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Do You Possess these 5 Millionaire Traits?

by Miranda Marquit

Many of us are interested in becoming millionaires. However, that goal sometimes seems rather far away. You don’t have to be born rich, or inherit a fortune, to become a millionaire. If you have the right stuff, you can work your way into your millions. But it helps to know what traits often make a millionaire. Here are 5 traits that many millionaires have — and that you can develop:

1. Frugality

Not all millionaires are frugal. However, many of those who are self-made millionaires practice some form of frugality. Even billionaires like Warren Buffett have some frugal habits. Frugality is about look for ways to get the best value for your money. It doesn’t always mean getting the cheapest thing; it’s more about the best value. It also means that you don’t waste your money on things that you don’t need or want. Practicing frugality can help you keep more of your money for the future.

2. Willing to Make Wise Investments

Most millionaires know that it takes money to make money. Millionaires understand the power of compound interest. They study out how to make wise investments. Whether it’s taking good care of themselves so that they aren’t spending money on health care later, investing in a good education (not necessarily college, though), starting a business, or finding solid stocks to buy, millionaires study out what is likely to bring them a return. They make solid investments after considering the options.

3. Focus and Discipline

If you want to be a millionaire, it helps to know what you want, and then have the discipline to go after it. When you set a goal, you focus on it, and pursue it. This means that you don’t get sidetracked by less important matters. If you know that you need to set $1,000 a month aside in order to meet your millionaire goal within an allotted timeframe, you focus on that. You cut expenses or, better yet, look for ways to increase your income, so that you can meet your goal. Sometimes it’s not fun, but millionaires usually stick with it.

4. Optimism

You might find, when speaking with millionaires — especially self-made millionaires — that there is an element of optimism and joie de vivre. Many millionaires know that if things go wrong, it is possible to find the bright side, learn from mistakes, and move on. Additionally, many millionaires know how to enjoy life as well. Many successful and happy millionaires understand that there is more to live than just amassing wealth; sometimes you need to spend time with your family and friends, eat good food and relax a little. However, the ability to find a silver lining, and to have the persistence to try again, is one of the defining traits of a millionaire.

5. Willing to Get Their Hands Dirty

Sometimes, it takes a little elbow grease to get there. Or, if you are running a business, it might take some late nights. Millionaires are willing to work hard, and do things for themselves when they need to. Millionaires are also willing to do what it takes, even if it means taking on an unpleasant job. A millionaires also knows that this includes taking responsibility for his or her financial destiny, refusing to blame other for misfortunes and finding ways to make sure income streams are diverse.


Published or updated December 29, 2011.
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1 Jon | Free Money Wisdom

A little frugality and elbow grease goes a long ways. I feel like most self-made millionaires are the hardest workers in the world. They understand the value of their earned dollar and protect its value.

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2 Pat S.

I’d like to think I possess these traits. I am constantly trying to improve. I think that’s the key for most of us!

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3 K.C.

You make good points in this post. Millionaires have a different mindset when it comes to money. Millionaires view money as a means to generate more income not as something to be spent on self-indulgent consumption. They don’t see the money itself, but rather the income that the money can produce.

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4 Marlon

I agree! I have these traits and I’m doing well with my finances. But there is one lacking, Willingness to Share/Help Others. This does not mean that we are obliged to help others. We can feel it to whom we will offer our help. There’s joy from within if we can extend help to others.

I am from Mindanao Island, Philippines.

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5 Mark

Those traits are true and I’m trying to apply most of those in real life. I wish I can be a millionaire too. To be able to discipline yourself well, especially the way you handle your finances, and to be optimistic every now and then can really help you a lot in becoming a millionaire yourself.

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