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The richest 1% of the world currently control 48% of the world’s wealth. The top 80 wealthiest people in the world control approximately $1.9 trillion, which just so happens to be the amount controlled by 3.5 billion people on the other end of the spectrum. Can you believe that? There are 80 people in this world that collectively share the same amount of money as 3.5 billion people!
many of us would like to believe that each one of these 80 wealthiest people inherited their wealth, in actuality only 11 did. The other 69 have built their immense wealth from very little. Look at Warren Buffett, for example. He grew up as a middle class child, but got addicted to the world of business and investing at a very young age. Today, he is worth $72.3 billion.
Nobody gave him this money. He earned it because he has always took actions like the rich would and avoided the actions of the poor. Since he has so much wealth, should he be required to give his money to the rest of us just because we haven’t become as successful? I don’t think so. Instead, we should all be studying the things the rich do and should be actively doing them ourselves!
1. Believe in the Law of Income
The wealthy mindset believe that they will be paid in direct proportion to the value that they deliver to the marketplace. In other words, if they are integral in forming a product that nearly everyone in the world wants/needs, then they should be compensated accordingly. The inventor of the self-dimming rear-view mirror which is now in almost every car in America. Do you think it would be fair to only pay him $15 an hour for the time he put into this invention? Or, since his product has been an amazing success, perhaps he should receive a portion of the proceeds from each sale?
2. Focus on Opportunities, Not Obstacles
There once was a shoe salesman that found himself in a far-away country, trying to sell shoes to the natives. The only problem was, nobody there wore shoes and the sale was often quite difficult. The salesman soon gave up in frustration and decided to leave the area. On his way out, he met another shoe salesman. “Don’t bother entering this town.” said the first salesman, “These people don’t even wear shoes.” The eyes of the second salesman grew wide, “No one has shoes?? Then I could sell a pair to everyone in town! How fortunate we are to stumble upon an untapped market!”
It’s all a matter of perspective. The people who are not winning often see obstacles and quickly give up, while a wealthy mindset see the the opportunities and enter arenas that many wouldn’t dream of.
3. Associate with Positive, Successful People
Wealthy mindset people know that attitude is everything. If they continually hang out with people that complain about the weather, bad-mouth the government, and speak negatively about the state of the economy, then they will likely start doing the same thing! If, however, these same people start hanging around individuals that continuously talk about success, opportunity, and the positive things in life, chances are that they will see the world from an entirely different perspective!
Instead of the world being a terrible place to live, it suddenly becomes a glowing land of success and opportunity. A great example of this is United States citizens vs. immigrants into the States. Immigrants are 4x more likely to become millionaires than those of us that grew up here. The main reason? We talk about the negatives of living in this nation, while immigrants see it as the land of opportunity. Quite frankly, it is what you make of it.
4. Willing to Promote Themselves and Their Value
Wealthy mindset people aren’t afraid to tell you what they’re great at. Most of the time, they aren’t embellishing. It’s the truth. People not financially getting ahead might be great at many things, but they always seem to downplay them into nothing (either because they think negatively of salespeople or because they’re not confident in themselves). Therefore, you assume their skills are just that – nothing. If you want to be wealthy, you must learn how to become a salesperson and at the very least, sell yourself.
5. Grow Bigger Than Their Problems
The people who are not financially getting ahead see a problem and they chalk it up to bad luck and quit trying. A wealthy mindset run into problems and might scratch their heads for a while, but they don’t give up. They’ll work and work until they discover a solution to the problem so they can win in the end.
6. Wealthy Mind Think Both, the Think Either Or
Economists came up with the term, “opportunity cost” long ago. Put simply, this means that if you choose one thing, then you are ultimately forgoing something else. In other words, if I have $5 and I buy an $5 ice cream cone, then I am ultimately giving up that pack of gum that I wanted as well.
This is how people who are not financially winning think too. They have a set amount of money and they think that they can either spend it one thing or another, but not both. It sounds logical doesn’t it? But the wealthy mindset focus on how they can get both.
Following along the same lines as the example above, let’s give a wealthy person $5. They too want both ice cream and a $5 pack of gum, but instead of thinking either or, they decide to go for both. To do this, the wealthy mindset would not buy the ice cream or the gum initially, but might instead buy a 24 pack of water for $5. They walk down the road a ways, sell each water bottle to passers-by for 50 cents and earn a total of $12. Now they can enjoy their ice cream, gum, and still have $2 left to spare! The wealthy mindset has a “both” mentality, not “either or”.
7. The Wealthy Mindset Focus on Net Worth, Not Working Income
Financially struggling people often talk in terms of hourly pay, whereas wealthy people know that an hourly income is not nearly as important as someone’s net worth. One can earn quite a lot of money per hour, but if they don’t learn to keep any of it, they will still be broke in the end. The wealthy mindset person knows that a large net worth will net many opportunities and will create more wealth in the future.
8. The Wealthy Mindset Constantly Learns and Grows
Many kids today think that they’ll be able to work just hard enough to earn their degrees, and then they won’t have to pick up another book for the rest of their lives. They might turn this dream into a reality, but they’ll likely “just get by” forever.
The wealthy mindset starve for knowledge because they know that the more they learn, the more likely they are to succeed. The average millionaire reads one non-fiction book a month because they want to grow themselves into the person that they want to be. The average broke person will read nothing and will never change. As I like to say, “the rich constantly learn and grow, and the poor think they already know.”
9. The Wealthly Mindset Doesn’t Mind Taking the Hard Road
The poor often stay poor because they take easy road after easy road, until they find themselves in bum-town. As an example, one person might have the option to work at the local grocery store for $8 an hour and could learn from the very wise businessman that owns the place. But instead, this person decides that making $8 an hour is for chumps and they start dealing marijuana for $200 an hour instead. The hard road could have made them into a successful business person, but they instead chose the easy road and eventually got addicted to drugs and ended up in prison.
The wealthy don’t mind taking the hard road because they have a long-term mindset. The current life might be difficult, but they know their actions today could benefit them tremendously in the future, so they trudge along and keep their eye on the future prize. By staying focused and doing the things the rich do, many of them will become successful and wealthy as well.