That’s it! I learned to work hard from my parents and my children learned from my wife and I. We all did whatever it took and often lived below our means.
Now, after college and a full career and retirement on a pension program I still prefer buying used cars and even do my own repairs and oil changes (Medicare won’t cover it)!
When my wife and I were married we decide to move a distance to a safe place to raise a family. We looked for jobs and there weren’t many good jobs, just low paying jobs. So, instead of whining or giving up we got 7 of them in the first year (Oh, and during that time took classes and obtained a real estates sales license for one job)! We economized, saved a little and got by. Hard, nasty work inspires one to go to seek educational opportunities and get better employment.
My son, at age 30 owns a house, saves, buys used cars (he could afford new) and even changes his own oil and rotates his tires (Subaru).
My daughter is in college, working and paying while she attends and is a saver.
I can afford new cars (I’ve bought a couple), but wouldn’t enjoy the waste of money. I have security and peace of mind. I play golf whenever I want, weather permitting.