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15 Surprising Ways Rich People Think Differently

15 Surprising Ways Rich People Think Differently

Rich people don’t think like average people. That’s the world we live in.

Being able to maintain a massive wealth over a long period of time is not something easy if you don’t have the right mentality. How would you explain that a large number of lottery winners who go broke after a few years?

They don’t have the rich people mentality.

When you look at the way rich people think, you will notice some intriguing similarities.

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They think about themselves first.

Before giving large sums of money to charities, they make sure they help themselves first. They did not get rich and stay rich by helping everybody carelessly. When they do something, they know what’s in it for them. It’s not selfishness, it’s staying rich.

They are constantly thinking about the future.

The future is only the present waiting to happen. Wealthy people know that if they want to keep their lifestyle, they have to think about the long-term. Globalization, financial crisis, and world conflicts are opportunities or threats for the rich individual. Not seizing long-term opportunities and ignoring potential threats is a recipe for becoming average.

They are action-oriented.

They don’t just relax and wait for interest to come in. In an ever-changing world, rich people think about the future, but have the means to act now. Good investors know how to make a quick decision to seize a fleeting opportunity.

They are passionate.

Their passions can vary, but rich people have the money and the time to fulfill their passions. If they don’t like to do something, they can always find somebody else to do it for them and then spend more time hunting deers if that’s what they like.

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They prefer specific knowledge over formal education.

Since they are action-oriented, they prefer an education that serves a concrete goal. Education is important, but becoming excellent in a specific area is more important. Rich people become extremely rich by being excellent at doing something or at doing something nobody has dared to do. College drop-outs following their start-up dreams to become billionaires are a long-lasting cliché, but the truth is that developing specific expertise early on will give them an edge.

They are outrageously ambitious.

And they need to be. If they were not, they would settle with “richer than average.” Very rich people will never be satisfied with the amount of wealth they have. They have an internal compass that directs towards “more money,” which means bigger projects.

They are not afraid to invest.

Rich people have been presented with countless get-rich-quick scams, and they know what it takes to be where there are: effort, time, or money. Since they got to a point where the biggest leverage they have is money, and that’s what they have more of than the others, they know they will have to invest to earn. You win some, you lose some.

They know how to leverage other people’s money.

Even if they have a lot of money, they know how to use other people’s money to get what they want. Bank loans, strategic partnerships… a global vision will allow them to find other people’s money to make their investment worthwhile.

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They surround themselves with like-minded people.

Having the lifestyle of rich people is very peculiar… they don’t share the same interests as other people, and there are not many people with whom you can share your concerns about having to pay millions in income taxes. They will flock together in similar gatherings and enjoy being together anywhere in the world.

They choose the best employees.

They know that their success lies upon the people that work for them. Rich people know what they want, have very little time for administrative stuff, and rely enormously on their employees. Since there is a lot at stake, they will choose the best and pay accordingly.

They can size anybody up in an instant.

Rich people are always solicited by average people, who always come to ask them for something. After a while, it becomes easy for them to evaluate people. It’s a matter of practice!

They have a very accurate detector.

They will ask few questions, but they will learn a lot from you. Since they have a global vision, they will challenge your proposals with their experience or outside-the-box comparisons. They will see if you are faking expertise, even if they don’t know your field.

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They don’t care about what you think of them.

They don’t have anything to prove any more. They won’t feel the need to show off their money or to show some kind of status. They will be very subtle in showing that they belong to a higher social class.

They think of the world as a small place.

The super wealthy are not stuck in a specific country. They are buying the best places around the world and consider the world as being a small place. Being in three different countries in one day is not surprising for them, and they will get a feel of where the world’s pulse is.

They raise their children to be rich.

Their children will handle a huge fortune as well. It is quite a sad prospect to think that your children will dilapidate the money you or your parents made with hard work. They will try to teach them the value of money so that they learn to take nothing for granted.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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