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You May Be Poor, but Don’t Be Cheap

You may be poor, but don’t be cheap. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
You may be poor, but don’t be cheap. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Mr. Huang is an old friend of mine. I have known him for about 10 years. When I first met him, he worked as a barber for a monthly salary. He was paid rather meagerly, but despite this, every time I went to him for a haircut, his work was always meticulous.

Once I asked him: “Don’t you feel that it’s unfair to make so little?”

His response left me with a deep impression:

He eventually left that shop and in three years, he became the owner of a large hair salon. Today, he is a successful businessman who owns 10 salons.

He eventually left that shop and in three years, he became the owner of a large hair salon. Today he is a successful businessman who owns 10 hair salons.(Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Mr. Huang eventually left that shop and in three years, he became the owner of a large hair salon. Today he is a successful businessman who owns 10 salons. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Some people are like Mr. Huang. No matter the circumstance that they find themselves, they always maintain their character. As Mr. Huang said: “I cannot lower myself.”

Another friend of mine is Ah Tang. Ah Tang started working in his early twenties and became a billionaire before he turned 30 years old. He amassed business enterprises all over the world, and readily made friends wherever he traveled. I admire him very much, and approached him with a question one evening over dinner. I asked him: “What kind of people are more likely to succeed in business?”

Ah Tang amassed business enterprises all over the world, and readily made friends wherever he travelled. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Ah Tang amassed business enterprises all over the world, and readily made friends wherever he travelled. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

He pondered the question for a moment, and said: “I think it is very important to observe someone and to see how they treat the waitresses and busboys in restaurants.”

I was curious after hearing that, and asked: “How could the way someone treats the restaurant staff have anything to do with a person’s career or business?”

Ah Tang smiled and said:

He pondered the question for a moment and said: “I think it is very important to observe someone and to see how they treat the waitresses and busboys in a restaurants.” (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Ah Tang pondered the question for a moment and said: ‘I think it is very important to observe someone and to see how they treat the waitresses and busboys in restaurants.’ (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Later, I talked to a well-respected elderly friend who expressed a similar opinion. He said:

As I grew older, I learned that how people treat themselves largely depends on how they treat others. If you want to earn other people’s respect, you must first respect yourself.

Who you are has little to do with your bank account. Rather, it depends on how you look at yourself and what you require of yourself. If you have low standards, you have a cheap character. However, if you maintain high standards, you are a principled person.

In other words, you may be poor, but don’t be cheap.

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