For those of you who want to wake up before the sun rises and eat Type B personalities for breakfast this is the first of a three part series on 21 Rules Of the Rich (And How You Can Emulate Them). This week will stress the importance of thinking like the wealthy. So if you're anything less than a 800-pound gorilla on WS [newly minted IB's], buck up and learn something to prove that you don't go to ladies bathroom. Read more to see my take on how to start kicking-ass all the way to the top...
So let's cut the chase and see how the wealthy THINK...
* POVERTY IS THE REAL EVIL
Somewhere growing up I heard, "Money is the root of all evil" and in the Catholic orthodoxy greed is the third deadly sin. In today's modern economy, money equals freedom and either you have it or someone else is taking it away. Those who aren't free envy those who are but rejecting greed is rejecting the freedom that money can bring.
* SELFISHNESS IS VIRTUOUS
Do you want wealth and women? Then be overt and demanding. Because if you play the nice guy shit prepare to get the same results...being single and a work slave. The wealthy do two things better than anyone else: they take and they make! You'd be surprised what you can get by simply asking, so say what you want and don't back down otherwise you'll just make excuses why things didn't happen the way you wanted them to.
* DREAM BIG & DREAM OFTEN
This one probably took me a fews years to get. Stop thinking about the good 'ol days! The wealthy mold their future the way they want and dream about it regularly. Instead, visualize yourself doing the very thing that you want [wealth, beautiful women, etc]. Also, this seems to have a subconscious effect on our brains and has been touted more popularly as the Law of Attraction.
* WEALTH BRINGS PEACE OF MIND
I enjoyed working on my finances when I was in my early 20's and I tended to a corporate approach. It's one reason why I majored in finance but now that I'm mostly on my own, it seems all I do is f*cking stress over money I don't have. Conversely, the wealthy know that money brings financial security, peace of mind, and mental calmness. The kind that allows you to wake up any RaNdOm day and take a vacation at the drop of a hat.
* FIND SOLACE IN UNCERTAINTY
Lazy slobs are content with working 9-5, coming home to watch the idiot box, and putting craters into their potato chip filled couch cushions. Sure, comfort is good when it's well deserved but doing it repetitively is just wasting. Wealthy people take actions to become wealthy not watch the other people live what they only dream. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and accept the uncertainty of being in a comfortable place until you create it.
* MARRIAGE OF FAMILY & WEALTH
There are those who get married, have kids, and when pressed say things like, "I chose a family over a business" as if somehow they're mutually exclusive. What you're really saying is you choose mediocrity as an excuse to cruise-control at a job instead of trying to better provide for your family. ! A family shouldn't be a burden but instead be a motivator and the wealthy know they can have their-cake-and-eat-it-too! You're just focusing on what you can't do and your family is worse off because of your ineptness.
* MONEY SAVES LIVES
There is actually empirical evidence showing the more you make the better your health will be [Mullahy, Robert, Wenzlow, and Wolfe. 2004.] and if your only response is, "Well...at least I still have my health" then you're an idiot! According to the American Psychological Association, even if you make $100K you're not really better off [see here]. What this translates into is, "My life sucks but at least I'm not dead." Really? Maybe you should just past the time by until your chummy self is. Living longer is a worthwhile goal so while others are dying from being poor, man up and make your life healthier and happier.
If you've made it this far, I thank you for sticking it out through my long rant but I feel this is good stuff to share as I'm slowly going through a transformation and instead of keeping it to myself I thought it could help other monkey's get the most out of their time on WS.
The bottom line is: If you just graduated and are starting your IB career then practice these religiously to blow past your competition to get in, kick-ass, and move on.
NOW...GO DO IT!