Your Relationships Are Keeping You Poor According to Recent Study

We are only as successful as the people we spend the most time with. 86% of wealthy people associate with other wealthy people. 96% of poor people associate with other poor people. If you want to end your personal poverty you need to change who you associate with. You need to evaluate each of your relationships and determine if they are a Rich Relationship or a Poverty Relationship.

Poverty Relationships

Poverty Relationships share the following characteristics:

  • They struggle financially
  • They have more Poverty Habits than Rich Habits (
  • They are negative, down and pesimistic
  • They are constantly putting out fires
  • Their life is in perpetual turmoil and they are unhappy
  • They are always fighting with one of their friends, someone in their family, or at work
  • They gossip
  • They are dream killers
  • They lack enthusiasm
  • They are depressed or sad a lot
  • They have a “poor, poor me” attitude
  • They blame others and do not take responsibility

Rich Relationships

Rich Relationships share the following characteristics:

  • They are financially successful
  • They have more Rich Habits than Poverty Habits
  • They are positive, upbeat and optimistic
  • Their life is calm and they are happy
  • They get along with everyone in life
  • They never gossip about others
  • They lift you up and motivate you to pursue your goals and dreams
  • They are very enthusiastic
  • They take responsibility for their lives and never blame others

We all have Rich Relationships and Poverty Relationships. But how many you have of each will determine how successful you will be in life. Visualize a seesaw. How many Poverty Relationships and Rich Relationships does your Relationship Seesaw have? In order to get your Relationship Seesaw tipping in the right direction, 51% of your relationships need to be “Rich” ones.

Adjusting Your Relationship Seesaw

In order to get your Relationship Seesaw to tip in the right direction there are a number of steps you need to take:

Step #1 List your relationships – Take out a pad and pencil and list every one of your relationships in the first column.

Step #2 Determine if Influence Relationship – In the next column identify how much time you spend with each relationship. Those you spend more than an hour a week with are considered Influence Relationships. Influence Relationships have either a positive or negative influence on you and your life.

Step #3 Score your relationships – In the third column put a “+” next to each name if they are a Rich Relationship or a “-” next to each name if they are a Poverty Relationship.

Step #4 Tip your seesaw – Once you have identified all the “+’s” and “-‘s”, the next step is to limit the time you spend with your Poverty Relationships to less than one hour a week and increase the time you spend with your Rich Relationships to more than an hour a week.

Step #5 Seek out Rich Relationships – Make a list of individuals you may know, who are not on your list, but who you believe may fall into the Rich Relationship category. Seek to spend an hour or more a week with them.

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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, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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