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10 Signs That Tell You’ll Be Rich Even If You’re Not Born in a Well-Off Family

10 Signs That Tell You’ll Be Rich Even If You’re Not Born in a Well-Off Family

I’ve been obsessed with money since I was a kid. Not in a scary way, I’ve always known not to worship it or anything, but I caught on quickly to the importance of a dollar.

I loved my allowance and I always looked forward to making extra (the tooth fairy was very generous). Good grades meant good earnings, so I slaved away over homework. As I grew up, I sometimes forgot how long it took to earn a certain amount, and it would lead to me spending my money recklessly. If you want a lesson in economics, spend poorly; you’ll quickly figure out how important saving money is.

Now I work hard and take on all kinds of side-jobs so that I don’t have to stress about cash. I budget myself strictly and I have healthy savings accounts. Sure, some people are born into money, but for those of us who have to work for it, there’s added satisfaction when you balance your checkbook and see all those numbers.

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You really can become a millionaire. It just takes time.

No matter how measly your salary or hourly pay may be, there are ways to invest and earn that can quickly up your status from peasant to prince. The trick is knowing how to do it and what steps to avoid. Sure, you could go out and waste money on books claiming to make you rich quickly, but why? I’m here to provide a list of (free) solutions.

If you have these 10 qualities, congratulations! You’ll probably be rich in the future.

You have a clear life purpose.

This doesn’t mean you wake up every day with the intention of making tons of money. It means you know what you want and you know how to work hard. For me, I knew I needed to spend more wisely, so I confided in a friend who had done really well, financially. With her help, I created a spreadsheet that I could use to track my spending. I swear by this budget and update it daily. When I know I want to set aside X amount into my savings account every month, it’s a clear goal I can work toward and visualize with my budget.[1]

You don’t look for a quick fix; you’re patient.

I’ve seen so many programs claiming to make you millions of dollars overnight. The headlines are usually something like, “Try this crazy tip and double your profit instantly!” While that may sound awesome, it also seems impossible. And for good reason. It takes time to create wealth. In fact, in one study, 52% of participants didn’t attain wealth until age 56. Sure, it may seem easier to spend $100 on that purse you’ve been eyeing than to reserve $100 in savings. But is that quick dopamine hit really better than the long-term happiness a secure savings account will bring you?

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You take calculated risks.

This doesn’t mean you should buy a lottery ticket whenever the jackpot is over a million dollars. Instead, it means you should know how to invest your money and pursue opportunities. If you don’t feel ready to work with a financial advisor or investor just yet, ease into it. There are plenty of free apps out there that help you learn to invest like a pro. Start there!

You’re highly resilient and never give up when there are setbacks.

When it comes to investing in yourself and your future, sometimes it can feel overwhelming and borderline impossible. When you have that voice in your head telling you to be fearful and give up, overcome it! Remember, this is a long-term commitment to your own financial success. It may be scary, but it’s all about your future.

You are open-minded and can see things from different perspectives.

No one ever made money by keeping their head down and avoiding change. When you are enthusiastic about new ideas and opinions, you begin to grow. Only with this kind of growth does success occur.

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You are frugal, but still giving.

When you’re trying to save and be thrifty, it can feel challenging to give to others, even charity! But there’s a difference between being cheap and being smart with your spending. Give time and money when it comes to things you’re passionate about. Spreading wealth is a great way to have it returned to you by the universe.

You finish what you start and seldom make excuses.

You don’t make money or become successful by coming up with reasons to stop working hard. Take accountability for yourself and your actual accounts. You are the only one controlling your future. Be smart about it and don’t quit.

You work hard instead of only looking for shortcuts.

If you’re always looking for sly ways to get out of something and still make money, then here’s a spoiler alert for you: you will fail. You have to be willing to work hard and put in the effort. And why wouldn’t you? Don’t you want to earn money?

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You invest in valuable things.

I’m not just talking about stocks and bonds here. When you’re trying to become a successful and wealthy individual, you have to invest in the things you hold dear. This also includes mistakes (which I’ll explain in the next point).

You are not afraid of making mistakes.

Mistakes are valuable! They teach you. No one likes to make a mistake, as it so often makes us feel like we failed somehow. But have you ever made a mistake and not learned something from it? Mistakes, no matter how frustrating, are a great teaching tool if we are wise enough to take advantage of them. When it comes to our financial success, mistakes can hit hard, but I can guarantee you won’t make the same one twice.

You don’t have to be a genius to be rich.

At the end of the day, it’s about common sense. Spend and invest wisely and don’t get hung up on trends or bad advice. Know yourself and your goals and aim to achieve everything you want and more. Instead of hoping to become a multimillionaire, set attainable goals. Maybe you want to save $1,000 in your savings account by your birthday. Perhaps you want to open a 401k for the first time. Whatever it is, set that intention and follow through. Maybe your friends need to help keep you accountable. No matter what it is, figure out what gets you to your goal and don’t quit. And hey, don’t forget about us little people when you’re rolling around on that mattress of cash.

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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

3. Move Your Body

A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

4. Connect With Another Person

Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

5. Use Your Imagination

When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

Final Thoughts

Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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