I imagine if you are taking the time to read what I have to share with you, that you want more from life. To have more in our modern first world economy, it really helps to have money.
People who have more money, tend to focus on a few key factors towards generating wealth. They know that making money is not a sometime thing – it’s an every day journey that can take many years. There are few shortcuts, even for those who are lucky enough to win the lottery. Studies show that many of the winners have little or nothing to show after five years of winning their money. That is because they never learned about money and on which key factors to focus upon.
There is no time limit on these factors – you can share them with school aged children or commence after you have retired from a lifetime of work. They will work just as well. They will however only work as well as you work them.
You are likely to have heard seen or even tried some or all of them before and may be tempted to dismiss the power of these factors when combined in to a single-minded focus point. They could be a timely reminder for you. And something else for you to consider – these aren’t my points – they are distilled from lessons taken from some of the richest and most successful people on the planet.
So here they are.
1. SET GOALS AND VISUALIZE ACHIEVING THEM
If you want to make more money, you have to have a clear goal and then a specific plan for how to achieve that goal. Money won’t just appear – you have to work at it. If you have never set a goal before, Google “goal setting” and find out how to do it.
Rich people choose to commit to attaining wealth. It takes focus, courage, knowledge, and a lot of effort. The main reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want. Rich people are totally clear that they want wealth.
2. INVEST IN YOURSELF
Probably the safest and best investment you can make is in your own future. Read at least 30 minutes a day, listen to relevant podcasts while driving and seek out mentors vigorously. You don’t need to be a master in your field, just well-rounded and knowledgeable – able to talk about any relevant subject whether it is financial or otherwise. Consume knowledge like air and put your pursuit of learning above all else. It is said that Warren Buffet spends 80% of his day reading – there’s a clue.
3. INCREASE YOUR INCOME
Since it is incredibly difficult to save your way to being a millionaire, the logical thing to do is increase what you are earning now so that you have extra money to put aside. Studies have shown that the wealthy have multiple streams of income – the most effective is usually three. This could be your day job, a part-time business, a business in which you have full or part-ownership, cash at bank earning interest, share dividends, real estate rental or capital profits from investments.
4. SAVE TO INVEST
The only reason to save money is to invest it. Your saved money needs to go into secured, sacred (untouchable) accounts. Never use these accounts for anything, not even an emergency. This will force you to continue to follow step three (increase income). When you have enough to make an investment, do so and then work to refill that investment account.
The key to consistently setting aside money is to make it automatic. You can start by having your bank account automatically shift a percentage of your income in to a separate untouchable savings account. That way, you’ll never even see the money you’re contributing and you’ll learn to live without it.
5. DELAY GRATIFICATION
It is vitally important to control your expenditure while you are building your wealth. You might want to spend $20,000 on a holiday or $100,000 on a new car, maybe even a $5,000 suit or $2,000 pair of sunglasses or shoes. And these are all good things to have and do. But not before you have made it and have the kind of wealth and income that make the purchase of these things readily possible. The people who don’t succeed financially are those who have to have it all now. Imagine what you could do with the cash you would spend on these things – you could invest in a property or shares that might double in value in 5-10 years and throw off enough income to pay for the luxury things you want. And you would still have the asset.
Warren Buffet lives in the same home he always had and drives a modest ute that he loves. He invested his savings in to solid assets for the long term. Sometimes I wonder why he doesn’t spend some of his wealth on the fun things in life, but I guess he must have made these conscious choices.
6. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
There is a long held school of thought that you become like those you associate with and tend to have a similar income to the average of that group of people. So if you want to increase your wealth and income, find others who are already doing that.
Andrew Carnegie has described this principle as the “Mastermind Group.” The idea is to surround yourself with talented people who share your vision, because the alignment of several smart and creative minds is exponentially more powerful than just one.
7. AIM HIGHER
I wrote my first book – “It’s Easy to Be a Property Millionaire” in 2001, when a millionaire really meant that you had sufficient wealth to generate a high quality of living and you could choose to work or live your days out in pursuit of things you loves to do and people you wanted to be with. These days that same sum, while not insignificant, just won’t cut it any more. I think you need to aim for $2M or more – since $2M net worth – outside your family home, could reasonably provide you an income of about $100k per year, which is sufficient to provide a reasonable standard of living.
Of course I encourage you to aim much higher, if that is your choice – it’s up to you.
What you do with these focus points is of course up to you.
But now that I have put them in front of you (again?) what will you do?
Published in Property Observer by Craig Turnbull; 13th October 2016