Mike, Rich & Notso – Proverbious – Day 184 – Proverbs 18:11-12
The wealth of a rich person is like a strong city,
and it is like a high wall in his imagination.
Before destruction the heart of a person is proud,
but humility comes before honor.
Rich people think they are indestructible. I know that was a massive generalization, but there is certainly an arrogance that accompanies many of those people who have accumulated great wealth. For some reason, they think that their massive amounts of money have given them status and position that is above everyone around them who doesn’t have as much money.
I’ve been baffled by this for a long time. For some reason, there are people who are enamored with those who are able to handle money well, who know a lot about it and have had success with it. The baffling part, is when others put their entire lives up on a pedestal because of their success with money.
Have you noticed that? I have. There’s one guy – Rich Guy – who knows a lot about money, and another guy – Notso Rich – who is enamored with him because he knows a lot about money. And because Rich guy has money, Notso is going to trust this guys advice on every topic imaginable. Notso asks Rich about everything from family advice to work advice. And because of Rich’s succes with money, Notso believes every word that comes out of Rich’s mouth.
It’s so frustrating when you know someone who is like that. They seem to have thrown logic and good decision making out the window because they have stars in their eyes from the rich person.
Let me make this point clearly: Just because a person is good with money, doesn’t mean they know everything.
In fact, I would say they know little about many things because they have wasted their life pursuing the wrong thing. Riches is not the most important thing in the world. But for some reason, we all want to get to know Rich instead of the third guy – Mike Righteous. Chances are, if you know Mike, you know that he knows a lot more about life than Rich.
So if you’re a Notso, then you should try to find a Mike and stop listening to Rich. Don’t allow your imagination and the imagination of Rich to lead you to believe that Rich knows everything. He doesn’t. He thinks he does, and in his imagination, he does. But he doesn’t.
So, don’t try to be like Rich, or Notso. Try to be like Mike.