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3 Simple Steps to Building Wealth

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3 Simple Steps to Building Wealth
Building wealth is a hot topic that sparks heated debate, promotes quirky "get rich quick" schemes, and drives people to pursue transactions they might otherwise never consider. "Three Simple Steps to Building Wealth" may seem like a misleading title, but it isn't. While these steps are simple to understand, they're not easy to follow.

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To accumulate wealth...

To accumulate wealth...
  • You need to make it. You need a long-term source of income that's enough to cover your basics.
  • You need to save it. You need to develop a proactive savings plan.
  • You need to invest it prudently.

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Making Enough Earned Money

Making Enough Earned Money

Earned income comes from what you "do for a living."

  • Consider what you enjoy as you will be more likely to succeed financially.
  • Consider what you're good at and see how you can use those talents to earn a living.
  • Consider what will meet your financial expectations.
  • Consider how to get there. Determine the education requirements, etc.

Evaluate your income situation annually.

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Saving Enough of It

To ensure that you save enough money, your wants should not exceed your budget.

  • Track your spending for at least a month.
  • Trim the fat. Break down your wants and needs.
  • Adjust according to your changing needs.
  • Build your cushion. Aim to save around three to six months' worth of living expenses.
  • Contribute to a retirement fund and try to get the maximum your employer is matching.

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Investing It Appropriately

Assess your situation. Build an investment policy statement that will provide general investment goals and objectives. 

  • Determine your return and risk objectives.
  • Determine your investment strategy, possibly with a financial advisor, based on your investment policy statement.
  • Invest your equity and fixed-income exposures over a range of classes and styles.

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How you can invest in yourself

The foundation for every personal pursuit in life is to invest in yourself. It can take years. How you can do it:

  • Learn to build something. If you can create something valuable w...

Income generation

Once you have ideas, you want to put your ideas to work. If you do that, you can start creating value. When we create value, we generate income.

During the pandemic for example, most restaurant owners had to focus on other ideas to generate income. Building wealth is not easy. We need a constant supply of ideas.

Asset investing

It is anything that will increase your wealth without personal labor.

  • Businesses. This is a broad asset class. You can buy dividend-stocks on the market, and then the companies will pay you a share of the profit. You can start your own business. You can buy into other private businesses.
  • Bonds. When you invest in bonds, you collect interest just like your bank is collecting on a mortgage.
  • Books. A good book will generate cash for a long time.

Assets that don't generate cash, but might increase in value.

  • Land. A piece of land generates cash when you rent or lease it.
  • Collectibles such as art or watches.

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Create a Spending Plan

The wealthy see money as a resource and a tool to help them build wealth over time.

Know your income, your expenses, how much is earmarked for additional expenses and how much for other f...

Spend Wisely

Learn how to spend on the things that matter to you. 

Consider your values and priorities when you draw up your spending plan. If going on vacation or giving to a charity is important to you, include those items in your spending plan.

Pay Off High-Interest Debt

Pay down your high-interest debt as quickly as possible. 

While some types of low-interest or tax-deductible debt can help you along the way, high-interest debt rarely has a good purpose.

Frugality

Frugality means resisting the temptation to spend more than you earn.

Discipline

Self-made millionaires choose moderation over extremes. They often buy used cars, don't live in the most expensive houses and don't try to time the investment market.

Hard Work

A defining characteristic of many millionaires are their willingness to work hard and stick it out in high-paying careers until they are financially independent.