15 ways rich people think differently

The rich think differently to the average person according to Steve Siebold, the author of How Rich People Think.

If you’ve been reading my blogs you’ll know I’ve often said successful property investors think differently to the average investor.

Anyway… in an article in Business Insider Sieblod recently explained the differences between how rich and average people think are numerous and extreme.

Here are 15 of his top insights:

1. Rich people think selfishness is a virtue


Average people feel they need to save the world and put others before themselves which is keeping them poor.

Rich people take the attitude that if they don’t help themselves first they can’t help anyone else.

2. Rich people have an action mentality

You wouldn’t see a rich person lining up to play the lottery (even before they were rich).

Average people are always waiting on someone else to help them get rich – the Lotto, Government, friend or spouse – but it only keeps them poor.

Rich people take action and spend time solving problems.

3. Rich people favour specific knowledge over formal education

Average people believe the road to riches is through doing masters and doctorates.

Rich people are generally rich because they have made money selling a specific knowledge they have acquired.

4. Rich people dream of the future

Rich people spend a lot of time looking into the future, setting goals and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Average people dwell on the past which often holds them back by making them unhappy or depressed.

5. Rich people think about money logically

Average and well-educated people can fall into the trap of thinking about money emotionally and just wanting to retire comfortably.

Rich people maintain a logical relationship with money viewing it as a tool that represents options and opportunities.

6. Rich people follow their passion

Oprah Winfrey said it – you’ve got to follow your passion and do what you love.

Rich people find a way of getting paid for doing something they love.

Average people earn money doing things they don’t love.

7. Rich people aim high

Average people set low expectations to avoid disappointment whereas rich people set huge expectations and follow their dreams.

8. Rich people believe you have to “be” someonemoney coin wealthy rich

Average people on the other hand believe you have to “do” something to be rich and focus on immediate results.

Rich people continuously focus on bettering themselves and learn from success and failures.

9. Rich people use other people’s money

Average people believe they need their own money to make money whereas rich people have no problem using other people’s.

10. Rich people live below their means

It seems contradictory to the above statement but rich people adopt the attitude of getting rich so you can afford to live below your means.

Average people live beyond their means.

11. Rich people teach their children how to be rich

Average people teach their children how to survive whereas rich people teach their children from an early age about the world of haves and have nots.

12. Rich people don’t let money stress them out

Average people do.

Rich people find peace of mind in wealth and are not afraid to admit that money can solve most problems – allowing them to make more money.

Average people see money as a continuous battle and necessary evil they have to endure.

13. Rich people would rather be educated than entertained

Average people are the opposite.learn

They read novels, tabloids and entertainment rather than continuously educating themselves after school.

14. Rich people surround themselves with like-minded people

Average people think rich people are snobs and have a negative attitude towards the super rich.

Rich people steer clear of the doom and gloom attitudes and people – adding fuel to the fire of the “snob” label.

15. Rich people focus on earning

Average people focus on saving and miss big opportunities by trying to live frugally.

Rich people constantly focus on the big picture – and how to earn the big bucks.


In fact the difference between how the rich and the average Australian think and behave is the basis of the 15-month Mentorship Program  that I’ve been conducting for the last 8 years.

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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit Metropole.com.au

'15 ways rich people think differently' have 3 comments

  1. November 21, 2012 @ 9:18 am Karim Ghobrial

    Thank you Michael for this article.


  2. August 24, 2015 @ 5:43 pm Hare Krishna

    Picked up 4 investment properties in June 15 and 2 in aug 15. From a portfolio of 3 to 9 in just month’s. I be believe would be new record my an amateur. Banks stopped financing but still buying as goal is to reach to atleast 40 by 2018. Agree with the quotes in totality. Took 5 years to reach here but now no stopping. Ready to chat Michael any time.


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