Financial security. Money and currency. Everyone seems to want money, and want more of it. “Give me more money.” “Give me financial freedom.” Stories are woven throughout human history about money, saving, and investing. Stories of desire, greed, selfishness, and sometimes selflessness. Sometimes these stories are funny, sometimes they are tragic stories. And sometimes, there is wisdom surrounding successful money management.
"The Government says we should be proud to be paying taxes. I think I could be just as proud for about a third of the money."
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Once upon a time, a king had a great highway built for the people who lived in his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy.
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.
Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
George and his wife Bessie went to the county fair every year. This was their "big" event of the year. In fact, it was the closest thing they ever had to a vacation.
A young and richly successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better. I'd really like for them to know about hand-me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meatloaf sandwiches.
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to pay . . .
"Hi. This is Steve. If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my financial aid institution, you didn't lend me enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are female, don't worry, I have lots of money.
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail, when suddenly a coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
The government recently calculated the cost of raising child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock. That doesn't even touch college tuition.
If I had my life to live over, I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God," I said, "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me. "Look around," He said, "do you see the fern and the bamboo?