Seven Years to Seven Figures: The Fast-Track Plan to Becoming a Millionaire (Agora Series) ハードカバー – 2006/10/6
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In Seven Years to Seven Figures, self-made millionaire and renowned wealth coach Michael Masterson reveals the steps you can take to accumulate seven-figure wealth within seven years—or less. Seven Years to Seven Figures will give you the tools to increase your income, get the highest possible returns on investments, save wisely—and secure your financial future faster than you may have ever dreamed.
MICHAEL MASTERSON has developed a loyal following through his writings in Early to Rise (www.earlytorise.com), an e-newsletter published by Agora, Inc. that mentors more than 160,000 success-oriented individuals to help them achieve their financial goals. Masterson has been making money for himself and others for almost four decades. At one time or another, he's owned and run multi-million dollar companies that were public/private, onshore/overseas, local/international, service-/product-oriented, retail/wholesale/direct mail, and even profit/not-for-profit. Masterson is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestsellers Automatic Wealth: The Six Steps to Financial Independence; Automatic Wealth for Grads . . . and Anyone Else Just Starting Out; Power and Persuasion: How to Command Success in Business and Your Personal Life (all published by Wiley); and Confessions of a Self-Made Millionaire.
As a follow up to Automatic Wealth (which was a rich pearl) he drives home the point that you have to have a hard work ethic if you really want to succeed at wealth. And if you're willing to work hard enough, you can do it easily in 7 years. "The best way to guarantee that you will accomplish something is to make it your number one priority."
I know that it is very easy to accomplish this in seven years. My personal experience (from hard work) reveals that you really can do this in about 4.5 years. Of course everything depends on how you manage and apply the three components he explains in the book: "Getting wealthy involves three components: -how LONG you invest, -how MUCH you invest, and -what RATE OF RETURN you achieve." The summary point is that you can get wealthy by increasing any ONE of these three components. And just about anyone can understand that. All that's left is finding a plan, based on your own income (from your job and/or investments), to increase one or more of those components.
Masterson also notes that even though you can get wealthy fast, passive investing doesn't work, you can't get wealthy quickly unless you can afford to invest a lot of money, and to invest a lot of money, you need to make a lot of money (from your job or other investing). And I think that creates many a disgruntled reader looking for a quick way to get rich.
By following your net worth, you will see how you can make enough money to put away between $20,000 and $200,000 every year just by managing one or two endeavors that fit your profile, pocketbook, and perspective. The author recommends that you can: -invest directly in brand-new businesses (tough), and/or -invest directly into real estate (easy). I, of course, have chosen the easy way - real estate.
I appreciate reading this book and like many other great books, it not only illuminates my outlook at wealth-building and wealth-perpetuation, but more importantly, it also validates some of the practices that we (my wife and I) use ourselves already - and fosters a fond spirit of achievement knowing that our actions are in line with those who have had great success themselves.
Though reading the book, I can see where I went wrong. Even though I was making a high income, I didn’t know how to invest it. I kind of spent all of the money I made.
But now after reading this book, I know better.
So I’m setting a new goal for my self. I’m going to be a millionaire before I’m 38 years old. And this time I’ll make it happen, God willing! :-)
This book goes through several examples of how normal people have reached a net worth of $1 million or more. Following exactly how they did it will probably not work for you. Find and use your unique gifts and talents, apply these examples, and you may reach your goal. Don't forget that you need to put in the work - at least 1000 hours to become an expert. Continual learning and application will put you at the top of your field.
Good for them, not for me.