- 10 Principles of Creating Wealth
- Increase Your Earnings
- Get An Understanding Of How The World Works
- Have At least 3 Income Streams
- Live Frugally
- Invest, Don’t Save
- Build Your Credit History
- Think Bigger And 10x Your Goals
- Study Those Who Already Did It
- Leverage Good Debt
- And Most Importantly.. Persistence
Getting rich isn’t so mysterious once you understand how money works and have an undying determination and persistence to succeed. Everything mentioned below doesn’t work unless you do. So, if you haven’t already, start now – because the blueprint is only as good as the person following it.
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10 Principles of Creating Wealth:
1. Increase Your Earnings
Don’t ignore active income. If you want to supercharge your way to becoming a self-made millionaire do not overlook your earnings power. Lot’s of early entrepreneurs with the ambitions of getting rich fall into the idea that they can get wealthy simply by saving and investing – this may be true if you’re looking to do it over a 30 year period like getting a Roth IRA account.
But, if you’re looking to do it in half that, you need lots of income. You can’t keep the fire growing without adding lots of fuel, over and over again.
Your earning power determines your borrowing and investing power. The more you make, the more you can invest.
Note: Your earning power determines your borrowing and investing power.
2. Get An Understanding Of How The World Works
- Personal and Corporate Finance
- Micro and Macroeconomics
- The Tax System
- Other areas of value+
You don’t need to be an expert, but start by understanding each on a basic foundational level where you can start to understand what the wealthy do with their money and why they’re doing it. Once you understand the mechanics at play, you can start making more calculated decisions.
Reminder: You can’t win the game if you don’t understand the rules.
3. Have At least 3 Income Streams
Assets, assets, assets.
If you want to make lots of money, you need cash flow. Having plenty of income streams provides you with consistent cash flow, non-dependence on one source, diversification, more income, and is why having income streams is what most millionaires all have in common.
65% of self-made millionaires have at least three streams of income, found Tom Corley, author of “Rich Habits”. And of those, 1/3 have at least 5.
Note: 65% of self-made millionaires have at least three streams of income. And of them, 1/3 have at least 5.
4. Live Frugally
Frugal living is something that will pay you in dividends in the long run. Discipline yourself to carry a mindset of being rich and not looking rich. Do this and you will see every dollar you didn’t spend is a dollar you could be investing.
In a 2017 interview with Time, Mark Cuban said that anyone who wants to get rich should aggressively save and not spend money on anything other than the essentials.
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Reminder: Frugal living isn’t about living cheaply, it’s about living more efficiently.
“A penny saved is two pennies earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
5. Invest, Don’t Save
2.17% is the average inflation rate, per year, in the US over the last 20 years. Meaning that, when you save cash in the bank, it loses 2.17% of its value each year.
This is a fundamental principle to the saying “the rich get richer”, because the rich invest their money in assets that appreciate to outpace inflation.
You should have an emergency fund with at least 3-6 months of expenses in a regular savings account before investing.
6. Build Your Credit History
Your credit score and credit history are 2 very different things. Does one reflect the other? Yes, but a great score with little to no history will get you a terrible interest rate or denied completely.
Lenders typically want to see you have experience using credit responsibly through a consistent history of on time payments. Although your credit score is made up from 6 credit factors, credit history takes the longest to build and the only one with no shortcuts. According to Credit Karma, credit history takes 7 years to be deemed “good”.
Sure, there are ways to hack your credit score past a 750, but a good credit score doesn’t necessarily mean you’re trustworthy in the eyes of a lender.
If you want to leverage your income, you should start building a strong credit history.
Tip: Never close a credit card account, even if the balance is $0 and never used. Your credit length is calculated by taking the average age between the oldest and newest account. So, if you close an account, you erase the history and length you built up over the years.
7. Think Bigger And 10x Your Goals
Life has an interesting way of rewarding the bold. Have you ever heard the saying “Fortune favors the bold”? Well, set ambitious goals and commit to them.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale
8. Study Those Who Already Did It
Take a look at those who are where you want to be and understand how they got there. Study their blueprint. How did they get rich? What does their portfolio look like now?
47% of millionaires are business owners, so you may want to consider starting a business considering that almost half made of their millions this way. While 23% of millionaires got rich through paid work, consisting of mostly skilled professionals or managers.
It’s also notable, through the same study, that all millionaires have an average of $3.05 million in assets. So, you also may want to check into how they distribute their $3.05 million and what they are invested in?
Note: 47% of self-made millionaires (88%) made their millions through owning a business and all millionaires have an average of $3.05 million in assets.
9. Leverage Good Debt
Leverage your income to buy above your earning power through outside funding. In other words, borrow money to make money. This is where having great credit and an understanding of how money works comes into play.
Leveraging your money in real estate, for example, will typically allow you to borrow 80¢ on the dollar. So a 20% down payment means you’re using 80% leverage, and sometimes even lower.
Always sift through every deal and do your due diligence on each investment before committing to anything.
10. And Most Importantly.. Persistence
Becoming a millionaire is no easy feat. In fact, according to a Spectrem Group study, 80% of current millionaires didn’t reach the $1,000,000 mark until at least 50 years old. So, as long as you have determination and persistence – you will get there.