earnings. Rising unemployment. Apprehensive consumers. Tell me something
I dont already know, like how to be a millionaire. Why not?
Now is as good a time as any to make a few lifestyle changes. No,
this is not an Amway pitch.
of all, being rich isnt all its cracked up to be. Money
may not buy you love, but it sure gets you everything else. Youve
got a large mansion on the water, 50 yacht, servants, the
villa in France and 10 exotic automobiles. Sounds good huh? Theres
only one problem: its total bullshit.
wealthy is definitely a lifestyle, but its hardly the flash-and-dash
of Miami Vice that Hollywood wants us to believe. Most millionaires
are married, drive Honda Accords and share a 3 bedroom house with
their children and dog Scooter. They didnt achieve millionaire
status by spending their money on frivolous materialistic consumer
durables like diamonds, Rolex watches and groceries from Webvan.
what does that mean to me? How do I catch the millionaire fever?
Does it mean I have to have a dog name Scooter? Im allergic
to dogs you know.
there are a few key factors that, when combined, create millionaire
potential. First, you have to have a certain personality type. Next,
your lifestyle is plays an key role. Most importantly, your career
choice is a critical factor. Lets look at these individually,
and dispel some of the common millionaire myths.
are not gamblers nor do they go into debt (unlike 30 percent
of Americans today). They substitute "blind luck"
for "self-discipline." Millionaires are not do-it-yourselfers;
they would rather earn income from their vocation and pay an
expert to do the job. They also tend to buy when others save.
When a recession hits, they are more likely to purchase a home.
Millionaires listen to others and understand their needs. Lastly,
they are highly organized. Now where did that $100 bill go?
millionaires (not unlike trust fund babies) do not necessarily
have the highest intelligence; rather, they prefer to hire those
with high IQs do what they do best and watch the money roll
in. This trait is clear as far back as grade school, where most
millionaires are passed up as "most likely to succeed"
or "most popular" (save your sighs of relief until
you finish reading). The value of school, according to millionaires,
lies in discovering that hard work is more valuable than high
intelligence. Few graduate at the top of their class and believe
it is the least important factor in contributing to economic
success. You can sigh now.
millionaires are self-made, with no financial help from family
or friends. Furthermore, they never rely on other peoples
money to make them rich. Hear that Danny DeVito? Millionaires
find an occupation that makes them happy and leverages their
strengths and weaknesses, which in turn increases self-esteem
and productivity. Beyond liking their jobs, millionaires choose
an occupation that pays the bills (and then some). Those that
own their own businesses create the most wealth. This is good
news, as entrepreneurs tend to start businesses that they are
you can see, its easier than youd think to be a millionaire.
Just get organized, maintain discipline, save carefully and chose
a job that you love. Wealth will naturally follow (including the