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Spending Rich Vs. Spending Poor

Mar 16, 2008
The most effective and lasting wealth creation programs teach people much more than where to invest money. Effective wealth creation programs teach people how to develop the mindset and attitude of the wealthy and successful; they teach the difference in mindset between what the rich and the working, struggling middle class and poor do. Learning to develop the right wealth creation mindset is the difference between learning to make some extra money and learning to build an independent stream of wealth that will last lifelong.

To teach the mindset of the wealthy (what is sometimes called the 'millionaire mindset'), wealth creation programs will often teach people that they need to attract wealth by living wealthy (the premise being that continuing on in a lifestyle revolving around financial stress and struggle only attracts more of the same). But this is an area where those working towards creating wealth need to take care and realize that living the life of the wealthy is not a free reign to spend thriftily and unwisely.

Spending Rich

The wealthy do not spend without regard. This is a common misconception because the wealthy spend freely, but the reason they spend freely is that they have the means to do so. Credit decisions are balanced and backed by streams of income and stores of cash. The wealthy get what they want and need because they can afford to get it.

The wealthy focus on adding quality to their lives; they make purchases that add quality to their lives and in so doing they pile quality on top of quality.

But the real difference between the wealthy and the struggling classes is that the wealthy live within their means and the middle class lives above their means (via easy credit). Very simply, their means are more substantial, and so they can afford to spend accordingly.

This is the greatest contrast between the working and the wealthy classes. It is part of the attitude towards money and wealth that separates the wealthy and the poor. The working classes think that things are wealth, while the wealthy understand that wealth, money, is what really achieves and supplies all that they hope to have.

Developing The Millionaire Mindset

This is but one example of how the mindset of the millionaire is misunderstood and misconstrued. The key point to take away, though, is that wealth is more mindset than mastery of financial strategy. This in turn means that there is more than room to hope for the struggling who wish to become wealthy.

The millionaire mindset is something that any person can achieve. By and large, the working poor do not understand the millionaire mindset simply because they have never been exposed to it. Assumptions are made based on surface observations (like the spending example) without regard to the underlying support mechanisms that make such things a possibility for the rich.

Mindset development is an important part of wealth creation. The right financial mindset is at least 80% responsible for success in wealth creation. The millionaire mindset is what the wealthy have, and it is what any other person who wishes to become more financially stable in life must obtain, too.
About the Author
Sean Rasmussen is a stock market and property investor. He covers topics about lifestyle and success. His other website deals with topics of financial freedom and wealth creation strategies.
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