Steve Siebold’s book changes a mindset on how to earn more money.  It almost seems to easy to be true, and can only help in these depressing times to reach for a better life for yourself and family.

The top 20 take-a-ways from the book are as follows:

  1. Money is not the root of all evil, poverty is.  Rich people don’t get rich from being ‘lucky’ or ‘dishonest’, somewhere down the line there was a very hard worker with a very good idea.  Average people have been schooled to look badly on those who have wealth, when in all actuality they should be taught to mimic their actions.
  1. Rich people make themselves happy and stable first.  It is not bad to be selfish, after all, you can’t give what you don’t have. If you are not able to take care of yourself, helping others and raising a family become burdens because of finances.
  1. Being successful does not depend on the lottery, God, the Government or family and friends.  Be your own hero, and make it happen on your own terms.
  1. Average people want what they ‘used’ to have, wealthy people imagine how much more can be possible in the future.
  1. Experience outweighs formal education.
  1. Money is a necessary tool, not a luxury. Tools create jobs, opportunities and ways to generate income.
  1. Making money should not be hard work.  The key is to find something you love to do, and getting paid to do it.
  1. Get out of your comfort zone. Great accomplishments are never done from a safe distance.
  1. Take failure as a learning experience, the more fine tuned you become after each attempt, the better running money making machine you will have.
  1. You don’t personally have to have the money to fund a success story.  Find something worth investing in, and you can find someone else with the capital to support it.
  1. Money is a motivator, so are fear and greed, use all three to your advantage.
  1. Average people live beyond their means to look like they have wealth.  Wealthy people live below their means and still have money in the bank.
  1. Make sure your children understand what wealth is.  Wealth is not just a status, but surrounding yourself with what you want later in life.
  1. If you come to terms with how liberating money can be and not feeling guilty, you will be less stressed because it will be more attainable.
  1. Get educated while you are being entertained. Mindless television and tabloids narrow your spectrum of learning.  Choosing books, movies and events that open doors and introduce you to more people will foster creativity and give options.
  1. People naturally mimic their surroundings, choose the people you associate with as chances for better opportunities.
  1. There is always money to be made.  Focus your energy on making big money rather than saving little money.
  1. Every investment has the ability to loose.  As long as you know what you are loosing, know what you have the potential to gain also. There is not always a next time.
  1.  Being comfortable is not being rich.  Rich people live well now, because at some point they lived unwell.  Comfort is a way of settling.
  1. You don’t have to choose between family and wealth. You can have it both.  Love and abundance go hand in hand, not either/or.

Steve Siebold – “How Rich People Think”