"The more time I spend thinking about money, the less time I have to think of the next great idea that can make money. Overthinking always limits creativity.
Instead, I just trust my gut. When something doesn't feel right, it's usually for a good reason, even if I can't put my finger on why. Your gut is a collection of past experiences — and mine has never steered me wrong!"
"Don't be romantic about how you make money. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an employee, your current revenue stream isn't necessarily how you'll make money in the future.
When you climb the ranks, it's easy to lose creativity and that desire to change the status quo — until you're replaced by someone who still has those things. Never let money make you comfortable. Always be innovating and thinking ahead."
"Many people will tell you to invest in the stock market and let compound interest turn your paychecks into millions. The problem with that advice is that you have to work for 40 years.
Instead, invest in yourself by learning a skill you can monetize. If you're always sharpening new skills, you'll make incrementally more money. That's real compound interest. You can't save your way to wealth, but you can educate yourself there."
"Companies like Blockbuster, Pets.com and MySpace were household names — until they crashed. In contrast, many that Wall Street dismisses outperform the market significantly.
The right investments are the ones that genuinely interest you, whether that's Bitcoin, stocks or any other asset classes. If you talk to people, read the news and actually use the products you invest in, you'll have a better understanding of where your investments should go than the 'experts' do."
"An annuity salesperson convinced my client to sell his Tesla stock because of market volatility, so he gave up control and liquidity in exchange for 'security.'
But when he lost his job, he had to pay an early withdrawal fee to access his money. His $500,000 annuity was only worth $300,000, compared to the $3.2 million his stock would be worth today.
The salesperson didn't disclose that he owned stock in the annuity and was working on commission. Always question others' interests and how they align with yours. Are they getting a commission, or do they only make money when you do?"
"The highest rate of return on your money is not in a house or savings account, where it will sit and get eaten by inflation. Invest in your primary asset: Yourself — and your business, if you own one.
This multiplies the abilities that create your income, so you can achieve financial independence. When your money is still, it's ill. When it's flowing, it's growing."
"Don't let the idea of starting a business — or even a side hustle — intimidate you; the barrier to entry in business is lower than ever. Using tools like WordPress, PayPal and social media, you can create a website, advertise with how-to content and accept payments for free.
As long as you know how to sell and you're solving other people's problems, all you need is a little creativity and willingness to take risks and outwork everyone else."
"I do my best thinking between midnight and 3 a.m., when I'm free from dinging email and text alerts. Figure out when your mind works best, capitalize on it, and don't feel bad if it's not during the standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"The world's wealthiest people didn't become successful because they were coloring inside the lines or doing what everyone thinks they're 'supposed' to do."
"Real wealth isn't just about having a lot of cold, hard cash. It's also proportionate to your happiness, health and overall quality of life.
So don't just focus on what's in your bank account. Set aside time to take care of your mind and body. Stick to doing things you're passionate about. Surround yourself with positive energy. When you do all these things, money and success will eventually follow."
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