If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

In The New York Times this weekend, John Schwartz asked the real question we've all had: If I can't beat 'em, how do I join 'em?

We’ve all been hearing about the 1 Percent—you know, the nation’s fat cats. ... Camping out in Zuccotti Park apparently didn’t beat them. They appear to be rather entrenched. ... Now I’m left with just this question: How do I get in on some of that sweet 1 Percent action?

He interviews experts for advice and comes to some interesting conclusions, among them:

He gamely told me that in order to make it in the world of truly enormous wealth, “money has to be the single most important thing in your life.” The very wealthy, he said, “live in a culture of affluence: your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, your associates are all vastly rich.” I pondered this for a moment, then wondered aloud: “Does this mean I have to upgrade my friends?” He answered somberly, “I think you have to upgrade your friends.” What about my parents? I asked. “It would be very helpful to upgrade your parents,” he agreed.

Enjoy reading it in full.