It’s not about money, it’s about thinking. According to T. Harv Eker, author of the bestseller, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, rich people think and act differently from poor and middle-class people. If you want to become rich, change your thinking first. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you’ll get rich too! In his book, he writes about ‘seventeen ways rich people think and act differently from poor and middle-class people’. Read on to know the differences.
17 ways rich people think and act differently from poor and middle-class people
1. Rich People believe “I create my life.” Poor people believe “Life happens to me.”
Rich and successful people take 100 percent responsibility of their life, especially financial life. Poor people believe that they have little or no control over their financial life. Instead of taking responsibility for what’s going on in their lives, poor people choose to play the role of victim. When it comes to why they’re not rich, most poor people blame, justify or complain.
2. Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.
There is a huge difference between playing game to win and playing game to not lose. Poor people play the money game on defense rather than offense. Their primary concern is survival and security instead of creating wealth and abundance. The goal of truly rich people is to have massive wealth and abundance. Not some money, but lots of money. And the big goal of poor people is- to have enough to pay the bills.
3. Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.
Most people don’t really want to be rich because they have a lot of negative wealth files in their subconscious mind that tell them there is something wrong with being rich. While poor people have plenty of good reasons as to why getting rich might be a problem, the rich people are totally clear that they want wealth. They are fully committed to creating wealth. They give 100 percent of everything they’ve got to achieve wealth.
4. Rich people think big. Poor people think small.
How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments. Poor people think small, and therefore they act small while the rich people think big, and therefore they act big. Small thinking and small actions lead to being both broke and unfulfilled. Big thinking and big actions lead to having both money and meaning.
5. Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.
Rich people focus on what they want, while poor people focus on what they don’t want. Rich people see opportunities. Poor people see obstacles. Rich people see potential growth. Poor people see potential loss. Rich people focus on the rewards. Poor people focus on the risks.
6. Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people.
This may be one of the reasons why most people don’t become rich. Most poor people resent rich and successful people. They often look at other people’s success with resentment, jealousy, and envy.
If you view rich people as bad in any way, shape, or form, and you want to be good person, they you can never be rich. Instead of resenting rich people, admire and bless rich people.
“Bless that which you want.” – Huna philosophy
7. Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.
Rich people hang around with winners. Poor people hang around with losers. It’s a matter of comfort. Rich people are comfortable with other successful people. Poor people are comfortable with other poor people.
8. Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value. Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.
Rich people are willing to promote their products, their services, and their ideas with passion and enthusiasm while poor people don’t.
9. Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems.
Poor people will do almost anything to avoid problems. They don’t want the hassles, the headaches, and the responsibilities. Rich people have problems, but they are bigger than their problems because they don’t focus on the problem; they focus on their goal.
10. Rich people are excellent receivers. Poor people are poor receivers.
Poor people are poor at receiving. They feel unworthy and undeserving. Rich people work hard and believe it’s perfectly appropriate to be well rewarded for their efforts and the value they provide for others. Poor people work hard, but due to their feelings of unworthiness, they believe that it is inappropriate for them to be well rewarded for their efforts and the value they provide.
11. Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time.
Poor people trade their time for money. Poor people prefer to be paid a steady salary or hourly wage. Rich people prefer to get paid on the results they produce. Rich people usually own their own business in some form. They make their income from their profits.
12. Rich people think “both.” Poor people think “either/or.”
Rich people live in a world of abundance. Poor people live in a world of limitations. Poor people believe that they have to choose between money and the other aspects of life. Poor people think that money is not as important as other things.
13. Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income.
The true measure of wealth is net worth, not working income. Rich people focus on their net worth while poor people focus on their working income.
14. Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.
It’s not how much money you make, it’s how much money you keep that makes you rich. The single biggest difference between financial success and financial failure is how well you manage your money. Rich people are good at managing their money while poor people are bad at managing their money.
15. Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.
Most people have been programmed that you have to work hard for money. While poor people work hard for money, the rich understand and use leverage. They employ other people to work for them and their money to work for them. Rich people understand that the more your money works, the less you will have to work.
16. Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.
Rich and successful people have fear, doubts and worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. Unsuccessful people have fears, doubts, and worries, then let those feelings stop them.
17. Rich people constantly learn and grow. Poor people think they already know.
Rich people constantly learn and grow while poor people think learning ended with school. Poor people claim they can’t afford to get educated due to lack of time or money. On the other hand, rich people relate to Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
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