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This Is How Young People Can Get Rich

This Is How Young People Can Get Rich

In the past, being a millionaire was usually associated with middle-aged men and women. These days, younger generations seem to be making the news with miraculous success stories and this can be attributed to the way information and knowledge is spread around in modern times. The internet is in our pockets all the time and millennials have accepted the fact that they are going to spend their entire lives learning new things, and they are happy to do so. The fact that they are learning more and on their own makes their chances of success much greater.

That is the root of their advantage compared to the previous generations but how exactly do they do it? Well, there are a lot of factors and a lot of different approaches. We are here to discuss some of these approaches and good life practices that can help you achieve this financial life goal.

1. Networking helps

Effective networking

    Don’t take this piece of advice the wrong way. I’m not saying that you should attempt to only socialize with rich people, but you should network with people who are after the same goals as yourself. A network of people attempting to reach a common goal are far more likely to do it than a single individual.

    There are more than a few ways that you can do this, one of the more obvious ones is using the social networks but you need to do this in the real world as well. Don’t burn any bridges and keep in touch with your classmates, previous and current co-workers, business partners and attempt to keep a well nurtured professional relationship with most of them. Even though a contact may seem irrelevant at the time who knows what might happen down the road.

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    2. Fight your consumer instincts

    Our parents kind of grew into consumerism and gradually accepted it. Our generation is a bit different. We have been born into full blown consumer society and a big part of our generation didn’t really learn how to deal with it. They are drawn in by colourful advertisement and can get quite upset by not being in line with the “latest trends”. Rich people buy things that they need to make money while poor people buy things to make rich people richer. This should be enough to help you deal with your consumerist instincts. Leisure is overrated anyway.

    3. Save to invest

    Coin Dropping Into Piggy Bank

      The time when we stacked up money, dollar after dollar and kept it on our savings accounts so it can grow has long passed. Today this takes too much time and may hinder your career’s growth. Getting a job for young people can seem as a daunting task but there are a lot of jobs that you can do from home and earn a hefty sum to get you started. Saving in order to invest is the only things that actually makes sense. You need to get your money to make you money by investing in new things.

      Don’t rush into things and invest smartly. Get rich quick schemes usually don’t pay off and you should probably stay away from them, especially if someone else is trying to pitch you the idea and you did not come up with it yourself. You need to examine the risks and probability for success that your investment plan has and ensure that the risks are reasonably small before you proceed and put your chips on the table. After all, every investment is a bit of a gamble.

      4. Pick your career wisely

      Let’s be frank here, this one is easier said than done. When searching for an optimal career choice we usually use a blend of internal desires, research and advice from people we trust to make our decision. This makes things quite a bit more complicated but the current generation is aware that you can get both money and passion if you research correctly and avoid relying on hearsay.

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      Today you can use many free resources to help you get a clearer picture of the current economic situation and job prospects so you have a much easier time when you look for a good job. Make sure you are making decisions based on things you know are true and don’t let your emotions completely take over if you don’t have solid plan.

      5. Research the people who did it

      Mark Zuckerberg

        As we already mentioned, there are a lot of people who managed to become billionaires in their youth, and even more who are millionaires. Mark Zuckerberg’s story is probably the most widely known since his social network, Facebook, has had such a tremendous impact on the lives of people across the planet. Today he is one of the richest men in the world with estimated 20 billion net worth and his story has even been immortalized in the movie “The Social Network”.

        Zuckerberg’s story is one of many success stories of young people making it big. Research them and see what train of thought they used to get where they are today, what inspired them to get the ideas they got and how they approached this colossal task. Creativity and inspiration are two of the best allies you can have in the business environment and it will help you keep motivated when you run into tough times.

        6. Goals will spur you onward

        It is easy to get distracted along the way and lose sight of your goals. Furthermore, going “Oh, how I wish I was a millionaire”, every day isn’t something that you can really call having goals. It is more like wishful thinking. You need to determine what you want in life and then and only then can you really make a plan on how to reach those goals. Still, it is not enough to rely on this major goal in life for motivation. Once you make a plan draw motivation from short-term goals to keep you going but always keep your final destination in mind.

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        7. The Web is golden

        The internet

          I’m sure that most young people today are aware of how big the Web is and it is far from finished with its growth sprout. Whatever your niche may be, whatever your business goals are, the Web can surely help you in some way. If we look at thins across the board the universal usefulness of the Web, provided that you can find your way around it and most young people can, is unsurpassed.

          Networking, marketing, business opportunities, funding, market research, competition research, you name it and you can probably find a way to do it online. A lot of people made it by doing work strictly in the online environment without ever needing to boost their effort with “real world” efforts. Still, don’t shy away from direct contact, opportunities come in all shapes and sizes.

          8. Get to it!

          Thinking about your future is one thing, doing things to reach the goals you set for yourself is a whole other ballgame. If you take a look at the schedules of young millionaires, you will see that most of them work 10-12 hours a day and they gladly do it. Dragging your feet will not help you reach your goals, you need to be prepared to put in the necessary work. You are young so use that youth of yours to prove yourself and get the results you need to progress.

          9. Make your youth your edge

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          Young people at a meeting

            Sure, young people run into a lot of disapproval and cynicism from older businessmen and women but you should not let this discourage you. They do have more experience than you but you understand the new world order much better than they do plus you can handle a 15 hour work day, sleep for 5-6 hours and then come back and do another 15 hour run.

            There are a lot of things that youngsters can do better than older people, one of the things is having a greater knack to adapt and learn new things. Rely on your youth to learn from their experience and get new business ideas and better understanding of your vocation and don’t let yourself become intimidated by them or anything else for that matter.

            10. Fear is the enemy

            There are few things that can destroy your chances of getting rich as being afraid to even try. The most common excuse is “I’m too young” and this one is the worst of them all. Just because you are young doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great business idea and many people have proven this. If you don’t take yourself seriously nobody else will. Use your fear as a sign to be cautious but don’t shy away from opportunities motivated by irrational fear.

            Youth is full of potential and it is the best catalyst for change. Young people are the root of revolutionary ideas and changes in the world and you should never let yourself believe that you don’t have the potential to achieve something. Good luck and may your motivation never falter!

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

            How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

            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. And 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 on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

            5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

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

            1. Be Clear About the Objectives

            Any goal (let alone financial) 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 is for. It could be anything like kid’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, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

            2. Keep Them 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 out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

            It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for 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”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

            Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

            For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

            4. Short Term vs Long Term

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

            As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as 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.

            More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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            5. To Each to His Own

            The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

            It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

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

            11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

            Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 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. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

            Ensuring Healthy Savings

            Self realization is the best form of realisation 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 monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

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

            2. Pay Yourself First

            Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

            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 then manage all the expenses from the rest.

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

            Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

            3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

            Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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            Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

            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. Rise Again Even If You Fall

            Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

            If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

            Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

            All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

            5. 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 counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

            Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

            If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

            If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

            So 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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            6. 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. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

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

            7. Maintain a Journal

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

            So 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.

            Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

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

            At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

            Making Smart Investments

            Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

            8. Consult a Financial Advisor

            Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is 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.

            9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

            Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

            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.

            Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

            It is here where that classification will help.

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            So 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 as compared to equity instruments.

            10. 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.

            So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

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

            11. 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; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

            If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

            If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

            Do 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

            This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

            As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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