Unless you were born rich, at some point in your life you've probably dreamed about becoming wealthy.
But being rich isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
Money is NOT the key to happiness. It does make some things easier in your life, but there's drawbacks.
Let's say you won millions of dollars in the lottery (nice thought right?). Here's three things that can happen if you're an instant winner and wealthy:
* People, from family to strangers, will be hitting you up for some of your loot.
* Some people may be plotting to get your money - one way or the other!
* Winning the lottery can change the nature of personal relationships. Spouses may disagree about how to spend prize money and even split up over disputes about winnings.
Then you have winners who lose all their wealth and are living in poverty, or some who even commit suicide.
Here's 21 lottery winners who lost it all
If you're born rich there's downsides that can outweigh the benefits. You are not allowed to complain about anything...ever.
Most people think being wealthy is nirvana.
They don't want to hear about your problems because they envy you. It becomes hard to relate to the middle class or poor whose lives are full of challenges you don't have to worry about.
I'm happy right now with my life. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and enough money to pay my monthly bills.
Throw in a great family, and friends, and I'm a wealthy man!
Perhaps Pablo Picasso said it best when looking for a happy medium in life:
"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money."
Time for me to walk on down the road....