“If rich people could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.” – Yiddish Proverb
Does money mean success and is that all it takes to impress someone?
According to some studies, that statement is true. In my book, part of that is true but often any horse’s ass can have money and be totally superficial and shallow. Substance and a real human being requires much more.
In one study they did indeed find that, money, not intelligence, helped men to have more sex but it was also true that it was intelligence that helped them make money!
Another study found that anytime you bought something beautiful that you really loved and fully enjoyed without guilt, you were definitely improving your mental health.
What it takes to be successful and have money today takes a toll on us and what we can give emotionally in relationships. Wealth and concrete achievement are only one piece of the ‘good’ life.
Few of our presidents, for example, have been successful businessmen. Warren G. Harding was one. Most of those we revere have suffered and conquered adversity.
We pay attention to the wrong values and set limited goals for our children.
Being worldly and curious, knowing people from varied cultures, and being capable of true intimacy, makes us genuine.
Whom do we pay huge sums of money to, and who are our children’s role models?
Where is any of this explored or taught?
The apostle Paul wrote that the love of money is the root of all evil, and Dante reserved his Fourth Circle of Hell for those guilty of avarice and prodigality. This is obviously not a new subject for review!
Now … if you have some money and want to impress, here are some ideas:
Jewelry; JAR in Paris
Handmade shoes; Gaziano and Girling in England
Men’s shoes; John Lobb, Pierre Hardy, Louis Leeman
Ladies shoes; Christian Louboutin, Manola Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Chanel
Men’s clothes; Savile Row in London, Nino Corvato in New York
Women’s clothes; Too many to list Special mention; Alaia, and Vionnet
Lingerie; Sabia Rosa and Chantel Thomass in Paris, Janet Reger in London
Restaurants; Go to Urbanspoon.com and VeryFirstTo.com will book top restaurants and hotels for you.
Personal perfume; Lyn Harris in England, Nova Studio in Brooklyn, Yosh Han in San Francisco, Francis Kurkdjian in Paris, and Roja Dove the most expensive (40,000! In a crystal bottle!!)
Wine and Champagne
The best champagnes are produced by Krug and Jacques Selosse. Big houses are mostly pricey because of marketing.
Caviar; Sevruga, Eat it off back of hand near thumb!
Burgundy; Romanee Conti
Bordeaux; Château Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Petrus, Le Pin
Sauterne; Chateau d’Yquem
You can have these great wine and more delivered to you from Canada’s most prestigious wine site: WineOnline.ca
Yachting; amanresorts.com ($43,000 a couple for seven nights)
Travel to your roots; ancesrtalfootsteps.com
There it is… a list for fun and pleasure and to impress others. All it takes is money!!!
“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.” – Arthur Schopenhauer