So many strong and overpowering messages are thrown around these days. “Money is the root of all evil.” “Money doesn't buy happiness” “Being happy is more important that being rich”. It attaches so much negativity towards money and makes people have a warped view of money. If everyone hates money so much, why does everyone worry over money so much and crave for it and go to such lengths to get it? Because we need it, especially if we want to live and thrive in this modern world. I would love to say you don't need any money but try saying that when you're broke and have no money for food or shelter for you or your family. Money isn't the root of all evil, being broke and desperate is. But i'm not here to make judgements on money and I'm not here to tell you whether you should love or hate money. I'm here to give you a clear and straightforward guide to making sure you get...and stay rich.
Spend less than you earn
The first and most important key to getting rich is to learn to spend (much) less than you earn because if you're living expenses are higher than your earnings, then you're setting yourself up to fail. If you earn 1000 a month, and spend 1000 a month, then you will never break out of the rat race and will be constantly waiting for that next pay check. You may even fall into the same trap that I did of lending money that I couldn't pay back and almost 2 years later, I am only just repairing the damage done by that. You can train yourself to live on much less money if you want to, you don't need to be living it up like Dan Bilzerian or The Kardashians whilst you're still working that dead out 9-5 job. Stop getting things you don't really want or can't really afford, to impress people you don't even really care about. As Nas says “That buck that bought the bottle - could've won the lotto” - He is saying that the money wasted on bottles of alcohol, could have been used in a wiser way to make more money. Live a lifestyle like The Kardashians....when you have the same amount of money as them. Until then, living your life with a few less brands, labels and materials won't hurt you.
Just because you can - doesn't mean you have to
In this day and age, we are confronted with opportunities to spend our hard earned cash at all times, and it's so easy to fall into the trap and I have most definitely been, and still am guilty of this. A great little quote I heard was “Just because you can, doesn't mean you should” and I try to constantly remind myself of this throughtout the day and whenever I feel an urge to buy something or part with money, I ask myself if I REALLY want whatever I'm buying and when I actually take the time to stop and ask myself, I usually stop myself from spending and this a much better habit to have than b. Change your relationship with money. 2 great ways I have personally used is to
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
Get a side hustle
Whether you want to lower your living expenses or not, this next one is a game changer. Get yourself a side-hustle, start making some extra money on the side and stop wasting the valuable time you have. Most people complain they're broke, but don't do anything to fix it. There is money out there waiting for people to come and earn it, but you won't earn it by sitting at home watching Netflix re-runs. Go to the 2nd hand shop, by some stuff and sell it on eBay or some specialist sites where people are likely to pay more. Go to car boot sales and buy and re-sell. If you have a skill, think of ways to make money from it. If you are good looking, contact clothing lines and ask if they need models. If you are a graphic designer, drop emails to possible clients. You can wait forever for a bit of money to fall into your lap or you can go out and start MAKING ways and MAKING opportunities for yourself. If you can't think of ways to make money, google ways to make money, ask your family, ask your friends. The answers and the money are out there waiting for you but it isn't going to come to you, you have to go and get it...which leads me onto my next point.
Don't expect instant results
We live in the generation of instant results, instant messaging, next day delivery, fast food and we're constantly bombarded with 'get rich quick' and 'get fit quick' schemes every single day so it's no wonder we're becoming less and less patient. We see overnight successes in the news everyday and we see people made into multi-millionaires overnight like its a standard, but it's not. Anyone who has tried to 'get rich' without putting in the ground work, has normally fallen short so stop getting your expectations up and set yourself up for some failure and disappointment, because if you prepare yourself for this, you're paradoxically rewarded with success. You will very rarely find a real success that hasn't been achieved by a combination of thousands of tiny decisions built up over time. Sometimes they are so small that they seem like they're not significant but it's in your daily decisions that you're future is created. Start educating yourself, saving a bit more each week, hustling a bit more each day and be consistent and 'success' is on the horizon for you.
Don't get caught up chasing happiness
Remember the quotes 'money doesn't buy happiness' and all those sorts of messages? I don't fully agree with any of them. I believe money is important and I also believe money isn't important. It's all about the balance. If you live your life only caring about money, then you will have a very sad life. If you live your life never thinking about money, you will also have a sad life. My goal in life is to keep earning more and more money and enjoying it as I go along, but never letting my hunger for my money get in the way of making me happy. No amount of money in the world can buy me the same happiness of being in the moment struggling to breathe because i'm laughing so hard and none of my material purchases have every given me the happiness of when I finish my gratitude journal (which doesn't cost me a penny). It's easy to get brainwashed to let money run your life but don't get so caught chasing happiness dressed as money that you forget to actually stop for a moment and be happy every now and then. My idea of a worst nightmare is being a super rich person with a loveless life with no genuine friends or loved ones so i'll make sure this never becomes my life. But I do also want to be rich. It's difficult to pick a balance but floating in between obsessed with money and not giving a shit about it is the best place to be in my opinion.
Get better 'people skills'
This is going to be your biggest bargaining chip, not only in making money, but life in general. Life is better and much easier if you have good people skills and are likeable as this is your relationship creator, builder and maintainer. Are you more likely to interact, share ideas, create ideas and share your hard earned money with someone who is very likeable or someone who is awkward and can't have a proper conversation to save their life? Use the resources on our site or from anywhere on Google to start honing your skills in, we will post a few of the posts we recommend most for you. You have the potential to be funnier, happier and have more friendships than you even realise, you just need step into your power.
If you really want to start training your brain, start keeping a journal each night and ask yourself questions such as
So there you go, a slightly unconventional post of 'how to get rich' and all my thoughts and opinions on the subject, if you have any arguments, ideas or questions then please leave a comment on this blog posts or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The money is out there waiting for you, you just need to go out and get it, it might not be easy, but YOU CAN DO IT.
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