Rich vs Poor

This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s about the habits of the rich and the habits of the poor.

Tom Corley has identified many differences between the habits of the rich and the habits of the poor, and here are 17 of my favorite ones…

(1) 80% of the rich are focused on accomplishing some single goal.
Only 12% of the poor are focused on accomplishing some single goal.

(2) 76% of the rich exercise aerobically 4 days a week.
Only 23% of the poor exercise aerobically 4 days a week.

(3) 63% of the rich listen to audio books during their commute to work.
Only 5% of the poor listen to audio books during their commute to work.

(4) 81% of the rich maintain a to-do list.
Only 19% of the poor maintain a to-do list..

(5) 80% of the rich make Happy Birthday calls.
Only 11% of the poor make Happy Birthday calls.

(6) 67% of the rich write down their goals.
Only 17% of the poor write down their goals.

(7) Only 6% of the rich say what’s on their mind.
69% of the poor say what’s on their mind.

(8) Only 33% of the rich watch one hour or more of TV every day.
87% of the poor watch one hour or more of TV every day.

(9) Only 6% of the rich watch reality TV.
78% of the poor watch reality TV.

(10) 44% of the rich wake up three hours before work starts.
Only 3% of the poor wake up three hours before work starts.

(11) Only 30% of the rich eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.
97% of the poor eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.

(12) 84% of the rich believe good habits create opportunity “luck.”
Only 4% of the poor believe good habits create opportunity “luck.”

(13) 76% of the rich believe bad habits create detrimental “luck.”
Only 9% of the poor believe bad habits create detrimental “luck.”

(14) 86% of the rich believe in lifelong educational self-improvement.
Only 5% of the poor believe in lifelong educational self-improvement.

(15) 86% of the rich love to read.
Only 26% of the poor love to read.

(16) 74% of the rich (while only 1% of the poor)
teach good daily success habits to their children.

(17) 88% of the rich (while only 2% of the poor)
read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons.


King Solomon said that the rich rules over the poor and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

Adopt the habits of the rich, learn how to make wise financial choices, and use all of your resources in a way that brings glory to God.

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