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12 Things Poor People Do That the Rich Don’t

Most people believe the solution to the widening wealth inequality is to take from the rich people and give to the poor people. Let’s say we took this advice. We agree to divide all the wealthy in the world equally to the 7 point something billion people on earth. Everyone gets about $32,500. End of poverty, right? Well, before you answer that, let’s look at what is likely to play out afterwards.

Most people will put their money in the bank and in safe investment portfolios. Few people will take the money from the bank, and start creating products and services for these people that now seem to have a lot of money to spend. More than few will develop the skills to keep making more money. Majority of people will look for that dream car, home or latest gadget to buy.

In five to ten years, we’ll probably return to where we started; maybe a little worse because we’ll now have more poor people with over inflated egos. Here is the point; if you don’t change the mind, nothing will change.

Now, let’s explore 12 things poor people do that rich people don’t. If you are new to After School Africa, welcome. Want to get wiser?

1. Poor People Get Paid Based On Time | Rich People Get Paid Based On Results

It’s important to grasp that results are the real currency of the world, not effort. For some this is a shocking revelation.

It does not matter if you are the best at your specific job. If you are not contributing to the bigger picture you will be seen as just another number.

Don’t be afraid of making big moves, shock everyone and change the world.

2. Poor People Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Poor people often do not get enough sleep, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for not-so-good reasons. A good reason to not get enough sleep is that you were caring for a sick child all night and have to get up early to go to work. A not-so-good reason is that you were out partying when you needed to get to work the next day. However, whether the reason is good or not good, the fact is that not getting enough sleep is likely a factor contributing to poverty. Lack of sleep causes poor focus and, over time, can cause you to make decisions that keep you trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Rich people prioritize getting the rest that they need to perform at their best consistently. Furthermore, wealthy people often have a set bedtime (even on the weekends), and wake up at the same time every day. They don’t get enough sleep because they can sleep until noon instead of going in to work where rich people get enough sleep because they insist on it. Rich people know that they need to perform at a high level every day, in every interaction they make, and one thing they need to perform well is adequate rest daily.

3. Poor People Lack of Strategic Investment

Poor people don’t invest in assets that generate returns and appreciate in value. They seldom invest in properties, real estate, businesses or people. They believe God will provide and tomorrow will take care of itself. People who become rich invest in assets that appreciates in value

4. Poor people wake up whenever. Rich people have morning routines.

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
— Daniel Handler

When poor people wake up in the morning, they do whatever occurs to them first. Usually, they check their phone. Then, after scrolling on their phone for a half-hour to an hour, they meander out of bed to possibly eat, possibly watch TV, possibly text some friends.

Rich people don’t do this. They understand that if you structure your morning right, you can get more done in two hours than most people can in 24. So they have a morning routine.

The exact routine doesn’t matter. It’s different for everyone. Many rich people get up at 5 AM and go to the gym, while others get up at 10 AM and take a morning walk.

What their morning routines all have in common is that they take advantage of their natural rhythms to set them up for success.

To do what rich people do, decide what you’re going to do for the first hour of your day. Are you going to check your phone? Take a walk? Make some tea and breakfast? Write in your journal? Whatever you choose to do is fine, as long as you stick to it.

5. Not Enough Daydreaming

Did your teacher ever chastise you for daydreaming when you should have been doing your homework assignments? If so, he or she gave you a massive disadvantage because daydreaming is one of the habits that rich people have that poor people don’t. Believe it or not, poor people don’t spend enough time dreaming about a better future for themselves. They may wish that they could get a new car or a new house, but they don’t imagine themselves inside it. There is nothing but disappointment on the other side of that dream because they don’t think they could ever achieve something as remarkable as homeownership

Rich people spend a lot of time daydreaming, but not in meaningless fantasies. Imagine how much time Elon Musk spent daydreaming before inventing PayPal or creating Tesla cars that would revolutionize the industry. The point is that rich people spend time daydreaming and then roll up their sleeves and turn their dreams into reality. They don’t expect that their plans are full of disappointments; instead, they ask what they need to do to make their dreams happen. By imagining a better life, they start thinking about how they can achieve it.

6. Poor People Lack Self Development.

Jim Rohn reiterates: “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. How many poor people have a mini-library? They believe reading that book, taking that course or working with a mentor are all waste of time and money. Meanwhile, the rich continue to invest in knowledge.

7. Poor People Believe Money Is Evil

Money can be used for good or evil. While it’s true there are evil people with money in the world, most of the richest people in the world are extremely charitable. Money is just an object and people who see it as being evil are generally just using that as another excuse because they fear going after their dreams.

Be the change you want to see in the world, becoming wealthy comes with the privilege of being able to help others. Become wealthy and make the world a better place.

8. Poor People Keep the Wrong Company

Poor people glory in their comfort zone, so they keep company with people they feel superior to or at the same mental capacity with. For the poor, protecting their ego is more important than accepting ignorance. Rich people on the other hand, make the effort of surrounding themselves with smarter people.

9. Poor people think their bodies are a distraction. Rich people think their bodies are a tool.

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
– Edward Stanley

Poor people treat their bodies like they’re a distraction from the rest of their lives. They eat fast food because it’s cheap to buy and quick to eat. They’re trying to get back to what they’re doing. They also don’t exercise because that takes a lot of time. They think their time is better spent otherwise.

Rich people understand their bodies are their most important tool. If their body is not working right, the rest of their life won’t work right either.

Instead of treating their bodies like an afterthought, rich people treat their bodies like a priority. They prepare and eat healthy foods. They exercise at the gym regularly, even on busy days when it seems like there is no time to do so.

To do what rich people do, treat your body as a priority, not an afterthought. Go to the gym a few times a week. Download an exercise app and do calisthenics at home. Go for a run. Eat something green. Eat something you prepared fresh, not something frozen or from a fast-food restaurant.

10. Poor People Give Up Too Quickly

Tenacity is an attribute most poor people lack. They are quick to give up on their goals. The poor don’t go the extra mile whether with pursuing their dreams, building an enterprise or following through on making life changing decisions.

11. Poor People Watch TV Rich People Read Books

Warren Buffet  the third richest man in the world, still aims to read 500 pages every single day. He knows the knowledge gained is priceless.

In fact it’s a remarkably common theme among the world’s most successful people. They all swear by reading as much as possible. So throw your TV out the window and pick up that will improve your life as an individual and begin the process of becoming the best version of yourself

12. Poor People Are Afraid Of Change

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, former American President, “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done” It takes accepting that you have been wrong about something to agree to change. And most people will rather be right; that is why most people remain poor.

Yes, there are poor people in circumstances that are beyond their control, but the majority of people reading this article have the power to change their life, if they will accept to take responsibility for their life.

Which of these habits are you working on? Tell us in the comment section

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