Mr. Samuel Smiles writes that his own life can be seen as an example of frugality. His mother was widowed when her last 11th child was only three months old. There was some guilt because of someone’s bail, but despite this difficulty and the burden of 12 children, she patiently strove for her social status and honor and finally prevailed. Although their income was modest, they did not lower their children’s education, which made them wealthy. If one of them didn’t qualify, then there was no crime in that woman’s gem.
The famous historian Hume’s father had left him and died, his mother had arranged his education. At the age of 26, Hume went to France to study science. You write there on the subject, “I have promised that I will work frugally, use every pie properly, and be constantly industrial for my prosperity.” I will resent any luxuries that will not improve my abilities. His first work was not a success, but he continued to work. He became the military secretary to the ambassador in Vienna. He began to consider himself wealthy at the age of 26. Look at his words: “My economy, constant industry, hard work and self-control have made me the owner of the estate, and now I could stand on my feet.” Nearly one and a half thousand pounds had now accumulated with me. At a rate of five per cent I could get £60 interest a year. Hume’s frugality never lagged behind charity or help from others, nor did he waste a penny in vain.
Countless people of the world have been zealous to pursue themselves and raise their level in the society and have despised the joy. They were humble and frugal, how many men did their physical strength even when they became worthy and learned. He had only one powerful thing: strong will and self-confidence.
Keys to success are our moderate and restrained habits. One who usually stays free from unnecessary luxuries and lives a simple life, only the householder can keep his self-esteem stable for a long time.