For many years, I was jealous of people who were rich. If I saw someone with a Lamborghini, I thought they must have been born rich or gotten lucky. I made excuses for why they had expensive things and I didn’t. I did not realize until my late 20s how much this attitude was hurting my success. I was also missing a huge opportunity to learn and grow. I changed my money attitude, and not only has it made me more successful, but it has also made me happier.
What is a money attitude?
Your money attitude is simple: it is how you feel about money and how you feel about others with money. Many people have a negative attitude towards those with money or think that money will make you a bad person. How many of you think that rich people are jerks or take advantage of others to get their money? Or, do you tell yourself that you don’t want more money because it will taint you or corrode your morals? If you think these things, you have a negative attitude towards money. You are actually hurting your chances of making more money with this attitude!
How has my attitude about money and success changed over the years?
I used to think those with money must have gotten lucky to get that money. Maybe they inherited it; maybe their rich dad gave them a job; maybe they stole it. What I was doing was making excuses for why I did not have money. I was telling myself it was okay not to have money because other people who have money cheated or were lucky.
Over the years, my attitude changed as I learned more about success and successful people. One interesting fact is that most millionaires are self made. They did not inherit their money. They made their money themselves by being smarter, working harder, or thinking differently than most people. I listened to many self-help CDs and read many books on success. They all had the same message that we should embrace and learn from those with money. I took on that same attitude. Do not hate on those with money; look up to them and learn all you can.
How can a negative attitude towards money hurt your success?
When you think negatively about money, you are telling yourself money is bad and you don’t want any. I am a huge believer in mindset and that our subconscious helps us succeed. If we tell ourselves that money is bad, our minds will do their best to make sure we don’t have very much. If we are jealous of people who have money, we are telling ourselves we don’t want to be like them.
If, on the other hand, you look up to those with money and tell yourself you want to be like that person, you are helping your money attitude. You are giving yourself a better chance of being successful and someday having money like the person you want to be like.
The other thing that having a good money attitude helps with is learning to be successful. If you look up to someone or tell yourself they are a good role model, you have a better chance of copying what they do. You will have the attitude to learn from them—not scorn them. You may even get the guts to talk to them and get as much advice as you can.
I have much more information, tips, and tricks to help yourself succeed in my book: How to Change Your Mindset to Achieve Huge Success: Why your attitude and daily habits have more to do with making more money and having more freedom than anything else.
Is it really good to be rich and have money?
Some people will read this and still think I don’t want to be rich because it will just bring more stress and problems. I do not feel that is true at all. There are many studies that show those who have money are happier than those who do not. It allows you to be healthier, happier, and do what you want in life. Healthcare, healthy food, exercise, leisure activities all take time and money. The more money you have, the more time you should have, and the healthier you can be.
It is possible to work yourself to the bone earning money, but if you think that is the only way to have money, that is another negative money attitude. Many people make a lot of money, do not work 80 hours per week, and are very happy. I just wrote an article on what my life looks like last week. I have done well, do not work too hard, and spend a ton of time with my family and doing things I love.