Did you ever ask the above question?
I will tell you why today.
To start with, I want to take your mind somewhere else
Not only the rich and not the rich`s fault.
Let me explain.
Did you ever ask this question, why do brilliant people usually walk and talk with other brilliant people?
Why do politicians (even the poor ones) always love to be with other politicians?
Or even, why do poor people always walk with themselves?
In fact, you can simply ask, why do sheep walk with one another?
The answer is the same.
It is not a conscious decision for most people and it is not because the rich are bad people. It is simply natural.
The birds of the same feather, they say, fly together. It is very true.
Now let me tell you why it is so and what you must do to join the rich and the smart and the brilliant guys up there.
It happens this way because nature demands that people (or animals or fruits or trees) of the same nature dwell and live together.
Let me tell you this and you will think I am proud.
Since about last 15 years, I have never had anyone I can (truly) call my friend who doesn`t do at least two of these three things;
First, read good books (not academic books).
Second, got a vision he`s pursuing and if he will be a great friend of mine,
Third thing must be done … be crazy, be different, and be courageous.
And yet, I didn`t really make my friends this way because I hate people who do not read, who do not dream and who do not run (pursuing life), but just because when people of like minds are together, they have many things to discuss together, then, you can expect them to have good communications.
Effective or exciting communication is the reason why two people love each other and this is not possible when two of them are very different in the way they think.
Give me a minute and think about this.
If a goat and a sheep is to journey together, one will be moving faster than the other one or one will be eating what the other one really hate. How can these two animals walk together?
Now you`re getting my point.
Rich people really do not hate the poor, but it is near impossible for chicken and eagle to be friends.
If they try to, they will soon be apart, believe me.
I have a practical experience of this when I was admitted to study accounting in a polytechnic. I was having about 10 friends.
However, we didn`t last. Why? I told them, “we have to go to bed by 11 and wake up by 3:30 am. No party. No movie. No football. No nonsense. Read. Read and read like mad”
That was the formula I followed when in school (and till this day, except I am not reading like crazy anymore, though still reading a lot).
Only two of my friends were able to cope with me.
That is how it happens.
Though the poor want to be friends with the rich, it is very hard to do. Though the mediocre love to be friends with the brilliant ones, it`s very hard. So what is the solution?
After you have understood how this works, then, upgrade yourself.
If you want to be friends with the eagles, you must learn how to fly. If you try to fly, even if not swiftly, the eagles can still manage to fly with you, then, teach you how to fly smartly.
If you want to be friends with the brilliant people, you have to make a rigid attempt to be brilliant. Your trials will attract some kind brilliant people to you who will inspire you to be even more brilliant.
If you want to be friends with the rich, you have to stand up, run, and make attempt to be rich. Believe me, most rich people are very kind and loving. They will even be happy seeing you coming up. Believe me, I know what I am saying.
Just yesterday I needed the help of a mentor of mine. I needed his time. I was planning and praying that he may help in that area (even the next one month will make me glad). Behold, he told me, “I will give you my one hour tonight or tomorrow by 9-10pm”.
This man is one of the busiest man I ever know. He has businesses and engagements in Nigeria and outside Nigeria (mostly United States), and here is he, willing to be “friends” with a little me … simply because I have shown him by my dreams and actions that I am willing to fly.
That is how life is.
All these work not because someone operates it. Nature does its work.
Likes attracts likes is not just an adage. It`s a reality.
My dear fellow African, sit down and look around you. The quality of people around you is the best measure of who you are and where you are going.
You may wish to have better, richer or more influential friends but it is not possible until you start changing who you are.
The best place to start is by reading good books.
Read about life, human relationship, success, leadership and business. I also do read about Jesus my dear friend and I must tell you, your life will start attracting more, better, richer and smarter people to you, without any effort from you.