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Are you an aspiring billionaire? You better read this.

Are you an aspiring billionaire? You better read this.

Do you want to become a billionaire? Then quit your job and forget your own path. That’s the advice of the second annual Billionaire Census.

According to the census, “Entrepreneurialism and private wealth are key to becoming a billionaire.”

There’s no mention of a lifetime of frugality, 401K, nor working the way up the corporate ladder.

If you didn’t already have the motivation to quit your job and pursue that idea that’s been rattling around in your head, you might have it after reading the report (or watching the video about it).

The census, conducted by Singapore-based ultra high net worth firm Wealth X, reveals that 81 percent of the world’s billionaires made the majority of their fortunes themselves.

Broken down further, it’s seen that 55 percent made all their wealth themselves, and 26 percent inherited a portion of their wealth and converted it into billions.

The other biologically blessed 19 percent of billionaires inherited their entire fortune (You’re the best, mom and dad!).

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    One-hundred and fifty five folks joined the illustrious billionaire ranks over the past year, swelling numbers to 2,325.

    Wealth X predicts that by 2020 there will be 3,873.

    So get crackin’, that’s 1,548 spots waiting to be filled!

    Like a mirror of an Olympic medals table, the USA sits atop the list of billionaires with 571, well clear of China in second place.

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      The census comes with no specific directives about which industry to deploy your plan in to reach that elusive billion.

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      It suggests that there are billions to be made in most areas; though there is a predisposition for the finance, banking and investment industries.

      What is clear is that working for “The Man” for a lifetime is almost guaranteed not to reward you with billionaire-scale riches.

      It shows that entrepreneurial grinding and hustling is the best road to a billion dollars. A little startup cash doesn’t go astray, either, as 26% of billionaires will attest.

      Combined, the world’s billionaires are worth $7.3 trillion. The top four are each worth more than $50 billion.

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        That’s a hell of a lot of money even they couldn’t afford to complete construction of the Death Star.

        On average, the members of the Billionaire’s Club keep $600 million of their assets in cash. You know, just in case.

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        Shaking the newfound perception of youthful tech billionaires, the census shows the average age of billionaires is 63, and it typically took around 45 years for each of them to reach a billion dollars.

        So don’t be so down on yourself if you’ve reached 30 without making your first billion.

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          A college degree isn’t mandatory to reach the billionaire level, according to the census, but it does help.

          Thirty-five percent have no degree, compared to 65% who completed their studies.

          Just over one-fifth of the world’s billionaires hold an MBA.

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            The University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!) is responsible for the most billionaires, making their founder Benjamin Franklin proud and further justifying his place on the $100 bill, by churning out 25 billionaires.

            The super wealthy have a tendency to give, on average they each donate $100 million to charity over the course of their lifetime.

            A billion dollars is a long way off for most entrepreneurs, especially those starting out.

            It is a goal that sneakily creeps into the mind of any budding business owner. But be careful not to become to enamoured with this distant monetary halo.

            Focus on providing value now, that can bring the fortunes later.

            Alternatively, if you’re not planning to start your own business and don’t have any billionaire relatives nearing the end, there’s always the, ahem, “other” way to make yourself a billion: 3.1 percent of billionaires are single.

            Check out the full report here: http://www.billionairecensus.com/home.php

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            How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

            How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

            Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

            By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

            This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

            Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

            1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

            This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

            It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

            Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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            Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

            My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

            Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

            2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

            You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

            Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

            If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

            3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

            This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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            It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

            4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

            Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

            This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

            For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

            Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

            5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

            If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

            In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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            6. Get Aggressive About It

            Consider these points:

            Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

            Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

            Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

            Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

            7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

            Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

            By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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            Finally (and most importantly)…

            8. Keep Trying

            Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

            Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

            Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

            The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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