17 Ways Rich People THINK Differently Than Poor People Do

Ahmad Jamal

I was watching some YouTube videos by speaking mentors of mine on a personal retreat in Coupeville, WA (on bucolic Whidbey Island, WA) recently when I came across this little song/powerpoint by Ahmad Jamal. Some food for thought.

As you read the list, ask yourself, which one are you?

Rich people believe THEY create their life. Poor people believe life happens to them.
Rich people play the money game to WIN. Poor people play the money game to LOSE.
Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people wish to be rich.
Rich People Think BIG. Poor people think SMALL.
Rich people focus on OPPORTUNITY. Poor people focus on OBSTACLES.
Rich people ADMIRE other rich people and say “Good for you!” Poor people RESENT rich people and say “What a bunch of crooks!”
Rich people associate with positive and successful people. Poor people associate with negative, unsuccessful people.
Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their values. Poor people don’t.
Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems.
Rich people are excellent and grateful receivers of money. Poor people are poor receivers and take money for granted.
Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people insist on being paid based on time.
Rich people think BOTH (Win/Win). Poor people think either/or (Win/Lose).
Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income.
Rich people manage their money well. (They save their money and spend what’s left.) Poor people mis-manage their money well (They spend what they make and save what’s left if at all.)
Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.
Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.
Rich people constantly learn and grow (investing their money earned into education, books, CD’s, Seminars, Coaching) and poor people think they know it all (and say “that costs too much!”)

That is according to Ahmad Jamal’s YouTube Video “Ahmad’s Blues”
with some paraphrasing by yours truly. Did it make you a little uncomfortable? Good! When I first read this ideas in T. Harv Ecker’s tremendous book: “The Millionaire Mind” it shook up my thinking and belief system. But guess what, “He walks his talk!” Anything by T. Harv Ecker is well worth the read or listen. I have both the CD and Book and have listened to it at least 10 times.

Which one are you? You decide….it is A SIMPLE CHOICE after all.

Mark Matteson

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