Not many people really understand the mindset of the people that become rich. Many believe that the rich only become financially independent through chance or luck. Some even believe that the people who have become rich always had some type of leverage or unfair advantage. Others believe that the rich are unhappy, greedy, and selfish. This is the type of negative thinking towards wealth that hold so many people back from achieving it.
When you have wealth tied to such negative emotions, why would someone ever strive to become rich? The people who usually say these things do not understand the mindset of the rich, and they are making empty statements with little proof to back up what they’re saying, just misconceptions. Sure some people who are rich may have some of the characteristics mentioned, but more than likely, money did not change them.
Will Smith once said “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” So, if someone who is rich, greedy, and selfish, they already had those characteristics before they became rich. While all rich people do not have all the same negative characteristics, most do share these 7 things that make them different than the poor and middle class.
1. The rich see money as a means of freedom and contribution.
There are many constraints in life that hold us back from living a truly free life. One of the biggest constraints is money. You have to work all the time because you need money to pay the bills and take care of your family. You can’t spend as much time with your family or travel as much as you want because the bills won’t pay themselves. Sometimes you have worry because you can’t pay bills, so you have to sacrifice more time to work. These are the constraints you have to face when you have not reached a place of true financial freedom. The rich see what money can do for them and the time it can give them, so they make a decision to be rich.
The rich also understand that they can make more contributions to the world with more money. They give more to charity, build charitable foundations, and make more of an impact on the world. The poor and middle class don’t look at the positives money can bring to the world, only the negatives, so they don’t make a decision to be rich.
2. The rich comfortably get out of their comfort zones.
Most people just want to have comfort in their lives. Nothing fancy, just emotional, physical, and psychological comfort. This is the primary goal of many. Well, we call this complacency. The need for comfort can be devastating to your life. As you become comfortable and complacent, you no longer grow as an individual and when you no longer grow, you no longer add meaning to your life.
The middle class don’t want to pay the price of their comfort to obtain financial freedom. The rich on the other hand, learn that becoming a millionaire and having a truly free life is not an easy road. They know that there is price to getting rich, and they have to let go of comfort and that sense of certainty.
Many wealthy individuals have become rich by forging ahead when everyone doubted them. That is certainly an uncomfortable position to be in, but they learn to be mentally tough and become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
3. The rich envision their future.
Many people live in the past and not in the future. They tell themselves that they have to live it up in college, or in their youth because those are going to be the best days of their life. They admire the past and don’t dream big enough for their future.
They settle for a job they don’t like and a life they don’t want, reminiscing on the good ole days. Well, the wealthy are always dreaming and having a vision of what their life will be like. They are very optimistic and they dream big. There is a saying that goes “shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land on the stars.”
The rich learn from the past, live in the present, and dream about the future. Most self-made millionaires plan goals that won’t be realized for years, but they continue to dream of what their life will be like when they reach those goals.
4. The rich are very confident.
If you constantly bet on yourself to reach your goals in life, and in-turn that has made you a self-made millionaire, why would you not have confidence in yourself? The rich constantly set goals for themselves and they consistently strive to reach those goals. When you have faith in yourself and your abilities, sometimes it may come off as cockiness or arrogance, but it stems from the simple fact that you believe in yourself. The rich believed in themselves well before they became rich, and that led them to becoming rich. When you believe that you can accomplish anything, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
5. The rich help others to succeed as well.
The rich don’t show envy or get jealous when others are successful, they just strive harder to obtain the level of success that they want as well. They also know that the more they can help others to become successful, they will become more successful as well. Zig Zaglar once said “You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.”
6. They are big savers.
Believe it or not, the rich are actually bigger savers than the middle class and poor. Most millionaires aren’t flashy, drive fancy cars, and have mansions. They could be your next door neighbors. The rich are big savers because they know that the more they are able to save, the more cash-producing assets they are able to acquire. The rich know that it is not how much money you make that makes you financially independent and rich, but how much you keep.
7. They Invest In Themselves More Than There Job
The rich invest in their health and knowledge more than they invest in their jobs or business. They are constantly seeking out self-help books and advice that will help take them to the next level of their lives. They invest in their mental, physical, and emotional health more than the middle class because they know that that have to maintain a level of focus and productivity to help them sustain their success. They invest in their knowledge because they know that knowledge is the stepping stone to true power.
The rich have many different attributes that has allowed them to become financially successful, but anyone can learn to think and do the things the financially free do. Here is a re-cap of the 7 ways the rich is different than the middle class.
- The rich see money as a means of freedom and contribution.
- The rich comfortably get out of their comfort zones.
- The rich envision their future.
- The rich are very confident.
- The rich help others to succeed as well.
- They are big savers.
- They invest in themselves more than they invest in their jobs
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