In the article was this little nugget from her father, a farmer, that she's held onto all this time;
That's what he (her father) always taught us: to stay out of debt and save our money and not buy anything until we had the money to pay for it.
This is similar to Taleb saying that we learned everything we need to know about finance from our grandmothers; don't borrow money, don't lend money and save as much as you can. Obviously I would add live below your means.
The odds of accumulating a lot of money, like well into the seven figures or greater, are pretty slim with probably several things beyond one's control. I think a person has a much better chance of success by living in a modest home, having no credit card debt, driving cars for ten years instead of five or in other words keeping the monthly nut relatively low. A $100,000 income is pretty low in the context of a $3500 mortgage, $1200 worth of car payments and some credit card debt but is enough to live phat with no mortgage, one car payment and no credit cards.
The first example would make for a lot of financial stress, if you want no part of that stress then hopefully you are a lot closer to the second scenario.
The Pink Car has been returned!