Dave Ramsey recently published the article “20 Things the Rich do Every Day” by Tom Corley of RichHabitsInstitute.com. After being widely shared on social media, the article has been blasted by several critics, including atheists and CNN, for not understanding the plight of the poor. When I read it I was pleased to discover that I was already doing several of these things. I wanted to share the list with my children, who seem to want to improve their lot in life. Perhaps the percentages should be left out.
70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day.
97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.
23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the poor.
80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.
80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
The article, and Dave’s response to the criticism, can be found at: