Every other day, there is a report in mainstream media about how superficial is the idea of success in contemporary society. This is a context which values money, popularity and good looks over everything else and encourages other people to run after those who possess them. But if the truth be told, the rich and famous also stand to bring many valuable qualities in a regular person’s life; ambition, drive, capacity for hard work and an unrelenting faith in one’s own abilities are only some of the personality traits that successful people are associated with. So here are a few ways you can befriend the rich and famous and benefit from their company, both in the material and a deeper sense.
Get a job
One of the easiest ways to come across the rich and successful is to be a fixture at places where they are sure to spend most of their waking hours – their workplace. So get a job with a successful company, preferably in an industry that is associated with big bucks and bigger spenders like finance, hospitality, event management and fashion. Even a summer internship or a part-time shift will do since this will bring you in touch with the men and women at the top of your company or workplace. Also take comfort from the fact that not everyone sports a college degree or has a resume with the thickness of a dictionary; the basic idea is to get opportunities to meet the successful people and then let your personality and charm do the rest.
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Know where they hang out
The main hindrance to striking friendships with successful people at professional places though is that they are likely to be neck-deep in work and not really keen on socializing during office hours. A better option would be to frequent the places that they hang out at during their leisure hours. If you want to meet the successful professionals then hang out in places nearest to their offices. High class pubs near lawyers’ or doctors’ chambers are likely venues since busy people rarely venture far from their workplace when they wish to relax with a drink after a hard day. Likewise country clubs and Golf links are popular haunts of successful businessmen and executives where contracts are negotiated and deals are struck. Memberships to such clubs are generally hugely expensive but see if you can get a day membership. Better still, try to tag along with a rich friend as a guest and then make the best possible use of your opportunity.
Get a swanky address
If you want to befriend the rich and famous as part of a normal routine, then try to become a regular fixture in affluent neighborhoods. You can do this either by buying a small place here or if you can’t even afford a pad, by frequenting the cafes and parks in the area. Here you can come across the rich entrepreneur or famous actor as they go about for a morning jog in the neighborhood park or pick up their favorite dessert at the local delicatessen, all of which are going to offer you ample opportunities to open a conversation without trying to appear brazen.
Attend the best parties in town
If you want to befriend those who are wealthy as well as famous, the best place is to hang out at events and parties related to the entertainment industry. Movie and theater premieres are occasions when the rich and beautiful people come together. If you can, get hold of an invitation to the hottest post-premiere parties which generally go on till the early hours of morning and thus offer a longer time to socialize. However do your homework before attending such events so that you know who is a genuine actor/producer/singer and who is merely pretending to be one. Also people who meet celebrities at these venues have a very short recall value. Even if you are able to strike up an acquaintance with someone famous here, have a proper plan in place on how to follow-up on your new-found association and turn it into a friendship.
Support a cause
Supporting a favorite cause is one of the many ways the rich and famous people spend their money; so try and wrangle an invitation to a charity gala or fund-raising dinner in your city which is sure to attract its share of wealthy patrons. Even though the main purpose of these $500-a-plate dinners is to pledge support to philanthropic ventures, such events are equally important to make one’s mark on the social scene. Here you can just as easily befriend the rich dowager whose title is synonymous with old money as the rising entrepreneur who has made it good and now believes it is his turn to give back to the community.
Don’t let the modern obsession with youth prevent you from exploring one very suitable group in your search for rich and famous friends and this includes rich retirees. Private islands and sun-soaked beaches are often the haven of rich retirees who have worked hard to earn all those billions and now believe that they are entitled to a spot of sunbathing. In fact it can be actually easier to befriend rich retirees because they are unlikely to have any professional commitments and thus zipping in and out of boardrooms. Furthermore many of them have grown-up children leading their own lives and thus have even more time for making new friends.
Expand your options
The rich and famous of show-business have too many wooing them. The combination of good looks, big bucks and glamor makes them the first choice for people seeking to hook up with celebrity names. Consequently they are difficult to meet and when they do, play hard-to-get. Instead look for celebrities in other fields like the arts, charity, academics and the less popular sports. Famous achievers in these areas like well known painters, writers, journalists, doctors and competitive shooters are not only likely to be more accessible but in fact may even make for a more equitable friendship.