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How Rich People and Ordinary People View the World Differently

How Rich People and Ordinary People View the World Differently

Being rich is sometimes nothing more than a mindset. Many people may find it difficult to accept the points stated below, but the truth remains that rich people tend to see the world in a different light from the way ordinary people see it. It is important to consider the mentality behind such thoughts, since becoming rich isn’t such a bad idea.

This is how rich people and ordinary people view the world differently:

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Rich people are positive about the world around them while ordinary people blame the world for their problems

Rich people are used to taking charge of the world around them. They know that there are a lot of wrongs and ills that already exist, but they don’t dwell on those. In fact they work hard to fix the aspects that they can fix and act responsibly for what happens to them.

Ordinary people offer excuses and use the word “if” a lot. They tend to point fingers at this or that for the wrongs in their lives. They think that they have been wronged all along and try to play the victim every now and then.

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Rich people believe that poverty is the root of all evil while ordinary people believe money is the root of all evil

Rich people know that poverty can cause a man so much pain. They know that if poverty was eradicated or not in the picture, humanity would make more progress. Money is not evil to them. Rather, they see it as a means to an end in gaining all that they want in life. Money may not guarantee happiness, but it can make life easier and more comfortable to live in.

Ordinary people think that money is the root of all evil and that rich people are dishonest and greedy. They do not see money for what it is — an avenue to attain more freedom. Rather they see it as a cause to the many headaches man is suffering. They will simply advise contentment and simplicity because they feel that wealth comes at so high a price.

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Rich people believe in taking action while ordinary people wait for everything to take place with chance

Rich people believe you need to attract opportunities by working hard and taking action. They do not believe in gambles and chances or playing the lottery to become more prosperous. They would rather go out there and solve problems or add value to the world around them. There is no point in waiting for God, government or certain institutions to offer them a lucky hand for them to become more prosperous.

Ordinary people believe in chance and luck or taking a gamble on almost everything that will come their way. They are would-be patrons of get-rich-quick schemes and the lottery. Rather than go out there to improve their chances, they will sit and wait for “almighty” factors to determine their destinies.

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Rich people do not see formal education as a direct path to prosperity while ordinary people see a formal education as all you need to become wealthy

Rich people know that you need more than a formal education to succeed in life. Actually, many top performers and rich people had to work hard, persevere and acquire specific knowledge along the way to become what they are. Rich people do not see the world from a linear angle, but rather from a diversified angle of making prosperity from diverse means. It really is not about the means, after all, but the end.

Ordinary people are stuck with the thought that you can only become somebody and rich after you have attained a degree or gone through a prestigious institution of knowledge. However, this thought only keeps them prisoners of mediocrity and staying on the average line.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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