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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 September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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