He Worked Hard to Become a Millionaire, and His Grandmother Warned Him to Keep This Quiet – Was Hiding His Finances from His Wife a Betrayal?

A man had worked tirelessly for his entire life, and his hard work eventually paid off. This left him in a seriously healthy financial situation, and whilst friends and family could see he was doing well, he decided to keep the reality of his millionaire status hidden from them.

A Difficult Past

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The man explained that in the past, his financial position was not so positive. “I grew up very poor, and my mom passed away when I was just 10-years-old, leaving me to support myself for the most part”, he lamented. 

Working Hard 

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Despite his unfortunate position, the young man had worked hard to get his first part-time job and began to support himself. However, he was determined that one day, he would work hard enough to have complete financial freedom. 

An Entrepreneur

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To his delight, the man achieved his goals. He had been successfully self-employed for 10 years and started his own limited company 7 years ago. His financial situation gradually became increasingly lucrative.

His Promise

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One day, the man shared a realization that he had had with his grandmother. “I told her about two years ago that I would be a millionaire before she leaves this earth”, the man remembered happily. “She said that I shouldn’t tell anyone if I ever truly achieved this”.

Becoming a Millionaire 

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Amazingly, the man achieved his goal. His hard work had paid off, and he could officially define himself as a millionaire. 

Keeping it Frugal

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Despite his newfound success, the man didn’t get ahead of himself and maintained a smart attitude toward his wealth. “I haven’t made any major purchases and I’m still fairly frugal, but I’m always nice to people close to me”, he explained. “90% of the time I’ll pick up the tab If I go out with friends or family”.

Keeping it Quiet

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However, despite this kindness, he always chose to keep the reality of his millionaire status quiet. He expressed that not even his wife knew, and he was apprehensive to tell her.

Remembering His Grandmother’s Words

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The reason for the man’s silence was simple. He remembered what his grandmother had once told him, to keep quiet if he ever became a millionaire. She was a wise woman, so he felt that it was advice worth following. 

Explaining His Decision

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The man had interpreted his grandmother’s advice as a warning against greedy people. He knew that people changed when they came into big money and was concerned that if he told his friends and family of his millionaire status, they would take advantage of his kindness. 

Was it Dishonest?

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However, the man would have been lying if he didn’t admit feeling guilty at times. Whilst he knew that keeping his wealth quiet from distant relatives and friends was a good idea, he wondered if not telling his wife or close family was a step too far. It felt wrong to be secretive, especially with his wife, who he felt had a right to know. 

An Online Verdict

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The man headed online to share his millionaire status, whilst also asking readers whether they felt he should be more honest about his wealth. The responses were a mixed bag. “Congratulations mate and your grandma is right – don’t tell anyone”, defended one reader. “Your financial situation is no one else’s business, so you shouldn’t feel bad about it at all.”

Make an Exception

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However, it quickly became clear that most readers felt that the man should make an exception for his wife. “Please don’t keep her in the dark”, begged another reader. “She needs to be WITH YOU on this journey. The two of you need to make a budget and spending plan together. 

He Had to Tell Her

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Almost everyone agreed that the man hiding his financial situation from his wife was a recipe for disaster. “Tell your wife dude… keeping this from her could end your marriage (and your status as a millionaire if she leaves you)”, one commenter pointed out. She’s making decisions based on what she thinks your financial situation is, while you’re hiding the reality. That’s a betrayal.”

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