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How to Double (or Triple) Your Income by Investing in Yourself

How to Double (or Triple) Your Income by Investing in Yourself

The Secret They Never Taught You In School

The principle of how to double or triple your current income is pretty simple, yet it takes a shift in mindset to fully understand and implement. The good news is that when you understand this one principle it will lift the limit on your income while you still work the same amount of hours (or even less).

Say your current income is $50,000 and you want to double it. How likely is it that you can go out and find a job paying $100,000? Even if you own your own business that offers services to clients, it’s going to be hard to get the clients and then do the work to double your income.

Why Your Income Is Limited Right Now

If you’re like most people, then you’re probably trading your time for money. That means you work a certain amount of hours and get paid relatively. Whether you’re the janitor or the CEO, your income is based on showing up to work.

Your income is limited by…

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  1. The number of hours you work
  2. The amount of value you provide (and will get paid for)

How To Increase Your Value

Even though the janitor and the CEO work the same amount of hours, we know the CEO will always get paid more. This is because they bring more value to the company. Trying to work more hours is simply going to get you burnt out and stressed… the key is increasing your value.

For some people, this means going back to school to get fancier degrees or doing extra training… and this can help your income. However, unless you’ve dramatically changed your education level and experience, it’s going to be hard to find a job that actually doubles your previous income.

In order to double our income or beyond we must answer an important question…

Why Does The CEO Get Paid The Most?

This brings us back to the key principle that will lift the limit on your income and that key principle is…

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Leverage – The ability to do more with less

Both the CEO and the janitor get paid on their results. However, the CEO produces a more valuable result because of the leverage they have. They control an entire company and the results it produces while the janitor only controls the results of their own hard work.

Leverage comes from both money and people. The CEO can leverage the capital of the business (the money) and the employees (the people) in order to create a much bigger result than they ever could by themselves.

How This Applies To Your Income

If you want to double (or triple) your income then you need to create more leverage. If you look at the structure of a company, you see that employees get paid the least and then middle management gets paid more. This is because they have the leverage of employees to create a greater result than just doing the work themselves.

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And this works all the way up the company structure. The Vice Presidents earn more because they leverage several middle managers and the Presidents earn more because they leverage multiple Vice Presidents. Finally, the CEO gets paid the most because they leverage everyone.

So one way to increase your income is to climb the ranks of the corporate structure, not by becoming better at the tasks you do, but by developing your management and leadership skills while looking for opportunities to advance.

The Danger Of Climbing The Corporate Ladder

Personally, I’m not a fan of the corporate ladder, as someone else can hold you back or lay you off even when you’ve done nothing wrong. So the other way to achieve leverage is to look outside your job and put some time into building a business or growing your investments.

And when you really think about it, there are people that earn more than the CEO. These are the business owners (or shareholders in a publicly traded company). They leverage everyone, including the CEO, without even stepping foot inside the office, and create a passive income for themselves.

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By growing your own business, you are starting out in the CEO and business owner positions. That way, you are building a system that can leverage other people’s money and other people’s time to create bigger results than you ever could alone. You could also take your money and invest it in real estate or the stock market to obtain financial leverage.

How To Really Double (Or Triple) Your Income

If you really want to dramatically increase your income, then you need to increase your leverage. This is not an overnight process, as you need to learn more skills and take action to achieve the results you want. However the sooner you start… the sooner you see results.

Ten years from now, you may have gotten a few salary increases, but I can guarantee you won’t have doubled your income through your job. However, in ten years you could use your spare time to build a business and investment portfolio that doubles your income.

At the end of the day there are two types of people in this world…

Those that are being leveraged and those that are creating leverage

It’s up to you which one you want to be.

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Craig Dewe

Craig founded Lifestyle Outlaws, with the belief that everyone should have the time, money and health to do what they want with life.

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Last Updated on September 2, 2020

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

1. Be Clear About the Objectives

Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

2. Keep Goals Realistic

It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

3. Account for Inflation

Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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4. Short Term Vs Long Term

Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

  • Ensuring healthy savings
  • Making smart investments

You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

Ensuring Healthy Savings

Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

1. Track Expenses

The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

2. Pay Yourself First

Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

  • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
  • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
  • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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5. Talk About It

Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

6. Maintain a Journal

For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

Making Smart Investments

Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

1. Consult a Financial Advisor

Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

Einstein once remarked about compounding:

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

Use compound interest when setting financial goals

    Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

    Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

    4. Measure, Measure, Measure

    All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

    If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

    Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

    The Bottom Line

    Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

    and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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