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The Five Pillars Of Wealth Building

How you can invest in yourself

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 with limited resources, you can create value.
  • Learn a rare and valuable skill.
  • Build a network of people who are doing well in life.
  • Save enough money to live on for at least six months.

A good supply of ideas is the first pillar of wealth building.

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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 with limited resources, you can create value.
  • Learn a rare and valuable skill.
  • Build a network of people who are doing well in life.
  • Save enough money to live on for at least six months.

A good supply of ideas is the first pillar of wealth building.

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.

Protecting your assets

Once you've acquired some wealth, you want to protect that from external factors.

You want to keep your assets safe from legal institutions and ensure you don't pay more tax than required. You will have lawyers and accountants to take care of these items.

Capital allocation

At some point, you've acquired enough wealth so that you're only moving around your resources. You will generate value and cash by selling one stock and buying another, or selling land and buying a cash-generating asset.

Successful investors put their wealth to work so that it will not only benefit themselves, but will have an impact on the economy, jobs, and lives of other people.

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Financial planning

 ...is the process which provides you a framework for achieving your life goals in a systematic and planned way by avoiding shocks and surprises.

Try making a budget
  • Create a full inventory of expenses in front of you: Categorize them into fixed and variable; urgent and non-urgent; necessities and luxury; avoidable and unavoidable.
  • You can create a hierarchy of needs and decide which one’s to address first. It’s all about prioritizing. 
  • Accept that you have limited resources and unlimited wants. But you have to manage your resources. The sooner you accept this fact, the better you can control your impulses towards avoidable expenditures.
Maintain a personal balance sheet

It’s a statement wherein you can jot down your assets and liabilities.

  • Pull together your bank statements and other proofs of the liabilities
  • List down your assets like the bank balance, all investments, home value, and value of other assets.
  • Take a sum of all the assets to arrive at the total value of your assets.
  • List down your liabilities the (car loan, home loan, credit card balances etc.)
  • The sum of all the liabilities will show the value of the money you owe.
  • When you subtract the value of liabilities from assets, you get your Net Worth.

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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.

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Increase Your Income

Formal education, practical experience in your field and doing a good job is important to earn a high income.

Most professionals see their incomes increase over time. If you can gain high ear...

Save and Invest

You’ll only build wealth if you save a reasonable percentage of those earnings.

  • If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, increase your contribution.
  • Automatically send a portion of your money to your savings or investment accounts before you can spend it.
  • Purchase a home instead of renting. You'll get your house payments back in the form of equity.
  • Pay off anything you owe to avoid paying interest.
  • Maximize the interest earned on your savings.
Cut Wasteful Spending

Periodically evaluate your spending and look for sources of savings.

  • Invest in more sustainable technology for your home. For instance, if you watch cable, buy only the channels you are watching.
  • Improve the insulation of your home to reduce the amount you are spending on electricity and gas.
  • Consider buying in bulk.
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 t...
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.

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 defined

Investing is about laying out cash or assets now, in the hope of more cash or assets returning to you tomorrow, or next year, or next decade.

Most of the time, this is best achieved th...

Productive assets explained
  • Productive assets are investments that internally throw off surplus money from some sort of activity. 
  • Each type of productive asset has its own pros and cons, unique quirks, legal traditions, tax rules, and other relevant details.
  • The three most common kinds of investments from productive assets are stocks, bonds, and real estate.
Investing in Stocks
  • It means investing in common stock, which is another way to describe business ownership or business equity.
  • When you own equity (the value of the shares issued by a company) in a business, you are entitled to a share of the profit or losses generated by that company's operating activity.
  • Equities are the most rewarding asset class for investors seeking to build wealth over time without using large amounts of leverage.

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Characteristics Of The Wealthy
  • They live in homes just large enough for their needs and drive used cars.
  • They have affordable interests.
  • They don’t worry about having the highest credit scor...
Rich And Wealthy

By making wealth your priority now, you could be both later. Establish a strong financial foundation that will give you financial security and peace of mind moving forward. 

Living paycheck to paycheck is a guaranteed way not to build wealth.

If you’re just starting on your personal finance journey, it might not be time for you to start acquiring these assets yet.

How To Become Wealthy
  • Investing in stocks is simple if you avoid lucky stock picking. Keeping long-term perspective, invest early, especially in low-cost index funds.
  • Rental properties.
  • Small business ownership.
  • Delaying gratifications.

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Education and wealth

College degrees can add significant wealth. The more education you have, the more you’ll earn and the less likely you are to be unemployed. And if you can keep debt low while getting th...

Controlling expenses and wealth
Those who control their spending do much better. This doesn’t mean you have to save on EVERYTHING, just some things. Enjoy your life by spending on what you want here and there, just keep it in line so you have excess to save and invest. Even 10% will make you wealthy over time.

You’ve probably heard that time is your greatest investing asset. It’s true. The more investments earn and grow on their own, the greater they become.

Investment value is also greatly impacte...

You’ve probably heard that time is your greatest investing asset. It’s true. The more investments earn and grow on their own, the greater they become.

Investment value is also greatly impacted by the amount invested.

Common investment questions
Common investment questions

Two of the most common investment questions are "what do you invest in " and "what are the best investing strategies"?

The best investing strategies are...

Shady investment advice

Bad investing advice can come from many quarters, such as wealth expos or financial advisors. If anyone promises you any type of return over 12%, 99% of the time, they are probably playing you.

There are great financial advisors out there, but many people who sell investment products just want your money. However, it's not that hard to invest for yourself.

How to avoid bad investment advice
  1. Never buy a financial or investing product from someone you just met.
  2. Getting returns over 12% per year is ridiculously hard. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  3. If you don't understand it, don't invest in it.
  4. If one of your friends recommends an investment that's making them a lot of money, they are probably suckers too. If you see the "results not typical" on any marketing materials, move on.
  5. There are no "secrets of the super-wealthy" that anyone will sell you for $500 or that you can take advantage of unless you have hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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The Definition of Rich
The Definition of Rich

A high income and a regular acquisition of expensive stuff do not necessarily make people rich. People may have a high income, but many won’t survive three months if they are suddenly without their...

Wealthy People and Pseudo Affluence

Wealthy people have sustainable access to money, often for a very long period of time. Their habits are now aligned with the wealth that they have incurred.

Pseudo affluence, on the other hand, is what people experience when they are currently earning lots of money and start to believe that they are rich. They pay for their expensive lifestyle with a high amount of borrowed money and are just a job-loss away from being poor again.

Object Poor

... is a ‘state of excess’ when the stuff we own makes us poor, as the debt we incur has trapped us to keep working our jobs to fund the expensive lifestyle and habits.

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