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10 Differences Between Middle Class And Rich People

10 Differences Between Middle Class And Rich People

According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. But what about the people in between? The middle class? You may be considered middle class. You’re not poor, but you’re not rich…yet. The middle class seems to be shrinking, according to the data revealed over the last couple decades. That means you’re going to be less likely to be middle class in the future. You’ll more likely be poor or rich. Which side do you want to be on?

If you want to be on the side with the rich, you’ve got to start thinking like the rich. Here are 10 differences between middle class and rich people for you to learn from…

1. The middle class live comfortably, the rich embrace being uncomfortable

“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
-Peter McWilliams

middle class and rich differences

    “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.”
    – Robert Arnott

    It’s comfortable to work a “safe” job. It’s comfortable to work for someone else. The middle class think being comfortable means being happy, but the rich realize that extraordinary things happen when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Starting your own business is a risk and risks can be uncomfortable, but a little risk is what it takes to create wealth and achieve superior results.

    Step out of your comfort zone. Look at all your options. You will have to be at least a little uncomfortable if you want to become rich. You might even have to fail and that’s great, because if you’re not failing, you’re not doing much.

    2. The middle class live above their means, the rich live below

    “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.”
    -Calvin Coolidge

    rich and middle class

      You won’t catch the average millionaire in a $100,000 car or a multi-million dollar home. The rich don’t spend their money on depreciating liabilities, they spend their money on appreciating assets and they live below their means. On average, the rich drive cars that are a few years old and they don’t buy them new, according to studies done in the book “The Millionaire Next Door.” Even if they can “afford” that fancy new Escalade, they usually don’t buy it.

      Remember, if you earn $1,000,000/year and you spend $1,000,000/year, you’re still broke.

      3. The middle class climb the corporate ladder, the rich own the ladder

      “The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work.”
      -Robert Kiyosaki

      Middle class corporate

        The middle class tend to work for someone else. They have a job. A career. Upper middle class tend to be self-employed. They own a job. The rich tend to own the business. They own that corporate ladder that the middle class are busy working up. The rich understand that they need more people working for them to earn more money. The rich understand the power of passive income.

        4. The middle class are friends with everyone, the rich choose wisely

        “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”
        -Warren Buffett

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        rich and middle class friends

          The rich understand that when you surround yourself with successful people, your own success will follow. Likewise, surrounding yourself with unsuccessful people tends to have the anticipated effect. Your income is usually the average of the incomes of your three closest friends. If you want to earn more, hang around people who earn more. It’s all about aligning your mindset with the mindset of successful people. If you want to be rich, you have to think rich.

          5. The middle class work to earn, the rich work to learn

          “When you are young, work to learn, not to earn.”
          -Robert Kiyosaki

          work to learn, not to earn

            The middle class are easily persuaded to change jobs when someone offers more money. The rich understand that working isn’t about the money, especially in the early years. It’s about developing the skills and traits you need to develop to become rich. That may mean working a sales job to better understand the world of selling. Or it could mean you work at a bank to better understand accounting. If you want to be rich, you should be working to learn the skills you need to become rich. Most rich people didn’t get there by earning a high salary.

            6. The middle class have things, the rich have money

            “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”
            ― Will Rogers

            middle class and rich difference

              Back to the fancy cars and big houses. That’s where much of the middle class spend their money. Drive through a middle class neighborhood and you will usually see brand new cars, expensive landscaping and high-dollar homes. The rich understand that to become wealthy, you have to want money more than you want things. If you keep buying things, your money will keep going with them. It’s funny how that works. For example, Warren Buffett still lives in the same home he bought in 1958. And he only paid $31,500 for it.

              Stop buying things and start focusing on keeping, saving and investing the money you earn. If you are a shopaholic, start shopping for assets. Become interested in investing, then look for bargains on stocks and businesses instead of shoes and electronics. That being said, it’s not all about saving your money.

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              7. The middle class focus on saving, the rich focus on earning

              “Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.”
              -Brian Tracy

              middle class and rich people

                “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”
                -Benjamin Franklin

                Saving is important. Investing may be more important, but earning is the foundation of both. You understand that you need to save and invest, but to really achieve extravagant goals with them, you need to earn more. The rich understand this and work on creating more avenues to earn and earning more with the avenues they have. If you really want to become rich, work on your earning ability, not your saving ability.

                8. The middle class are emotional with money, the rich are logical

                “Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior.”
                -Warren Buffett

                middle class and rich money

                  Steve Siebold interviewed over 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people over the past 30 years for his book “How Rich People Think”, and according to him there are more than 100 differences in how rich people look at money compared to the middle class. One of the key differences he found was that the middle class see money through the eyes of emotion, but the rich see money through the eyes of logic. Making emotional financial decisions will ruin your finances. Warren Buffett explains that investing has much more to do with controlling your emotions, than it has to do with money. Emotions are what cause people to buy high and sell low. Emotions create dangerous business deals. Leave emotions out of this and turn to logic.

                  9. The middle class underestimate their potential, the rich set huge goals

                  “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
                  -Bo Jackson

                  middle class and rich goals

                    The middle class set goals. Sometimes. It’s the capacity of the goals that differ from the middle class to the rich. The middle class set safe goals that are easily obtainable. The rich set goals that seem impossible, difficult or crazy. But they know they are achievable. It all comes back to having the proper mindset.

                    When you’re setting your goals, ask yourself if they could be bigger. Ask yourself if that’s really all you can do or if you can do more. I think you can do more.

                    10. The middle class believe in hard work, the rich believe in leverage

                    “It is much easier to put existing resources to better use than to develop resources where they do not exist.”
                    -George Soros

                    rich and middle class workers

                      Hard work is a necessity. For all of us. If you want to reach the top (whatever that may be for you), you’ve got to put in the work. The problem is that hard work alone will rarely make you rich. You can’t become rich by doing it all yourself. You have to use leverage to truly become rich and stay that way. Leverage works in many ways, from outsourcing to investing. The more leverage you can incorporate, the more time you will free up to work on the things that really matter in your business and your life.

                      Some differences between the middle class and the rich are vast, while others may seem simple and minor. The fact is that if you want to become rich, you have to think like the rich and do the things the rich do.

                      Featured photo credit: Dude Walkin/Alejandro Escamilla via unsplash.com

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                      The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                      The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                      Are you on track for retirement?

                      If not, don’t worry, I’m not sure either. I save each month and hope for the best.

                      Fortunately, I’m at an age where most people don’t save so I’m ahead of the curve.

                      But, what if you aren’t in your 20s? What if you’re near retirement and are looking to gauge where you stand?

                      If so, keep reading. Here’s how to prepare for retirement and save wisely during the process.

                      What Does the Average American Have Saved for Retirement?

                      Saving for retirement is tricky.

                      Tell someone straight out of college to save $10k a year for retirement and it’ll be next to impossible.

                      Make the same request to someone decades older and they’d be more likely to be able to save this amount. But, a 20-year old college student can be “financially ahead” of someone saving more than them. Why?

                      Age matters in your financial journey. The younger you are, the more time you have to save and put compound interest to work. As you get older and have more saving power, you’d have less time to put compound interest to work.

                      Here are the average savings Americans hold by age bracket:

                      20’s – $16,000

                      During this stage, most people are paying loans and moving up the corporate ladder. Your best bet during this stage is to focus on eliminating debt and increasing your income. Don’t focus only on getting a high-paying job neither.

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                      Instead, focus on learning via Podcasts, reading books, and taking specialized courses. Doing this will make you more valuable and give you more career options.

                      30’s – $45,000

                      At this stage, you’ve hopefully escaped your entry-level salary and work at a career you enjoy. Your earning power has increased but you now have more obligations. For example, marriage, kids, and a mortgage.

                      Set a plan to pay off all your debt and focus on eliminating unnecessary expenses. Leverage financial tools like Personal Capital to ensure you’re on track for retirement.

                      40’s – $63,000

                      This is the stage where you’re at the prime of your career. Top financial institutions recommend you have at least 2 to 4 times your salary saved up. If you’re falling behind, start maxing out your 401K and Roth IRA accounts.

                      50’s – $115,000

                      During your fifties, you’re close to retirement but still, have time to save. You may be helping your kids pay college tuition and other expenses. Since you’re at the peak of your earning power, max out all your retirement accounts.

                      60’s – $172,000

                      By this point, you should have about eight times your salary saved up. If not, you’ll depend primarily on social security benefits averaging $1400 per month. Max out all your retirement options as much as possible before retiring.

                      Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

                      The sad reality is that most Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement.

                      Even high-earning power isn’t enough to secure one’s financial future. You need to have the discipline to save for retirement while time is in your favor. Don’t wait for you to have a high salary to save, start with having a small budget.

                      First, get a clear picture of where you stand. Write down a list of “needs” and “wants.” For example, Netflix and Amazon Prime are “wants” and a “cell-phone” is a need.

                      Use tools like Personal Capital to analyze your spending patterns. Personal Capital allows you to add all your financial data in one place–making it a powerful option to gauge where you stand.

                      Once you know all your expenses, organize them from highest to lowest expense. When you can’t cut more expenses, call your service providers to negotiate a lower price. If you’re not good at negotiating, use services like Trimm to lower your monthly expenses.

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                      How to Save Money Each Month

                      By this point, you know the average amount of money you should have saved for retirement based on your age.

                      But, breaking this down into monthly goals can be challenging. Here are some rule of thumbs to follow:

                      Aim to contribute 10%–15% of your salary each paycheck. Review your progress each week.

                      Why so often? The reality is that life gets in our way and you will have many financial setbacks. Your goal isn’t to be perfect but to get back on track instead.

                      Reviewing your finances weekly lets you know where you stand with your retirement. This doesn’t have to be a long process either. All it takes is login in Personal Capital to view your net worth and check how much you have saved for retirement.

                      Turn saving into a game and aim to save more each month. It will get challenging but you’ll get creative and find more ways to save.

                      Top Money Saving Challenge Tips

                      To prepare for your financial future and not be another statistic you need to be different.

                      How?

                      By adopting new habits that’ll help you become a saving machine. Here are some ways you can save more:

                      Automatically Contribute Towards Retirement

                      If you’re working for a company, you can automatically contribute towards your 401k. If you’re not currently contributing more than 10%, make this your goal. Contribute 1% more today and automatically increase this amount a year from now.

                      Odds are that you’re not going to be negatively affected by contributing 1% more. Many times we spend our money on things we don’t need. Contributing more towards retirement is a great way to secure your financial future.

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                      Use the Right Tools to Know Where You Stand

                      Once you’re contributing more towards your retirement accounts, gauge your progress. Make use of finance tracking apps to help you view the big picture of your retirement.

                      When I’d first signed up for the app Personal Capital, I didn’t know I had a negative net worth. Despite saving thousands of dollars, my debt brought my net worth to the negative. Knowing this motivated me to save more and spend less.

                      Now, I have a positive net worth. But, it was because I was able to view the big picture using the app. Find out what your net worth is using a finance tracking app and you may surprise yourself.

                      Bring in Experts to View Your Blind Spots

                      If you have too little or too much money saved, you should consider hiring financial experts.

                      Why?

                      You may need someone to hold you accountable to help you reach your financial goals. Or, you may need help managing your money as effective as possible.

                      Regardless of the reason, getting help may help improve your financial situation.

                      Before you hire an expert, find out which areas you need help the most. For example, if you’re constantly overspending, find a debt counselor. If you’re struggling with choosing the best investment options, hire a financial advisor.

                      Speed up Your Retirement Contribution

                      After learning how to manage your money well, the next best thing is to earn a higher income.

                      You’re capped at how much you can save but not much you can earn. Even if your employer isn’t giving you a promotion, you can still take charge of your financial future. How?

                      By starting a side-business.

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                      This will be something you’d work on after you’ve finished your day job. Once you start earning income from your side-business, you’ll be financially better off.

                      The best part is the more work you put into your side-business,[1] the more potential it has to earn more money.

                      So start a side-business in an area you’re familiar with. For example, if you enjoy writing, do freelance writing for small e-commerce businesses.

                      Once you’re earning a higher income, you can contribute more towards your retirement. Don’t wait for the right opportunity to secure your financial future, create one.

                      Reach Financial Freedom with Confidence

                      What if you were able to retire tomorrow with no problem, all because you’d have enough money saved up and little to no debt left to pay off? How would you feel?

                      My guess is that you’d feel happy and relieved.

                      Most Americans are falling behind their retirement goals for many reasons. They’re not prepared, they carry bad money-habits and are thinking short-term.

                      For you to retire successfully, you need to work backward and adopt better habits. Contribute more towards your 401K and focus on growing your income.

                      If you do, you’ll save money and pay debt faster.

                      Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind your retirement goals. Take the first step today towards a brighter financial future. Isn’t retirement worth the hard work and sacrifice to be at peace?

                      Featured photo credit: Huy Phan via unsplash.com

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