We all have the potential to build streams of income and wealth. Here are some powerful ways to get there.
During the long course of my life in business, I've had the opportunity to meet somevery wealthy people. For the most part, I've found that they're just like you and me--with the added bonus that their bank accounts make mine look like a teeny-tiny mosquito, or maybe a gnat.
Try these seven hacks of really wealthy people and see what they do for your bottom line.
1. They truly love what they do.
The really wealthy never settle--they go after what they really love in life and pursue a career in a field that means something to them. They live the advice, "Choose the career that you will be excited to get up for every morning." And if there's not a business that meets their needs, they create one themselves. Because they don't settle and instead go for what they truly love, wealthy people throw themselves into their work, they continue their search for answers to make their career even better, and they don't waste their time on frivolous things.
2. They constantly evolve.
Whether it is the latest technological advancement or a better way of listening and communicating with their staff, they continually educate themselves, keeping up with the latest trends for the betterment of all in their lives.
3. They edit their lives.
Really wealthy people frequently take a close look at where they are currently and where they want to go in their lives and edit as needed. Instead of merely existingwithin a company or staying in a not-so-great relationship, they move on and out to better choices for themselves.
4. They give generously of themselves.
They volunteer their time to help those causes they strongly believe in. They help the old lady in the store pick up her groceries when the bottom of the bag falls out. They effortlessly praise the work of their staff and genuinely appreciate those who work for them.
5. "Bad luck" is not part of their vocabulary.
Wealthy people believe, with every fiber of their being, that there is no such thing asbad luck--they believe that the lives they lead are the end product of the choices they have made. They tend to have a lot of very positive habits. Most regularly exercise and eat healthy, they work tirelessly, and they read and observe insatiably. All of these positive habits are the catalyst for their good luck like new business opportunities and a long, healthy life.
6. They ask a lot of questions.
The very wealthy ask a lot of questions and tend to be the best listeners. They are motivated by the desire to learn what it's like to live in another's shoes and they thrive on learning about others--some of their best ideas come from these conversations and really listening.
7. They don't live on wishes--they thrive on goals.
So often you hear people say, "I wish I was rich," or, "I wish I could find a different job." The very wealthy got where they are today by setting goals, not wishing--in fact, a very high percentage of them go after one significant goal yearly, whether it's a major career change or purchasing an island. What fuels their goals? Avoiding procrastination at all costs--the wealthy create lists daily and then conquer them. Peter Economy has spent the better part of two decades of his life slugging it out mano a mano in the management trenches, he is also the best-selling author of Managing for Dummies, The Management Bible, Leading Through Uncertainty, and more than 75 other books, with total sales in excess of two million copies. He has also served as associate editor for Leader to Leader for more than 10 years, where he has worked on projects with the likes of Jim Collins, Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and many other top management and leadership thinkers. Sign up here to always stay up to date with Peter's latest Inc.com columns, and visit him anytime at petereconomy.com.