9 Lessons From 'The Richest Man in Babylon' Pt 1
Most people have formed the habit of spending more, as they earn more. Train yourself to live on less than you earn. Control your expenditures. Make good use of the money you have left over, after you have paid yourself first. Define what money is to you and define the difference between need vs. want.
“Budget your expenses so that you may have money to pay for your necessities, to pay for your enjoyments and to gratify your worthwhile desires without spending more than nine-tenths of your earnings.”
3. Make your money work for you.
Your wealth grows not just by what you save, it grows by investing and re-investing. The first principle of investing is the security of your principal. You don't gamble or take risk with your principal. Don’t be misled by your desires to make wealth overnight. Time is your biggest ally. Your investment will grow as your investments accumulate interest and the money you get from the interest earns interest.
“…put each coin to work so that it may reproduce its kind even as the flocks of the field and help bring to you more income, a stream of wealth that will flow constantly into your purse.”
Note: You should think about investing only after you have built an 'Emergency Fund.' You will want to have enough saving to cover 3-6 months’ worth of expenses. Your Emergency Fund is a security blanket, especially during this time of economic downturns.
4. Seek advice from experts.
You cannot seek the advice of brick-maker if you want to invest in jewels. Want to create wealth? Seek advice from those who have created wealth. Run away from schemers and tricksters who promise to double your wealth overnight.
"Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1." -Warren Buffett