Odds are, you probably won’t be a Rich/Millionaire. That’s not me being pessimistic, but just the statistical reality of life. But why?
What separates you from those who can accrue vast sums of wealth? Sure, getting rich takes a lot of hard work and a bit of luck.
But assuming you already have the discipline and persistence necessary to become a millionaire, what separates you from a future of financial abundance?
Secrets Of The Rich That The Poor Don’t Know
This article will cover “Several Secrets That The Rich Do In Their Lives” that the rest of us do not. You might even do a couple of these, but combining them all makes for a robust system to build and keep wealth.
#1 They Track Everything
The first secret of the rich is that “They Track Everything.” That’s right: even their expenses and entertainment are on the ledger.
If you ask the average person what percentage of their income they spent on living expenses and entertainment last month, they likely wouldn’t know.
But if you ask an affluent person? They’ll tell you how much they spent on living expenses and entertainment last month—and their methods for doing so will blow your mind!
How can someone track their spending habits so accurately? It’s all about using the two-step process of budgeting your money:
- First, set up a system that helps keep track of your spending habits.
- And second, implement those habits into your daily life.
Indeed the key to being rich is not about having a lot of money. It is about your mindset and approach to doing the daily work required to track and manage your money. If you want to get rich, you have to do intelligent work.
#2 Being Discipline
So the second secret of millionaires is “Discipline.” You don’t need to be rich to be disciplined. But if you want to become rich, then discipline is vital.
But how do you become disciplined in the first place? Well, first of all, you have to know some answers to some questions:
- Why do you want to be disciplined?
- What is it that you want from your life?
- What are your personal goals?
- What are your financial goals?
- Are you looking for a high-paying job?
- Are there other things that are important to you?
For instance, if you want to get a job requiring a specific skill or knowledge base, you need the discipline to get a good education, which takes years of intense studying and preparation.
If you become rich through building a business, you will also have to employ discipline to work on your company, even when your friends are out partying and having fun.
Once you start making big money, discipline only becomes more critical. You see, it doesn’t matter how much money you make—you will never be rich if you cannot save, and saving takes discipline!
It means driving the car sitting in your driveway for ten years rather than spending thousands of dollars on that new sports car on your wish-list forever.
If you asked a rich person, “What was the most important thing they learned about money?” They would say this:
"Saving is not just about putting away cash every month; saving is about being disciplined enough to prioritize what is important for what is desired."
#3 Live Within Your Means
The third secret is the familiar phrase, “Live within your means.” Indeed, learning to live below your means is one of the best things you can do for your financial life.
It’s not easy to do, but it will help you avoid financial ruin and find the peace of mind that comes with financial freedom. So what exactly does that mean?
Being financially responsible is essential for your health and your financial life. To “Live Within Your Means” means that what you spend each month is less than or at least equal to the amount of money you bring in each month.
Unfortunately, that lifestyle isn’t sustainable, and, at some point, reckless spending will catch up to you. Learning to live below your means will help you avoid financial ruin and find the peace that comes with financial freedom.
And, to be honest, there is peace in living a simple life where you aren’t excessive in your spending or lifestyle. It allows you to focus on the essentials and do away with what is truly unimportant.
#4 Make Your Money Work For You
The fourth secret is to “Make Your Money Work For You.” Not all wealthy people come from wealthy families, but one thing they all tend to have in common is their knowledge of how to make their money work for them — and doing so with the least effort possible.
They create passive income sources, contribute to matched employer benefits and avoid debt unless there are good uses for the funds. So if you want to know what it takes to make your money work for you, here are some tips:
#1 Create Passive Income Sources
Passive income sources are investments that produce cash flow on autopilot without any additional input from you, like rental properties or stocks. Or it could be the side hustle business that you grow to profitability.
#2 Use Debt Responsibly
Debt can be convenient and easy, but it’s also dangerous because it constrains your financial freedom. When you’re young, many things seem expensive that later turn out not to be so; so try not to get into debt unless there are good reasons behind taking on such an obligation, for example: buying an asset that will provide a return on your investment.
It is the difference between being in debt and using debt as leverage. The most successful people on the planet can use their resources as effectively as possible.
You don’t have to become rich overnight, but you can learn how to create an income stream that will allow you to live comfortably while still enjoying life today.
#5 Rich People Are Frugal
The last secret is that “Rich People Are Frugal. For most of us, the word “Frugal” has negative connotations. But many rich people adopt the habit of being frugal to save and invest their money.
Believe it or not, many wealthy people practice frugality as a principal financial habit. This virtue helps them save and invest a much more significant percentage of their incomes, which in turn helps them become and remain financially independent.
The rich are often viewed as the spendthrifts of the world, but in reality, they are the same as everyone else when it comes to paying off debt and saving money. They do it differently because they have more to work with than most people.
These secrets probably seem somewhat obvious but, at the same time, hard to implement. It can be challenging to make these secrets take effect in your life. So, What Can You Do?
First, you must understand your goal and ensure that every decision you make aligns with your financial plan.
Also, always look for financial education, resources, and opportunities. There are so many options, and each has its unique challenges.
But the good news is that you can do it if someone else has done it before. It might take some practice and effort, but you CAN do it!
The most important thing is just getting started and seeing what happens. If you try something out, even if it doesn’t work out right away, you’ve learned one way NOT to do it.
And once you find something that works well for you, you’ll be able to focus on making it sustainable. But if you’re ready to take the first step, you’ll want to get a handle on your finances and simplify your spending and savings.
So, I am hoping you will read our other article on similar solutions,
where I share “A Minimalist Approach to Finances” that can help you get started on your millionaire journey.