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Want To Be A Millionaire? You Should Add These 10 Things To Your Bucket List

Want To Be A Millionaire? You Should Add These 10 Things To Your Bucket List

So you want to know how to become a millionaire, eh? With that kind of money, you’ll have the freedom everyone in the world desires. You’ll no longer have to work a job you hate just to pay the bills, or be forced to spend 8 or more hours a day sitting in an office cubicle – or in any other restraining setting. Here are 10 things you should turn into habits for making your first million dollars:

1. Start Generating Multiple Streams of Income

The wealthy are not dependant on any one source of income. They have multiple streams of revenue coming in, be that through a business they own, a property they invested in, or a blog they run. You must learn how to increase your revenue through multiple sources.

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2. Learn to Be More Frugal

Millionaires didn’t get to where they are by frivolously spending money on stupid things. You need to learn how to keep money in the bank. That doesn’t mean you aren’t going to spend it – oh no, it means you’ll spend a great deal of it. However, instead of buying a new car, clothes, or electronics, you’ll spend it on assets with a high return on invstment (ROI). Speaking on investing…

3. Save to Invest, Not Simply to Save

A millionaire’s worth is not merely the sum of cash in the bank plus the value of the things he owns. Yes, these things factor in. However, much of their worth comes from their assets; the businesses or items they own that make them money. Most millionaire’s are not savers – they are investors.

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Money sitting in the bank pays a pitiful amount of interest that will never amount to anything unless you have an incredibly high sum of it; and even then, investing it would still make you more money. With depreciation of the value of the dollar every year, you must invest money in order to gain from it.

4. Speaking of Investing – Invest in Yourself

Investing in assets outside of yourself is great – but bad things can happen. Your building can burn down, your supplier can quit, you could get sued. Once you’re out of assets, you lose. But what if you’ve invested in your own mind? If you’ve learned how to build a business yourself, rather than simply buying an existing one, that knowledge stays with you even if you lose the business. Buy more books, go to more seminars, watch more webinars, take an online course. Never stop learning.

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5. Stop Working to Make Someone Else Rich

Every day you go to work for a paycheck on Fridays (or whichever day). In the meantime, the owners of the business you’re working for are making bank. Stop making them all the money and start building a business of your own.

6. Set Goals and Review Them Daily

The biggest, most well-known and under-utilized secret of how to become a millionaire (or accomplish anything, for that matter) is writing goals down. Physically write them down on paper – but don’t stop there. You must review your progress daily, and make sure you’re on track every single day.

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7. Be Wary of Who You Befriend

They say your sum can be guessed as the average of the 10 closest people in your life. Whether that’s true or not, the company you keep definitely affects you a great deal. If you want to become a millionaire, you need to start hanging around people who know how to make money.

8. Learn the Language of Money

How can you ever expect to own a lot of money if you don’t know how to speak it’s language? Take an online accounting course or even buy some books. Take a free accounting course on Coursera.

9. Start Reading More

Leaders are readers. Warren Buffett reads 8 hours a day. He runs a book club with Bill Gates. If you need a place to start, check out Tai Lopez’s book list – I’ve read half of them and they’re amazing.

10. Think Big

Screw $1 million – shoot for $10 million. Have you ever heard the saying, “Shoot for the moon – even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”? It’s true. Set stretch goals and SMART goals.

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Published on November 20, 2018

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

Stop manually tracking your spending.

Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
  2. Only buy nice things after saving
  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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