Why self-made millionaires are attracted to optimists and avoid pessimists

“Self-made millionaires are very particular about who they associate with. You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with. The rich are always on the lookout for individuals who are goal-oriented, optimistic, enthusiastic, and who have an overall positive mental outlook”

Author Thomas C. Corley in his book Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

Ever wonder why rich people may not want you in their circle? I don’t really mind, as I’m not particularly fond of their views on many issues.

But research done author Thomas C. Corley of the 2010 best selling self-help book on Amazon titled Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals suggests that they may not like my vibes either.

Turn out they’re repelled by people (Elkins, 2016, April 10) with negative outlooks on life i.e. pessimists. First, before you continue reading, take a look at the image below and write down the first thing that comes to mind.

Half-empty glass

If you say it half-empty or half full, you’re a pessimist. Optimists are more concerned with what in the glass and how they can make money from selling it.

In his book Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, author Thomas C. Corley points out that 86% of self-made millionaires in his study make it a habit to associate with like-minded individuals.

So pessimists are not high on their priority of friendships as it can determine success of a risky venture as noted by Mr. Corley, quote: “Long-term success is only possible when you have a positive mental outlook”.

Pessimists are toxic – Smile more and attract a millionaire

Interestingly this is the same conclusion journalist Napoleon Hill came to in his 1937 bestseller Think and Grow Rich, quote: “Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with who they associate.  There is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality”

The self-made millionaires tend to limit their exposure to such people to quote author Thomas C. Corley: “They also make a point to limit their exposure to toxic, negative people”. This is a distinct trait of the wealthy as often, they emulate the people they associate themselves.

So think positive and smile more, something very hard to do in these hard economic times in Jamaica. This as it’ll attract more like-minded optimists with a few millionaires thrown in for good measure.

Here’s the link:

Napoleon Hill’s 1937 bestseller Think and Grow Rich

Thomas C. Corley’s Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals

Thomas C. Corley’s Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

References:

Elkins, K. (2016, April 10). A man who studied rich people for 5 years found that they avoid one type of person. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/rich-people-avoid-negative-people-2016-4

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