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“The rich are different from you and me” is the way it’s usually quoted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” It’s actually a paraphrase of a much longer paragraph but it makes the point. The rich are different. And there are some things that anyone, of any economic plane, can learn from the rich about living richly.

Being an acute observer of the human condition, I like to sojourn amongst the rich. The rich tent to congregate in really nice places, often near a beach, or in an area with great restaurants and good shopping. When I take a vacation it’s generally in really nice place, near a beach, with great restaurants, and good shopping, so I’ve been able to observe the rich in their natural habitat. And I’ve learned a few things from them.

I say “them”, not out of a sense of class separation, or envy, but from the realization that I am merely prosperous and not rich. Rich is a whole ‘nother world. Most people have a hard time wrapping their heads around rich. But there are some things that you can learn from the rich. I’ll share one of them now and the rest “Behind The Door.”

Rich people love a bargain. So do I. In fact, that’s why I am able to sojourn among the rich for a few days at a time, a couple of times a year—I know how to get a bargain.

For example, I travel off season when the hotel rates are cut drastically. Florida in June and July. Wine country in September. Those months work well for me because our significant dates are in those months. September in Napa or Sonoma is especially good because the tourists are gone (I am not a tourist!), the heat is abated, and it’s harvest time and you can smell “the crush” in the air. Not only are hotel rates lower during off seasons the sales are on in most places. If you like the best you need a sale! (More on that later.) And the restaurants are not as crowded. On our recent trip to Naples, Florida we walked into restaurants without a reservation and were immediately seated. Of course, it was during The Early Bird Special! (More on that later, as well.) So, I’m able to travel amongst the rich, observing what makes them rich, and applying what I’ve observed to everyday life. Like finding a bargain.

When you join me “Behind The Door” I’ll share eight things that the rich do that you can do that will make your life richer whatever your economic status. And speaking of bargains—this month access “Behind The Door” is free. I’ve made it free for three reasons. The first is that I did a re-run during my vacation. The second is that I wanted those who have never gone “Behind The Door” to try it so that they can discover what they’ve been missing. And I wanted to see if my regular supporters would continue to support even if “Behind The Door” was free. They have. So take advantage of the bargain and join me “Behind The Door.” The password is POWER.

Dr. Leon Stutzman

Pastor, Author, Creative Thinker, Problem Solver, More Than A Prophet, Legend, and Icon


Dr. Leon Stutzman has been called all of these things by the people that he has helped. But everyone calls him "Doc."

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