Thursday, February 19, 2009

Value depends on individual affordability.

I had a chance to celebrate a friend's birthday over a Chinese dinner in town. When the bill came later, she was surprised the charges were cheap and reasonable priced. I told her, the bill was not cheap but because she is doing well when she could afford to pay without feeling the pinch.

The logic in life is...the higher you earn, the more you could purchase and acquire, when everything seems cheap and reachable. Not when you are earning less, everything is expensive then. A Mercedes is cheap to a millionaire but to a poor it is beyond his imagination. The next time when you happen to be moving around a high class neighbourhood, where all homes are by the millions...don't say those bungalows are expensive...say I am not successful yet. Or when you are invited to have a coffee at The Star Buck...never say their drinks are is because you are not doing well.

The world is not measured by the outside but rather by the individual affordability. "Whores don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)


Anonymous said...

Hey Robert,
got to this blog of yours while i googled "on individual affordability". my one addition to your blog, and the reason for my original search on this topic is, things are not binary. To take your example, one can buy a coffee here in the US for a dollar (or less) from a cart, from starbucks for say $4, or from a nice sit down restaurant for $15. the dilemma is not in deciding post facto whether something is expensive or cheap (or to put in your words, whether one is successful or yet to get there), but which one to go for. The problem only becomes more acute if one is considering a bigger ticket item, say purchasing a car. Sure if one has a few hundred thousand in the bank it does not make sense to go for a pre-owned small car, but whether its going to be a bmw for 40k, a lexus for 65k or a porsche for 100k - its not an easy call. So the question becomes, what is a good way to decide what can one afford to spend?
Looking forward to your thoughts

Robert Foo said...

Hi Anonymous 27 April,

HUMBLENESS" n "FLEXIBILITY" are the key words.

To become rich n yet being humble is powerful. Moreso be flexible. This is what I called "richness from the heart"