I recently stumbled upon this weird vintage poster as I was wasting time online. Amid the cheeky hobo artwork is a bit of folksy wisdom:
Smile at a dime and it will look like a dollar!
I still can’t tell if it’s genius or stupid. Maybe a bit of both?
I think what it means is that it’s your perspective that matters. Be happy with what you have, and the amount becomes meaningless.
The problem is, almost everyone wants more. I know poor people who complain about never having any money. I also know wealthy people that are bummed if they don’t hit a certain number in a given year. Meanwhile, they have a massive home, luxury cars, etc. — essentially all the things that non-wealthy people dream of.
Maybe they need to “Smile at a million and it will look like a billion?”