So do you have rich person habits or poor person habits? Hi, this is Bernie Heine. Today I want to talk to you about an interesting study about habits of rich people, and how those differ from habits of poor people.
Thomas Corley did a lengthy study of hundreds of very wealthy people and hundreds of very poor people and found out that there is a very big difference in the habits of each group. Before I talk about habits, I want to mention a concept called “be-do-have.” So a lot of people will say “geez, if I only had a million dollars, then I could do the things millionaires do and I can finally be the person I really want to be.”
Well in actual fact, the equation works the other way around. Being who you want to be is a decision, it’s not the outcome of your life. I can decide today that I’m a successful person. I decide today that I’m a good father. I can decide today that I’m a good husband. These are decisions I take about how I lead my life. And if I say I’m a successful person, then I just need to look around and say “well, what do other successful people do?” and do the things that they do. Then I will have the benefits that those people also have.
So it’s “be, do, have.” Be the person you want to be, do the things that those types of people do, and you’ll have their success. So in the book “Rich Habits,” he identified what some of those “do’s” are. People often ask me “what should I do if I want to get ahead in life? “What can I do to be more successful?”
16 Habits of Successful People
So let me tell you what the list is:
Number One: live within your means.
Number Two: don’t gamble
Number three: read every day. Stuff that adds to your knowledge.
Number four: limited TV and Internet time.
Number five: control your emotions, especially fear.
Number six: network and volunteer regularly.
Number seven: be a star at work and business. Give that extra that it takes.
Number eight: set goals, not wishes.
Number nine: avoid procrastination. Be proactive.
Number 10: talk less and listen more.
Number 11: avoid toxic people.
Number 12: don’t give up. Focus, persistence, and patience pay off big time.
Number 13: believe set aside those self-limiting beliefs.
Number 14: get a mentor or coach.
Number 15: eliminate bad luck from your inner dialogue.
Number 16: know and seek out your main purpose.
What You Can Do Today
>So I encourage you to get started on this right away.Take a look at that list of 16 items. Pick a few of those that really resonate with you and put in a plan to implement them. Set yourself some goals and whatever you do, tell people about those goals. Involve your community in helping you get there. Who are the people near and dear to you? Close to you that you can tell “geez I’m really working on this fear thing. I think I’m too fearful” or “I really do talk too much and I need to listen more. Tell me when I’m talking too much.” So involve other people. Get a mentor, get a coach, or use your infrastructure to help you and begin letting these 16 habits and you’ll be amazed at the impact this will have on your life.
About Bernhard Heine
Bernhard Heine is a business and executive coach at Professional Business Coaches, Inc. (PBC, Inc.), a company he founded to help business owners and leaders create and achieve their vision. Bernhard has more than 25 years of experience working collaboratively with business partners in all phases of business management, restructuring and transformation, particularly in: strategic planning, marketing and sales, organizational design, engineering consulting, project management, coaching and facilitation.
Bernhard holds a BS in marine engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy in NY. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a licensed business coach with Professional Business Coaches Alliance (PBCA), and an Authorized Client Builder Sales Trainer.
He was Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development at Textron Inc., strategy leader at Coca-Cola in Germany, and management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Early in his career, he worked globally as a marine engineer.
Bernhard has also achieved the “Master Coach” designation from the PBCA in Sales, Coaching, Leadership, Marketing, Personal Effectiveness, and Exit Planning.
“I help my clients become more self-aware of why their issues continue to occur and why their prior efforts have not led to success. Through regular sessions, holding them accountable for their actions, they make gradual improvements and over time achieve the success they are looking for.” – Bernhard Heine
Certifications: Professional Business Master Coach, Legal Practice Coach, Extended DISC Trainer, Everything DiSC Trainer, Client Builder Sales Trainer, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Trainer.