Between sketching out floor plans and figuring financing options, I did come across this interesting gentleman.
"Hal Taussig wears baggy jeans and fraying work shirts that Goodwill might reject. His shoes have been resoled three times. He bought his one suit from a thrift shop for $14. At age 81, he doesn't own a car. He performs errands and commutes to the office by bicycle. He lives on the outskirts of Media in a narrow wood-frame house that was built for mill and factory workers. And he has given away millions." [snip]
"A lot of people donate money to the less fortunate but live in high style themselves. Hal sacrifices in his own life by living very simply in order to have more money to give away."
Read the whole Inquirer article here.
Taussig makes millions through his travel company Untours yet he lives happily on Social Security and savings from his wife's income as a bookkeeper for the company years before. Rather than tithing to charity, he seems to give the poor a salary and keep a tenth for himself. He specializes in giving low income loans to help entrepreneurs out of poverty. (I know a Nobel peace prize laureate who could learn something from this guy.) Proof that you can be happier in the giving than receiving and joyful with the little you have. What a shame, how few people will see Taussig for the kind man he is and instead view him as an anomaly or tightwad or depression era penny pincher. Capitalism would be great if all successful businessmen shared their profits the way Taussig does. What did you do with your paycheck today?