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7 Investment Lessons You Should Learn from the Successful Investors

7 Investment Lessons You Should Learn from the Successful Investors

Investing is a great way to make your money work for you and you don’t need any special degree to learn. Not everyone grows up learning about investing, saving, and money matters, but if you want to learn more, here are some great investment lessons from other successful investors.

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    1. Ask for Advice From Experts

    You can learn many things by reading books and blogs, but sometimes, talking to someone is much better. A certified financial planner, stock broker, or other expert may be the best option to help you figure out your situation. They can give you advice based on their experience or laws and regulations regarding financial instruments. Even if you have to pay them a small fee, at least you know you will be getting real, solid advice.

    2. Plan for the Worst

    Tragedy can happen at any time. You can get sick or lose your job. Or the value of your stocks might go down. You might even die and leave your dependents. So, you need to plan for the worst. First, before you even think of investing your money, make sure you have an emergency fund, which should cover your bills and expenses for at least 6 months. Next, you need to have a good medical insurance plan that protects you and your dependents. Finally, you need a life insurance policy if you have people who depend on you. The size of the policy should be relative to how many dependents you have.

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    3. Give, but Give Carefully

    Giving to charities, churches, and other organizations is a great thing. These organizations give great service to the community and they help those who cannot help themselves. However, you must give carefully as well. Do not give up all your money, and before you do decide on a giving plan, make sure you have yourself covered first.

    4. Keep Working

    If you are young and strong, the best advice for you would be to keep working. Keep working for as long as you can because you have the best asset of all: time. The longer you work, the more money you have to invest. If you don’t plan to have any retirement income (side business, properties) then you need to work as long as you can, so you can build up your retirement fund.

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    5. Invest in the Long Term

    It’s exciting to see movie scenes where the main characters are on the trading floor on Wall Street, buying and selling and making millions at the turn of a hat. However, the truth is, unless you had a lot of money, skill, and time, you can’t make a lot of money with individual stock purchases. However, something that has been proven is the power of long-term investing. If you invest now in good stocks from reliable companies (or even in an index fund) and leave it there for 20 years, you can have enough time to ride out any dips and still come out on top.

    6. Invest in What You Know and Like

    During the famous Dot Com boom of the late 90s, people asked investing maven Warren Buffet why he didn’t invest in tech stocks and start-ups. His answer? He simply did not understand how they worked and how they made money. While many people think him old fashioned for not getting in on the Boom, this was ultimately what saved him from the impending crash. So, before you invest in individual companies, think of it as investing in a real business. Study the company and how they make money. And if you like the company and actually spend your money buying their products and services, then this could be a bonus.

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    7. Don’t Forget About Taxes

    Any income you earn—including that from selling shares or even other ways, such as payments from when you buy a structured settlement—is taxable. That’s why before you sell any shares or take out money from your retirement fund, make sure you have enough money for the taxes so that your gains will not be wiped out by taxes alone.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

    It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

    How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

    1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

    So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

    Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

    This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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    2. Become Goal-Orientated

    It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

    Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

    Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

    Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

    You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

    If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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    If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

    Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

    3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

    The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

    Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

    Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

    There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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    4. Never Stop Learning

    The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

    Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

    Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

    Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

    Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

    Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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    5. Think Big

    While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

    There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

    Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

    6. Enjoy the Attention

    To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

    Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

    If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

    Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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