Tuesday, August 18, 2009

8 Keys to Financial Success

1. You need to have great role models that influence your life.

There are many people that have had a positive influence on my life; I consider them all role models. However, the main individuals that have impacted my life today are my parents, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. David Hawkins and Warren Buffett. My parents taught me the benefits of hard work and education, Dr. Dyer and Dr. Hawkins both taught me that the most important part of life is one’s spiritual development and that we must be kind and loving to all of life, and Warren Buffett taught me the value of investing in businesses for the long term and philanthropy. I have chosen these individuals because their philosophies resonate on a very deep level with me and I think they are great at what they do, operating with the highest of integrity.


2. Learn as much as you can.

Education is very important and learning must never stop. Most successful people will tell you that they learn something new each and every day. This is why it is important to do what you love doing, otherwise, you would not care about learning more about it. Strive to become better at what you do and you are guaranteed success.


3. Marry the right person.

This is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions in your life. Be sure that you are marrying for the right reasons and that you understand the person and yourself. Marry someone that you are aligned with otherwise you may end up in a divorce which brings stress, financial despair and unhappiness. It is not easy to tell if it is the right person, but once you fully internalize it, you will not regret the experience no matter how things go.


4.  Be the best employee you can be.

Your primary job is where you generate the majority of your income, therefore it is crucial to be the best at this by improving your job skills. Your value will increase in your company along with your potential for future growth. When layoffs occur, you will not be one of the unfortunate ones to lose their jobs.


5. Start saving now.

As soon as you receive your first paycheck, start a savings plan and stick to it. Over time, the combination of the magic of compounding and your financial discipline will increase your net worth drastically. You should contribute to your 401k or 403b retirement plans and consider Roth IRAs and other investment vehicles as well. Pay yourself first…


6. Live frugally.

Live within your means. This is a fundamental principle to follow to achieve financial success.


7. Increase your knowledge of personal finance and investing.

In order to manage your finance, it is to learn as much as you can about investing and personal finance. Read as much books or blogs as you can; every bit of knowledge helps. You will realize how much more confidence you will gain as your knowledge increases.


8. Start a business

Most of the wealthy individuals in the United States today own their businesses. Not many inherited wealth as many of us may think. Consider starting a business based on something you are great at and passionate about. The rewards will follow.


If you have any other keys you would like to share, leave a comment. Can’t wait to hear them.

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