*Fabulously Broke tweeted this image yesterday and I thought it was too good to pass up*
Being broke is trendy. Seriously, I think it’s the new black. I guess this is no surprise, being that the national savings rate is a measly 3%. Let’s be honest: If you ain’t broke, you aint cool. Wait. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Why is it “okay” to be broke, but taboo to be rich?
For example, a little over a year ago I was worth -$2,000. I could care less who knew I had a negative net worth, but now that I’m sitting pretty in the positives, I’ve realized I’ve become a lot more reserved when it comes to discussing my financial life. I have a fear that my peers will think I’m bragging or even worse, that they will begin comparing themselves to me. Basically, I don’t want them to judge or make assumptions about me, based off my account balances.
But honestly, we are ALL guilty of sizing people up from time to time. Dave Ramsey, for example, is one person that isn’t shy about labeling himself as wealthy and successful. Just about every time he does this my immediate reaction is “Wow Dave, a little arrogant today aren’t you?” But then I actually thought about what he said and I had an epiphany: Dave’s not bragging, he’s being honest. He is rich and he is successful. And ya know what? There ain’t nothin’ wrong with it baby! Mad props to you Mr. Ramsey, mad props.
I’m realizing it’s totally possible to be wealthy and humble at the same time. With a net worth of $41,000 I’m obviously not BIG BALLER STATUS yet, but seeing that the median net worth for a 24 year old is $1,475, I’m definitely ahead of the curve. Gosh even saying that makes me feel arrogant.
Has anyone else found themselves becoming more embarrassed by their net worth as it increases? Have you ever felt like someone was judging you, just because you make a lot of money? Why is it easy to say “I’m broke”, but difficult to say “I’m doing great”?