Have YOU Arrived?
by Keith Pascal
Have you achieved financial freedom, or are you still grinding through an eight-hour shift on some low-paying job?
It’s absolutely fascinating how the not-yet-rich treat those who are well off – those who don’t have to work, if they don’t want to.
If you think about it, most lower-wage workers are unaware of the “vibe” they project. Not only should many of them change how they come across to others, but they should change how they feel about those who are well-to-do.
The Shoulder-Moving Bank Teller
The other day, my wife and I drove through the drive-up to one of the banks that we frequent.
When one of our branches closed, we found ourselves transferred to the main branch. Fortunately, the bank manager from the older branch got transferred to the new branch, too. (Luck us … our favorite manager was now the manager of the main branch.)
I didn’t expect her to, and so automatically had my driver’s license ready to slip into the drawer for her.
She was polite enough as she helped us, but there was a bit of an attitude. It was almost as if she haughtily led with her shoulders moving first.
Shoulder first, then chin up, and then pivot to the computer screen, or the cash drawer, or wherever.
We don’t know what caused this … our bank balance? The car we drove up in? The way we looked?
Anyway, right in the middle of the transaction, the bank manager comes to the window and warmly greets us. She begins talking to us about everything … bank related and not.
You’d think that since the manager was so kind to us that it would’ve relaxed the teller.
When the manager left, she went back to her attitude, except now, she projected a total stank face toward us. Sure, she knew how to smile at appropriate times, but she … let her contempt show.
It became obvious.
Are You Planning On Being Poor Your Whole Life?
I think this is a fair question.
If the teller intends to remain poor forever, then maybe her attitude toward the upper middle class is appropriate. She may thrive on an us-and-them philosophy.
Said teller may hate what she can’t become, she might think that the rich are wasteful, or she might have other rationale for her biased feelings.
On the other hand, if she’s planning on becoming richer someday, then she should adopt a different attitude.
After all, you don’t want to hate what you intend to become, agreed?
There is such a thing as low-key wealth. The Millionaire Next Door and other books deal with people who don’t ostentatiously show off what they have.
They aren’t the tacky-rich that you see on TV.
Pay Attention to The Details
If you want to be rich, someday, learn to observe.
Learn to interact on their level.
If there are some actions or attributes that don’t agree with you, explore why. Know how “you” will be different, when you “arrive.”
Look, there are qualities that are both appealing and unappealing about each social class level.
If you want to be someone who lives outside of a class structure, then you have to learn to appreciate people for who they are, not what they do or do not have. This makes sense, right?
That means not automatically hating people who you think have a lot of money.