My parents didn’t have much money growing up, and it was often a source of tension. (In the form of wisdom and morals, they more than made up for it.) Not surprisingly though, I made it my mission in life to have ‘enough’ money, figuring out what it would take to save one million dollars by the time I was 55.
After high school, I joined the Air Force to pay for college, and immediately began sacking money away in stocks and bonds. (This was technically a mistake, I should have created an ‘emergency account’ first with 3-6 months savings.) None-the-less, I was off and running.
Unfortunately, this direction soon become something of an ‘idol’ for me, and I had to learn, (and am continuing to need to learn) to be more generous with my money.
The current vocational direction I am heading will not bring me anywhere near one million dollars, but one can still abide by the principles that would get one there, had they the income to make it possible.
What are those principles? In a sentence, “save more and spend less!”
But if you want it spelled out in an article, go here.
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But remember, you are going to die, possibly tomorrow; so don’t get so caught up with money that you forget what is truly important in life. It is just a tool to enable the amazing (and frankly often a hinderance to the amazing).