How 5 Seconds Can Make You Feel Better About Yourself…Or Worse

by Shawanda Greene

They say you shouldn’t compare yourself to other people.

Well, what the hell do they know? I mean who are they anyway?

As much as we hate to admit, it’s hard to calculate our awesomeness if we don’t have any criteria to measure it against. For instance, would you say that you’re wealthy? And don’t be cute. You know I’m not talking about non-material stuff like health, freedom and what not.

If you were to ask me if I think I’m wealthy, my gut reaction would be to say no. But that’s because I’m comparing myself to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I know my net worth is higher than 50% of my girls from Atlanta. (I don’t really know, but they seem pretty broke to me.)

From what I hear, there are a bunch of people who don’t even have access to the basics like clean drinking water, electricity, or internets. I bet we’re rich to those folks.

If you’re waiting for me to make some profound point about how we should be more gracious and appreciative of all the amenities this great nation has to offer, I hate to disappoint you, but it ain’t happenin’.

All I really wanted to do was present you with this neat calculator I found on CNNMoney. I’ve named it the Stack, Stack, Stack, Stacking That Money Up Suckaaaaa calculator. It’s just a tool that tells you the median net worth of someone with the same age and income as you. If you’re above the median, you’ll likely experience a feeling of smug superiority. If you’re below it, you’ll probably feel pretty mediocre. Either way, you should satisfy your curiosity. No one’s looking, and I’m not going to tell anyone so go ahead, and check it out.

You know you want to.

Warning: I’m not exactly sure how a 25 year old making $60K a year would happen upon almost $170K in net assets, so take the results with a grain of salt.

Tell the truth. Do you compare yourself to other people?

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kim March 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Okay, so my net worth is 98,000.00 But that is less than the equity in my home and does not even count retirement or savings so how does that work? Oh yeah they are taking my credit cards, car loans, mortgage, heloc and business debt out. Yeah I do have to pay those things back before I retire. Darn! I am a late bloomer, but I will bloom, you just wait and see. Shawanda I am going to make you so proud of me. Heck I am going to be proud if me! Did you know in dyslexic years I am 35 today?


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