13 Ways To Look And Act Like A Millionaire, Even If You’re Not
The summer brings people together to beach houses and parties, and there’s a chance you’ll find yourself networking with people with big bank accounts. In order for them to trust you with their time — and assets — you need to look the part. How do you look like you’re worth a lot more than you actually are?
In the book “The Millionaire’s Handbook: How to Look and Act like a Millionaire, Even if You’re Not,” Vicky Oliver shares the secrets of looking and acting like you’re a millionaire — even if you’re not.
Find and hit your “millionaire weight.”
“When you look like a million bucks, you are at your ‘millionaire weight,’ regardless of the number showing on the scale,” but “before you worry about going on a diet, figure out where you’ll be spending the majority of your time.”
Follow the one-third rule.
“You can’t look the part without a generous clothing allowance,” but you can’t just buy everything you can get your hands on.
Instead, Oliver says to “buy one-third as many clothes as you do now, but spend three times as much on each item.” That means instead of buying multiple pairs of pants at middle-of-the-road prices, buy one pair of luxe pants and wear them everywhere.
Never wear flat shoes.
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“Flats, while comfortable, may convey that you’re flat-footed, plodding, and frumpy. One study found that men, on just seeing flats detached from the woman wearing them, automatically assumed that she must be a fifty-plus, divorced accountant.”
Appear taller to make yourself look more authoritative and trustworthy.
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Oliver says that “subconsciously, we seek leaders who are tall because we associate height with authority,” therefore buy shoes and clothing that “projects the illusion of added stature.”
Develop a hobby.
“Cultivating a hobby is a superb way to mingle with the great and the near great, whether your interest in the smart set is primarily professional or recreational.”
If you want to meet affluent people, avoid sports like horseback riding or tennis because many rich people have their own courts and stables and won’t be visiting the same facilities as you. Instead, try sports like skiing, because “even the rich aren’t rich enough to have a ski slope in their own backyard.” Hence, there’s a greater chance they’ll be in the same places as other people who share their hobbies.
Get enough sleep to have millionaire skin.
We’ve been told that we need eight hours of sleep, but in today’s “fast-paced, hard-driving, 24/7 world, actually getting eight hours of sleep every night seems ludicrously luxurious.”
Instead, figure out your ideal sleep quotient by keeping a snooze diary, and notice how productive you are and how you look at each level of sleep amount.
“Once you determine your ideal number of sleep hours, try to get the same amount consistently even on the weekends. Force yourself to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time each day.”
Also, always sleep on your back as “resting on one’s side deepens cheek and chin wrinkles while lying face-down furrows the brow.”
Get rid of any accents you have — unless you’re British.
“Accent reduction can reap big rewards unless you’re British . . . most Americans still think English accents are beyond posh.”
“If you are British born and bred, you are probably better off keeping your native lilt and vocabulary—even if you think no one in America can possibly understand a word you are saying. It will only add to your allure.”
If you don’t naturally have a British accent, don’t try to fake one. Instead, opt for Newscasters’ English by imitating broadcasters.
Blend in rather than draw attention to yourself when it comes to your dress code.
“To wit, every company has a uniform. If you want to get ahead, you really have no choice but to wear the outfit. It’s one of the cardinal rules of playing the game (and excelling at it).”
“If you don’t adhere to the dress code, you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just be a rebel with a cause—unemployment.”
Six situations you should always try to blend in at are funerals, weddings, black-tie events, Mondays through Fridays at the office, country clubs and church or temple.
Choose your accessories wisely — even your coffee.
“The brand of coffee that you choose has become a style statement, and those who work and socialize with you are just as likely to pick up cues about your aspirations by your coffee selection as all of the other brands you carry on your personage.”
“If you carry it, then its brand becomes part of yours — by association.”
Become a collector.
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If you have no athletic skills whatsoever, you can still pass for an influential person by collecting things.
“The beauty about being a collector is that it automatically makes you an expert — a curator of the curiosities that pique your interest. The learning curve is smooth and natural. It’s almost impossible to fail at it. Every collector is a genius when it comes to his or her own collection.”
Then you can mingle with other like-minded individuals: “Your common bond is like a well from which you can always go back and drink. Conversation will never run dry.”
Show some manners.
It’s easy to be rude and perfunctory, but “once you have reached a certain station in life, you are expected to have manners.”
Oliver says this means deferring to the “common good over individual gain.”
Climb the social ladder by volunteering.
“Volunteering is your best entree into the Inner Circle of business titans, future tycoons, and civil leaders. If you have the time and dedication to devote to a worthy cause, the effort will pay you back tenfold with a vastly improved social and business life.”
Never ask for recognition.
“Tooting your own horn” at the office might be encouraged, but Oliver says if you’re doing anything outside the office, you should never ask for recognition — especially if you’re volunteering.