While neither a banker, an economist, or a philosopher, Rudyard Kipling was a very smart man. He also had a wide variety of experiences in life, living in India, England, and America, and traveling extensively. We’ve all heard the phrase, “spend less than you earn.” Kipling makes the same sentiment sound elegant and thoughtful.
“All the money in the world is no use to a man or his country if he spends it as fast as he makes it. All he has left is his bills and the reputation for being a fool.”
It’s kind of hard to disagree with that, isn’t it? And we all know people who spend money as fast as they make it. Heck, there have probably been times in your life when you’ve done the same thing. I remember my first real job, I had those paychecks spent before they even came. And when I got into the restaurant business – whew! I would think nothing of leaving work, walking down the block to The Gap, and spending every single cent I had just made.
Most of us can’t change others, and we can’t change the past. We can look forward to the future with the stout resolution to never have that kind of behavior (again). Without it, none of the rest of it will work.
Do you want to know more about your military pay and benefits?
Things change fast around here! Keep up-to-date with email alerts about the topics that are important to you!