12 things that no amount of money can buy
Being wealthy is great, but all the cash in the world couldn’t buy any of these qualities…EDGAR staff November 5, 2014
Given the option, there can't be many people in the world who would choose not to be rich. It's true that having huge amounts of cash opens up doors that remain locked to most people, and if spent wisely, money can certainly have a positive effect on your life.
However, money is not the be all and end all and as much as we like to spend it on life's luxuries, some of the most important aspects to having a content life can't be bought.
Here are 12 priceless commodities that even the likes of Floyd 'Money' Mayweather could still easily be lacking:
You can have all the money in the world, but there really is no substitute for good ol' common sense. The amount of pranged supercars you see pulled over on the highways of the Gulf's wealthiest cities is testament to that. 2. A lasting legacy
Although there's no doubt it can be used as a tool to create a legacy, money alone certainly does not guarantee that you'll be remembered long after you're gone. Hard work, dedication to a cause and a contribution to society will leave a much more powerful legacy than a large inheritance sum for your kids.
While we still live in a world where time-travel is confined to sci-fi films, time is perhaps our most valuable commodity, as it can not be bought, borrowed or stolen. Time is precious, but it's also free.
What good is wealth if you don't have people you love to share it with? It doesn't matter how big your bank balance is, if you don't pay enough attention to your real friends, the only company you'll have will be hanger-ons looking to get a slice of the high life.
When The Beatles sang "Can't buy me love" they were predicting the future for one of the fab four. Sir Paul McCartney is now reported to be worth over $1 billion, yet all that vast wealth did nothing to prevent him from going through an extremely high-profile - and expensive - divorce with ex-wife Heather Mills. 6. Respect
No amount of money can buy you the genuine respect of your friends, family and peers. This is something that has to be earned, through years of building trust and proving you're worthy of being truly admired and respected.
Sure, money can buy the best medical treatment and health advice available anywhere in the world, but if you're not living correctly - overindulging and forgoing exercise - you're bound to hit problems. And no matter who your doctor is, the nature of health is always something of a lottery, so anyone can get ill at any time.
8. Inner satisfaction
Immediate satisfaction can certainly be bought - the taste of a delicious meal or the thrill of a fast car - but inner satisfaction, the kind that lasts past the initial feelings of pleasure, can only be earned through achieving a long-term goal you've been striving for.
The amount of money in a man's wallet has absolutely no bearing on how he behaves. A good upbringing, learning the importance of manners and knowing how to act like a true gentleman are far more important than flashing the cash.
If a rich man has earned his money by foul means, compromising his integrity in the pursuit of cash, then all the riches in the world won't change the fact that he can't be trusted, and sooner or later, a lack of integrity will always come back to bite you.
11. Social skills
You might have the money to buy all sorts of cool stuff like this awesome day boat or this epic jet ski, but if you've not got the social skills to hold a decent conversation, people will soon get bored of your company.
Some people are rich because they have talent - in business, sport or otherwise - but for those who became rich by some other virtue and haven't got that innate talent that sets them apart, no amount of expensive education or training can provide that. What do you think the best thing that money can't buy is? Let us know in the comments below.