Around Thanksgiving time Dave Ramsey shared a blog post titled 20 Things the Rich Do Every Day. It was from Tom Corley’s website. This list poses an interesting juxtaposition of the daily habits of the rich and the poor. It has also created plenty of internet and Twitter backlash for Dave. Many are using it to accuse Dave of hating the poor.
My wife and I are Dave Ramsey listeners. We recently completed his Financial Peace University. Anyone who has ever taken this course or listened to his show should realize that Dave doesn’t hate the poor. He helps and encourages them. That’s how he’s built his business and his brand.
Instead of blaming Dave we should all take that list of 20 things and look in the mirror. As I read through it my thoughts weren’t, “Wow, Dave! You’re being a little hard on the poor.” Instead, my thoughts went immediately to which habits of mine I could change to be more like the rich. There were five that practically jumped off the screen and slapped me across the face. Little changes in behavior and attitude that could possibly help me win financially and definitely improve the quality of life for me (and my family).
If you haven’t read it yet perhaps you should read the list and see if there are any habits you might change.