What is 168 Hours?

Each week you have 168 hours to use. This blog covers my ramblings on how to use them as effectively as possible.

It's not about stuffing as much as you can into the 168 hours. It's about ensuring that you use the 168 hours as best you can to ensure you get to where you want to go in as relaxed a state as possible.

i look up to himI came across an interesting website as I was browsing the internet (as you do) : The Rich Habits Institute

The website is full of stories, tips and ideas for making money. Now, I guess there is nothing particularly wrong with this in itself as long as the pursuit of money is balanced healthily with the pursuit of other (arguably more important) goals. However, what caught my eye was the tag line of the website “The Key to Success and a Happy Future”. This I do have a problem with as it links directly ‘happiness’ with ‘wealth’ and implies you can only be happy if you have money. What a sad way to view the world and others.

Now, I am not against those who pursue money. Of course money does have its uses, let’s be honest. But when there is a focus purely on the ‘quantitative’ aspects of life the ‘qualitative’ aspects can be left behind. When I initally landed on this website I thought I might be reading about nurturing habits that made life more successful in non-financial terms. So, I got that wrong – but rather than clicking away I did take a sneaky peak at some of the blog articles on this site. One blog posting in particular caught my attention; a comparison of the habits of rich and poor people. Here’s the list of habits comparing the rich to the poor:

  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.
  2. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
  3. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
  4. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
  5. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
  6. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
  7. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
  8. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
  9. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
  10. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
  11. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
  12. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
  13. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
  14. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
  15. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
  16. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
  17. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
  18. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
  19. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
  20. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
  21. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor

We could get into all kinds of cause / effect or nature / nurture discussions based on this list. And aside from the specific link of money to happiness, the one items that jumped out at me from this list was No.12 Only 6% of wealthy people say what is on their mind! So despite these wealthy folks arguable eating better, exercising more, reading more, getting up early and having a written down plan etc. They still haven;t found a way to express themselves and say what is on their mind to others. No, these people bottle it all up inside and keep it to themselves whilst they are on the exercise machine or forcing their kids to do volunteer work and count the number of non-fiction books they are reading.

So, where is the happiness in this lifestyle?

2 Responses to “The Wealthy vs. The Poor”

  • But don’t you think that maybe if you ALWAYS say what’s on your mind, that could make you fail (and therefore be poor and possibly unhappy as poverty brings a lot of stress…) ? For example I sometimes think my boss is a pain, she’s incompetent and too demanding… but I would never dream of saying it to her because until I get another job, the one I have is the one that brings the money and gives me opportunities to achieve personal dreams.
    What do you think?

    • Good question… and it could open up a long debate.

      But, in short: Of course money is useful but the connection between “more money = more happiness” is the problem for me. I think it is better to be open and honest with people about how you feel, and in return, encourage others to be the same with you. I’m not suggesting that you ALWAYS say what is on your mind. But only opening up 6% of the time – per the survey – seems pretty stressful to me. You also seem to suggest that your option are either to live with the stress of not saying anything and getting paid or living with the stress of saying something and maybe losing your job. So of the two stressful situations, you take the first as it will continue to bring in the money. Are these your only options?

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