You Can’t Afford to Keep Everything You Earn — Here’s Why

Michael Ndubuaku
4 min readNov 15, 2023
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In line with sex, cold water on a hot day, and finally taking a piss after holding it in for so long, giving money away is one of the best feelings in the world — regardless of how much you have.

It’s a great source of humility and purpose.

Growing up, it wasn’t hard to notice how society instinctively pays more attention to wealthy people. My parents happened to be members of that group long before I was born, so I experienced this shit firsthand.

The power and influence that money provides can differ depending on what part of the world you’re in, but universally, it’s a language we all understand.

A popular Jewish rabbi once taught me that the only way people truly make money is by interacting and learning from others. So for a person to have amassed a significant fortune, a lot of people must’ve trusted or at least liked them.

That knowledge has served me well.

It’s precisely the reason why I’m always interested in getting to know any wealthy person I meet. Even the ones with terrifying reputations. Unless their fortune was inherited or from the lottery, I want to know what they know. I want to learn from them.

Acquiring wealth goes hand-in-hand with a charitable mindset. A nurtured habit of giving back.

I call it a “nurtured habit” because nobody is born with it. You either grow up in an environment that encourages charitable giving, or you pick it up along the way.

Have you ever wondered why high net worth families and individuals always appear to financially support at least one charitable cause or the other?

It’s because they understand that all the overpriced clothes and cars in the world can never compare to a person’s level of generosity when gauging true opulence.

It’s an unwritten rule of wealth.

The moment you cross a certain financial threshold, you’re expected to give a reasonable amount of that money away. Those who don’t abide by this rule are rarely seen as equals by their peers. Go and verify.

Pandemic of entitlement