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10 Habits of the Rich You Need to Start…NOW!

10 Habits of the Rich You Need to Start NowDo you want to be rich? Duh…Don’t we all? If you had the choice between earning $25,000 a year or $150,000, which would you choose? I think all of us would choose the later, hands down every time. The real question is, how do we get there? How do we become rich?

The answer is quite simple actually. I mean think about it. If you wanted to be an amazing athlete…let’s say, a basketball player. What would you do? Play basketball once a month and hope for the best?….No (this is, by the way, is how people in our culture try to attain wealth – by doing nothing and assuming they’ll get everything they don’t really deserve). Instead, you’d probably learn everything you could about the greatest basketball players of our time from every resource possible. And then do exactly what they did to get to where they are, and maybe even bump it up a notch just to be safe.

So if you want to be wealthy, what should you do? The answer is elementary – study the rich and do exactly what they did!

10 Habits of the Rich You Need to Start…NOW!

What is it that wealthy people do? What actions do they form into everyday habits? Follow these habits, make them your own, and you will certainly increase your chances of becoming wealthy.

1) Wake Up Early

Why is it that almost every successful person you talk to is a morning person? They read, meditate, and exercise, all before the rest of us even consider peeling back our warm covers in the morning.

Waking up early gives them control. With no one around, they do what they want, and what they want is to be successful. In those early morning hours they tackle anything that might just make a difference in life. Night owls, on the other hand, typically watch TV…which leads us to our next point.

2) They Don’t Watch TV, They Read

According to Business Insider, rich people have one common thing by the side of their bed. It’s not an iPhone, an iPad, or a TV….

It’s books. They read a crazy number of books.

And not fictional books for their entertainment. They read for knowledge and growth. On average, the rich read some form of non-fiction every single day.

One of the best habits of the rich that you should start immediately? Read – a ton. Read to help your career, your side business, your relationships, your wealth building. If you can’t resist the TV, sell it. It’s just making you broke anyway.

Habits of the rich that you need to start now3) They Set Goals and Visualize

I once asked my broke friend, “What are your plans for the next five years?” To which he responded, “We kind of just go where the wind blows us.” He thought his whimsical answer would impress me. Instead, I think my jaw dropped to the floor and my eyes bugged out of their sockets in shock.

He had no goals – no vision for the future. It was the first time I realized that I would be wealthy, and he would be broke for life.

Broke people spend more time their planning vacations than they do planning their own lives. Rich people have a plan for the future….and the future’s future (ie. they plan decades in advance). Want to emulate the habits of the rich? Start by understanding what you want out of this life, then set up some goals that will get you there.

4) They Prioritize Each Day

Once the rich establish their goals and set a date to them, they gain an understanding of what they’ll need to do each day to get themselves there. Rich people write out small goals for themselves each and every day. They get things done, cross items off the list, and go to bed happy knowing that they’re that much closer to victory.

5) They Manage Their Money

Everyone thinks that rich people have money because it was given to them. And then they simply earn more money with the money they already had.

Not true.

80% of today’s millionaires are self-made and never inherited a cent of it.

So how did they earn their millions? Ummm, let see…they worked – either in their own business or as an employee – and saved a crap-ton of it for investing. After investing for 40+ years, they *magically* became millionaires.

6) They Network

Broke people tend to back themselves into a dark corner with the theory of, “If hardly anyone knows who I am, then I won’t get fired.” The rich have an entirely different mentality. Since they know that they’re already killing it at the workplace, there’s no fear of getting let go. Instead of hiding in the dark, they want all the powerhouses to know their name and to understand their potential!

So what’s the best way to network in this day and age?

The introverts will gravitate to LinkedIn and connect with their start superiors there, but this will only get them so far. To properly network and become rich in the process, one must have something interesting to talk about. According to HBR, when you become a connoisseur of something your networking capabilities soar. Do something that interests you outside of work. Then, feel free to talk about it. Simple as that.

7) Challenge Themselves

Of all the habits of the rich that you need to start now, I’d say this is the least explored, but highly important.

Kids today are thrown into school at an extremely young age. Instead of starting school as a five year old, many first-time students are four – even three – years old. Many believe this is putting their kids on the fast track.

Not the case, at least according to the studies by Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt.

In order for kids to become successful later in life, they need to be allowed to think critically – all on their own, not taught rigid facts day in and day out.

Instead of becoming the next best robot of a human, rich people learn to challenge and question themselves constantly. There is hardly ever an absolute. In fact, the only absolute is change.

8) Exercise Daily

“Rich people exercise, poor people take diet pills.” — The Atlantic

The polls are in and it’s official. Rich people exercise daily.

Habits of the RichExercise does three things for a person, it:

  1. gives them more energy throughout their day
  2. relieves stress and allows them to be more rational for decision-making
  3. it gives them a sense of power – mind over matter, confidence that they take into their work

People that exercise daily often become more successful later in life – partially because exercise is good for you and improves your productivity, but also because those that have the willpower to stick with it carry that same temperament into their work.

9) Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is really just an extension of exercising. Those that exercise typically eat healthy as well.

If you want to become rich in this lifetime, you probably won’t get there by eating a Big Mac every single day. In fact, that just might kill you while you’re still in your 20’s. Eat the foods that nourish your body so that your mind can remain clear and active to solve those problems of the world.

10) Keep Investing Simple

In order to be wealthy today, you have to know a little something about money – mainly, that it should be saved early and given a chance to grow. That’s it.

The rich could care less about that single stock that earned you 200% on your investment. In fact, they’ll probably be nervous for your future because they know that with every high-risk win, there are 9 other high-risk losses.

They would likely also give you a blank stare if you started talking about forex trading. It’s simply too volatile, too risky, and too time consuming.

The rich focus on growing their income streams and keep their investments simple (with investment brokers like Wealthsimple). It’s typically mutual funds and real estate for them! Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just good old fashioned money-making machines.

Your Habits – Your Action

It’s time for you to take action. It’s time for you to master these habits and become wealthy! So where should you start?

1) Check off all the items that you do well. These are not hindering you from becoming wealthy, so ignore them for now.

2) Learn more about the habit. Let’s say you’re weak in your health. Which foods are good for your body and will help you prosper with your work? Which ones are overly processed and will immediately be transformed to fat? Use the links in the appropriate category above to start your learning journey.

3) Commit to a small change (big changes never last – eat that elephant just one bite at a time). Instead of going out to eat three times a week, commit to eating out just twice a week. If you’re weak in your exercise, just commit to taking a couple of walks a day.

This getting rich thing isn’t all that complicated. You just need to be intentional about it. Starting nailing down each one of these habits, and you’ll soon be rich yourself!

How are you doing on YOUR habits?

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Great post Derek. I think some of those are really strong fundamentals for doing well. Make goals and reach them. Treat yourself well by eating healthy and working out(even a little bit). And do not think of saving money as simply being used for retirement, but as Buying more Income!

    • Becoming rich isn’t rocket science. So many people think that wealth is outside of their grasp. In reality though, it’s just as you said – fundamentals!

  2. Excellent post Derek. If I have learned anything about wealth in life it’s this: ITS AN INSIDE JOB! And this list just goes to confirm that. Take care of your health (eat well & exercise), take care of your mind (read, visualize, set goals), adopt the right habits(wake up early, prioritize, manage time well). To quote Jim Rohn, “if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.”

    • I love that you quoted Jim Rohn. He’s by far my favorite speaker. I look up his talks all the time. Thank you YouTube!!

  3. Some of these habits mentioned seem like tiny little tasks, and that is what so great about it! You can be on your way to being rich by just changing your daily routine and waking up earlier, going to the gym, read more books, and eat healthier! However, those simple steps aren’t going to make you rich just by themselves! Setting goals, managing their money, and networking are key factors to becoming more successful and ultimately making more money! Great article, thanks for sharing!

  4. Good advice, but times are changing and you mentioned the rich won’t have an Ipad by their beds but rather a book. I personally do a lot of reading but it is either on my laptop or tablet as it is much more convenient as a large selection of book you can find in hardcover/paperback can be bought digitally as well.

    • Ha, I still hate reading from my tablet. I would so much rather have a book in my hands (and a lot of my friends still feel the same way). But you know what? It really doesn’t matter as long as you’re getting the proper information.

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