So, seriously. Who wants to be a millionaire? Lawrence R. Samuel, Ph.D., and author of The Psychology of Wealth, recently discovered what he believes are the five personality types of American millionaires.
Read below the layman’s terms of his psychological profiles of millionaires and see if you have what it takes to make it rich in America.
1. Are you a Thrillionaire?
First we have what Samuel calls a Thrillionaire. For Thrillionaires, money is meant to be spent, not stashed away in a bank. Samuel says they “have a profound desire to enjoy the things and experiences that wealth can buy, with their wealth serving as a confirmation of their success in life.” Thrillionaires also crave both quality and quantity, not one or the other.
2. Maybe a Coolionaire?
Next up we have Coolionaires. Samuel’s Coolionaires only care about what is aesthetically beautiful. Think about those people you know or you’ve met who cover their walls with high-end art, and attend museum galas at every chance they get – stereotypical Coolionaires.
Coolionaires “share a proactive pursuit of sensory and stylistic environments of all kinds, with arts and artistry the cornerstone of their personal identity. For them, wealth is the means to consume beauty if they can’t actually create it and a way to dwell in and show off their personal aesthetics and taste.”
3. Realionaires are “the most normal”
Third are the Realionaires, the most normal of the rich people. These folks are willing to spend high dollar on things that matter but are adamant on saving on the things that don’t. They are not extravagant, and usually “find pride in being well-informed and a smart consumer.”
4. Yoga-lovin’ Wellionaires
Wellionaires. We all know one. They will use their wealth and any means possible to be well inside and out; they’re exploring Eastern medicine and New Age philosophies; they’re intense yogis, and not the kind at CorePower Yoga – the kind at some strange place you’ve never heard of.
“For them, wealth is the means to keep one’s body and the Earth as natural and green as possible, perceiving a symbiotic relationship between themselves and the planet. They are highly evolved people looking for deep purpose and meaning in life.” And being well is very, very expensive.
5. Good ol’ Willionaires
Lastly we have the Willionaires. Willionaires just want to use their good fortune to make the world a better place. They feel a heavy burden to make philanthropy a way of life because they themselves have been so blessed in life. Willionaires “have a determination to give back and, by doing so, make a mark and ultimately be remembered, viewing their wealth as a way to tell others and remind themselves that life should have purpose and meaning.”
So ask yourself. Do you fit any of these profiles? Can you be obscenely wealthy?