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Last Updated on October 9, 2017

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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            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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