is a taboo subject in our society and SOME people can get resentful or jealous when others talk about their success.

However, your statement above comes across as bit presumptuous because the statement implies that everyone measures "success" in terms of money. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Maybe people don't want to hear it because they are happy with what they have and with their lives. They don't care if other people have more than they do, and they don't care about learning other people's secret to success financially. Maybe some people are content because they have "enough". Maybe some people measure "success" in terms of having a happy family, friendship, volunteering in the community, charity, etc. etc. So many factors motivate how people live their lives and money is simply one aspect, but surely it isn't the ONLY one.

Just because some people have less money and don't care to learn about other people's financial success doesn't make them "less fortunate". Some of most fortunate, happiest folks I know aren't wealthy, but they have loving families, great friends, jobs their enjoy and hobbies they love. They genuinely love and enjoy their life. I really think these folks are the true fortunate ones because they are content with what they have. They don't seek more because they have enough.


There is a YouTube channel I love watching called “My Self Reliance”. A man bought property, and is in the process of building his own log cabin, and growing enough food to sustain his family. Love it. I am truly envious. Has way less money than me, but is “wealthier” is his life and what he gets to do… than I will likely ever be..
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There is a YouTube channel I love watching called “My Self Reliance”. A man bought property, and is in the process of building his own log cabin, and growing enough food to sustain his family. Love it. I am truly envious. Has way less money than me, but is “wealthier” is his life and what he gets to do… than I will likely ever be..
WADR that sounds like a lot of work. My take on it is that when I'm FIRE'd I dont need to do that stuff.
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I am sorry for your family situation. Mine was solved with distance. All my family and my late wife's family are back east.
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I am sorry for your family situation. Mine was solved with distance. All my family and my late wife's family are back east.
There are quite a few of us here who have dealt with family issues. I believe it makes us stronger. In my case I was buried in an estate "right of survivorship" which eventually gives everything to the last heir. Nice. After DF died they reallocated to make it fair to the rest. Bitter? Yes but I've learned to move on and make a crap load of money for myself.
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There is a YouTube channel I love watching called “My Self Reliance”. A man bought property, and is in the process of building his own log cabin, and growing enough food to sustain his family. Love it. I am truly envious. Has way less money than me, but is “wealthier” is his life and what he gets to do… than I will likely ever be..
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check it out!
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It's too late for me but I'd love to know (maybe via PM) what business allowed the OP to earn such a high income in a single year since I've got one kid who just finished undergrad & has an entrepreneurial bent.
Based on OP's previous forum posts, it appears that he has large positions in tech stocks such as NVDA and TSLA and those did very well last year.
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I'm definitely on the "keep it a secret" bandwagon when it comes to family. We are a child-free couple who have numerous siblings that (we are certain) have less than us. I think one thing that I haven't seen mentioned is that weird dynamic that could occur if you are child-free, wealthy, and have many nieces and nephews. If we told our siblings that we were were set for life, I'm 100% certain that for at least one of those families, they would encourage their kids to suck up to us in the hopes that we would favor them in our will later in life. We want genuine relationships with the young ones, so it's more a matter of making sure that keeps happening. No one who looks at us or our lifestyle is aware we are anything other than middle class!
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