Skip to comments.Simon Weston: It's foolish to attack wealth creators
Posted on 11/13/2011 6:28:47 AM PST by Dysart
HOW DID YOUR CHILDHOOD INFLUENCE YOUR WORK ETHIC AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS MONEY?
My older sister and I were raised by my mother, a district nurse, and stepfather, a fitter's mate [machinist] in a church hospital, so their wages weren't exactly astronomical. But we had the best they could afford. Mam would scrub pub floors just so she could make ends meet or send us on school holidays, so she definitely taught me the value of money. They did their best within their means without leaving themselves short. We both had chores around the house, Mam was fastidious. She never let us take for granted the things that we got. But I'm not so sure they did it as well with my sister, because she has a different attitude towards money than me. If she's got cheques on the way, she's got money in the bank. Maybe it's a girl thing.
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I grew up poor so I learned early that its pointless to worry about what others have.
They wouldn't be leftists and Marxists if they weren't foolish.
I grew up poor and didn’t know it at the time.
Growing up poor can be a powerful motivator and, conversely, coming form money can be instill an unrealistic view on just how wealth is earned. I'm sure everyone knows someone they grew up with who never quite ascertained the value of money or work, etc and failed to achieve much in their own lives. Something to be said for not spoiling children with a vast inheritance.
I never had to worry about either.
It's interesting how some people who grew up poor and came into a lot more money later on don't understand how that happened. I'm talking about two of my sisters who are both in or near the millionaire range, but have no idea how it happened. I was one of seven children, and we were poor when I was very young. After they left high school my two sisters went to work for a major corporation, and became very well off through promotions and stock investments. They're both confirmed liberals, but think the patriarchy has oppressed them. When I ask them how do they think they were able to accumulate so much wealth in such an awful system, they seem puzzled by my question.
I think most Americans have little understanding of our economic system. Free-market economics should be taught in high school.