Why do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?
The Power of Momentum
Many studies have been done over the last 10 years on this subject and they come up with the conclusion that the reason why the rich get richer is because of the power of momentum.
They said that success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. To live in an extraordinary life you must have an extraordinary psychology. Anthony Robbins once said that “Extraordinary psychology means you have to live in an extraordinary state, conditioning your nervous system, physiology, and focus to be at their best.”
How to condition your psychology for success?
Your state of psychology will determine most of the decisions you make in your life, and it will also give the meaning to all the events that happen in your life. Brian Tracy once said that it doesn’t matter what happens to us, what happen also happen to everybody, it’s how you response to what happen that determine the result. Frankly speaking, Most of the times things happen are because of our fault. For example, you are late to work due to the traffic jam. Is it really? Should you go to work earlier? Your co-worker messed up the project and you cannot complete the project before deadline, but should you check up his progress and give him a hand or talk to your boss before thing goes off-track? I guess you know what I’m talking about here.
However, sometimes things happen out of our control. The loss of the loved ones, the weather that changes drastically, etc… These are things that we cannot control. Yet we can control one thing- the meaning we give it. We cannot solve the season but we can change what the season means to us. What does ‘winter’ in the economy or in your life mean to you? Responsibility means the ability to response, and it’s our responsibility to response to stuff that happen to us, the ability to give it the meaning that can encourage you, the meaning that can turn frustration into motivation to move you forward to where you want to go instead of staying where you don’t want to be. Remember meaning is what shapes our life.
So why do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? It’s the power of momentum! In one of his seminars, Tony Robbins introduced ‘The success cycle’ that explains the reason:
There we go:
Here is how it works:
Did you know that we don’t see the world the way it is, we see the world the way we are? In fact, we observe the outside world through the belief ‘filter’ in front of our eyes, or you can call it our belief system. The bible says ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’. Why? Because when you believe in something, you will always find a way to support it.
We all know that every human being has unlimited potential to achieve the goals that we set out for us. So what stop us from achieving our goals? It’s our limiting belief. And all of us have limiting belief.
Now let’s look at the bottom left of the success cycle, the belief/attitude. When you have a limiting belief, let’s say you are not sure if you can do something or not, how much of your potential would you be using? That’s right, not much. You just tap a little of your unlimited potential. And how much action would you be taking? Of course, it’s just a little action. When you spend a little of your potential and take a little action, what kind of result will you get? The answer is a little lousy result. And what does that do to your belief? You have less belief on your ability that you’re capable of doing it! You start losing your self-confidence. You tap a little less of your potential because you are uncertain if it’s gonna work or not, and therefore the cycle keeps on going over and over again. Each item keeps feeding each other on the clockwise direction and you will get a worse result. This is why the poor get poorer because their belief gets weaker.
To make this success cycle work for you, first you must change your limiting belief. The bigger your belief, the more certain you are, therefore the more potential you would tap in and the massive action you’re going to take and eventually the better result you will get. When you start to get a better result, it will reinforce your belief system and the voice inside you will say ‘Yes, you can!’ Successful people understand this cycle therefore they gain the successful momentum and become even more successful. This is why the rich get richer. The word rich here not only means the financial term but also in emotional term. Happy people tend to get happier and depressed people tend to be more depressed. Energetic people tend to have more energy and tiring people tend to be more tired.
If you can make the success cycle work for you, you will create your own economy and your economy doesn’t have to reflect the economy.
Study the mechanics of success
The mechanics of getting rich is the strategy of what you have to do with your money in order to get rich.
Robert Kiyosaki and his book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ mention how the rich, middle class and the poor spend their money differently which will lead to the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class tend to struggle in financial.
Let’s examine these financial terms by Robert Kiyosaki:
- Cash flow: the money you earn (e.g.: your income from work or investment)
- Expense: the money you spend (e.g.: Food, daily basis, bills, etc…)
- Asset: something that pays you
- Liability: something that costs you
Asset and liability sometimes can be very confusing. For example: If you have a car and you use it for going to work every day, the car is a liability. But if you rent the car and earn some money from it, it then becomes your asset.
So how do people spend their money?
We all agree that all people spend a certain percentage of what they earn on basic expenses such as food, clothes and accommodation. However, the poor spend the majority of what they earn on expenses. They buy a lot of stuffs that they don’t really need or use. They buy clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, etc…, paying for bills or spend their money on going out, drinking or on entertainment purposes. They pay for everything but they forgot one very important thing: ‘Pay Yourself First’!
The middle class spend their money on liabilities but they think it’s asset! They buy expensive toys such as cars, boats or houses and they struggle paying for the mortgage and monthly car payments. On the surface, they might look very rich outside but they are still stuck in the middle class.
In the order hand, the rich pay themselves first! Rich people spend most of their money on buying assets and invest their money wisely. Their assets keep producing more income for them and they keep on investing that income from assets on buying more assets.
Here is one important point, if you want to be wealthy, you must study wealth. It’s just like if you want to be healthy, you must study health, nutrition and exercise. It’s common sense right? The rich also spend a certain amount of their money on their personal development to invest in themselves. Jim Rohn once said the amount of money you have will not exceed your level of personal development. The average American reads less than one book per year and more than half of the population do not read a non-fiction book after graduating high school. Brian Tracy said that unsuccessful people don’t invest in themselves because they think they are not worth to invest, in the end it turns out to be true.
In conclusion, to have a breakthrough in your life, you must change your psychology, your belief so that it can support you. You must invest in yourself, make yourself become more valuable. Jim Rohn said that for things to change, you have to change! Change doesn’t start out there, change starts from within. If you will change, everything will change for you.
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