What is the difference between a poor person, a rich person and a wealthy person?

The answer is what they focus on:

Poor people think in terms of time
Rich people think in terms of money
Wealthy people think in terms of energy

Let me explain each in detail:

Poor people think in terms of time. Their main currency is time.

They ask questions like ‘How much time will this take?’, ‘How much can I earn each hour?’ ‘How else could I be spending my time?’

As time is the most limited resource we have, to think in terms of time is the most limited way to think.

Rich people think in terms of money. This is one step up from poor people as whilst our time is fixed, money can grow.

Rich people ask questions like ‘How much will this cost?’ ‘How much will it earn me?’ ‘How can I turn this into a long-term return?’ ‘What is the ROI on this?’

Wealthy people think in terms of energy. This is one step up from poor people and rich people, as whilst our time is fixed and money is available (although often not immediately), everyone has a great amount of potential energy instantly available to them.

Wealthy people ask questions like ‘Is this something I can get excited about?’ ‘Is this where my passion lies?’ ‘Does this feel right?’ ‘Is this really in line with my overall vision?’

The first step to get from poor to rich is to start thinking in terms of money instead of time. However, being rich doesn’t necessarily mean being fulfilled and happy and it is essential then to start thinking in terms of energy, as opposed to money.

The minute you start thinking in terms of energy and truly devoting your full attention and focus to any goal, you will realise how quickly time flies and how easily money comes.


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