During the last quarter of 2019 I picked up a book at the local library titled The Millionaire Next Door written by Stanley and Danko and published in 1996. Yes, over 20 years ago. I was still in high school. Perhaps you have read it, or at least heard of it. It is a simple read, and nothing within its pages is much of a secret.
It is definitely not the most well written book I have ever read. If anything, the writing could use a face-lift, but the message, it is pure as gold and needs to be brought to life within all of us.
The simple message: we are a CONSUMPTION prone society. We waste too much, and save too little. We want to look good on the outside, even if the inside is falling apart. We want to hang out with the Kardashians, even if we don’t like them. I hope at this point you catch my drift.
There are many things I want to share with you from this book, but this blog post would end up way too long and you’ve got places to be and people to see. So I will share just one short piece. Something a 12-year old wrote to her father on his birthday about the messages he had been conveying to her throughout her short life. Something that I relate to. Something that we should all consider.
The King’s Rule
- Be tough…life is. There is no promise of a rose garden.
- Never say “poor me”…or feel sorry for yourself.
- Don’t walk on the back of your shoes. Waste not. Want not. Don’t abuse your belongings and they will last longer.
- Close the front door…Don’t waste your parents money by letting the heat out.
- Always put things back where they belong.
- Say “yes” to those who need help before they ask.
I hope the seven points above spoke to your mind and heart today. I believe that you can start incorporating them rather easily. It won’t take a lot of work, and hopefully you are already doing most of them on a daily basis.
You are the torch bearer. You are in fact the King of your life. What kind of palace do you desire?