People often mistake me for a douche bag for how I dress and look. People often call me a "white privileged man". They often think that because I have a lot of money I have probably earned it from my dad or that I look down upon them.
Never judge a book by its cover.
Do you know why I dress like this? Because it makes reading people so much easier. If you go on a business meeting with someone who looks down on you just because of the way you dress, that's someone you should cut the contact with. I only do business with people who respect me and others alike. Sure, I've turned down my fair share of great business deals because of this. Would I be richer if I signed every deal? Most likely.
But let me tell you, it's not about the money. It never is. If you do something just because you want money, you will most likely get bored of it or fail miserably. That's why I only do business with people that share the same values as I do.
Back when I was a teenager I used to take some small extra jobs here and there. I met a wide variety of managers and CEO's and let me tell you right away, about 90% of them weren't cut for the job. Sadly it will always be like that and there's nothing you can do about it, people are people.
Why do people become assholes when they get any authority? I'm no expert but I believe these kind of people have low self-esteem. I wouldn't be surprised if most of these people grew up being bullied or had a bad relationship with their parents.
I had this old boss who was a real dick, he never said anything hurtful to me. But from the way he was talking and looking at me it was easy to tell that he looked down on me. He had this "I'm the boss and you're worthless" attitude, I absolutely hated that. There was no way in hell he would get down to my level and actually talk with me like I was equal to him. It bothered me so much and he is probably the reason why I'm like this today. There's no doubt that he got the store manager position through contacts. I mean come on, you don't need a college degree to run a store, anyone can do it.
I treat all my employees equal, it doesn't matter if they're the next CEO or if they do dishes. Everyone should be treated with the same amount of respect, no matter of their paycheck or job title.
Having a lot of money or authority does NOT make you a good person.