There’s an argument I keep having with my friends about Kim Kardashian.
This is how the debate usually goes:
Friend: Ugh, Kim Kardashian is naked on Instagram again.
Me: So what? That’s how she makes money. Everyone has a right to make money using the skills they’ve been given, and we can’t shame them for that.
Friend: Sure, but the Kardashians just promote a materially superficial lifestyle.
Me: There’s nothing wrong with wanting nice things. Everyone wants nice things! Everyone wants to feel financially successful.
If you deny that’s true, you’re not being entirely honest. Of course, there’s a scale, and “rich” means different things to different people. But basically:
“Money is so boring and I hate it” – said no one, ever.
We all need it. Wherever you sit on the financial spectrum, we all think about not having enough money to do the things we want to do, and to get the most out of life.
And we shouldn’t have to apologise for wanting what we want.
The MMOL team discuss if it’s okay to say “I want to be rich”. Post continues after…
LA novelist Jessica Knoll recently wrote an article called “I want to be rich and I’m not sorry“, and I certainly don’t think she needs to apologise. Knoll talks about wanting financial freedom in the form of real wealth, and the only difference is, she is proud to say it aloud.
She’s not being vulgar. She’s not admitting a ‘weakness’. She is being honest. Knoll is saying “I want and deserve to be rich, so I’m willing to do what needs to be done.”
You go, girl.
But in one of my more recent Kardashian debates, one friend noted that whilst there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be rich, she judges the way that some people get there. The example she used is the owner of one of Australia’s largest convenience store chains, who has made billions “from selling cigarettes to dying addicts” – as she describes it.