15 Ways Rich People Think Differently

By on September 5, 2012
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What is it that separates the rich from the rest of us?

Steve Siebold, the author of How Rich People Think recently shared ‘15 ways that rich people think differently’ with Business Insider.


The Mentality Of The Rich


1. Rich people think selfishness is a virtue
Average people feel they need to save the world and put others before themselves which is keeping them poor. Rich people take the attitude that if they don’t help themselves first they can’t help anyone else.

2. Rich people have an action mentality
You wouldn’t see a rich person lining up to play the lottery (even before they were rich). Average people are always waiting on someone else to help them get rich – the Lotto, Government, friend or spouse – but it only keeps them poor. Rich people take action and spend time solving problems.

3. Rich people favour specific knowledge over formal education
Average people believe the road to riches is through doing masters and doctorates. Rich people are generally rich because they have made money selling a specific knowledge they have acquired.

4. Rich people dream of the future
Rich people spend a lot of time looking into the future, setting goals and looking forward to what lies ahead. Average people dwell on the past which often holds them back by making them unhappy or depressed.

5. Rich people think about money logically
Average and well-educated people can fall into the trap of thinking about money emotionally and just wanting to retire comfortably. Rich people maintain a logical relationship with money viewing it as a tool that represents options and opportunities.

6. Rich people follow their passion
Oprah Winfrey said it – you’ve got to follow your passion and do what you love. Rich people find a way of getting paid for doing something they love. Average people earn money doing things they don’t love.

7. Rich people aim high
Average people set low expectations to avoid disappointment whereas rich people set huge expectations and follow their dreams.

8. Rich people believe you have to “be” someone
Average people on the other hand believe you have to “do” something to be rich and focus on immediate results. Rich people continuously focus on bettering themselves and learn from success and failures.

9. Rich people use other people’s money
Average people believe they need their own money to make money whereas rich people have no problem using other people’s.

10. Rich people live below their means
It seems contradictory to the above statement but rich people adopt the attitude of getting rich so you can afford to live below your means. Average people live beyond their means.

11. Rich people teach their children how to be rich
Average people teach their children how to survive whereas rich people teach their children from an early age about the world of haves and have nots.

12. Rich people don’t let money stress them out
Average people do. Rich people find peace of mind in wealth and are not afraid to admit that money can solve most problems – allowing them to make more money. Average people see money as a continuous battle and necessary evil they have to endure.

13. Rich people would rather be educated than entertained
Average people are the opposite. They read novels, tabloids and entertainment rather than continuously educating themselves after school.

14. Rich people surround themselves with like-minded people
Average people think rich people are snobs and have a negative attitude towards the super rich. Rich people steer clear of the doom and gloom attitudes and people – adding fuel to the fire of the “snob” label.

15. Rich people focus on earning
Average people focus on saving and miss big opportunities by trying to live frugally. Rich people constantly focus on the big picture – and how to earn the big bucks.


Article by By Sarah O’Carroll | news.com.au

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  1. ricklondonsyndication

    May 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Excellent article but one part I know absolutely positively is not so; in fact the exact opposite (not for all but for a few of whom I’ve either met or with whom I’ve spoken. Warren Buffett and Richard Branson agree they only got rich when they ridded themselves of their selfishness and became more service oriented (in fact it is the generosity which, is the preface of most money). I am sure there are people of wealth who think selfishness is a virtue, but those are not wealthy people with whom most of us are impressed.

    • Tommy nguyen

      July 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      As you looked at rich people think selfishness is a virtue by the way of author say, you should look at more detail, and on the different view as selfishness here is as if you treat yourself good, you will treat others better. If you can’t good enough to yourself, how can be to others. And that is what Warren Buffett and Richard Branson do too. Deep into the idea, you will see the picture more clearly.

      • weiner

        September 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

        It’s still used incorrectly because that’s not what selfishness truly means. It’s actually delayed selflessness. delayed selflessness =/= selfishness.

        *I should sell dictionaries.

  2. Mike

    May 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Such great insights and I really like number 3. I think with the escalating cost of tuition more ppl will realize the truth behind #3.

  3. aphroditegurls

    May 27, 2013 at 12:03 am

    good 1

  4. The Grim Snark

    June 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Funny how many of these qualities can also be markers of mental illness.

    Rich people think selfishness is a virtue – Psychopathy

    Rich people have an action mentality – Bipolar Disorder

    Rich people favour specific knowledge over formal education – Asperger’s Syndrome

    Rich people follow their passion – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    Rich people believe you have to “be” someone – Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Rich people use other people’s money – Sociopathy

  5. Anne HathaBerks

    July 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Couldn’t make it past the 1st item alone. If this is the way people think (not only freakin rich), it’s a mess of life! There is a lot of confusion here, esp there are rich people who would dread reading that they are generalized as selfish, and that’s one of their tickets to being rich. On the contrary, selfishness is not (only) the realm of some rich people. There are so many out there (writers included) who are penultimate selfish types. This is a seriously flawed syllogism. Argh!

  6. tonymontana

    August 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    those who are follow this tips .,100% they will be rich………

  7. BV

    October 10, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Absolutely nailed it, very accurate. Thank you!

  8. isaac

    October 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm


  9. Gambler !!!

    November 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Good articular..


    January 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

    wonderful!but how and where did they get that behaviour which average people can not get.This is because the number of average people is higher than that of rich people ,which means that this secret is for few people.

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