I don’t know why writing this post makes me laugh.
I guess it feels like I’m letting you in on a big secret. And I guess I sort of am….
Ok, here goes….
I am extremely wealthy.
(Imagine I sound exactly like Hugh Grant when I say that).
“Well obviously.” You say.
“I knew you were sublimely rich. You’re writing this from your private yacht which is stationed somewhere on the Aegean, sipping Muscato while stroking your awe-inspiring collection of Chanel bags. There was never a doubt in my mind that YOU, who can spell ‘yacht’ without the assistance of spellcheck, are of the upper echelon.” You say.
Hee hee hee! Well, you do have me pegged, now don’t you! But you didn’t let me finish!
I’m extremely wealthy …..in the future, silly!
I’m not currently on a yacht (although I have spent time on the beaches in the South of France) and while my Chanel collection is currently non-existent (I was dragged into 31 Rue Cambon by a dear friend…and a few years later dragged my Dear Husband into the Louis Vuitton San Marco in Venice). So I’m luxurious by association. Or osmosis? diffusion? Something like that. 😉
Anyhoo, here is one of the books I’m reading on my way to Aegean sea yacht-hood:
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I know, I know, you could say that the cover looks a bit cheesy, but as a multi-millionaire you can be as cheesy as you want. He could have bedazzled the shoulder pads of his suit and I still would have read this book: it’s super short and interesting.
I also like this book of his, which I read a few years ago….
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I not only read his books, but many others on finances, investments, and money management. I like Kiyosaki’s books because they are short and entertaining filled with delicious nuggets of wisdom (and who can resist nuggets?). I don’t treat his books (or any for that matter) as a “road map to success” but I cobble together lots of different resources to get a well rounded view.
But how are these books helping you get a yacht? You ask.
Well, out of all the practical skills I was taught in high school, managing personal finances wasn’t one of them. I also didn’t learn anything about managing my own money in college. Learning about money and how to grow your own personal wealth is not taught; at least it wasn’t taught in any of the schools I attended.
Here’s what I mean:
How many of us know what interest is as it relates to your checking/savings account?
How many of us understand how compound interest works?
How many of us know what R.O.I is? And how does it pertain to you?
Extra Credit: How many of us hold multiple and diversified investments?
If you can’t really answer any of the above questions, take a look at these books with me. We can learn together.
My Dear Husband said I should tell you what I got out of reading these books….good point.
Well, I guess I took away a different way of thinking. I realized that many wealthy people have a career where they work 8 hours a day, but they also have many “part time jobs” which include super simple, yet often overlooked things like balancing one’s checkbook and planning purchases but the wealthy also spend their free time not playing video games or watching loads of TV but doing other “part time jobs” like researching investments, actually investing time and money into different ventures, and then following those investments, be they stocks, real estate, licensing, etc. Financially wealthy people do these things daily, to increase their and their family’s personal wealth. I guess these books just expanded the way I view work and money.
Now, if any of my dear readers are having trouble paying their rent, buying groceries, or you run out of money before your next pay…take a deep breath. And if you can, go to the library and take out a book or dvd on meditation and ask the librarian for a short and simple book on how to budget. It’s really hard for a family of 4 to live on a low, one-person income; but it’s totally possible; with sacrifice.
I will try to have my posts on how to decrease your grocery bill, build your savings, invest, etc., out soon but until then, check out this Blogger: Merissa of Little House Living. She has so much on her site about living frugally, doing things the old-fashioned way (which is pleasurable and saves money), and how to live a simpler life. I really enjoy her blog.
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The writer, Merissa, also seems like a very awesome Lady; she is in fact awesome. I’ve emailed her questions several times and she has always replied promptly and sweetly.
Time to give back:
What are your tips and tricks for saving and building your wealth? AND are YOU currently reading this from your private yacht on the Aegean? 😉
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