It’s obvious, isn’t it? The zoom tool on a software program is used to make our text or images appear larger. When we click on the magnification icon, we can see our working image or document much clearer.
A prototype of this tool can be invaluable for looking at our circumstances. Sometimes, we have a minuscule view of our financial future. A zoom tool would help change our settings to a grander view for a bigger and brighter future. Undoubtedly, thousands of books are written with helpful advice to do just that, to improve our financial well-being so we can have a better outlook.
Here’s a different kind of book to add to our collection. It’s not about money; it’s about thinking. The book, How Rich People Think, may be our “zoom tool” to change our perspective. Steve Siebold, the author, identifies one hundred different ways the middle class and world class think, focus, believe, worry, earn, equate, experience, and dream about money. Every short chapter compares the “middle class” (the average person) and “world class” (world class thinker). This book made me curious about examining how I think. Do I think like the middle class or the world class? You may be wondering the same thing about yourself.
I met Steve Siebold when he and his wife, Dawn Andrews, instructed the Bill Gove Speech Workshop in Chicago. Steve is very sincere and genuinely interested in helping others succeed. Like he says in his introduction, he was inspired by the wealthy. As a college student who was completely broke, he set himself on a journey looking for answers to become rich. Steve said when he changed his thinking, he eventually became a millionaire. He wrote this book to be our guide.
“What does he say?” you might ask.
To whet your appetite and convince you that owning a copy is justifiable, I am sharing a summation of only four of Steve’s observations. Again, like me, you won’t be surprised by the findings. If these have crossed my path, I know they likely have crossed yours.
1st. Middle Class believes money is the root of all evil…World Class believes poverty is the root of all evil.
How many times have you heard this infamous saying, “money is the root of all evil”? You, like me, and countless others may have been brainwashed into believing this to be true. Steve is quick to point out that it’s a result of poor programming and ignorance which infected us with the disease of focusing on lack and limitations. The world class thinks differently. Although they realize money will not buy happiness, they know their life will be better because of it. They choose to focus on the wealth within themselves and build world class beliefs to create a better life for themselves.
2nd. Middle Class worries about running out of money…World Class thinks about how to make more money.
If we lie awake at night worrying about our finances, we could take a lesson from the World Class. When the World Class thinks about how to make more money, they think about how to creatively solve problems. Certainly there is no lack of problems in our world today. The middle class have a tendency to focus and direct their energy on worrying about a shortage of money; the world class use their creative energy to develop great ideas to ensure they have a continuous cash supply.
3rd. Middle Class has a Lottery Mentality; World Class Has an Action Mentality.
The difference is that the middle class do not have an empowering belief system about money to lead them into action like the world class. The middle class believe the lottery is their only chance to get rich. Both classes may have the desire except desire alone does not trigger the appropriate behavior which creates results. Steve concludes, “If you want to get rich, dissect your beliefs about money and upgrade them to world class.”
4th. Middle Class believes money is complicated…World Class believes money is simple.
The World Class view is a game changer. If we could only grab hold of an opportunity and believe its value, then our ability to solve a problem on the world market could turn into wealth. The strategy doesn’t have to be complicated. The complications arise in our mind when we believe it’s difficult and next to impossible. The World Class embrace the endless possibilities. They see trading solutions for money as a means to becoming rich. “The bigger the solution the bigger the paycheck. It’s that simple.”
Crossing Over from Middle Class to World Class
You might already be on the side of the World Class. You have embraced this kind of thought pattern and are experiencing wealth. You are enjoying the worry-free life that Johnny Carson proclaims. He says, “The only thing that money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.”
However, if you are interested in making the transition to the World Class, Steve offers useful zoom tools at the end of each chapter: an inspirational quote, additional rich resources, critical thinking questions, and action steps. These magnification tools will help you zone in on any problematic thought patterns as well as offer inspiration and guidance to take you on a new journey.
Like Steve, I want you to succeed financially. Examining how we think might be a revelation that will result in a positive change. When you dissect your belief system, who knows what you will find.