Do Your Patients Need Another Reason To Floss? This May Be It.

Thomas Corley, the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” spent five years studying what rich people did differently than the poor. (For his study he defined “wealthy” as someone with an annual income over $160,000 and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million or more – the “poor” had under five thousand dollars in savings.)

He then went on to define nine habits that rich people had and the non-rich didn’t. He explained that just about everyone had a few rich habits, but it would be a good idea to increase that to fifty percent.

Here is a summary of Corley’s findings.

1. Rich people always keep their goals in sight.

“I focus on my goals every day.”

Rich people who agree: 62%
Poor people who agree: 6%

Not only do wealthy people set annual and monthly goals, but 67% of them put those goals in writing. “It blew me away,” says Corley. “I thought a goal was a broad objective, but the wealthy said a wish is not a goal.” A goal is only a goal, he says, if it has two things: It’s achievable, and there’s a physical action you can take to pursue it.

2. And they know what needs to be done today.

“I maintain a daily to-do list.”

Rich people who agree: 81%
Poor people who agree: 19%

Not only do the wealthy keep to-do lists, but 67% of them complete 70% or more of those listed tasks each day.

3. They don’t watch TV.

“I watch TV one hour or less per day.”

Rich people who agree: 67%
Poor people who agree: 23%

Similarly, only 6% of the wealthy watch reality shows, compared to 78% of the poor. “The common variable among the wealthy is how they make productive use of their time,” explains Corley. “The wealthy are not avoiding watching TV because they have some superior human discipline or willpower. They just don’t think about watching much TV because they are engaged in some other habitual daily behavior — such as reading.”

4. They read … but not for fun.

“I love reading.”

Rich people who agree: 86%
Poor people who agree: 26%

Sure, rich people love reading, but they favor nonfiction — in particular, self-improvement books. “The rich are voracious readers on how to improve themselves,” says Corley. In fact, 88% of them read for self-improvement for 30 minutes each day, compared to 2% of poor people.

5. Plus, they’re big into audio books and podcasts.

“I listen to audio books or podcasts during the commute to work.”

Rich people who agree: 63%
Poor people who agree: 5%

So does that mean the best way to get rich is to listen our brand new podcast, “The Dental Practice Fixers?” It sure couldn’t hurt!

6. They make a point of going above and beyond at the office.

“I do more than my job requires.”

Rich people who agree: 81%
Poor people who agree: 17%

It’s worth noting that while 86% of rich people (compared to 43% of poor) work an average of 50 or more hours a week, only 6% of the wealthy people surveyed found themselves unhappy because of work.

7. They aren’t hoping to win the jackpot.

“I play the lottery regularly.”

Rich people who agree: 6%
Poor people who agree: 77%

That’s not to say that the wealthy are always playing it safe with their money. “Most of these people were business owners who put their own money on the table and took financial risks,” explains Corley. “People like this aren’t afraid to take risks.”

8. They watch their waistline.

“I count calories every day.”

Rich people who agree: 57%
Poor people who agree: 5%

Wealthy people value their health, and more frequently have the knowledge and dedication it takes to stay healthy. They also smoke cigarettes with much less frequency.

9. And they take care of their smiles.

“I floss every day.”

Rich people who agree: 62%
Poor people who agree: 16%

Enough said.

It’s tough to get your patients to floss. Here is one more reason! And the rest of the advice isn’t bad either!!

Coach Rich
Coach Dave

Dr. David Madow and Dr. Richard Madow are actual dentists who have been helping dental offices become more successful for over 28 years. They are down to earth, real people who personally connect with their clients and are proud to call them friends. If you have a question for this column, please write to them at coaches@madow.com. We are now offering a complimentary 30-minute coaching session! Please CLICK HERE to schedule yours. Doctors only please.

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