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8 Things That Keep You From Becoming a Millionaire

8 Things That Keep You From Becoming a Millionaire

Not everyone is destined to become a millionaire. In fact, nobody is destined to become anything at all. A person’s potential for success may begin with the circumstances into which they were born, but whether or not they actually become successful depends on the choices they make and the life they choose to live. Although it may be more difficult for some than it is for others to become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, it is certainly possible for all of us to, at the very least, live in such a way that maximizes our potential for success. Those who want to see dollar signs in their future should avoid the following:

1. Lack of purpose

Every single rich person in the world wakes up knowing exactly why they’re getting out of bed in the morning. Too many of us go to bed at night having not accomplished anything during their waking hours, simply because they didn’t see a purpose for doing anything at all. This sense of purpose must come from within. If after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Steve Jobs stopped working and took on a depressing, “What’s the point?” persona, you wouldn’t be holding the iPhone you’re probably reading this on.

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2. Lack of ambition

Along with a sense of purpose, you also need to have ambition. The truth is, even if you know your purpose in life, there are seven billion people in the world. It’s more than likely others have the same purpose as well. You need to separate yourself from the pack by being more ambitious than your competitors. Be the one that knows what they want, and knows how to get it. Otherwise, you’re just another pipe dreamer who believes success should just be doled out to anyone regardless of how hard they’ve worked for it.

3. Not being a life-long learner

Learning doesn’t end once you graduate from high school or college. Or at least it shouldn’t. Think of all the advancements in technology we’ve had since you were a high school student. Now imagine where we’ll be in another twenty years. Do you really want to write all of these advancements off because you don’t want to learn something new? Especially at a time in which it’s incredibly easy to pick up a handheld device and read almost every single piece of information ever known to humanity, shunning learning will only further the divide between your current self and your potential.

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4. Lack of self-discipline

Even if you love to learn, you know what you want to do, and you know how to do it, you still need to be self-disciplined in order to find true success. Most self-made millionaires practice discipline in all aspects of their lives. They eat healthy, they don’t live above their means, they exercise diligently, and they put their all into everything they do. They understand the long-lasting detrimental effects that compromising their self-discipline can have, so they continue on the straight and narrow path every day of their life.

5. Procrastination

People procrastinate when they’re afraid their hard work will not pay off, or they’re afraid they’re not good enough to complete a task efficiently. Successful millionaires are completely confident in their ability to get things done, and they also know that if they put a task off it’ll still be there tomorrow morning, and there will be less time to do it in. And, of course, other tasks will have piled up during the time that was wasted avoiding the original task. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by using every waking moment to your advantage.

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6. Lack of persistence

Pink Floyd says it best:

“Run, rabbit run.
Dig that hole, forget the sun,
And when at last the work is done,
Don’t sit down, it’s time to dig another one.”

In other words, your work is never truly done. Tasks will continue to pile up whether you choose to complete them or not. Putting your feet up will only cause you to be overwhelmed in the future. Successful millionaires understand this, which is why they never truly leave work behind. They might take lavish vacations and eat at fancy restaurants, but they always have their phone close by in case something comes up that requires their immediate attention. Just because you did a good job today doesn’t mean you can slack off tomorrow and expect the same results.

7. Toxic friends

Friends can either help build you up or they can absolutely tear you apart. If you find yourself surrounded by naysayers who have no ambition in their lives other than to keep others down, you need to ditch them immediately. They may be fun to be around at times, but they serve no purpose in your life if your goal is to become a success. On the other hand, surrounding yourself with people who are more successful than you gives you ambition to do better each and every day. When you set out on your life’s path, take care in who you bring along with you.

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8. Unfulfilling jobs

So many of us are stuck in dead-end jobs that only serve to make ends meet. You might think to yourself “this is only temporary” at first, but then one year becomes two, then two becomes five, and the next thing you know you’ve missed your opportunity to move on. Don’t let it happen. You might face a financial setback initially, but in the long run you’ll be much happier, and you’ll feel much more confident on your pathway to becoming a success.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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