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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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Published on May 7, 2019

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Will you spend more time with your family?
  • What does retirement mean to you?
  • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

2. Figure out When to Invest

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

Why?

Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

  1. Vanguard
  2. TD Ameritrade
  3. Charles Schwab

5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

Robo Advisors

Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

Bonds

Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

  1. Treasury bonds
  2. Government bonds
  3. Corporate bonds
  4. Foreign bonds
  5. Mortgage-backed bonds
  6. Municipal bonds

Mutual Funds

Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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Real Estate

Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

Savings Accounts

Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

So how can you master delayed gratification?

By building your discipline.

Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

But, how can you invest yourself?

Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

Retire Happy with Excess Money

The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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