The Habits of The Rich Vs The Poor – Part 2

Habits of the Rich Vs the Poor – Part 2

Part 2 – You are here

Part 1 

Part 3 – Coming soon

How the rich think differently to the poor 

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Welcome to part 2 of this 3-part series based on multi-millionaire T. Harv Eker’s best selling book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

Eker’s book is all about how rich and poor people think differently, and how their results comes down to their mindset, beliefs and the way that they think, feel and act in regards to money.

Harv refers to these as wealth files.

So let’s pick up where we left off in part 1.

Wealth file #6

Rich people admire other rich and successful people.

Poor people resent other rich and successful people. 

Back when I was growing up, our family wasn’t poor but we were hardly rich.

I remember how my Mother used to refer to someone in the town that had money or was perceived as being well off:

“He’s got more money than a bull can s#*t”

Or “He’s as tight as a fishes a@#$*#le”.

It used to make me laugh at the time, but thinking back now I realise that everybody I knew would resent anyone being well off and having a go, and then whinge that they never had any money themselves.

It is classic victim talk.

Or in Australia we call it the “tall poppie syndrome”.

Anyone that rises up, people love to cut them back down to size.

But when you think about it, if you resent people with money, then how are you going to have money yourself.

I like Harv’s take on the Huna philosophy: “bless that which you want,” and that includes money and the rich!

Wealth file #7

Rich People associate with positive, successful people.

Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.

It has been said that you will earn within 10% of your 5 closest friends.

Like attracts like.

If your friends and associates are negative and unsuccessful, chances are you will be too.

This is probably one reason that the rich have a reputation for being snobs.

Negativity is contagious, and they will seek out other positive successful people hoping that some of that will rub off on them as well.

Wealth file #8

Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value.

Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.

This has been one of my biggest mindset shifts on my own road to financial freedom.

I have had limiting beliefs about selling and promoting myself in the past and I still don’t like those pushy sales people at shopping centres.

But if you want to get rich you have to get out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there.

If you had a cure for cancer but no-one knew about it because you were afraid to promote it, how would that make you feel?

It is all about value.

If I truly believe I have something to offer of value, that can actually help another person, I have no problem in selling or promoting it… and neither should you!

Wealth file #9

Rich people are bigger than their problems.

Poor people are smaller than their problems.

Problems are a part of life.

The only people that don’t have any problems are dead, and that is one problem that you don’t want!

There are always going to be problems.

The goal is to grow into the person capable of overcoming problems.

What has helped me is to think of problems as challenges to be solved.

Make a plan, take action, see what works, what doesn’t, take more action and never give up!

Rinse and repeat!

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Wealth file #10

Rich people are excellent receivers.

Poor people are poor receivers.

Ever heard the saying that it is better to give than receive?

While I agree that the secret to living is giving, what is going to happen if you give but their is no one to receive?

They are just 2 sides of the same coin.

A lot of this has to do with low self esteem and feelings of being unworthy.

But you do DESERVE a life of health, wealth and abundance as much as anyone else.

Then you can give from a position of strength instead of weakness.

Wealth file #11

Rich people get paid based on results.

Poor people get paid based on time.

If you are paid by working time alone, their will always be a cap on how much that you can earn.

There are only so many hours in the day.

The key to wealth is to create enormous value, and get paid on passive and residual income.

The more value you create the more money that you will earn.


So focus on adding value and you are on your way to wealth!

Stay tuned for part-3 of this series coming very soon.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I will be happy to get back to you.

To your success,

John W. Newman

Lifestyle Entrepreneur and Online Business Mentor

Dream it.. Believe it… Then Achieve It!

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  1. Hi there, I totally agree on your post. It took me a while, but now (after a few months) I started to see the differences between me and my friends when I changed my mindset. I am losing some friends, but make others (richer) as well. Strange. There is a sentence that hit me when I read it a while back: it says: People who work hard, don´t have time to get rich”………..Thanks for sharing this great post!

    • Hi Marian, yes sometimes we have to move on and leave some friends behind.

      It can be hard, but it is all part of growing.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Inspiring article John, Helps to see that some of my negative believes are obstacles in the path to my own success. Definitely food for thought.

  3. I also believe that when money is in our hands now you start to see what true side a person can lean too

  4. Yes, i totally agree.. Money can be a good or a bad thing, its depends on what in the person’s mind, and i choose to open my mind about money, because nothing wrong with that.

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