When I was 23, I got the call that ended my years of being spoiled:
My dad, calling to tell me he would no longer pay my credit cards or send me rent.
A scene that was played out so beautifully on the show Girls, showing the inanity and out-of-touchness of people of the current generation… I was at the very forefront of it.
I had been spending money like water for years, without a care in the world about where it came from. I could buy whatever I wanted, do whatever I wanted, and it was covered, magically.
Until one day, it wasn’t.
That’s not to say I wasn’t hard working, though. I totally was. I just hadn’t had to worry about money, and now I did.
What did that do for me? It taught just how resourceful I was. From that day forward, I learned exactly what was important in my life (what I could live without, what I was tolerating, and what I considered a necessity). I then have spent the rest of my life operating with that in mind when making decisions.
Interestingly, I learned that I could easily do without most luxuries, and about the only thing I can’t do without is hot and cold running water and a roof over my head. I quickly figured out the bare minimum requirements it would take me to have that no matter where I was in the world, no matter my situation.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/How-can-an-extremely-spoiled-person-become-super-hard-working
Originally Posted On: 2015-12-21