Well, this explains a lot:
1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.
(Keep reading here: http://www.efficientlifeskills.com/20-shocking-differnces-in-daily-habits-of-the-rich-vs-poor/#sthash.WdSdVeqa.dpuf)
Interestingly, many of these habits could also be applied to the “prepared” and “unprepared.” Learning valuable live skills, avoiding eating junk, staying in shape, planning ahead, reading and researching important topics like homesteading, the economy, etc. – these are what set you apart from the crowd. (And, of course, regularly visiting ThePrepperProject.com makes you more awesome than most.)
The prepared individual doesn’t make excuses. His failures are his teachers. His goals are attacked a piece at a time. He runs his finances, rather than being run by them. If there’s something that needs to be done, he does it.
I once had a friend visit me and show off his brand-new car. He’d just come off a bad stretch of unemployment and gotten a new job at a car lot. During the first week, he traded in his older car for a new one.
“It has lower payments, and it’s five years newer!” he boasted.
I responded “But wasn’t your old car almost paid off?”
“Sure,” he said, “But it was getting older. And I’m paying less per month!”
“Yet,” I said, “you now owe more. I’m guessing about $15,000 more.”
“Right, but it’s less per month!”
I shook my head. “See my house?” I pointed at the small, 1950s brick home I’d bought a few years previously. “It’s on a 15-year mortgage and I’ve been paying it down rapidly. In a few more years, I’ll be mortgage free.” I then waved at my six-year-old car. “And that car is paid-off. And we’re not buying another one until it’s totally dead. I’m going to be totally debt-free in a few years.”
He shook his head sadly. “Well, I just hope that one day God will bless me enough so I can be debt-free too.”
There’s no reasoning with someone that determined to run their finances in a “monthly payment” way rather than a big picture way. The irony was that I had worked at the same media agency with this fellow and he’d been a top salesman when I was a lowly audio editor. He was single and basically made twice the money I did, whereas I had a stay-at-home wife and kids I was supporting.
Now I’m debt-free. And though I haven’t talked to that fellow in years, I’m sure he isn’t.
Prepping is an entire lifestyle. Don’t blame your boss, the economy, your wife, your upbringing or anything else for your lack of success. Start from where you can and fight, dang it. Fight! Dig a garden, kill your satellite TV and buy silver instead, quit eating out and use the money for a good gun, blah blah blah.
You know what to do. Do it!