According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. But what about the people in between? The middle class? You may be considered middle class. You’re not poor, but you’re not rich…yet. The middle class seems to be shrinking, according to the data revealed over the last couple decades. That means you’re going to be less likely to be middle class in the future. You’ll more likely be poor or rich. Which side do you want to be on?

If you want to be on the side with the rich, you’ve got to start thinking like the rich. Here are 10 differences between middle class and rich people for you to learn from…

1. The middle class live comfortably, the rich embrace being uncomfortable

“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
-Peter McWilliams


“In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.”
– Robert Arnott

It’s comfortable to work a “safe” job. It’s comfortable to work for someone else. The middle class think being comfortable means being happy, but the rich realize that extraordinary things happen when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Starting your own business is a risk and risks can be uncomfortable, but a little risk is what it takes to create wealth and achieve superior results.

Step out of your comfort zone. Look at all your options. You will have to be at least a little uncomfortable if you want to become rich. You might even have to fail and that’s great, because if you’re not failing, you’re not doing much.


  • rosethornne

    And I mean “diseased”, not “cool”.

  • Lisa M Cara

    So, no one will be comfortable, just anxious, depressed,jealous, sick and tired of constant stress from not enough or too much. Way to do equality as ever before.

    Yes, I know we just pursue what we need, and must never have or the world will end.
    Go play, capitalism is killing the world.

    • disqus_tpc8waQI76

      No they way they are applying capitalism is killing the world! It coupritism that is really kill the world it call the NWO AND THE REST ARE TO BE SLAVES

      • Joe Kulc

        coupritism means what??

        • Mike Sokolow

          It coupritism. Must be code words, highly classified.

          • RavenGirl

            maybe they meant ‘corporatism’ ????

        • Linda Heltzel

          LOL….damn good question. 😂🤣

      • Jimmy

        Die commie scum

    • Ruri Hoshino

      Risk for a rich person is much different than it is for a middle class or poor person
      For them it means they might have to down size a little and sell their vacation home or yacht if they fail at something.
      But risk for a middle class person could mean loosing their home,ending or even ending up on the streets if they fail.

  • Danielle Digou

    Right. So the rich just earn money for money’s sake. Not for happiness, just for money. It’s not about having the fancy new car, it’s about having a car with a warranty that isn’t likely to have a huge repair bill in a few years.
    The rich mindset sounds like a cold, dead one. Yes, you’re driven, but why?

    • juliemango

      The point is risk-taking, not living comfortably, bored.

    • By far, most rich do not just earn money for money’s sake. They earn money for the sake of personal success, for the sense of providing well for one’s family, for taking good care of those we love. to make the world a better place, to build a useful idea, to advance human civilization, to be a provider – not a welfare drag on others. to provide jobs. Money is only a symbol of personal achievement.

      • lukeS

        You cannot have great wealth, without great poverty.

        The reason the middle class exists is to drive the poor class to work harder for those on the top. The reason the poor exist is to scare the shit out of the middle class to work harder for those on top.

        Wealth is syphoned up from the labour of the lower classes.

        Your lying to yourself if you believe otherwise

        • David Klemitz

          As Tony Soprano says, ‘Only one concept you have to master. Shit runs downhill, money runs up’

          • RavenGirl

            money floats on shit ..

      • EnjoyingTheView

        Making yourself rich at the expense of others will NEVER, EVER make the world a better place! That lie is despicably self-serving and it fools no one!

        • TeaPot2671

          If everyone was poor, who would pay people to work. No matter what system you have, this includes socialism, someone has to make money to have money to give to other people. I need rich people to pay me to do work for them. If I was smarter, I would be the rich person having people work for me.

      • Kim Short

        How do the rich “make the world a better place” for anyone besides themselves!?

        • you must not know hardly any truly rich people … I do and many want the poor and middle class to shake themselves off, better themselves and improve society around them … some people will never progress beyond “comfortable” and will always be a worker bee, no matter what opportunities are before them … others need encouragement, but you cannot GIVE them an opportunity only, else they reject it for what it is worth to them (nothing to acquire) so it is squandered … the one who drives, works hard, makes sweat for, will only appreciate the opportunity that they EARNED themselves … the kid from the mail room who is now a VP of Marketing is more successful than the boss’s nephew who was given a position and knows nothing of human nature and ability … I know many rich people who will advise you and teach you and encourage you, without giving you everything … they worked for it, they know you can, too … but many will not. So that is why it is a very small pool at the top but all are welcome who legitimately achieved it. The greedy and uncaring do not last long – their own avarice drains them dry. The poor do not finance other businesses, do not donate millions to disaster relief, do not sponsor orphanages or independent schools … only the rich do that. And most rich do not want it made known how much they give – they just do it. Kroc Foundation (from McDonalds) gave millions to disaster familiies in the form of $10,000 checks EACH out of the blue to help families get going again. Owners of my company sponsor several foreign charities each AND they provide free kitchen treats for the entire company every week. I don’t know of any truly rich people who do not give piles of money away to help others … a “greed for success” can be a drive to succeed, not jump on the backs of others … leaders in my company have tried all kinds of ways to expand busienss – many may not work, but if they do, employees who want to help, also get rewarded. You build your own success. Backstabbers fall to the wayside and are forgotten.

  • Bradley Barber

    I have little, but I owe nothing. I work hard but my goals are awesome. I have a life plan and I work it everyday. I sacrifice daily, but I have a life. I pray for strength to reach my full potential. I give, so I will learn to let go. I am rich.

    • You are also a wonderful

    • gardenbaglady

      Right one! Why do idiots think I should share my reward of hard work and goals. Get off their asses and make for themselves. I raised my kids w/o phone or cable and they are all working successful people giving to society now. I love being a capitalist. I make my own choices for how I spend my money and all you have to do is stand in line at Costco and you know why people are broke. Buying flats of crap they do not need at all just to justify their work. UGH save your $

      • Tilo STANLEY

        We are all Consumers.Capitalism could not survive without Consumers.Look at your Trash Weekly.Garbage in Garbage out .Most of us live from Pay Check to Pay Check .Bills,Insurancs,Taxes and on and on. The real Capitalists laugh all the way to the Bank.In that regard ,the Homeless have no worry.There goal is to just stay alive.

        • grapes

          Likewise, Consumers will not survive without the Capitalists, who are risk takers investing, inventing stuffs for Consumers use in activity of daily living for clean, healthy living such as the products of Procter / Gamble Co, clothing, jewelry, shoes manufacturers, home builders, you name it. People spending habits are all individual choices, as the saying goes Buy What You Need, Not What You Want. Spenders are either wise or squanderers. The squanderers always blame the system or the businesses aka Capitalists in the shopping malls or the casinos, etc. The baddest Capitalists are those in illegal business of illicit drugs, prostitutions, anything illegals to make money out of those they victimized, who in turn may engage in criminal ventures, stealing, robbing to fund their illegal pursuits. People must live by ITS NOT WHAT YOU MAKE, BUT ITS WHAT YOU KEEP – i.e. a worker makes 60,000, annually, kept 20,000, while a worker makes 1million annually, spent 1.5million, right away owe 500,000 is very hard to recover, thus the one making 1million is as poor as a rat. Many young athletes making millions are now poor, due to out of control spending millions like bottomless pit, now may qualify to be on welfare.

  • Andrew

    How uncouth. One always removes the band BEFORE lighting a cigar. Clearly American.

    • ApathyNihilism

      We Americans are admittedly uncouth in many ways. Cigars, however, are uncouth in all cases, band or no band.

  • UtahRed

    I have true friends that aren’t taking advantage of me. I have peace in​ my soul which is more valuable than money. I have integrity which will get me further in life. I don’t need to be rich. But I agree the middle class is disappearing thanks to our corrupt socialist agenda. Capitalism isn’t perfect but at least it represents freedom.

    • Dr Gordon Freeman

      Somewhere between capitalism, which has no morals, and socialism, which imposes morality from a standpoint of societal successes, based upon some form of imposed equality, is where the future of mankind lies. If we are to survive, some amount of humanity, and shared ideals, must be imposed, as the wealthiest of people often have lost all logic, or moral grounding, in regards to how much of the pie they are personally entitled to. One does not show up to a dinner party early, eat the best pieces of food, and then claim superiority, simply because they arrived early, and engorged themselves. Something is broken within these people to think that such things they are entitled to, without consideration of everyone else. Meritocracy is where we should be headed, but not where we actually are headed. The poor haven’t been properly educated to know where opportunity lies, and opportunity for those with ideas, and talent, is largely meted out by entitled wealth holders, who demand unreasonable amounts of the pie to give aid to those who have the work ethic, and ideas to make themselves a part of the wealth class. Very few of those people are allowed to succeed.

      • Butch

        If the dinner party is all you can eat, first come first serve, and everybody has been advised of these rules, then arriving early and gorging one’s self is in fact appropriate, if that is what one wants to do.

        If you are told it’s first come first serve, and there is limited supply, and you show up late and go hungry, indeed you have no one to blame but yourself.

        • RavenGirl

          the point is that first come first serve is completely about selfishness.

    • EnjoyingTheView

      HOW, exactly is Socialism hurting the middle class? Please explain.
      Capitalism is Freedom for whom?

  • DJpojack

    What a horse shit article!

  • boll ocks

    Who cares?

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  • Krun13

    This is a bunch of BULL CRAP!
    The only difference between the RICH and MIDDLE CLASS WORKING PEOPLE……..

    RICH PEOPLE have no compassion for others, only emotion is “GREED”!

    MIDDLE CLASS WORKING PEOPLE love people more than money, have compassion for the less fortunate and pray for others!

    • gardenbaglady

      Ha rich people do care about others, the article is stupid but capitalism is open for all if people get off their asses and stop wasting money, try saving it.

      • Dr Gordon Freeman

        How would you know? Even if you are rich, and care for others, which I doubt, you’re attempt at extending those qualities to others, with no basis in fact, is infantile. The wealthy people I do know, care nothing about others, and only about themselves. If you dare disagree with anything that they say, or do, you are no longer their friend, but an adversary, to be conquered, and have your dignity taken away. Witness our fake president, and the way he talks to people with whom he disagrees, or those who tell it like it is.

        • grapes

          he only disagrees with people, who are his adversaries / opponents, not with average citizens. its not him, who called average citizens deplorable. he never called immoral names to attack average citizens in the left. he made it clear to his political opponents he will fire back hard, and let the average citizens know the nefarious, dirty schemes of his political enemies in both sides of the aisles.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      to be HAPPY in the USA U need 3 things 2 GREED 3 U must be STUPID.

      the stupid part helps U ignore your neighbors suffering or pain.

      • a person making $35K thinks a person making $65K is greedy and should be giving away that extra $30K to the homeless, while they grudgingly give $20 to their local church … a person making $85K thinks the one making $125K is greedy because they own a business and must be sacrificing their workers, else they should not make such a profit and should give all of their earnings to the homeless, while they gamble on Bitcoin, trying to make a million out of a $250 investment and buying a Lexus when they should be buying the Ford second hand and save some IRA money… and the business owner making $125K is trying to think of the next way to make his business more profitable and hire more workers who will actually help him and not steal from him, and could care less what Bitcoin is doing – he has a dream to accomplish.

        • NobodysaysBOO

          voting FOR ONESELF is an act of dishonesty, never mind the nonsense rant.

        • PhillyJimi

          What planet are you from if you think $125 k a year is rich?

          It is the super rich that tilt the entire system to favor themselves at the expense of everyone else.

          Companies like Walmart and MacDonald’s who hire welfare employees and give them only enough hours to keep them in poverty so the government (aka you and me) gets to supplement their employees with housing and healthcare while they make billions in profits. Then they barely pay taxes. All the while they put small businesses out of business by undercutting them on pricing.

          If a company can make billions then they can afford to pay their employees a living wage. No wonder big business fights against single payer healthcare, it would allow small businesses to complete with these giant monopolizes. It isn’t about charging an extra $0.15 for a bad cheeseburger.

          The natural end result of unregulated capitalism is a monopoly the same as a communist system. The mega rich only want to protect and expand their turf. They want to eliminate all competition and maximize their profits.

  • V Blanclage

    Eclesiates I and III, All is vanity.

    • Dr Gordon Freeman

      Citing words from a tome, filled with fictional stories, only identifies you as feeble of intellect, and unable to think for yourself.

  • Mike Sokolow

    Been working 50 years, started drawing a w2 at 14 yrs old, had my own business for 27 yrs, still working, the last 8 yrs have been terrible income wise, (still in business after borrowing tons of money)at 60 yrs old, no retirement, no savings, no type of insurance, I’ll be gone within 10 yrs, who cares.

  • Mike Sokolow

    According to a lot of commentors on here, the rich dictate peoples ability to succeed. Wow, I had no clue. I guess the only way they got rich, is rich people allowed them to get rich. Now I see.

    • EnjoyingTheView

      No, the rich got that way by taking advantage of other people!
      For every rich azz whole, there are hundreds of hard working Americans LOSING money, in order to make the azz “rich” !
      That is how Capitalism REALLY works!
      It is the process of cheating others to enrich yourself!

      • Tilo STANLEY

        And while we pay our Taxes,they have a way to write them off. I could get rich to,if I was allowed to pay no Taxes.

  • ApathyNihilism

    The expensive home, however, can be a smart investment rather than a “depreciating asset”…if you are smart about when and where to buy.

  • Stop think

    So you’ll be living a “dream” when you have money. Lol.
    There’s a pretty high suicide rate amongst rich people.

  • NobodysaysBOO

    An honest debate with rules on these 10 alone could take years with thousands of foot notes attached.
    Generally the author seems to think that arch criminals that get rich are admirable, and that quality of life is nonsense!
    The best quality of life on earth was in Scandinavia not the U.S. and they saw millionaires as thieves that all got their wealth from others,lot of truth there.
    money junkies will do or say anything for money, look at the east indians and the ceo’s and spelling bee winners! that’s not living, this trash will do anything to get a penny, a cast system as bad as anything humans ever came up with!

  • Allen White

    I cry for the discomfort of the wealthy, they have it SOO rough. Living off investment income and their bloated corporate salaries, these bums don’t know what work is like the rest of us who HAVE to put in 72 hours a week to keep the profits rolling in for the fat cats.

    • Butch

      Why do you have to put in 72 hours a week? If being a businessman and millionaire CEO is such easy work, then start a business, make a billion dollars, and take it easy.

      So weird that you’re choosing to do such a difficult job when becoming a billionaire is so easy.

      • BillyD51

        We are not all born with silver spoons in our a$$e$ or left a hefty trust fund to work with like our orange idiot in chief. Many can’t even afford the education it takes to start and run a profitable business and all the wealthy care about is more tax cuts FOR THEMSELVES and screw everyone else. You can see that right here on this comment board all the wonderful people that don’t give a dam about the less fortunate.

  • EnjoyingTheView

    This lame attempt to paint rich, selfish azz wholes as some kind of social “hero” is nauseating and pure horse manure!

    • Tilo STANLEY

      Take a Homeless Person and send him to a rich Neigborhood to pan handle.Now send him to the Poor one. I bet ,at the end of the Day ,he collected more Money out of the poor Neigborhood. That is ,why the rich stay rich. It is called stingy.

      • B.S. The rich won’t pass money to the pan handler because it is known the money is only squandered. Instead, the rich give to organizations who know how to help the homeless improve themselves and how to help the beggars who want to, to help themselves. The rich do not throw money away. “I’ll work for food” signs are meant to illicit an emotional response to get more money – they generally have no inclination to work at all. If you offer them a job (many of my friends have), it is rejected – they want the money for drugs, booze, etc. I’ve seen the same pan handlers use the exact same SIGN on different days on the same street corners. Makes me think an organized group (or gang) of beggars. I’ve had the same beggar try to hit me up with the same B.S. story 2 weeks in a row at the same gas station. I will give goods/gas/food but never money to a beggar. I’ve paid for hotel night payments, gallons of gas and food at a local restaurant. Some want it and some do not. In my experience, most do not. So “funny” to see beggar signs “why lie? need $$ for booze.” and it works for the most part because it is honest … so “funny” I could cry.

  • Shi Bo

    what a giant load of wank that was

  • jamaicajoe

    “Even if they can “afford” that fancy new Escalade, they usually don’t buy it.”

    Right they buy the $350K Mercedes in the next slide

  • jamaicajoe

    “The rich understand the power of passive income.”

    Right, they pay slave wages for others to do the work!

  • jamaicajoe

    “If you want to earn more, hang around people who earn more. It’s all
    about aligning your mindset with the mindset of successful people. If
    you want to be rich, you have to think rich.”

    I had no idea it was that easy. I think I will give that Douchebag Donald Trump a ring and see if he needs any “advisors”

  • jamaicajoe

    “Most rich people didn’t get there by earning a high salary.”

    Shoot, I should be a billionaire by now. Thanks for the great advice!

  • jamaicajoe

    “That being said, it’s not all about saving your money.”

    Which is it I am confused

    • Tilo STANLEY


  • SgtRock

    This is a good article, but it missed the point. what was comfortable early years was not having debt. then my wife died from cancer. I was wtf why not spend money live in the moment more than I had. It depends on your values and life goals travel yes but what after that? nice things? like my mom said everything wears out.
    I’m more for our past, land raw, land farm It, walk it, hunt it, live on it. love it.
    Work hard and enjoy the land you have no one is making any more.

  • b l

    It’s easy to risk discomfort when, if you fall, you fall from the dizzying heights of great wealth to the comfortable bed of upper middle class.
    Try it when there is nothing below you. When if you fail, it doesn’t mean your kids won’t go to that pricey private college, it means they may not have new clothes this year, and they’ll be eating boxed mac and cheese in an apartment where the landlord “forgets” to turn on the heat. That’s different.
    And it doesn’t mean some of the rich haven’t taken those risks to get where they are.
    But the ones born on third base, no, they didn’t.

  • alfonsofreda

    A camel can pass through the eye of a needle easier than a rich man can enter the gates of heaven .

  • Howard Shulman

    WTF is this capitalistic bullshit 19th century view on class?

  • Howard Shulman

    and the reason that they own the business is because daddy left it to them

  • Howard Shulman

    “Most rich people didn’t get there by earning a high salary.” Right ! they got there by being born white, male, to a rich mommy and daddy, a trust fund, a corrupted system that gives them advantages over the rest of us, and good attorneys to help them from paying their fair share of taxes.

  • Howard Shulman

    Right, because if it was all about saving $$$ the capitalist economy would collapse….What tripe

  • luis medina

    I’m not rich and I’m not too poor but rich people created jobs for us to eat.

  • Leoncefalo

    Matthew 6:24New International Version (NIV)

    24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

    This overquoted phrase from the NT is as valid today, as it was 2k years ago. NO, money is NOT a symbol of personal achievement, as someone here below is deluded in believing, Especially when one uses money to display ‘success’ to the world. It is all part of the delusion that grips those who, given their ambitions, make being wealthy the definition of their lives. Nothing else matters, and usually, many are stepped on and even crushed in the obsessive move to the top for CASH.

    Yes, socialism is a more sensible way to form a society, and distribute its goods and services in a more equitable way. The ”greatest good for the greatest number'” will NEVER be reached as long as grinding poverty and unimaginable wealth are the extremes. It is also the basis for eternal unrest and violence, against the poor and the middle classes. We saw in France, in Russia, and in many countries, oppressed peoples rising against their wealthy masters, and destroying the social order for greater reforms.

    It is destined to be the ONLY way to greater equality until countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden and . . .maybe . . the United States, regulate strictly the corruption of capitalism to allow more citizens to lead happier lives along with their families.

    “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. LABOR IS THE SUPERIOR OF CAPITAL, AND MUCH DESERVES THE HIGHER CONSIDERATION.”

    -Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President.

    • David Boudreaux

      Very good. I still think about a movie I saw awhile back. “ solyent Green”, it has nothing to do with money. In their society, it’s the have or the have nots, and the have nots are, let’s say, that they are recycled . Look at the movie and see for yourself. Makes you think

    • Don Howar’d

      Great idea. I think they should start doing equitable with grades. Work hard while everyone else parties. The take your “A”‘, and down grade it to a “C” so those that chose to party can get a free upgrade to a passing grade. Start working for your fellow man now.

    • Matthew H. Carte

      Yeah. Tel that to the pow company when the bills due. I’ll take money please.

    • ConservaDave2

      You started out well until you tried to use Jesus’ Words to justify an ungodly system like socialism. “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) In His parable about the talents, the talents were distributed among three men very unequally; Jesus was well aware of the inequities of life and accepted them. Joseph planned ahead for the seven years of famine and filled up granaries; when the starving Egyptians came to him for food, did he just hand it over to them out of “compassion.” No, he exacted a heavy price from them. Why were the five wise virgins of Matthew 25 so “selfish” with their oil in that they would not share it with the other five? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

  • Ruri Hoshino

    It’s easy to go outside one’s comfort zone when you know you’ll have a golden parachute that will keep you from hitting the ground.

    • and some built their way up to those parachutes, when they fell along the way, learned from their mistakes and kept going anyways … my company pres probably makes 6 to 7 figures a year, but he also has airlines miles in the MILLIONS – not because they gave it to him but because he gave up a lot of his family life growing up to actually fly those miles doing multiple jobs, including military … he loves his family and made sacrifices getting here, so he can appreciate it and spoil his family today. And he has many charities and groups he sponsors now and helps many groups along the way.

  • Skihist

    So we should believe that the last picture is a picture of a middle class family buying a mansion and 4
    Bugatti Veyrons…. because rich people buy old Volkswagen’s……. Give me a break……. They are born with money and others look after it…..