Wealthy Habits vs Poor Habits – Statistical Data

Wealthy Habits vs Poor Habits – Statistical Data


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Dave Ramsey published a list of habits of the wealthy versus the poor.  I used it in part to compile my own list of positive life habits I wanted to adopt for myself.  I use the list from my previous post as a guide to success and kind of a mission statement to keep me in check.  Building wealth or success takes dedication beyond anything I have experienced in my life.

(Disclaimer: Dave Ramsey’s list is his own and I used it for information only.  I am in no way stating that all poor people are lazy, degenerative gambling, junk food eating, television junkies.  Please read his article for his defense of this list.)


1. 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.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.

8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor

21. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

I can say that one of my bad habits has been a lack of specific written goals.  So I am going to write down my goals and add them to my daily affirmations.  This will assure me that my career goals are present in my mind daily.  Hopefully, I have motivated you to inventory your habits and make changes to help you become more productive.  Wealthy/successful people do not stumble upon a pot of gold.  They construct their lives in a very paticular manner to give themselves the best possible chance for success!

Dream big, dream often!

PS. I said I would keep you updated on my weight loss.  Since I started tracking my calories on Dec 1st I have lost 7 lbs.  Healthy weight loss occurs at about 1-2 pounds per week. So I am on track but a little behind due to the holidays.  For those that have decided to lose weight or make any other positive changes in your life I would love to hear about it. Email me at DRaygolf@yahoo.com.


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