While the tips about reading a lot and working less in the office may sound pretty good, it’s not enough to follow them to become a person who is well-off financially. It’s important to have a certain mindset and this way of thinking that can be developed thanks to certain habits. Millionaires have a similar attitude toward many things and it’s not without reason. The same goes for people who can barely make ends meet.
1. They keep their mouth shut.
Wealthy people do many things differently. They don’t talk too much about their money and they don’t try to show the whole world how rich they are.
- The wealthiest people I know either dress exceptionally cheap or wear things that are expensive, but you wouldn’t know it just from looking at them. On the contrary, those who are trying to make an impression and demonstrate how rich they are love showing off their designer clothes. © Bran_Solo / reddit
- Wealthy people often understate all that they do and keep “quiet” about their financial status. Their clothes are good quality and tasteful, but nothing draws undue attention to itself. Whereas flashy types who are literally covered in brands, crave your attention and want you to think they are rich. © Back2Bach / reddit
Obnoxious and ridiculous excessiveness reveals the truth about people who went from poor to rich very quickly or who just want to feel like they belong to the group of more well-off people.
2. They take care of their health.
- Rich people often use the services of concierge medicine. They pay a high annual fee to have whatever care they need available whenever they want it, without having to struggle to be seen by a doctor. © LarsAlereon / reddit
- All well-off people I know focus on preventative healthcare, more than on actual treatment when a disease strikes. Of course, they have access to high-quality early diagnostic methods, but each one of us has access to regular medical check-ups that can save our lives. © Anthon Lund / quora
You don’t have to be wealthy to be healthy. Fresh air and a healthy diet with a combination of a good night’s sleep and the absence of harmful habits don’t cost anything except for the effort you have to put in to maintain them.
3. They know how to share.
If money itself turns into the final goal, a person loses their connection with reality. That’s why well-off people spend money on charity and establish charitable organizations that have an opportunity to quickly help people in need.
- Really wealthy people understand that great wealth comes with great responsibility. And those who don’t understand this idea aren’t happy with their lives. They just live in golden cages, instead of iron ones. While people who belong to the middle-class may enjoy the illusion that money can buy you happiness, for very wealthy people, this illusion is already gone. So the most important thing to them may be to figure out how to give their money meaning and value, rather than using their status to attach meaning to their lives. © David Frank Gomes / quora
- My brother-in-law is a gazillionaire who has his own business. But he wears baggy pants and a polyester down jacket. Once, my brother asked to borrow some money and he just gave him a pile of money without a second thought and said that it was a gift, not a loan. He’s always just been very modest. Apart from buying a nice house and sending his 3 kids to good schools, he has just been just saving and investing his money. © catsasss / reddit
4. They find time to express gratitude.
And it’s not about just being polite, which is an essential quality if you want to feel comfortable among well-off people. An ability to be grateful and express this gratitude have a strong power over people.
- All wealthy people I know say thank you to their banker, their gardener, their attorney, their garbage man, their pool boy, and the chairman of their board, because they are aware of the vital contribution each one of them makes to their success. They appreciate everyone’s work and they don’t take people for granted. They make others feel happy to be a part of their team. As a result, they get significant amounts of cooperation and 110% effort from those they work with. This gives them enormous success. © Steve Kobrin / quora
Robert Townsend, the former president of Avis and one of the 20th Century Fox executives, mentioned: “Saying ‘thank you’ is a strongly underappreciated way of compensation for doing your job.” Simple words of gratitude help build an emotional connection with people and may even inspire others.