Harry T. is 24 years old and wants to be a “millionaire one day.” But he has grave concerns that he will be unable to find a spouse who will support his goal.
It seems that there is a big obstacle in preventing many men in getting rich even if he goes and follows all of your great ideas of playing great defense. The problem is women. How does a young man in his 20’s find a suitable wife that is not a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian-like? It seems that many women strive to act and look like them. They are all very negative correlations to wealth building. It seems to be that the good ole housewife with loyalty from back in the pre 50’s is obsolete like social security and medicare.
Harry’s inquiry was well-timed. I too have watched Kim, Paris and the “housewives” but not for entertainment. It has been quite an education for me. Imagine the millions of viewers who are influenced by these unrealistic “reality” women. This is unfortunate because young people such as Harry begin to believe that Kim and Paris are the pro forma.
I can assure you that the typical millionaire woman today has a lifestyle and a set of values that are at odds with what is being broadcast. There are very few people who can make a living just by gossiping, shopping, partying, and going to the spa/gym every day.
So where can Harry find the next generation of millionaire women? Let me give him one answer from my experience. For 13 years I taught at Georgia State University’s business school. Most of my students worked during the day and attended classes in the evening. About half of these students were women, most of whom were single or divorced. These young women had a great deal of ambition and a high propensity to achieve. It is not a stretch to assume that people who work so hard during the day and pursue an education at night do not have a great deal of time to gossip, shop, play . . . . Plus those who earn their own way as most of these young women did are unlikely to be frivolous in terms of their consumption habits.