I can see where Steve is coming from by mentioning that holding onto a belief that achieving something is hard will make it hard. But I dont agree with the view that rich people live an expensive lifestyle because they think about the value they can offer.
People drive porsches or wear expensive designer wear or rent 10k hotel rooms to enjoy the value that we as society place on items since we tend to comapare value with money to understand it. So when people rent a 10k dollar hotel room its because they expect and know that will give them special services (totally different from a 100$ room) and status quo and boost to their ego. Driving a porsche will be comfortable than driving
other cars and it also gives them a social value. There are so many expensive designer wears which are made with the same materials as a normal clothing but just adding the tag "Gucci" or "____" makes it expensive. So this is because of the value that we as a society give to those products and people use them to enjoy that value. Do you think Donald Trump would
rent a 10k room and expect to be treated like a person reting a 1k room??
So my point is that people spend so much money to enjoy that value and comfort. To generate the money to own a porsche, one would have invested and/or contributed their time and value/effort. They would have also helped others directly or indirectly. So I think its a fair deal. Using that extra money to help poor people is also good. So it all comes down to individual perspective......