WHY THE RICH GET RICHER?

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THEY DON’T WASTE ANY MONEY

The idea of saving money is a boring idea of becoming rich.

Honestly speaking, this is the only way to do it – unless you have something up your sleeve (rich family), then you are at the wrong place.

It’s the only way because it does not matter how much money you make, but if you’re someone who does not spend or invest wisely, you’re not gonna end up becoming rich.

Look at some of the rich and famous people who made millions (or billions) worth of dollars, but ended up bankrupt. How is that?

It doesn’t matter how much money you make as long as you don’t know how to keep it.

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THEY LOOK AT THEIR NUMBERS DAILY

I personally know entrepreneurs who rarely look at numbers daily.

This is a bad habit.

Numbers don’t lie. It gives you a quick insight on where does your business (or personal finance) will end up heading.

This may sound trivial to some – reality is, knowing the figures gives you better understanding of your financial situation so you can make better decisions; short and long term-wise.

If your sales increases, look at expenses you did that made sales go up.

If your sales hit rock bottom, look at ways to cut your expenses that don’t seem to support sales.

And so on. You get the idea.

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THEY WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER

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The idea hard work equals results no longer applicable these days. And the rich know this too well.

Yes, you still need to put in the effort – but it needs to be smart effort.

If you’ve been doing the same thing over again without much results, the answer is not to do more of the same thing.

Instead, you should start finding alternatives.

This is why successful people often continue to learn and be adaptable; so they can easily adopt new ideas or methods to get results.

THEY MAKE THEIR MONEY WORK FOR THEM

People often like to say rich people are lazy. It’s far from the truth.

Rich people know that they don’t always want to work and not to enjoy the success they have accomplished.

So, they are always on the move to make their money to do the work such investing in companies, stocks and so on.

This is how most rich people stays rich despite of always looking like they don’t work at all.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Who wants to work for their entire life?

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THEY VALUE MONEY MORE THAN OTHERS

There’s nothing wrong about valuing money more than everything else.

You worked hard for it. Of course you’re going to value it more than most other things.

If this doesn’t sound like you, then you’re going to have a hard time to get rich – or to stay rich.

Most people like to spend money every time they get paid. They like to spend on things that don’t make much sense.

They don’t save and invest. How can they?

This spending habit will leave them constantly living paycheque to paycheque; ends up having to work for their entire lives.

Rich people, on the other hand, knows how money works. They don’t spend their earned income.

Instead, they save a portion of it to invest. Once that investment bears fruit, only then they’ll start spending.

This is why rich people value money more than others.

THEY BENEFIT FROM HAVING GOOD CREDIT

I don’t think it’s necessary for me to talk in depth about having good credit, do I?

In short, good credit means easy access to financial loans, government grants and so on.

Access to such financial support is crucial if you wish to own a house, start a business et cetera.

Let’s move on. 

THEY DON’T KEEP UP WITH JONES

There is a saying that “Poor people like to talk about others, while rich people like to talk about ideas.”

No. I did not say it.

But I can support by talking from my experience itself.

If you pay enough attention, people who are doing well (or well on their way) rarely talk about others. We rarely gossip.

On the other hand, when I talk to average folks, they seem to prefer talking about things that don’t benefit.

Sometimes, I can even sense envy or hate (or both) in these conversations – which is another tell-tell sign of a person who will struggle in life. No offense.

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THEY PRIORITIZE SUCCESS OVER LEISURE

This does not necessarily means you should enjoy less leisure time. Nobody wants that.

Instead, create tasks and schedule them where you will only work around specific time and day(s).

Then, use the remaining time (or days) to enjoy some leisure activities ONLY AFTER YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR TASKS.

This is what I mean by prioritizing success over leisure.

CONCLUSION

For closing, the most important thing is to, quote Nike ‘Just Do It’.

People tend to read and think a lot. We like to, sometimes, even over-complicate things. DON’T.

Just do it. Full stop.

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Why I Disagree With 50/30/20 Rule In Budgeting

What’s up future millionaires? I’m gonna share with you the reasons why I don’t like the 50/30/20 Rule.

For those who are not familiar with it, the 50/30/20 rule represents how much you need to spend based on needs, wants & savings respectively.

While it is good that people are finally taking more care of their personal finances with this rule, I feel there needs to be more adjustment.

Create 40/10/50 Budget

I personally don’t like the idea of the 50/30/20 Rule.

The ’50’ needs should be reduced, for example, try staying in a cheaper apartment, or rent out a room in your house to reduce your monthly installment.

My personal view is that the 30 wants also needs to be reduced. Avoid from spending on luxury goods – or try to reduce spending at least. Sacrifice today so you can leave a better life tomorrow.

Instead, add more into the savings/investment. This increases from 20 to 50 giving you a lot of cushion for investment and money for emergency.

Therefore, I feel the 50/30/20 rule should be re-introduced as 40/10/50 instead.

When I was in my mid-20s, I worked while doing my studies. Even then, I managed to save up to 80% or sometimes more from my income. Most of that savings are put into investment. I could do this back then since I didn’t have much commitments. That was about 10 years ago.

The reason I’m sharing this is demonstrate to you that the Rule is also time dependent. If you’re a single bachelor, it’s always the best idea to put more money into savings/investment since there aren’t much monthly commitments for you to make.

My Final Two Cent

My final two cent? Don’t get too caught up with the 50/30/20 Rule. Use it as your guideline. My rule of thumb, try your best to have higher percentage for savings/investment.

I know not able to spend money on your wants sounds terrifying after hard days of work.

But this is only temporarily till you can live on dividends alone – which you can loosen up the strict spending then.

Let me know in the comment section below if you feel otherwise. Cheers.

Why Making Money Is Actually Boring? The Truth

I know what you are thinking. Who in their mind get bored when making money?

These days, I’m seeing a lot of people aspiring to become rich but not willing to hear what they should hear.

At the end, these people ended up listening to many of these so-called business gurus offering online classes worth thousands dollars ended up disappointed.

The reality is you need to do what every successful people in the entire of mankind’s history has been doing, which is to SAVE MONEY!

By now, I’m sure many of you clicked to not read this article further – not wanting to face reality.

Honestly, saving money is the key to becoming and remain wealthy.

No matter how much you make, if you still fail to save money, you’ll eventually become not wealthy.

Don’t believe it?

Just look at the number of business people, celebrities and athletes who made millions of dollars in their prime; yet despite all of the money, they still ended up in bankruptcy.

SO HOW TO SAVE?

“Not Wasting Money Is The Best Way to Save Money.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Saving money alone is not efficient if you want to become wealthy. You need to devise a plan. A budget plan. This allows you to have clearer picture of where your money should be spent and where not to.

Budget plan does not help you solving your financial problems, it helps you see the problems!

Below is a simple process to create a budget:

  • Create Your Networth Target – Create where you’d like your total networth be within a dateline. E.g. You aim a total of $500,000 within next 5 years. This means you need to make $8333 each month. This is where you start creating a budget.
  • Budget – With a target, creating budget becomes easier. This is where you need to look at your personal finances. Start looking at expenses and cut whatever is necessary. Try to be as lean as possible in your spending. Then, look at your income and determine how much more you need to make money in order to make that $8333 per month. When you’re able to see where you are today in the aspect of wealth and how far are you away from reaching that target, your money awareness is heightened. This is the ‘awareness’ that every individual needs to help them save money.

Obviously, there’s more to it in devising a financial budget – but it would be a very long article to write about, something which I look forward to writing in the future.

Remember! Budget plan does not help you solving your financial problems, it helps you see the problems!

That’s it for today. Let me know in comment section of what you think about the article.