Making and spending money is something every member of society does, but it's one of the topics we talk to each other about the least. Because money is power, stigma and secrecy tend to keep the topic relegated to whispers with our accountants and confidential negotiations with potential employers, which makes it hard to learn from each other's experiences. The way we are raised, the education we receive and how we are marketed to all play a role in the relationships we develop with money, and often we don't realize how ingrained our earning, spending and saving habits are until we can't seem to break the cycle.
The way the financially successful use money is, of course, very different than the rest of us, and though it's not a mystery, there are some fundamental differences in how these two groups think about money that makes all the difference in how much they have and are capable of earning. Here are seven key financial rules the wealthy practice that the rest of us could apply to our own livelihoods.