Poor People Think Differently Than Rich People – Latest Research

Habits are stored by the brain in the Basal Ganglia. This is a golfball size mass of tissue smack in the center of the brain. Habits save the brain work. There is very little processing power involved with respect to habits. When a habit is formed and stored in this region, the rest of the brain stops fully participating in any decision making with respect to that habit.

Here’s the shocking thing: 40% of all of our daily activities are habits. This means that 40% of the time we are all on auto pilot. We are thinking and doing things without the rest of the brain even being aware of the activity. We don’t realize how significant habits are in our daily lives. Habits make us who we are.

Any mental thought, often repeated, becomes a habit. Habitual thoughts make you who you are. Poor people are poor and rich people are rich because of the way they habitually think. Their habitual thinking comes first and their habitual activities follow. If you habitually think in a certain way you will habitually act in a certain way. Greatness requires great thoughts. To become rich you have to learn how to think like a rich person. To avoid poverty you have to understand how not to think.

Let’s look at the latest research on how poor people think:

  • 87% of poor people think you must be intellectually gifted in order to become wealthy
  • 90% of poor people think fate determines your wealth or poverty in life
  • 13% of poor people think/thought they will/would be successful in life
  • 11% of the poor think creativity is critical to financial success
  • 80% of the poor think genetics are critical to success
  • 18% of the poor think they are the cause of their financial condition
  • 77% of the poor think lying is a prerequisite for accumulating wealth
  • 2% of the poor meditate daily
  • 90% of the poor think rich people are rich because their parents were rich and they inherited money
  • 22% of poor people think optimism is important to success
  • 5% of poor people think rich people are good, hardworking and honest
  • 52% of poor people believe wealth is accidental; a function of random luck

Now let’s look at how rich people think about the same things:

  • 10% of rich people think you must be intellectually gifted in order to become wealthy
  • 10% of rich people think fate determines your wealth or poverty in life
  • 43% of rich people think/thought they will/would be successful in life
  • 75% of the rich think creativity is critical to financial success
  • 6% of the rich think genetics are critical to success
  • 79% of the rich think they are the cause of their financial condition
  • 15% of the rich think lying is a prerequisite for accumulating wealth
  • 17% of the rich meditate daily
  • 5% of the rich think people are rich because their parents were rich and they inherited money
  • 54% of rich people think optimism is important to success
  • 78% of rich people think that rich people are good, hardworking and honest
  • 4% of rich people believe wealth is accidental; a function of random luck

If you want to become wealthy you need to stop thinking like a poor person and start thinking like a rich person.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
 
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