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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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Published on October 8, 2018

13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

1. Choose a major category each month to attack

As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

2. Only make major purchases in the morning

If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

4. Read one-star reviews for products

Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

9. Budget using cash and envelopes

As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

10. Join a like-minded group

Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

11. Reward Yourself

When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

12. Take the Buddhist approach

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

Conclusion

Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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