An observation I have made about our Surprise Millionaires is that a pursuit of social status by this world’s standard is NOT what drives them to accumulate wealth. In fact, I do not think I would be out of line to state that our Surprise Millionaires put no value whatsoever in social status.
No, it seems these folks are motivated by a more basic human need that we all share in some form or another. I am speaking of the need for security.
It has not escaped my attention that many of our Surprise Millionaires come from lower middle-class or impoverished backgrounds. While this background may not, in and of itself, create a driving need for security, I do believe that the exposure to the deprivation of the Great Depression did.
We are fast approaching an age when few are left who remember first hand the stock market crash of 1929 and the devastating after effects. However, a great number of our Surprise Millionaires lived through that time in some way or another whether as children or young adults. I’m sure that the experience of having your entire world pulled out from under you almost overnight had to have effected these people greatly. I would even guess that you could spend the rest of your life trying to gain some of that security back.
Now I am no psychologist, but I believe I might have hit upon something here. I know what you are thinking, “what about all of the Surprise Millionaires who didn’t have the Great Depression experience? What gave them the driving need to accumulate wealth”. I propose it was for the same reason, security.
In our modern world with more than half of marriages ending in divorce, the foster care system bursting at the seams and crime rates at all time highs, there is more than just a little reason to want some security in our lives!
Yes, as long as this old world keeps spinning and life throws us some curve balls in our formative years, I believe that need for security, and as a bi-product, Surprise Millionaires, will continue to be with us.