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7 Things Rich And Happy People Do Differently

7 Things Rich And Happy People Do Differently

Rich and happy. Sounds like the perfect combination, right? That’s pretty much what everyone wants, but very few people seem to obtain. So what is it that rich and happy people do differently than others? Here are 7 things that might surprise you:

1. They value education.

We live in a society that rewards education, and one of the best place to look to for examples is in the White House. Every single one of our presidents (at least in modern times) has been highly educated. They didn’t get to be the leader of the free world without learning something along the way.

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2. They give to charity.

Warren Buffet is considered the most successful investor of the 20th century by many people. But the ironic thing is that he gave away almost 99% of his wealth, primarily via the Gates Foundation. Known for his frugal ways, he simultaneously knows how to make money and give it back for the highest good of the world.

3. They have productive, meaningful work.

Barbara Walters just retired, and she blazed a trail for all women journalists who followed her – Oprah Winfrey included. People like Barbara and Oprah entered journalism because they had a passion for the work. Not only did they want to investigate and tell stories, they also wanted to help people along the way. In fact, Oprah frequently says in interviews that she gets up every morning and says, “God, use me for good today.” Following that passion helped her grow wealthy as well as fulfilled.

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4. They know when to move on.

Speaking of Oprah, she “retired” after 25 years of a successful talk show. However, she obviously didn’t stop working altogether; she started her own network (OWN) and moved on to different and equally meaningful work. Super Soul Sunday, Life Class, and Master Class are just three examples of how her departure from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has benefited her audience in a way that was different than what she was doing before.

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

If you’ve seen the movie “Jobs” about Steve Jobs, you know that he didn’t care what anyone thought of him. He was a brilliant man who had incredible vision that he implemented through Apple. While some people may say that he wasn’t the most likable guy in the world (if you saw the movie, you know what I mean), he still did what he knew was best. And the result was not only great wealth, but a technological legacy that will last for all of time.

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6. They aren’t afraid to fail.

George Lucas was rejected by at least a hundred different film companies when he was trying to find one to make “Star Wars.” If he had viewed each rejection as a failure, then we wouldn’t have one of the biggest and most popular movies of all time. All famous and successful people like him don’t believe in “failure.” They simply see it as an opportunity to try it again.

7. They work hard.

One of the most talented and famous basketball players in recent history, Michael Jordan, didn’t get to the top by sitting on the sidelines. He was cut from his high school basketball team – but do you think that he decided to take some time off and relax for a while? No. He worked 100 times harder. That hard work and dedication certainly paid off.

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While achieving both money and happiness seems like an improbable goal, it really does happen sometimes. All of these cases of wealthy, positive people prove that successful individuals do what it takes to get there, and nothing will stop them.

 

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Carol Morgan

Dr. Carol Morgan is the owner of HerSideHisSide.com, a communication professor, dating & relationship coach, TV personality, speaker, and author.

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019

5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

Millionaires and billionaires read more than you think. In fact, the likes of Warren Buffet are said to read 1.000 pages a day. As the old saying goes “There’s no smoke without fire”; so, start off with these 5 incredible books!

1. The 48 Laws of Power

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    “If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

    On your journey to becoming a millionaire in your 20’s, there will be many people trying to manipulate you into doing what they want. This international bestseller by Robert Greene is the widely read by those in the entertainment industry because of its dog-eat-dog environment. This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to claim power and keep it. it’s a fun read that tells the story of some of the most powerful people in history.

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    An example of a law of power is: Always say less than necessary.

    • When trying to impress, the more you say the more common you look and less in control.
    • Be vague.
    • Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.

    2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

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      “Often we don’t realize that our attitude toward something has been influenced by the number of times we have been exposed to it in the past.”

      This book explains the core strategies people use to influence others using real world examples. Robert Cialdini’s book goes over human quirks like the need to be consistent, and how you can use that in your marketing strategy to make more money. “People’s ability to understand the factors that affect their behaviour is surprisingly poor,” Cialdini says, “which leads to people making poor decisions without realising why.”

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      Cialdini includes real world examples of why people join cults, buy certain jewellery, or give to charity.

      3. Blue Ocean Strategy

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        “Value innovation is the cornerstone of blue ocean strategy. We call it value innovation because instead of focusing on beating the competition, you focus on making the competition irrelevant by creating a leap in value for buyers and your company, thereby opening up new and uncontested market space. Value innovation places equal emphasis on value.”

        This book argues that leading companies don’t succeed by battling competitors in “Red Oceans”, but by creating “Blue Oceans” where they have uncontested market space to grow. It goes over case studies like “Cirque Du Soleil” who created a blue ocean by creating a circus platform that didn’t include animals or more than one act on at once but instead, decided to focus on talented performers and music who created a mystical storyline.

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        4. The Fountainhead

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          “A man’s spirit is himself. That entity which is his consciousness. To think, to feel, to judge, to act are functions of the ego.”

          The Fountainhead takes place in the United States, mostly in New York City, during the 1920s and 1930s. Billionaire Mark Cuban named his yacht “Fountainhead” after this book. This classic novel is about the struggles of an innovative architect named Howard Roark and his effort to achieve success on his own terms. Many entrepreneurs are inspired by this book because it depicts how you should be uncompromising when it comes to your vision and your goals. If you follow this way of life, you develop the ability to change the world and creating something unique.

          5. The Compound Effect

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            “Do you know how the casinos make so much money in Vegas? Because they track every table, every winner, every hour. Why do Olympic trainers get paid top dollar? Because they track every workout, every calorie, and every micronutrient for their athletes. All winners are trackers.”

            This book is by Darren Hardy the CEO of Success Magazine, he goes over how it’s the small, seemingly insignificant choices that compound to create success or failure over time. No one has a plan to be broke and fat but that’s what happens when you don’t have a plan and go along the path of least resistance. Hardy argues that you cannot improve something until you measure it and to always take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happens to you.

            So, those are five books you must read if you want to give it a try to become a millionaire in your 20’s. What are the best books you have ever read? Leave a comment and share these life-changing books with your friends to help them become successful like you.

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