Do you want to be a millionaire?
Do you want to be a millionaire? Of course, that’s a silly question because most people would answer yes. When we think of millionaires, we think of people with big mansions, fast cars, and elegant clothes and jewelry. We also have an image in our heads of how they became millionaires. If you google the top 6 ways that people think millionaires acquired their wealth, you would roughly see the following:
1. They Inherited their money
2. They got Lucky in the stock market
3. They are a brilliant high-tech Genius
4. They have a fancy Ivy League Education
5. They have a high paying Job
6. They are Dishonest and stole their way to the top
However, the reality of the situation is entirely different. Most are rarely flashy. In fact, people that look like they are rich are often times over spenders and have tremendous debt. Our preconceived notions of how the rich look and behave are entirely different from how most millionaires actually live their lives.
How did millionaires get to where they are today?
So how did millionaires get to where they are today? Well thanks to a guy named Chris Hogan and his team, we now have a pretty good understanding. Chris and his team interviewed 10,000 millionaires and in doing so, they debunked most of these myths.
- Inheritance? It turns out, 80% of millionaires today didn’t receive a dime from their parents.
- Luck? Roughly 75% of the interviewed millionaires said that nothing extraordinary happened in their life.
- Fancy Education? 60% of millionaires attended public schools and a lot of them didn’t even graduate.
- High-paying Job? Yes, some earned a decent living. However, roughly 33% never earned a six-figure income.
- Dishonesty? If we look a police statistics, the vast majority of all millionaires have never even been accused of committing fraud or a crime.
In their research, Chris and his team were able to identify three real ways people became extremely wealthy. Our own experiences at First Financial also closely mirror these three things. The top three ways people become millionaires are through their hard work, discipline, and attitude towards money. That’s it.
All these things are in your control and we’d be happy to help. Surveys show that over 60-80% of millionaires use a financial advisor. The reason? It’s actually a lot easier to influence all of these financial factors by allowing a financial advisor to help. Creating a financial plan with an advisor not only allows the advisor’s expertise to impact your finances, but it also keeps you accountable for your goals and work laid out ahead. If you think this might benefit you, give us a call. Our first consultation is always free and we’d love to see how we can help you achieve your goals.