Kind of a neat topic this was that I heard of today. Essentially there were two polar opposites of the way one views finances and success in life where the debate revolved around what one has to show for their successes financially. In one corner you have the person that doesnâ€™t have any debt such as outstanding credit card balances. In the other corner you have typical guy that has thousands of dollars in debt but at the same time seems to own a lot.
Now in the debt manâ€™s way of life he has everything one would normally expect while using credit to buy various goodies. In the other personâ€™s side he is more cautious where he doesnâ€™t buy what he canâ€™t pay off immediately and therefore saves a lot of his money and only buys when he feels when he really needs it. In fact, he is still using the home that was purchased by his parents and so technically it is not his.
Now visibly if you look at it the debt guy looks way more successful in life. He has his own house, a lot of high end electronics, etc. Whereas the other person seems like he has nothing in one of those â€œStill living in the parentâ€™s basementâ€ type of scenario. The main distinction is that his bank account is way bigger than the other personâ€™s.
That made me think. The first was I personally donâ€™t think you can judge financial success necessarily by what you have. Example, a large business that owns a gigantic office while swimming in thousands of dollars in debt doesnâ€™t necessarily mean it is better than the guy who is in his little home office while still using things like a rotary phone. In those specific case it comes down to who is more profitable
Although, which direction is more sensible? Like with the debt example, the guy with the big office can continue to live the big image life with all the fixings until say the bank says â€œNo moreâ€. Or, you can be the debt free guy that just keeps strolling along while never really getting those bigger things that most people would relate success with.
If you think about it, there is a possibility too where with the guy who was running mostly off credit could just begin selling off all of his assets which can possibly put him in the same position as the debt free guy if he wants to get out of that cycle. The main difficulty Iâ€™d say is maintaining the lifestyle since he is more used to the lavish one and most likely wouldnâ€™t last as a result. At the same time, you can argue that the debt free guy could always just convert to that lavish lifestyle mode too by racking up his credit. Was an interesting debate about financial direction in life I thought with no real one size fits all answer to it.