Somewhere out there, a lucky person (don't know yet if they're Barbadian) has by now collected their cheque for $4.4 million dollars. Does that make them the richest person in Barbados? I doubt it, but they're a heck of a lot richer than most of us! Whoever you are, here's my advice to you:
(1) Tell as few persons as possible.
(2) To remain anonymous, pace the way in which you change your lifestyle. If you move out of a cramped housing unit and into a sprawling mansion on three acres in Sandy Lane, people are gonna talk.
(3)Likewise, if you go from catching a ZR to rolling in a Benz...
(4) Remember who your real friends are. If someone has never lifted a finger to help you in a time of need, they are not your friend.
(5) Spend your money wisely. Investment is good. A world tour with 50 of your closest "friends", maybe not so much. Remember, the cost of living is going up and you don't know how long you have to live, as my granny used to say.
(6) Help a person in need. This could be through a charity, church or just that struggling neighbour down the road. You'll feel good.
(7) Remember that money and class are mutually exclusive. Just because you have money doesn't mean you can be excused for having no social graces or manners. Check ya self.
(8) Having money does not make you better than anybody else. You got lucky, that's it.
(9) Don't leave if for the kids to fight over. Enjoy some of it for yourself.
(10) For heaven's sake, make a will. Or better yet, give the children their share upfront and kick them out the nest.
(11) Buy me this house. What? You didn't think my advice came for free, didja?
Have a great weekend all!
Photo: Cove Spring House, St. James (www.islandhideaways.com)