17 Ways The Rich Think Differently

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The decent principles by which you live, the clarity and consistency of your actions, the ethical and moral values you create for life, and the virtue you practice bring the possibility of being rich and great. In this highly materialistic world, one can be entitled as RICH with the inherited or self-made wealth or hefty bank balance. However, the real rich is the one who knows the meaning of contentment and has nurtured a rich soul inside. In other words, one has to be rich with generosity, kindness, wisdom and virtue of living a disciplined life.

1. The Poor consider ‘SMALL’ tasks to be insignificant while the Rich recognize the biggest secret of success in tiny little things.

Some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture take into the shape only after the carpenter accomplishes the small and minute tasks with great love and care. However, the Poor remain indulged in trivial issues and often neglect the tiny little little things that together nurture the plant of richness and material well being. The Rich, on the other hand, are always kind, chivalrous, considerate and profound for small things that occur in everyday life and they hold regard for small series of actions, facts and details that all together make our life.

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What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.”- Amiel Henri Frederic

2. The Rich maintain consistency while the Poor are incoherent and half-hearted in any task

There is no magic wand or mysterious path that leads to success. Success is all about perspective and doing tasks with honesty and consistency.

Note: There is a saying, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” Consistency does also mean that you are under the threat of restricting yourself in certain movements. There are millions of people who remain consistent in their jobs for the entire life yet they never reach their goals. Such people might be consistent in their tasks but they have never make sure it goes in the right direction.

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”Anthony Robbins

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3. The Rich grow bigger to their difficulties whereas the Poor feel smaller to their problems. The Rich don’t let their problems overwhelm or trap them into unhappiness. They know that real people are measured by how courageously and daringly they stand in front of the challenges and troubles of life. The Poor, on the other hand, remain preoccupied with trivial issues and feel they are too small to solve.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely…”

4. The Rich get inspired by the positive and successful people whereas the Poor prefer to associate themselves with negative and unsuccessful people

The Rich are driven by their positive thoughts. They fail but don’t stop trying; they transform their uncongenial circumstances into opportunities; they perceive an ideal and strive to reach it. Moreover, they are inspired by the struggles of great and successful people. Whereas, the Poor see the world through negative perception and are inspired by ‘how many people failed and succumbed to the difficulties’.
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” W. Clement Stone

5. The Rich believe they are the true architects of their life and the Poor think life is what happens to them and they have no control over it.

The Rich construct their life with courage and never-say-die attitude. They face the situations and consequences with positive approach and add value to their life with determination and perseverance. The Poor consider circumstances to be the supreme force of life; therefore, they should surrender. They endure the incoherent riddles of life instead of enjoying and solving them.

6. The Poor wait for the miracles to happen and The Rich believe in action

Miracles do not occur through prayers and day dreams; they are the consequences of your actions.
The Rich are realistic and only realistic people can expect miracle. The Poor wait for miracles to happen after which they think of taking action.

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“Miracles don’t happen. You make them happen. They’re not wishes or dreams or candles on a cake. They’re not impossible. Reality is real. It’s totally and completely under my control.”Julie Anne Peters

7. The Poor consider themselves inferior to those who are blessed with full-length formal education while the Rich do not waste time on comparing success to education

Most of the greatest people had least formal education and yet they are admired and respected but the Poor perceive them to be favored by luck. The Rich acknowledge that the real education is born in within and develops through struggle and life experiences.

Formal education might assist you in making a decent living but it does least to your attitude and perspective about life. A CURIOUS soul doesn’t need any formal education, it learns through life experiences. The Rich are convinced that formal education can be an option but the Poor believe that collecting degrees open the door to opportunities and wealth.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn

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8. The Rich live in present and dream for future and the Poor take refuge in happy old days.

The Rich enjoy each moment of present. But the Poor love to live in the illusion- the remembrance of past. The Rich take lessons from their past while the Poor take pleasure from it and prefer to stay there forever.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Søren Kierkegaard

9. Unlike the Poor, the Rich are excellent receivers, they take failure positively and use them as stepping stones to success.

Adversities are bound to come in everyone’s life. They come and go, leaving us unsettled and broke. But the Rich tend to learn and move ahead with positive attitude and courage; whereas the Poor spend month and years feeling the impact and lamenting on the event.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”Oprah Winfrey

10. The Rich believe that failures, adversities and pains carry the seed of greatness through which one evolves while the Poor find them to be meaningless and useless.

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There is a saying “Adversities create winners.” The more you stumble upon hardships, the more you grow. But the little mind of the poor is tamed and subdued in front of the adversity. Difficulties turn the Rich into a great soul and the Poor into a coward.
“Adversity causes some men to break, other men to break records.William A. Ward

11. The Rich are always highly and keenly desirous to reach the top of the ladder of accomplishment. The Poor are not only less desirous, as they know the cost of being desirous, but also wait to pull the legs of people who try to climb the ladder.

Creating a space of pessimism, emptiness and hollowness are some of the common characteristics of poor people. The Rich are almost always motivated; they inspire others and stay ready to face any difficulty to reach the ladder of success.

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” Thomas Fuller

12. The Rich are made up of persistence, perspiration and patience and the Poor, though they aspire to be, but never give a serious try.

There is nothing that can let down the man of perseverance, determination and patience. The Rich are omnipotent with their biggest instruments- persistence and determination. The Poor, on the other hand, are those unfortunate and unsuccessful people who make their defeat permanent by giving up.

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverence. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”John D. Rockefeller

13. The Rich always listen to their heart and pursue their passion irrespective of any extremity of difficulty and at the end of the day they feel proud of the consequences of their own decision. Whereas, the Poor always try to please others by pursuing their dreams. They neither love their jobs nor do they feel enlightened from inside.

The Rich feel confident about their thoughts and decisions regardless of the consequences. The Poor have no guts to pursue their passion, they attribute others to be the culprit of negative consequences and impact in their life.

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

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14. The Rich never lessen their expectations. The Poor have less expectation from themselves

The temporary frustration, disappointment and failure might knock you down but it is your high expectation that keep you going towards great accomplishments. The Rich realize it; therefore, they never lessen their expectation. The Poor are afraid of the consequences; therefore , they struggle and strive for less in order to be happy.

“Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.” Anderson Greg

15. The Rich aren’t shy of taking risks while the Poor are always keen on playing it safe.

People who don’t take risks are always in the risk of achieving nothing. They will never realize the feeling of accomplishments and never evolve as a better person through failed attempts. The Rich never step back from taking risks- if they win they feel happy and if they lose they don’t regret as they know that the process made them more wiser about life.

The voice of fear within is diminutive but dominating; once you have surrendered to it by considering it to be supreme, you are trapped for whole life.
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”Chinese proverb

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16. The Rich are always relaxed, calm, and comfortable with uncertainties and difficulties as they acknowledge them as the integral part of life. The Poor always seek comfort and trouble free life

The Rich believe that the world is how they think about it, and things are as hard as you take it to be. Nothing can be harder than their perception. A man of real character and courage are attracted to the merit and potential of difficulty. The Poor often face difficulties in controlling their inclination of not keeping their adventurous feet on the forbidden road.
“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. The Poor think they have to choose one of the two – career or family and to make career they have to dedicate their whole life to it. The Rich know how to balance between the two.

The Rich believe that one who has never felt compassionate for his family, given time to his children and shouldered responsibilities can never understand his work. They know that career is all about how compassionate and responsible you feel towards your work. Family responsibility teaches you how to manage time for everything in a balanced way.

  • Hi Mousumi,

    What an excellent post!

    My pick is No. 3 – “The Rich grow bigger to their difficulties whereas the Poor feel smaller to their problems.” Personal development is a big part of the success story.

    I also appreciate No. 17. Many successful people are successful because they have found their passion. They love what they do. They are able to balance business and family.

    I appreciate your insights. There are many wonderful quotes too!

    Viola Tam

  • Ulrik

    I like the post, but I find the choice of words, the Rich and the Poor, to be very unwise in this economy, where many of the rich are so because of collusion and fraud, and many of the poor are so despite being “Rich” in your sense.

    Perhaps a wiser choice would have been the Wise and the Foolish.

    Just my 2¢.

    • Thanks for your words, Ulrik!

      I agree to what you say “many of the rich are so because of collusion and fraud, and many of the poor are so despite being “Rich””

      If I could draw your attention to the intro section of the article in which I have tried to define the RICH:

      “In this highly materialistic world, one can be entitled as RICH with the inherited or self-made wealth or hefty bank balance. However, the real rich is the one who knows the meaning of contentment and has nurtured a rich soul inside. In other words, one has to be rich with generosity, kindness, wisdom and virtue of living a disciplined life.”

      • Ulrik

        Thanks for your reply! I did see the intro, but when reading the rest of your article, the words still grated in my mind. But the concepts themselves are wonderful, so thank you for your article, which is rich with wisdom!

        • I agree with you Ulrik, my husband, while reviewing, said the similar words 🙂
          By the way, I will try and draft one more article on the Wise vs the Foolish. But again the word FOOLISH sounds derogatory. What do you say?

  • Siddhartha Mallick

    Excellent article. Extremely motivating. Thanks to Mousumi Kumar Saha for writing such an excellent article.

    • Thanks Siddhartha!
      Hope you enjoy other posts of Success Stories 🙂