- Oprah Winfrey was raised poor.
- Ben Carson, renowned neuro-surgeon, former Presidential candidate and Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development federal agency, rose from poverty.
- Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, was poor.
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- They forge the Rich Habit of Reading to Learn. This gives them the knowledge that will help them become virtuosos in some field, industry or profession.
- The forge the Rich Habit of Deliberate Practice. They develop skills and then practice those skills every day until they become virtuosos in some field, industry or profession.
- The forge the Rich Habit of Building Rich Relationships. They surround themselves with other success-minded, upbeat visionaries, like themselves.
- They forge the Rich Habit of Saving Money. You can’t invest what you don’t have. They save money by living below their means and then, at some point, they invest that money wisely. This almost always requires that they take some calculated risk.
- They forge the Rich Habit of Formal Education. They go to college, grad school, obtain Ph.D.’s, etc. This usually requires that they incur Good Debt – debt that is an investment in themselves.
- The forge the Rich Habit of Dream-Setting. They pursue some dreams.
- They forge the Rich Habit of Finding a Success Mentor in life. Success mentors teach you what to do and what not to do. They guide you along the right path in life by showing you what to read, how to develop skills, and how to practice so that you can perfect those skills.
The path from poverty to wealth is never an easy one.
But the one thing all self-made millionaires have in common is a bridge — they build a bridge that takes them from the Today Me to the Tomorrow Me.
That bridge, however, is not built by bricks, mortar or steel.
It is built by habits.