Be Succesful & Create More Wealth: Habits Rich People Have That Poor People Do Not

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11 Habits You Can Incorporate Now To Be Successful and Create More Wealth

So what is it that wealthy people do that sets them apart? Are they destined to be rich? Is it just hard work? Is it luck? A case can probably be made for each of the aforementioned, but when it comes down to it, there are specific things – certain habits – that you can implement to increase your chances of success, and increase your chances of becoming wealthy.

Thomas Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, and on his website RichHabitsInstitute.com, has followed wealthy people—defined by those earning over $160,000 per year and having a net worth of at least $3.2 million, and conversely, those considered not well-off – having an annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less.

The following are Corley’s observations of the habits the rich have that the poor do not that allow them to be successful and create more wealth:

1. Rich people always keep their goals in sight.

Corley found that the wealthy agree with this sentiment 62% of the time, whereas the poor agree only 6% of the time. 67% of the wealthy put their goals in writing every day.

2. Rich people know what needs to be done today.

81% of the wealthy had a daily task list, whereas only 19% of the poor did. Corley found that 67% of the rich complete 70% or more of their daily tasks.

3. Rich people do not watch television.

67% of the wealthy watched one hour or less of television daily. 77% of poor people watched one hour or more. 6% of rich people watch reality television, whereas 78% of the poor do.

4. Rich people love reading.

86% of the wealthy love to read, and 88% of them read for self-improvement for 30 minutes each day. Only 2% of the poor had the same habit.

5. Rich people give more than expected at work.

81% of the wealthy, compared to 17% of the poor, said that they give more than expected at work. 86% of rich people spend over 50 hours per week working while only 43% of the poor did.

6. Rich people eat less junk food.

70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.

7. Rich people take care of their bodies.

76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.

8. Rich people are always learning.

63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.

9. Rich people build good relationships and cultivate their networks.

80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.

10. Rich people wake up early.

44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.

11. Rich people make good habits a habit.

84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.


Susan Sly is a best selling author, work life balance expert, speaker and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television and the CBN. Susan is the mother of five children and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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