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10 Reasons Why You’re Not Rich

10 Reasons Why You’re Not Rich

In January 2016, the multi-state Powerball lottery game reached a record high jackpot of $1.5 billion. If you’re reading this article right now, odds are you were not one of the winners. Unfortunately, many people have a lottery mentality, in that they believe the only way they could possibly be rich is to win a large lottery prize.

The fact is that anyone is capable of being rich in this world. According to many self-made millionaires, building wealth and becoming rich is not up to the luck of the draw—it is up to you and your mentality about money. To them, it’s not about why you can’t be rich, but about the reasons why you’re not rich already. Here are some of the reasons the rich say you’re not among them.

1. You think being rich is a privilege reserved for others and not you.

We live in a capitalist society, which means you have just as much of a chance to earn wealth as anyone else—as long as you are willing to put in the effort to create value for others.

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2. You don’t think you’re smart enough.

A lack of a formal education has rarely ever held back successful people. The founders of Microsoft, Facebook, IKEA, ALDI, Luxottica, and Dell Computers were all either college dropouts or never even attended college.

3. You don’t think you’re capable of being rich because you’re not ambitious.

Rich people aren’t any more ambitious or have any more desire to be rich than you do. They just have more faith in themselves to make their dreams come true. In order to become rich on your own, you need to believe in yourself more.

4. You focus on saving money versus earning more of it.

Don’t misunderstand this. Rich people save their money too, but they don’t just put it in the bank in a low interest savings account. They save their money wisely in ways that will earn them more through investments and higher returns.

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5. You think the only way to earn more money is to work more hours.

Sure, if you get paid by the hour, and you put in some overtime, you’ll earn a few more bucks in your next paycheck. That’s obvious. That’s not the way to earn wealth though. Rich people look at ways to find solutions to problems that will earn them income. Doing that isn’t based on how many hours you punch in on the time-clock.

6. You’re afraid to fail.

Many of the wealthiest self-made individuals have failed at something before hitting it big. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Just treat those failures as learning steps along the way to success. Failure is a teacher and not an end-all.

7. You’re not hanging out with the right people.

We all love our friends. But, if your friends are poor and have poor mentalities, then hanging out with them isn’t going to help you. Rich people associate with other rich people not because they’re snobs, but because they learn from and lean on each other. If you want to be rich, be around rich people and take notes.

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8. You believe that life is supposed to be a struggle.

People have been taught to be grateful for what they have. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean they should settle for it. Rich people strive for more, and you should too.

9. You believe money is evil.

Money is not evil. Money is necessary to buy the basic things we need to live. To the rich, though, money is more than that. Money is a positive tool that can be used to earn more money, give them the freedom to do what they want, and allow them to live worry-free.

10. You resent the rich.

Many people believe that rich people are crooks, liars, scam artists, spoiled, mean narcissists who should be rounded up. You don’t want to be rich because that means you would be selling out your soul. The fact is that many of them are very generous people who donate much of their money and time to worthwhile charities and causes. They’re also more than willing to help you learn the things they learned along the way.

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For more tips on changing your mentality about money and understanding why you’re not rich, I recommend reading Steve Siebold’s book, How Rich People Think. Steve is a self-made millionaire who interviewed over 1,200 wealthy people and compiled their thoughts and advice in his writings.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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