Cause and Effect

Wealthy HabitsA very interesting article posted on the SME insider this morning, which over-simplifies to the point of being misleading.

In our world of simplified short form reading : 3 ways to change your life, 5 steps to success and happiness etc, there’s so much published that looks at people who have succeeded and asks – what are they doing that’s different from me.

Unfortunately, without a bit of critical thinking on your behalf, dear reader, it’s easy to fall into the same trap as you can see in the infographic reposted here from SME Insider.

Take a look at the stats – and determine whether each one is something that would cause wealth or be caused by wealth?

I’ll get you started – affording an subscription which enables you to improve yourself whilst you commute (which 63% of wealthy versus 5% of poor people do) could certainly contribute to your success, but also requires that you can afford the subscription, and the device to listen from in the first place. And waking up 3 hours before work is a lot easier if you are in a (typically well paid) office job than if you are a (typically lower paid) shift worker.

Next time you spot one of these articles (and let’s face it, we can’t resist them can we), you might play spot the difference, those “things” which are causes versus those which are effects.

Of course the real gems are those which you can get started, AND which become easier the more successful you become at whatever you’re setting out to achieve…

SME Insider Article

Author: Martin Francis Campbell

Tech Entrepreneur turned Charity CIO. Can the charity sector use digital technology to reinvent itself? I'm finding out...

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