When it comes to wealth, the focus is often on how much you have or don’t have. It’s not as common to think about your mindset and how it plays a factor in building wealth. As crazy as it sounds, the wrong mindset can keep you in the same position no matter how much you make in life.
The good news is that it’s never too late to shift how you think. If you can get a handle on it while making minimum wage, it will be even easier to continue the same pattern when you start bringing in six figures.
Pay Yourself First
This is a concept I still struggle with, as I’m accustomed to paying bills first. After I started reading about building wealth, one of the tips I saw most often was to pay yourself before anyone else.
It seems simple but can be hard to practice when you have a million other financial obligations. However, this is a key strategy to put things into perspective. If you don’t set aside money for you, who will? Should you find yourself in a financial bind, you can bet the landlord, Sallie Mae, and the water company won’t be around to give back the money you paid them.
Many of us are conditioned to pay everyone else and leave nothing for ourselves. The sooner you start doing the opposite, the more your mindset will fall in line. Besides, if it works for self-made millionaires, that has to count for something, right?
Work Smarter, Not Harder
You may know of the term “multiple streams of income,” but some people get this confused with having multiple jobs. Working full-time along with a part-time gig may seem like the best way to earn extra money. In reality, it can quickly take a toll on you physically and mentally.
Instead, find ways to make your money make money without actively working for it. There are many ways to make passive income, including stock dividends and affiliate marketing. The more income streams you can find to work without you, the more time you will have to focus on the things you actually enjoy doing.
Don’t Obsess Over Money
Thinking about making money and putting a plan in action to do so is a great goal. It becomes unhealthy when your thoughts about money consume you. It’s also unhealthy if you’re striving to obtain more money out of fear that you’ll never have enough, or because you’re unhappy and believe that more money will fix all your problems.
If you’re fearful in your pursuit of wealth, you’ve already set yourself back from achieving your goal. Fearfulness will keep you from taking any risks because you’re more focused on what you might lose than what you could gain. It will talk you out of applying for a job with a higher salary or launching the business you’ve always wanted to start.
One of my favorite quotes about wealth comes from Curlbox CEO Myleik Teele: “There’s no SAFE way to wealth. The only way is RISK.”
There will be times in life where you’ll have to take some risks. Those risks may not pay off immediately. They might even set you back financially for the moment. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to poverty. The key is to stay in the mindset of knowing you will be successful, no matter your circumstances.
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