A lot of folks have a dream of becoming wealthy. They imagine themselves finally feeling financially secure. They imagine what it will feel like to never have to worry about money again. And yes, they imagine a few perks, such as fun vacations and nights out on the town.
A lot of these same folks equate ‘being wealthy’ with making money. Or they equate being wealthy with having a big house and a nice car.
But here’s the thing...
Just making a lot of money won’t make you wealthy. And if the bank owns your car and your house – no matter how big and fancy they are – then you aren’t wealthy. You are just another person in debt, living beyond your means.
Being truly wealthy means you accumulate money. It means you grow your money. It means you own your assets (rather than having bank-owned assets with huge payments that leave you struggling every month).
If you want to be THAT kind of wealthy, then take a look at these three keys to wealth. They may be simple, but don’t overlook them because of their simplicity...
Key #1: Making Money
So this is perhaps the most obvious key. In order to start building that savings account, you need to make money. This might be from a job. It might be from a business. It might even be from some combination of a job and business.
But the point is, you need to have a regular source of income coming in. And, most importantly, this regular source of income needs to be more than you need for your basic living expenses. Which brings us to the second key...
Key #2: Saving Money
A lot of folks who start bringing in money act like that money is burning a hole in their pocket. They just have to spend it. And sometimes they end up nickel and diming themselves to death.
For example, a twice-a-day Starbucks coffee and muffin habit can easily end up a couple thousand dollars per year.
Going for a ‘night out on the town’ four or five times a month is another way to slide a lot of money out of your bank account fast.
Or how about some of those bills that you pay without really thinking about, like your cable bill? A lot of people pay well over $100 for hundreds of channels they don’t watch. Those are the types of bills you can easily scale back on without feeling like you’re making a huge sacrifice.
Which brings us to the next point...
Just how much do you have to sacrifice, anyway?
The answer to that depends on how wealthy you want to become, how much you’re currently saving, and how much money you’re currently spending.
But here’s some good news: it’s about balance.
You see, you don’t need to eat cheap 10 cent Top Ramen soup packets for every meal. You don’t need to sell your car and start taking the bus. You don’t need to go live in a box on the street just to save money on the mortgage or the rent.
After all, the future isn’t guaranteed. So it’s not going to do you a whole lot of good if you sacrifice all your life just to die with a few million dollars in the bank.
So what you need to do is get smart about your financial future. And the way to do that is by establishing some goals.
First and foremost, you need to sock away some money for emergencies. Typically, this means putting about six months’ worth of living expenses into an easily accessible savings account. That way if you lose your job, if your business tanks, if you get sick, or if your other regular source of income dries up, you’ll still be okay. You’ll have a six-month cushion.
Secondly, you probably have some short-term savings goal. For example maybe you want to sock away a few thousand dollars for a vacation next year. Or perhaps you have another major purchase coming up, such as some house maintenance or remodeling, a wedding, or some other activity.
In all cases, you need to determine exactly how much money you need, and the date by which you need it. Then you can figure out how much money you’ll need to save each month in order to obtain your goal.
So what about retirement and other long-term savings goals?
Well, you do need to save money each and every month for your retirement. However, you don’t want to just put all this money into a savings account. Instead, what you want to do is invest it to grow it. Which brings us to the third key...
Key #3: Investing Money
The final key to wealth is to put your money to work for you. And that means you need to invest it.
Now, the good news is that there are a lot of different ways to invest your money, so you’re sure to find a balance that suits your needs. Here are some of the more popular ways:
- Mutual funds.
- Investing directly in business (your own business or someone else’s business).
- Artwork, antiques, precious metals.
- Real estate.
There are two keys to choosing the right investment for you.
First, you need to assess your own risk tolerance, and then choose investments that best match your risk tolerance. Your risk tolerance depends on factors such as how many years you have to save for a particular goal, as well as how comfortable you are with certain types of investments.
General rule of thumb: investments that come with the potential for a high reward also come with a high amount of risks. And likewise, low-reward investments tend to be less risky.
For example, young people who are saving for retirement may opt for a portfolio with riskier stocks, simply because they have decades to recover if one of their risky stocks suffers. On the other hand, someone who is near retirement age will put their money into much safer investments. Naturally, neither group should put all their money into one type of investment, which brings us to the next point...
Secondly, you need to diversify. Diversifying is a natural way to spread out the risk. You can diversify by putting money into a variety of investments, such as stocks, real estate, business investments and so on. You can also diversify within each specific type of investment. For example, if you’re investing in stocks, then invest in a mix of companies across different industries, some of which are well-established.
So there you have it, the three simple keys to growing your money:
- Make money.
- Save money.
- Grow your money.
Now while these keys seem simple on paper, putting them into practice is a bit trickier. Most people struggle. They have problems bringing in enough extra money to save. Then once they do bring in extra money, they tend to spend it rather than save it. A lot of folks never even give a proper thought to investing.
Since you’ve read this far, I know you’re different. You want to learn more about making money, saving money, and investing money. You want financial security. You want the peace of mind that comes with growing a big nest egg in your bank account.
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