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Countess Jacqueline de Ribes does rich nicely

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes does rich nicely

Rich People – Musings on Those Unlike Us

Rich people are much busier than you and me. For example, a rich person wouldn’t have time to read this blog, never mind write it. They’re too busy doing other things such as talking on their cellphones, texting and ignoring whoever is nearby.

Rich people are good at multi-tasking. What they’re not good at is paying attention to what’s happening in their immediate environment. That would require an attitude that shouts, “I don’t have anything better to do than hang out with you right here, right now!” That’s not a rich person’s attitude.

Would you like to be rich? Me too. While we’re working toward this goal, we need to fake it till we make it. What’s that all about? Read Paris Adieu. Start on p. 63 if you’re really in a hurry to know or continue reading here.

Faking it till you make it is about visualizing yourself somewhere, then filling in the gaps along the way to getting there. There’s more to it than that, but for a complete discussion of the technique, roam around Paris Adieu, my book on Ava’s adventures in Paris, to discover how Ava graduates from plump, frizzy-haired cluelessness to becoming a woman with a certain air that scents the atmosphere around her and turns heads for the rest of her life. Her passport to her destination is to fake it till she makes it. She’s still faking it, frankly, but never mind. As far as you and I are concerned, she has arrived.

Rich people frequently act as if they have arrived and you haven’t. The hitch is, the place where they’ve arrived is usually somewhere other than where they are at the moment.

One of the problems with being rich is that you’re no longer living in the here and now, once you’re there. You’re somehow somewhere else at every single moment of your present one. Think of how professional models act when someone takes their photo in public. They look away from the camera, as if there’s a better party they’re about to leave yours to go to.

That’s how rich people are too. So my advice to you, dear reader, is to work on becoming rich, but don’t worry too much if you’re not there yet. Better to stay in the here and now than in the somewhere better, some other time. At least you’ll be fully present. That’s a present to everyone around you. And what could make you feel more rich than being able to offer gifts to people everywhere you go?

This holiday season be your own gift to yourself and be here now. If you’re not quite there yet, then fake it till you make it. If Ava can do it, you can too. Happy holidays!

Fabulous book alert – I Want to Be Her! by Andrea Linett with illustrations by Anne Johnston Albert. An illustrated treatise on how to look rich.