2. July 2010 16:06
Here's something I've noticed ever since the economic downturn: people who are quick to tell you how wealthy they are, are also quick to tell you how poor they are.
Like most entrepreneurs, I started my company from nothing. I had no savings and no venture capital. I've built everything I have (with the help of my extremely devoted partner) from the ground up. This has made me very humble, even as I become more successful. When I was first starting MCC Recycling Services I was very quiet about how large (or small) we really were. I didn't feel that it was anyone's business and therefore kept the numbers to myself. Now that I am successful and our company has grown, I have found that I am still extremely tight lipped about personal and business finances. I have a tremendous amount of respect for many people (both wealthy and not) and the last thing on my to-do list is broadcasting my finances to them.
On the contrary to the above description (on both before and after accounts) I have met many people who are very quick to tell how well they are doing. When things are good, they're going to let you know it. They'll flash cash, broadcast their wealth and basically just sound obnoxious whenever you are around. Then, when shit hits the fan and they lose it all, they are very quick to tell you that too. That is the surprising part to me. I would assume that these people would be so embarrassed that they wouldn't want to talk about it. However they're the first to tell you that their once thriving business (which was probably bullshit anyway) is now defunct and they're selling their assets to pay the bills.
Fascinating opposite personalities.