streettalklive.com / By Lance Roberts / Friday, February 08, 2013
Money – we all want it, but few of us are willing to sacrifice to get it. Those that have it generally don’t understand it, and those that don’t have it come up with excuses why they can’t get it. If this sounds confusing – it is.
For all that we have accomplished in the United States in the last 200+ years we have failed miserably at teaching our children the basics of money management. I am not talking about stock and bond portfolios but rather the basics of spending less than you make, understanding of credit, and how to balance a check a book.
We are inundated daily with credit card commercials that show how great life can be – just charge it. We are enticed to buy things that we don’t really need though the use of zero percent financing – but only while it lasts. We are motivated to consume anything and everything in pursuit of the American dream but no one ever talks about the consequences of our actions.
The Secret To Wealth
I could literally be kicked out of the financial community for divulging the one secret that has been so closely guarded by the credit card companies, the mortgage companies, the banks and WallStreet for so many years. This secret, of course, is the true road to wealth and happiness. It is irrefutable, undeniable and absolutely achievable. If you implement this one secret in your life – you will be rich and you won’t be able to stop it.
The Secret: Spend Less Than You Make
That’s right. This is the one secret that no one wants you to know because the more you save – the less the credit card companies make. The more you save the less in fees that Wall Street makes. The more you save the wealthier you get.
The 10 Laws Of Money
1) Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees
My father used to always tell me several things – all of which I am beginning to find out weren’t exactly true – such as; “When I was your age I had to walk uphill to school in the snow – both ways!”, “I could go to a double feature and eat all the popcorn and soda I wanted for a nickel and have change left over!” and, of course, my personal favorite; “Where do you think that comes from – money doesn’t grow on trees!”
What my father was trying to teach me was to respect the effort that goes into making money in the first place. My whole life my father worked two jobs, and sometimes three, to support me and make sure that I had everything I needed – not always everything I wanted – but always what I needed. As a young boy, of course, I didn’t fully understand the impact of what he was trying to teach me until I got a family of my own.