In 1922 Emily Post was quoted as saying “A very well-bred man intensely dislikes the mention of money, and never speaks of it”. Although the world has moved on since Ms Post made that statement, the sentiment remains true. Despite an irresponsible social sway towards an ostentatious lifestyle (Mr Floyd Mayweather we’re looking at you), a modern gentleman knows that a preoccupation with money is crass.
Here at King & Man we often share ideas about interesting products to buy and clothes to wear, however this should not be confused with encouragement to accumulate as many possessions as possible. Quite the opposite in fact. Buying less, but buying better is always advisable. Living well is not about being rich. In fact a tight budget can refine a man’s tastes.
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”
Inevitably conversations will occur when the matter of finances comes up. This is unavoidable and being discreet doesn’t require you to be dismissive. In many cases these conversations may prove useful. However when you’re discussing money matters, never mention amounts and avoid answering any direct (albeit rude) questions about the figures.
In his career a gentleman works hard, but doesn’t chase money. You will spend a large portion of your life doing your job, so it’s more important that it’s something you gain satisfaction from. Money does not equal satisfaction.
Finally remember that money is simply a tool. A tool for you to experience the world around you. Don’t be afraid to discreetly spend it, particularly on your friends and loved ones. But for goodness sake always carry some cash and at least one payment card.