I have a lot of rich friends. I also have a lot of middle class friends. Then I have a few poor friends.
Some of my rich friends have so much money, they’re bored and they try to seek out exciting things to do. They call me to bring out girls and party, however I just go to party since I don’t know any girls. I hope none of them read this, or I might not get invited to any more parties…
Some of my other rich friends like to spend time with their family and do things they enjoy, like travel and play golf. The wealth brings them the ability to just do what they want.
A few of my rich friends like going on adventures in the wilderness that could potentially lead to death, because they seek out thrills in life.
A small handful of my rich friends like to make more money and are addicted to the chase.
Some of them do it purely for the status and the reputation that comes with it. They are addicted to the power.
Then others just want to help influence the world and create a better tomorrow.
My middle class friends usually do all of these same things, but just have less money in the bank.
Then there’s two types of poor people that I know. Some of the poor people I know chose to be poor to work for a philanthropic company like a non profit.
The other poor people I know like to complain about how poor they are. They like to wish they were rich, or hold a chip on their shoulder about them.
However, little do they know… The poor and the rich are more similar than they think.
Neither party drives. They are driven, either in a bus or a limo.
They both either have a lot of free time, or no time at all, depending if they’re unemployed or stuck at a minimum wage job. Sort of like how a rich person could be stuck running a company or if they had just sold off their business.
They both always end up figuring out a way to buy their vices and get away with it.
They both depend on their friends and the guidance of others for survival. Rich people look to advisers, poor people look to their friends.
They both can live however they want.
In Los Angeles, they both wear a v neck t shirt and some kind of jeans.
Sometimes, it’s hard to even tell a millionaire and a homeless person apart, because they’re dressed almost identically.
Both parties, for the most part, have a very entitled mind set. I mean sure, you’ll find a few humble people on each spectrum, however there aren’t that many.
Not only that, they are both set in their ways. These are the two most difficult groups to try to convince to do anything.
The key difference that I’ve seen between these parties is that one took action and reaped the rewards, while the other party just became a victim to circumstance.
Is any of this factual? Of course not. It’s just my personal perspective of the world, based on what I’ve seen in my network.
Sure you have bad apples here and there, but at the end of the day, we’re just people.
Originally posted on Quora.
Leonard Kim is Managing Partner at InfluenceTree. At InfluenceTree, Leonard and his team teach you how to build your (personal or business) brand, get featured in publications and growth hack your social media following.
2 thoughts on “How the Rich Are Similar and Different from You and Me”
I wonder why they keep inviting you to parties even though you never bring any girls…. :/ Hmm, I wonder.
I guess the biggest thing I learned from this post is to just be yourself, and not worry about what others have. Just make sure you cover the “needs” that you have and that’s it.
At least that’s what I got out of this post. Maybe I’m not reading enough into it.
Good question. I wonder why they kept inviting me as well!