Creating wealth is counter intuitive, if you want to keep it long term.
True wealth is more than just a bigger sum in your bank account, however the following will help you accelerate it, keep it longer and enjoy it more.
The following are five things you can do now to substantially increase your wealth:
1. Invest time in more bonding experiences with your partner and those important to you. These experiences don't have to require additional spending (think a walk, make a meal, conversation etc…). Why do this? Well divorce is the fastest way to loose half or more of your wealth, not including the emotional distraction and financial cost rebuilding your life. This goes for business relationships and work environments.
2. Invest in yourself. This means better health, career education/research, money management/ cash flow & savings, spiritual growth, contribution to others lives. You will find greater peace and personal happiness. Additionally you will have less need and desire to take greater risks, whilst having more time to enjoy living life to its fullest.
3. Discover, give and help other people get the things that are important to them first (not what you want and need first). As the saying goes by Zig Ziglar "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want".
4. Discover your "BeCause". When you know your core values and make choices aligned to these values you increase your chance of success and have directly improved your quality of life.
5. Let go of your past failures. We know we cannot change our past, however we can change our future doing the activities that create success and work towards. "The best thing about the future is that it happens one day at a time"Abraham Lincoln". Do what you can do today. Time will pass whether you do or do not.
I think offering a set of rules is a good thing - they help maintain order inside an organziation. Understanding the value of such guidance, I recently issued a set of rules to my team.
Allowed to Do Rules. Rules to help push people forward rather than hold them back. In our team, the rules consist of a list of the things that are allowed.
We call them the Allowed to Do Rules, and this is what it says.
You are allowed to:
1. Make the decision you think is the right decision to make
2. Start something that needs to be started to help advance the cause
3. Ask for help whenever you want it
4. Help others whenever you can (even if they don’t ask for it)
5. Take time off to do something that inspires, excites and energizes you
Everyone is expected to follow these rules and everyone is expected to hold the others accountable to them. Afterall, if we didn't follow the rules...there'd be chaos
Do you believe in all four of the following?
If you do comment Yes.
I was recently asked where can we go to learn our money lessons?
So today I thought I'd share with you the what's and how's I've learnt along the way.
Why do I do what I do?
Because I want to choose how I live my life
My wealth self education journey covers all the bases from novice through to Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
I was 25 at the time (1/4 century life crisis), studied (to be a teacher), worked and traveled for 7 years after finishing high school and looking at my bank account I had $>$300 and was living week to week.
It startled me to realize how fast 25 years had passed and I still knew not much about money, after 7 years of working I had so little.
I also acknowledged to myself (that day) the next 40 years would probably go past just as fast or even faster (regardless of what path I took in life) and at 65 years old my opportunities to generate employed income would be low to nil.
I had a choice to make. I could choose to continue living life as I had (comfortable) and accept a limited life of age pension and some superannuation, a debt free home (after a 30 year mortgage) etc... which is what 95% of people do. Or I could start to learn about money, how to manage it, invest it, spend it wisely and leverage it and protect it.
So I started to learn via books. My first book The Complete Idiots Guide to Getting Rich by Stuart Welch, 2nd book Making Money Made Simple by Noel Whittaker. 3rd book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Many others have since followed.
Most importantly I learnt from these books that creating wealth is a habit.
I gave myself weekly/monthly/yearly savings goals, a lifestyle budget and stretch targets that at the end of the year if I had created more wealth that I had projected. I would spend the excess on indulgent treats i.e. holiday overseas
After achieving my first year of savings I meet with a financial adviser. It was a bit daunting and scary and I can't really remember much more than he had a nice office, seemed like a nice person but didn’t want much to do with me because I was more an accumulator (regular saver) rather than lump sum investor.
Two years later (27yo) I applied for a career change and successfully attained a position as a bank teller. Part of the bank teller internship was to meet with a bank adviser.
Up until this meeting I was still lost as to my true career path.
However post this meeting I remember thinking that my professional calling is to be a financial adviser.
I can learn about money, I can help have more choice and certainty in their own lives and I'm paid to help them.
What a fantastic career.
From there I enrolled to the Securities Institute (SIA), applied for all internal training, joined professional associations, and applied all I was learning into my own financial situation.
In 2001 I resigned from the bank and worked with an independent advice business whilst continuing further studies and obtaining my Certified Financial Planning in 2004.
Since then I have operated my own business, continued to educate myself via trusted adviser mentors, having financial adviser and surrounding myself with a team of best in class specialists across the different areas of money i.e. legal, tax, borrowing, insurance, age care, government etc...
The bottom line:
We are fortunate that in this great country of Australia "The lucky country" all of us have many opportunities.
Learning about money is only one of the ingredients required to become wealthy. The other essential ingredients are making regular savings, allowing time and ensuring risk management is maintained.
My journey of a 1000 miles began with a single step on my 25th birthday. 17 years later (20,000+ hours of studies & professional experience) I still continue to learn and invest, however now it's with far greater clarity and certainty.
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