Poor People Don’t Floss Their Teeth …….. and 20 Other Poverty Habits

In my five-year study of the daily habits of the wealthy and the poor I tracked over 200 activities that separate these two groups. Here is a sampling of some of the differences in their daily activities:

  1. If you’re Poor you probably lease a car. 45% of the poor leased a car vs. 6% for the rich. If you think it’s because monthly lease payments are lower than monthly loan payments, think again.
  2. 13% of the rich drive a luxury car vs. 9% of the poor. The big difference here is that the rich own their luxury cars while the poor lease their luxury cars.
  3. The rich carefully monitor their credit. They know if they have good credit and they know what their credit score is. 72% of the wealthy knew their credit score vs. 5% of the poor.
  4. Rich parents raise above average students. 29% of wealthy households had one or more children who made the honor role vs. 4% for the poor.
  5. The rich were better students than the poor. 62% of the wealthy were either A or B students vs. 26% of the poor. 34% of the poor were below average students vs. 7% of the rich.
  6. Poor people like to play the lottery. 77% of the poor admitted to playing the lottery regularly vs. 6% of the rich. But it’s not just the lottery they gamble their money on…..
  7. 52% of the poor admitted that they gamble on sports at least once a week vs. 16% of the wealthy.
  8. It seems the poor cannot control their emotions. 43% of the poor admitted to losing their temper at least once in the past month vs. 19% of the wealthy.
  9. Parents of the rich were better mentors. 75% of the rich learned good daily success habits from their parents. 94% of the poor admitted that their parents were poor mentors.
  10. The rich do a better job keeping the pounds off. 21% of the wealthy admitted to being overweight by 30 pounds or more. vs.66% of the poor. But there’s more to this story…
  11. 69% of the poor visit fast food restaurants 3 times or more each week. 75% of the wealthy stay away from fast food restaurants. Still more….
  12. 57% of the rich counted calories every day vs. 5% of the poor. Wait, not done yet…
  13. 69% of the poor eat candy more than once a week vs. 28% of the rich. It gets worse….
  14. 70% of the rich ate less than 300 junk food calories each day. 97% of the poor ate more than 300 junk food calories.  Got one more on health…
  15. 76% of the rich exercise aerobically every day vs. 23% for the poor.
  16. How do the rich and the poor think when it comes to wealth and poverty? 79% of the poor believe wealth is the result of random good luck. 92% of the rich disagree.
  17. 90% of the poor believe in fate vs. 10% for the wealthy.
  18. 79% of the rich believe they are the cause of their financial condition. 82% of the poor believe they are not responsible for their poverty. It’s someone else’s fault.
  19. The poor love T.V and reality shows. 77% of the poor admitted to watching more than one hour of T.V. each day  and their preference? Reality T.V. wins hands down. 78% of the poor watch reality T.V. shows. The rich, on the other hand are not big on T.V. 67% watch less than an hour each day and it’s not reality T.V. that they tune in to. Only 6% watch reality T.V.
  20. Last but not least…. 62% of the rich floss regularly vs. 16% for the poor.

There you have it. It’s not pretty. We only scratched the surface. The rich are rich because they have more Rich Habits than Poverty Habits and the poor are poor because they have more Poverty Habits than they have Rich Habits. If you want to rise from poverty or the middle-class you’ve got to change your daily habits.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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