11/07/2012 04:39 pm ET

The View From The Top: A Successful Social Climber Works Her Way Into New York's Upper Echelon

A successful social climber works her way into New York’s upper echelon, only to wonder what she’s doing there.

When I was a successful business owner living a privileged life in midtown Manhattan, it never occurred to me that I could be happy with anything less. There was never a time, whether I was lunching on $40 salads at Bergdorf’s or getting a $600 haircut, that I thought, “I don’t need to be doing this.” There were no benefits or fundraisers too unimportant to miss; no designer exercise class too ridiculous or expensive to pass up. I believed making money made me happy. Until the day it no longer did.

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