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10 Mindsets About Wealth All Billionaires Share

10 Mindsets About Wealth All Billionaires Share

What is it that truly separates the wealthy from the poor? What about super wealthy? And by super wealthy I mean people who have accumulated a level of wealth that seems almost beyond most ordinary people.

It is a very old psychological sleight of hand that the way you think, the thoughts you experience on a daily basis are crucial to accumulating wealth. Without the specific mindsets and beliefs that are designed for creating wealth you’ll never create any wealth. This is the foundation that separates all wealthy people from the rest. The foundation that begins in the mind is always the first step.

Now I’m not saying that if you simply develop these mindsets you are going to become a billionaire or accumulate any sort of wealth because action also needs to be taken for this to happen. For wealth conducive activities to occur, there needs to be a solid foundation set in place that begins in the mind first.

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Here specific mindsets about wealth that all billionaires share.

1. Not viewing failure as failure

Billionaires and other wealthy people do not view failure as failure and that it’s game over. Alternatively, they simply see it as a stumbling block to success and one that provides opportunities to learn from. All billionaires failed numerous times in their quest to accumulate their wealth but they viewed it as a learning opportunity to help them achieve their dreams and their goals. Henry Ford sums it up best, “Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

2. They don’t believe in giving up

All billionaires are incredibly persistent probably to the point of being almost obsessive and crazy – but it’s this mindset that helps them get to where they are today. They are committed to achieving their vision and their goals and won’t give up until they accomplish them. Here is Steve Jobs thoughts on persistence,”I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

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3. They think and dream big

If you don’t set yourself a big dream then you are never going to achieve it. It’s that simple. If you want to become a billionaire you need to set your sights high, work hard and smart to make your dreams a reality. In the words of Donald Trump,”I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything then you might as well think big.”

4. They have empowering mindsets about wealth

As has already been alluded to in this post, the mindset you have about money in the foundation for accumulating wealth. Anyone who is wealthy has an empowering mindset about money. They believe that being wealthy is a good thing. They are comfortable with money. They are comfortable spending it. In fact, they love money. If you don’t develop an empowering mindset about wealth you’ll never accumulate it.

5. They believe they create their destiny

A billionaire believes that they can create their future using a combination of their thoughts followed by massive action. This is a big difference to the ordinary citizen who meanders through life with the belief that life just happens to them and that they should just ‘accept their lot in life.’

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6. They take responsibility for their results

No matter whether it’s failure or success billionaires take responsibility for their results. Even when they experience failures and setbacks they do and they don’t do it because they like it. They do it because psychologically, it acknowledges to the mind that they also have the power to turn a negative result around.

7. They don’t believe in playing it safe

Billionaires play the money game to win. Do you? This certainly doesn’t mean they are reckless with their money but they aren’t approaching opportunities with a mindset of not losing what they have or being comfortable with what they have but rather trying to find ways to become rich.

8. They know and believe there is an abundance of wealth

They know that their is wealth everywhere in the universe and that you can accumulate it only if you provide massive value to other people. They believe that there is enough for everyone and this is stark in contrast to the ordinary person who believes money is hard to come by.

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9. They believe and know that your IQ and education means nothing

Money doesn’t care about educational qualifications, credentials, or IQ. Money comes to those who find opportunities and create value and all billionaires know and believe that this is how to accumulate wealth. They know it’s the market that determines where the wealth goes and if you can tap into that opportunity then you can create wealth.

10. They believe wealth comes to you if you help other people

If you can help enough people solve a specific problem that they are having and you can do it on a large enough scale then you can create more wealth. Billionaires know and believe that if you can help enough people get what they want then you can create massive wealth. Zig Ziglar sums this mindset up best,

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

We know that billionaires are a unique type of people. All billionaires in the world share these specific mindsets about wealth that ordinary people don’t. While adopting these mindsets doesn’t imply you’ll become a billionaire in your lifetime, it will certainly create for you a foundation in your own mind from where you can begin accumulating wealth and that can make all the difference. Ultimately, it is up to you to change your circumstances.

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Published on May 7, 2019

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Will you spend more time with your family?
  • What does retirement mean to you?
  • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

2. Figure out When to Invest

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

Why?

Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

  1. Vanguard
  2. TD Ameritrade
  3. Charles Schwab

5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

Robo Advisors

Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

Bonds

Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

  1. Treasury bonds
  2. Government bonds
  3. Corporate bonds
  4. Foreign bonds
  5. Mortgage-backed bonds
  6. Municipal bonds

Mutual Funds

Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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Real Estate

Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

Savings Accounts

Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

So how can you master delayed gratification?

By building your discipline.

Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

But, how can you invest yourself?

Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

Retire Happy with Excess Money

The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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