The habit of investing more

Consistent investing is essential. Investing as a habit will pay off in the long run.

It is most important to start with earning more, then saving more, then investing. People want to skip the first two steps and day-trade themselves to wealth, but most will only lose money by chasing quick money-making schemes. In the end, building wealth boils down to good habits.

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How to get wealthy

You don't need to earn a lot of money to become rich if you have healthy financial habits.

If you want to get wealthy, you need to consider three things:

  1. Earn
  2. Save
  3. Invest.

It is natural to earn more over your lifetime. But a person can only earn more if they learn more. Further education enables an individual to provide more value.

Earning more is like a habit. Every year, we learn new skills and ways that will increase our earning potential. What matters is making progress, not the amount of money you make.

The key to the habit of saving is to save a bigger percentage the more you earn. When you start, you may only be able to save 10% of your income, but it is a mistake to commit to the same amount if you earn more.

However, it's a losing game to only focus on saving money. Life is too short to only focus on every penny you can save.

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Jamie DIMON, CEO OF JP MORGAN

”Investing should be a permanent thing. Save, invest. Save, invest. Guessing at market tops, market bottoms – that is a complete loser’s game. I’ve never seen anyone win at it. The smartest investor in the world, Warren Buffett, would say that is not the way to invest.” 

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  • The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason. The message of this 1926 book is that rich people are rich because they save their money and don't get into debt.
  • Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. This book will change your relationship with money.
  • The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, by Jack Bogle. This book is about index funds. Jack Bogle founded Vanguard and created index funds.
How We Use Money

There is a natural tendency to spend the money we earn, instead of saving or investing. If we watch how rich people utilize wealth, we can learn a lot from them and change our financial mindset.

One has to invest money no matter how less the income is, choosing something that is secure and gives decent returns, like an index fund.

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