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Repeat the Process – Strong Financial Habits Key to Growing Wealth

by Ryan Guina

This week I discussed reaching millionaire status. The process itself is not difficult. You need to earn money, spend less than you earn, save the difference, invest the money you save, and repeat the process.

Each step is essential. To become a millionaire you must follow each of these steps. You must earn money and spend less than you earn. You must save and invest, and you must repeat the process. It doesn’t matter if you increase your income 10 fold if you spend it all as soon as it comes in. It doesn’t matter if you cut expenses to the minimum if you don’t invest your money. If you remove any of these steps from the process, you will not be able to grow your wealth and you will not become a millionaire.

Stay the course. The quickest way to derail your goal of becoming a millionaire is to stop at any point in the process. Earn money, spend less than you earn, save the difference, invest your savings, and repeat. If you can consistently repeat this process, you will continue to grow your wealth. Even if you don’t reach that magical number of $1 million, following this formula should put you on the path to financial prosperity.

More tips for your millionaire journey.

The process to becoming a millionaire is straight forward, but that doesn’t mean it is guaranteed. You need time, luck, patience, self-discipline, and motivation.

Time and compound interest are your greatest allies. The earlier you begin healthy financial habits, the easier it is to grow wealth. Thanks to the power of compound interest, the longer you allow your money to grow, the more money you will have.

You need a little luck. You never know what the future may bring. You may have consistent promotions at work, receive generous raises, buy a house in the right market at the right time, and invest in all the right places. Your path may be relatively easy.

On the other hand, you may lose your job and have a drastic decrease in income. If this happens, hopefully you have an emergency fund in place and are able to tap into your network to find a new job fairly quickly. If you cannot find a new job quickly, look into other methods for earning an income.

There will always be difficulties in life, and there will also be opportunity. Do your best to prepare for the downturns and to recognize and seize opportunity.

Becoming a millionaire is a test of patience. The majority of people do not become millionaires overnight; the process is usually measured in decades. Be patient and follow these steps and you will be on the path to financial prosperity.

Becoming a millionaire takes self-discipline. It takes discipline to do what you know is right, even if it isn’t what you want at the moment. It is often a matter of recognizing wants vs. needs. I would love to have a BMW or a Corvette. I can afford one, but only at the cost of not contributing to my 401(k) and IRA. My current car is reliable and inexpensive, and my money is better used for investing in my 401(k) and IRA.

You need motivation to succeed. Why do you want to become wealthy? This is a question only you have the answer to. To me, becoming a millionaire means nothing more than being better able to afford my future retirement with the people I love. I want to be able to live the latter years of my life without worrying about having to work or how I will pay my bills. That is the only motivation I need.

It’s more than just about money and status. Money is only a tool; a means to an end. I don’t want money to buy flashy cars and diamond rings. I want more money so I can use it to live how I want to live – especially in my retirement years. There will come a day when I either won’t be able or won’t want to work anymore, and I want to be able to afford to continue with my life as normal when that day comes. To me, becoming a millionaire means nothing more than being better able to afford my future retirement with the people I love.

Good luck on your journey to financial prosperity. I wish you the best. :)


Published or updated March 13, 2013.
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1 Laszlo Erdosy

Pat,

Pearls of wisdom. I wish more people would apply these simple pricinples that were ingrained in previous generations’ heads. I don’t know why todays Boomers ignored these simlple rules to make their lives safer.

The current malaise will be a hard lesson on a lot of people, and my fear is that they will look to the goverment to help them, when they themselves helped to get into this situation.

I know, I too recently went way beyond my means, but at the time I thought my portfolio would be maintained. Well, boy do I now regret going into debt. Still, I realize that I am actually quite well off, compared to John Doe, so I know I took a hit, but I also believe that being ten years away from my projected toast, I will have some time to regain what was lost.

I hope you will achieve some luck in spreading your words.

Yours Truly

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