There are a few things one should consider before talking about how much money they have:
- Does the person who you’re talking to actually care? No.
- Is it their business? No.
- Will you come off looking like a complete d-bag? Absolutely.
Recently a man approached an old acquaintance on the Bloor subway line. The two of them seemed friendly, like they used to work together and had mutual friends. He was wearing a hospital ID and she was dressed fairly trendy (she had great boots on) in all black. The man, seemed excitable and a little attracted to the woman, where she appeared to be awkwardly humouring him.
Their paraphrased conversation went like this:
Him: How are you? It’s been a long time! What have you been up to?
Her: I know it has been a long time. Well, I’ve been finishing my course. Have you seen so and so?
Him (not really listening): Oh, um…Anyway, I came into some money recently. I got my inheritance. $100K.
Her (uninterested, trying to seem interested): Oh…(silence)… that will be nice for a down payment.
He then went on to gloat about all the money he just inherited. Reminder…he was on the subway. A packed subway. Surrounded by many people who would feel rich if they had a quarter of that kind of money. What’s that all about? No one cares.
For some reason, some people need to continuously brag about how much money they have. Examples:
- Once at a party with some very wealthy people one patron stated that he peed $50′s. Number One – He came off as a total doorknob. Number two – He is a doorknob.
- While at a concert a man talked openly about how he makes $200K a year and that he doesn’t really even need to work because he has a trust fund. Number 1 – Really? Number 2 – Why do idiots inherit money?
It’s absurd. Some people can’t afford to pay for their groceries, and yet others go on and on about how fortunate they are. That said, who wouldn’t want to have been lucky enough to never have to worry about finances. I know I would love it. But would I brag about it? And would I raise little tyrants who have no concept of morals, charity and grace? God, I hope not.
The point of this story is that no one on the subway line wants to hear about your inheritance. No one.