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Book Excerpt - 17 Ways Rich People Think & Act Differently from Poor & Middle-Class

(This article is part of The Better Andhra’s ‘Read & Grow’ initiative that will be published every Saturday)
 
#01
 
Rich people believe “I create my life.”
Poor people believe “Life happens to me.”
 
  • Money is extremely important in the areas in which it works, and extremely unimportant in the areas in which it doesn’t.
  • When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing “crap magnet.”
  • There is no such thing as a really rich victim!
 
#02
 
Rich people play the money game to win.
Poor people play the money game to not lose.
 
  • If your goal is to be comfortable, chances are you’ll never get rich. But if your goal is to be rich, chances are you’ll end up mighty comfortable.
 
#03
 
Rich people are committed to being rich.
Poor people want to be rich.
 
  • The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want.
  • If you are not fully, totally, and truly committed to creating wealth, chances are you won’t.
 
#04
 
Rich people think big.
Poor people think small.
 
  • The Law of Income: You will be paid in direct proportion to the value you deliver according to the marketplace.
 
#05
 
Rich people focus on opportunities.
Poor people focus on obstacles.
 
#06
 
Rich people admire other rich and successful people.
Poor people resent rich and successful people.
 
#07
 
Rich people associate with positive, successful people.
Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.
 
#08
Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value.
Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.
 
  • Leaders earn a heck of a lot more money than followers!
 
#09
 
Rich people are bigger than their problems.
Poor people are smaller than their problems.
 
  • The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.
  • If you have a big problem in your life, all that means is that you are being a small person!
 
#10
 
Rich people are excellent receivers.
Poor people are poor receivers.
 
  • If you say you’re worthy, you are. If you say you’re not worthy, you’re not. Either way you will live into your story.
  • For every giver there must be a receiver, and for every receiver there must be a giver.
  • Money will only make you more of what you already are.
  • How you do anything is how you do everything.
 
#11
 
Rich people choose to get paid based on results.
Poor people choose to get paid based on time.
 
  • There’s nothing wrong with getting a steady paycheck, unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you’re worth. There’s the rub. It usually does.
  • Never have a ceiling on your income.
 
#12
 
Rich people think “both.”
Poor people think “either/or.”
 
  • Rich people believe “You can have your cake and eat it too.” 
  • Middle-class people believe “Cake is too rich, so I’ll only have a little piece.” 
  • Poor people don’t believe they deserve cake, so they order a doughnut, focus on the hole, and wonder why they have “nothing.”
 
#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.
  • Where attention goes, energy flows and results show.
 
#14
 
Rich people manage their money well.
Poor people mismanage their money well.
 
  • Until you show you can handle what you’ve got, you won’t get any more!
  • The habit of managing your money is more important than the amount.
  • Either you control money, or it will control you.
 
#15
 
Rich people have their money work hard for them.
Poor people work hard for their money.
 
  • Rich people see every dollar as a “seed” that can be planted to earn a hundred more dollars, which can then be replanted to earn a thousand more dollars.
 
#16
 
Rich people act in spite of fear.
Poor people let fear stop them.
 
  • Action is the “bridge” between the inner world and the outer world.
  • A true warrior can “tame the cobra of fear.”
  • It is not necessary to try to get rid of fear in order to succeed.
  • If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.
  • The only time you are actually growing is when you are uncomfortable.
  • Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success.
 
#17
 
Rich people constantly learn and grow.
Poor people think they already know.
 
  • You can be right or you can be rich, but you can’t be both.
  • Every master was once a disaster.
  • To get paid the best, you must be the best.
 
(Source: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker)
 

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