"It was the biggest shock in my life, when I realized how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five star lifestyle is," he said. "In those three weeks, (on a recent vacation in Hawaii) we spent all the money you could possibly spend. But in all that time, we had the feeling we hadn't met a single real person - that we were all just actors. The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real."
"Despite making millions through furnishings and accessories, owning a 3,500 square foot villa in the Alps, and driving around in a luxury Audi A8, he had never been more miserable. Rabeder has now found something that gives his life much more meaning. He's giving it all away." (Huffington Post)
''For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness. I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years.''
But over time a conflicting feeling developed. ''More and more I heard the words: 'Stop what you are doing now - all this luxury and consumerism - and start your real life'. I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need.''
For many years, he said, he was not brave enough to give up his comforts. The tipping point came during a three-week holiday with his wife in Hawaii.
''It was the biggest shock in my life when I realized how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five-star lifestyle is.'...
Since deciding to sell up, Mr Rabeder said he had felt ''free, the opposite of heavy''. But he did not judge those who chose to keep their wealth. ''I do not have the right to give any other person advice. I was just listening to the voice of my heart and soul.'' (Theage.com.au)
Now he has given him a monthly wage of just over $1,000 and put the rest of his $4+ million towards mymicrocredit.org.
WOW. What do you say to that?