I was looking at a friend tweeting that these days is difficult to survive and he has no motivation to work. Citing examples of catching up with the latest movie, latest gadgets to look as if you are not outdated.
I guess many will think that driving a better car also counts and how people would think if you start driving an old model car.
All these things we desired is to satisfy “people’s comments”, not really a need. To me, I have lived a life where I don’t even care what people say, as long as I have managed my finances well. In other words, my own pocket comes first, not people’s.
To people who said my phone is outdated – I only need it to make calls and surf information on the Internet and my phone served the purpose no matter what newer model is out or that mine was a few generations earlier.
To people who said (again and again) that I need to change my car – to me a car is a liability as it takes money out of my pocket. To me a car brings me from A to B safely, easy to maintain and I love my Proton Iswara – fully paid and very good car. I also use the valet or jockey service very often.
At the end of the day, I have 3 properties I have invested with positive cashflow, I have a portfolio of other investments and my net worth is reaching my first million this year. It is not easy as I started with zero in a moderate family.
If it wasn’t for what I feel as national duty, spent 2 precious years and stood in the 13th general elections, I’d have reached my million last year. But all good aa the 2 years gave very very valuable experience.
So, does it matter to me what car I drive and my gadgets or movies I have left out? No, it is people’s opinions which I can’t control but my pocket comes first and I am responsible.