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How Rich People and Ordinary People View the World Differently

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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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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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