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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rich people focus on opportunities.
Poor people focus on obstacles.
Rich people admire other rich and successful people.
Poor people resent rich and successful people.
Rich people associate with positive, successful people.
Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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