The millionaire who lives in a 1978 van – Real life roadie
Most people’s idea of a millionaire is a person who makes a lot of money and lives in an extravagant palace, but that is not the case with the twenty-one year old Daniel Norris. He lives in a $10,000 1978 VW Westfalia Camper Van (named “Shaggy”), behind a Walmart in Florida. No, this is not a joke, nor is he that eccentric, he simply likes the simple life. Daniel shaves with an axe and cooks his meals on a camp stove. As long as he is happy, then why not?
The Toronto Blue Jays picked this talented guy in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and offered him a $2 million signing bonus. And two million dollars is a lot of money for anyone, not just a young guy. The famous ESPN The Magazine described him as “the most interesting man in baseball.” This guy shows the world that money actually can’t change who you are if you stay true to yourself. Even though he doesn’t have to worry about his old days when it comes to money, it is such a pleasant surprise to see that not all people can be spoiled by money.
1 This guy is truly interesting for everyone
Norris calls his van slash home Shaggy, as you are guessing, he named it after the Scooby-Doo character. But, besides his four wheels home he, throws a fastball exceeding 90 miles per hour. Daniel is the cornerstone of the Blue Jays’ future, but people who don’t know that he is loaded, will never guess that this kid makes a lot of money and that he is so talented.
2 Daniel says that he still cooks his own meals
In a small kitchen in his van, he has a a little fuel-powered stove and a few pots and pans. He says that it works good enough for him. Daniel says that he enjoys the way he lives. While he was a kid, his father owned a mountain bike shop, and that was the very beginning of his thirst for adventure. He had to learn to take care of himself and be sustainable with what he had. He says that his family taught him that the word discipline means knowing very clearly what you want and working towards it. Although most people think that what he does is drastic.
3 Norris’s lifestyle
Norris’s lifestyle seems to be very interesting for everyone. You simply don’t get to see everyday, a millionaire who lives in a small van. ESPN the Magazine wrote a detailed article about his day-to-day life. He surfs, writes in his “though journal”, reads Jack Kerouac (we can only guess that On The Road is one of his favorite books) and does resistance workouts on abandoned grocery carts. He lives this way, he says, to escape the pressure built up around his rising fame.
4 He seems to be very modest and reasonable
He explained the whole situation as a ying-yang thing. He refuses to change who he is just because people think that it’s crazy to live the simple life when there are millions of dollars in your bank account. He believes that the way he lives is the only way for him to have a great season. The simple life keeps him balanced, happy and peaceful. He believes that his unconventional way of life (at least for a millionaire) is good for him because he needs adventure, which apparently he won’t get to live if he locks himself in an expensive palace.
5 Daniel lives a great life
Tony LaCava, Toronto’s assistant general manager says that Daniel is in a great shape, even though he lives practically as a homeless person. The whole thing with the van, his physical activity and his healthy way of life keeps the kid in great shape. His club’s manager says that Daniel has great values and that everything he does in his life works amazing for him.