While getting rich is of course about using your resources intelligently, it is also (and mainly) about your mindset. Obviously, the rich have a different mindset from that of the middle class; the rich view life, work, learning, earning and money differently. To become rich, the middle class needs to embrace the rich mindset. Else, they are going to remain where they are.
The rich are comfortable being uncomfortable
The middle class are afraid of taking risks. They would rather forever depend on a salary and invest in safe-but-low-returns schemes than building a business. The rich embrace the uncomfortable; they think about the future and build a business, they take calculated risks in investing that possibly give them higher yields. In a nutshell, the rich do not stay in their comfort zone.
The rich live below their means
The middle class aspire for material comforts that they buy with their hard-earned money. But the rich do not quite covet luxury. They do not splurge on assets such as cars, mobile phones that depreciate in value. They would rather invest in something that appreciates in value in the future such as real estate and stocks. The middle class buy a lot of assets that depreciate in value.
The rich work to learn
The rich joins a job to learn about the job or business so that a business can be opened later. The middle class joins a job to only earn. While learning happens, the middle class puts it back into the job so that the employer benefits. The rich puts the learning back into building his own business.
The rich are logical with money
The middle class want their money to grow but not as much as the rich want theirs. Otherwise, much of the middle class investment would not go into so-called safer schemes. The middle class are afraid of losing the money. The rich view money as a way to grow their disposable income and for that, they can take calculated risks and be aggressive. While the rich love their money, they are not attached so as not to let it go out of the bank. They take money out of bank only because they want a fatter packet to come back.
The rich believe in leveraging
The middle class believe in increasing their income by more hard work. The approach is okay because harder work will bring in more money. But there is only so much hard work you can put in. You have limitations. The rich believe in getting more work done by leveraging the capabilities and experience of other people or money. They outsource work or invest money smartly and focus on jobs that are more important.
The rich believe in increasing their earning
The middle class want to save from their earnings. But the savings is limited because the earning is limited. The rich want to increase their earnings so that they are able to save more and invest more.