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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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14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

3. Create a System

Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

5. Use a Ratings Scale

Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

7. Offer Feedback Forms

Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

8. Track Cost Effectiveness

This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

9. Use Self-Evaluations

Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

10. Monitor Time Management

This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

    14. Use an External Evaluator

    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

    Final Thoughts

    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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