This post is not about Paris Hilton’s “The Simple Life” show but rather on MM Lee and his simple lifestyle. I was intrigued when I saw a picture of MM Lee’s house posted on Facebook by a friend of mine. This same picture was published in the Straits Times a few days ago. What intrigued me what that his house was so spartan. There weren’t any lavish furnishings that are usually synonymous with the rich and the famous.
In his recently published book, “Hard Truths”, MM Lee said that he sees no reason why he should impress people by having a big car or changing his suits every now and again to keep up with the latest styles. He also considers it lavishness for the Prime Minister to wear a new shirt every year for the National Day Rally. Surprisingly, the jacket he was wearing for the interview was bought nearly two decades or 15 years ago. While reading about MM Lee’s simple lifestyle, I got reminded about how simple Warren Buffett’s life is as well. I chanced upon Warren Buffett’s austere lifestyle some years back through a chain email. In that email, it said that:
- Warren Buffett still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
- He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
- He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
- He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.
- Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
It makes me wonder if we really need all these extravagance and material comfort that we all long for? The world still goes on without the having the latest iphone, ipad and what-not, right?