There are a lot of inspiring entrepreneurs out there who started out with absolutely nothing but had the courage, determination, and ability to not make excuses that allowed them to be as successful as they are today. Believe it or not, you can be like them, too. Earning your first million isn’t reserved for a certain few from the get-go. They worked hard for what they have.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. It's never been easier.
It has never been easier, so don’t make it so difficult. There is so much money in the world today and so many ways to get yourself known. The first thing you have to know is that it’s out there and it’s not that hard. In fact, everyone will be a millionaire in their lifetime: P50,000 per year times 20 years equals P1 million.
2. Saving won’t do.
The old ideas of saving every centavo is not the way today. You can’t simply save your way to the first million without becoming old, at which point the money probably won’t matter to you.
3. Live below your means.
Live below the money you are making. Not because you are depriving yourself, but because you are seeking to bank millions. No one will ever do business with your because of the suit you wear, the watch you have on your wrist or the car I drove. Live below your means until you don’t have to anymore.
4. Push every tax angle you can.
Learn the tax code and use it to your advantage. Quit bitching about taxes and learn how it can benefit you. The code was put together to give preference to earners. There are many legitimate ways for you to reduce your tax bill and possibly make some more money—plus a chance to surround yourself with great people.
5. Mature from income to investor.
The way to get rich is to make investments, but you can’t do that if your income doesn’t allow for you to set aside money to invest. The only reason to make and save money is so that you can invest it. Only invest money in projects you know will score and never give up your income.
6. Start acting like a boss.
Quit acting poor and quit acting like you are a spectator. Boss up in everything. When the bill comes for dinner, boss up. When you have to invest money to get information, buy a list, grow your brand or learn to sell you need to write the check like a boss, not like a little whiner.
7. Automate a pay-yourself-first program.
Set up with your employer to pay yourself to a savings account so that you have money deposited each month before you get a check to pay your bills and live your life. This is one thing that’ll keep you "broke" without money to lose or waste and forced me to continue to hustle. This is the step that will make number five possible.
8. Be in a hurry.
Be the hare, the turtle and the millionaire! The only thing that comes to those that are patient are the crumbs left behind by those in a hurry.
9. Do the millionaire math.
Do the math on what it takes to hit a million. If you don’t do your math you won’t get there because you won’t have the right mindset. Math is a universal language.
10. Do not diversify.
Everyone knows the diversification concept is popular, but it’s wrong. If you are going to bank a million before you are old and tired you need to pick something you believe in and know it's going to work and go all in.
11. Seek multiple flows.
If you don’t get multiple flows happening you will never create financial freedom. Don’t confuse number 10 with multiple flows. These are not conflicts—have parallel flows going. Don’t make your first flow disconnected, make it similar so that it takes less energy and less resources.
12. Avoid spending money or tying up your money in homes.
It’s not popular, but these are traps. Show me someone that became a millionaire from buying homes, other than me. Flipping homes, by the way, is not buying homes—that is a real estate play. Wall Street has convinced you to do these things to trap and immobilize you.
You deserve financial freedom. You should have your financial targets to be a millionaire up until the point that you become one. Then your target should be to hit 100 million!
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