The secretly wealthy
Your neighbor might be secretly wealthy if:
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The pseudo-affluent generally:
It does not mean that every person that drives a BMW pretends to be rich, but those who do spend the majority of high incomes spend it in a way to display their wealth.
Most rich people do not flaunt their wealth: They don't live in high-class neighborhoods or drive expensive cars. They look like you and me.
The rich have a net worth of above $1 million. Most rich people got wealthy through a simple combination of earning an income, saving for retirement, and spending wisely.
They buy things that convey success. They want you to know just how much stuff they have by showing off their success.
The pseudo-affluent feel insecure about how they compare with the Joneses and the Smiths. They hold on to the belief that all economically successful people display their success through prestige products.
A high income and a regular acquisition of expensive stuff do not necessarily make people rich. People may have a high income, but many won’t survive three months if they are suddenly without their high-paying jobs.
Being Rich is different from being Wealthy.
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