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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

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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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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