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What is the difference between rich and poor people?

September 1, 2010

Have you ever heard the saying: “the number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want?” In my experience, this is absolutely true!

Instead of taking responsibility for what is going on in their lives, poor people choose to play the role of the victim.

How can you tell when people are playing the victim? There are 3 obvious clues:

Victim Clue #1: They Blame

Victim Clue #2: They Justify

Victim Clue #3: They Complain

Sound familiar? Have you ever seen anyone behave like that? Blaming, justifying and complaining are nothing more than stress reducers; misguided attempts to alleviate the stress that comes from failure. Think about it: if a person was not failing in some way, would they need to blame, justify or complain? The obvious answer is NO!

Rich people think big.
Poor people think small.

Small thinking and small actions lead to being broke and unfulfilled. Big thinking and big actions lead to both money and meaning. The choice is yours! Decide now!

Rich people focus on opportunities.
Poor people focus on obstacles.

It comes down to the age-old question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” We’re not talking positive thinking here, we’re talking about your habitual perspective on the world. Poor people make choices based upon fear. Their minds are constantly scanning for what could go wrong in any situation. Their primary mind-set is “What if it doesn’t work?” or, more often, “It won’t work.”

Middle-class people are slightly more optimistic. Their mind-set is “I sure hope this works.”

How many people do you actually serve? You get what you give

Rich people expect to succeed.

Rich people admire other rich and successful people.
Poor people resent rich and successful people.

Poor people often look at other people’s success with resentment and envy. They snipe, “They’re just lucky,” or whisper under their breath, “Those rich jerks.”

Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value.
Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.

Rich people are usually leaders, and all great leaders are great promoters. To be a leader, you must inherently have followers and supporters, which means that you have to be adept at selling, inspiring, and motivating people to buy into your vision. A skill otherwise known as selling.

Rich people are bigger than their problems.
Poor people are smaller than their problems.

Poor people will do almost anything to avoid problems. They see a challenge and they run. The irony is that in their quest to make sure that they don’t have any problems, they have the biggest problem of all… they’re broke and miserable!

Rich people choose to get paid based on results.
Poor people choose to get paid based on time.

Poor people prefer to be paid a steady salary or hourly wage. They need the ‘security’ of knowing that exactly the same amount of money is coming in at exactly the same time, month in, month out. What they don’t realize is that this security comes with a price, and the cost is wealth.

Living based in security is living based in fear. What you are actually saying is “I’m afraid I won’t be able to earn enough based on my performance, so I’ll settle for earning just enough to survive or be comfortable.”

Rich people prefer to get paid based on the results they produce. Rich people usually own their own business in some form. They make their income from their profits. Rich people work on commissions or percentages of revenue. Rich people choose stock options and profit sharing in lieu of higher salaries. Notice that there are no guarantees with all of the above. But if you try you will find out