How the Rich Become Richer
Have you ever wondered why it is the rich seem to only get richer? I know that the question appears to be a generalization, and it is. In this article, we will look at the stereotypical rich person. What makes their wealth continue to grow?
There are things that the rich do that keep them rich. There are things that the poor do that keep them poor. If you want to be wealthy financially, you have to think, act and handle money like the wealthy.
The first thing that is noticed about the wealthy is that most of them are well educated. Especially when it comes to financial matters. I'm not necessarily speaking of college or business school when I say education. I mean financial education.
This is obtainable by anyone. All you have to do is start learning. Can you answer any of the following questions?
Do you know how to buy a piece of foreclosed property? Do you know the difference between a loaded and no-load mutual fund? Do you know what a P/E ration is? Most Americans cannot answer the question with a "yes." But the answers are easily found in the library, on the internet and through your local community college.
You don't have to know everything at once. Pick a specific area that really interests you, such as real estate investing, and learn all you can. Move on to investing in mutual funds and trading in the stock market. Choose one or two areas that you really enjoy to excel in.
Don't start moving your money around until you know the area like the back of your hand. If you want to trade in the stock market, read at least five books on the subject before you make that first trade. You can also seek out a good mentor to help you decipher information. Most financially minded people enjoy helping others learn the tricks of the trade.
The next characteristic of the rich is that they are extremely disciplined. I know a couple that own a million dollar home and have no debt. They splurge every now and then, but if you ask the Mrs. how much her outfit cost, it probably came from a sales rack at Walmart. The point is -- the rich aren't necessarily out there blowing every penny.
They have developed discipline over the years. There are rules to finances that they follow. They don't buy things on credit. If they don't have the money, they wait until they do. You don't find the wealthy using credit cards for their purchases. They don't go out and blow their money. They've worked hard for it, and they want to see it continue to grow.
Successful people, whether it is incredible wealth or simply living debt free, focus their time on things that pay them back. They increase their knowledge, wisdom and understanding. They don't entirely focus their lives on money, but they give it a good amount of thought and planning.
I challenge you to act wealthy for just one month. Balance your account once a week. Stick with a budget. Learn as much as you can. See if your life is even better. The benefits of managing your money wisely are never ending. From a stress-free life to an early and comfortable retirement, you will be glad that you changed your way of thinking about money.
About the Author
Martin Lukac represents http://www.RateEmpire.com and http://www.1AmericanFinancial.com, a finance web-company specializing in real estate and mortgage rates. We specialize in daily updates, mortgage news, rate predictions, mortgage rates and more. Find low home loan mortgage interest rates from hundreds of mortgage companies!