So for fun I decided to go over the list as it relates to my own life and see if I fall short or not on this list and who knows maybe it’ll help me kick some bad habits or start some good ones.
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. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
No, unfortunately I eat more than my fair share of junk food per day, whether that’s a burger, burrito or frozen hot pocket, I don’t eat as well as I know I should.
Yes, I don’t gamble at all and think anyone who does is simply mathematically challenged.
2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
No, I do tend to focus on more than one thing although those things tend to be related to getting better at coding so I’m not sure where I would fall on this one. Aside from time with family and raising my kids there’s not much else that attracts my attention as much as code.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
No, I spent almost 8 years in the Marines running every day at zero dark thirty but since getting out almost 4 years ago I have not ran a single mile. Is it laziness? Is it being too busy? Is it exhaustion from kids and work? The world may never know…
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
Yes, I have a collection of books from Audible.com that I listen to on a daily basis to and from work, though my list of books I want to listen to keeps growing, I can’t seem to find books that will really teach me something that I don’t already know.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
No, in my head I have a list of things that I need to do both daily and monthly but physically the only list I have is the one maintained at work otherwise known as User Stories…
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
Yes, We read a chapter of the bible to our son every night before bed so depending on where you stand on biblical inerrancy then I would say we read a lot of non-fiction but maybe it’ll get easier when he can read it himself.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
No, my kids are yet to little to do full on volunteering but my wife has taken them to the nursing home from time to time in order to cheer up some older folks.
8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
No, I’m horrible at this, I usually send a gift in the mail if I can remember but I rarely remember birthdays let alone remember to call people on their birthdays. My mom has helped me save face over the years to call me “reminding” me that it’s my dad or someone else’s birthday and that I should probably give them a ring.
9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
No, I don’t write down my goals in much the same way I don’t write down my tasks either. This is something I should do more off.
10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
Yes, I have a morning ritual of reading hacker news every day right after I get out of bed and that takes up about at least 30 minutes if not more of my day.
11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
Yes, I keep my mouth shut when it needs to be though that may have more to do with my time in the Marines than anything else, you’d be surprised just how quickly you learn to control yourself when facing a potential courts martial.
12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
Yes, I host and attend monthly developer meetups so this is something that I enjoy doing, those meetups are both a networking opportunity, a catching up with friends event and a learning something new I didn’t know before routine.
13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
Yes, if one show a night counts as just an hour of TV a day than I’m in, I may actually be in the negative some days as I skip watching TV so that I can code.
14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
Yes, the only reality show I like is Top Shot and that says more about my political affiliations than it does about my circumstance or lack there of.
15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
Yes, considering I wake up at 4 and am at work by 5 am that kind of shouldn’t count but most of my co-workers don’t show up until at least 7 or 8 am and that gives me time at work to catch up on the day before.
16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
No, My son watches more TV than any kid should and I rarely have time to teach him more than daddy’s tired, stop jumping on him. It’s a work in progress.
17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
Yes, I absolutely believe that the more you get into the habit of doing things well the better off you’ll be in life, the Marines also helped teach me that.
18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
Yes, I’ve seen many Marines suffer from bad habits like sleeping in or being lazy around firearms, good habits help you form muscle memory and help you be better at what you do.
19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
Yes, I finished my college degree but am already planning on getting a Masters in Data Science, I will hopefully get my PhD some day as well but education is more than just school.
20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.
Yes and No, I enjoy reading but don’t always have the time I need in order to do so. I try to work around this by reading as much as I can online and listening to longer form books in audio format but haven’t had the time to read a book from front to cover in a very long time.
In the end I enjoyed this list, it helped me to see what I am or am not doing right in my own life. I encourage you to get the items on the list and write them out yourself publicly, it’ll both help you determine what you may need to work on or it may help you realize the good from the bad habits in your life.