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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

            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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