We all want to live a wealthy life or at least a significantly comfortable one right? Yet most people these days are stuck in older generation ways of thinking, and without realizing it they are shooting their present and their future in the foot!
Learning to make money online is possibly one of the smartest investments you can make in today’s digital world and I will get into why further down, but let’s start by addressing some of the most common investment mistakes the average person makes today and why.
The 4 most common investment mistakes that people make today.
- Go to university, get a degree,
- Get a job for a stable company, be loyal,
- Get a mortgage,
- Work hard, save 10% of your wages in a high-interest bank account.
Do all of this and you should be able to retire comfortably and self-funded right? Not necessarily.
Let me explain
- Go to university, get a degree,
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for education, however, according to CNBC news, statistics in the USA show that well over 40% of the people that graduate with a degree, either end up not using it or in a job that doesn’t even require a degree anyway.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, outstanding student loan debt in the United States lies between $902 Billion and $1 Trillion with around $864 Billion in Federal student loan debt, and this is a common trend all over the world.
In other words, half of the people that go to Uni thinking it’s the smart and safe option for a secure future, end up not only struggling to get into the workforce but they also have a massive debt that they need to pay off.
I’m not saying these people completely wasted their time, however, I do believe that in most cases, it could have been spent better.
2) Get a job for a stable company, be loyal,
Long are gone the days of employer-employee loyalty, I hate to say it but for many businesses, to survive in the competitive ever faster-changing markets, it often means “trimming the garden” on a regular basis.
In fact, studies show that companies all over the world are starting to see the value of contracting people from the “gig economy” over traditional employment roles, meaning traditional “job security” is becoming even less secure for those who don’t learn how to adapt and upskill to provide skillsets for the digital world.
You don’t want to be the 50-year old that has only ever worked one role for 30 years only to be laid off and not have any new relevant skills to help you get back into a decent paying job.
3) Get a mortgage,
Now as an investor in land myself this might sound hypocritical but I use my land to create an income stream that not only pays for the mortgage, but also the maintenance, and even improvements of the property, what any savvy property investors would call a cashflow positive investment.
A common mistake Australians make is thinking that “Negative gearing” is a smart investment strategy because of the tax benefits that they can claim against their income tax, which is complete stupidity. Aside from it still being a loss, what happens if you lose your job and don’t have an income to claim the tax benefits against? Let alone pay the mortgage repayments.
If you are going to take out a mortgage make sure you educate yourself first.
Often new homeowners are so excited by the “possibilities” that they take out the biggest loan they can get at the time based on the wage they are currently getting with high hopes that the property value will go up and everyone will live happily ever after, they don’t consider what would happen if they were to
a) lose their job because of the previously mentioned, unloyal business world that we live in or
b) Something like what we are seeing right now with Covid-19 happens and the world economy takes a nose dive meaning the value of the land may very well fall below the mortgage value meaning potentially massive loses very quickly.
It’s estimated that on average you will see at least 1 to 2 crashes in the economy within a lifetime yet the word mortgage is derived from a Law French term used in Britain in the Middle Ages meaning “death pledge” and refers to the pledge ending (dying) when either the obligation is fulfilled or the property is taken through foreclosure.
Mortgages are a long term commitment and shit happens, just ask our good friend Corona.
Again, I’m not saying getting a mortgage is a mistake, but doing it wrong definitely is.
4) Work hard, save 10% of your wages in a high-interest bank account.
Taking into account all 4 mistakes mentioned above, we are literally told to sacrifice the best years of our lives in the hope of a comfortable retirement and this is still considered to many as the “safe” option, or at least our parents still believe it to be.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, you see, this belief stems from an age where banks would give you anywhere between 10-15% interest on the money you put away in a savings account, (Historical CD Interest rates 1984-2020) which meant over your working life, with the interest and savings compounding you actually could save a significant amount of money in your bank account by retirement and then likely live off the interest in your old age.
Fast forward to today and you are lucky to get 2%, on your money in the bank, In fact, as of late January, the average 1-year CD pays just 0.76 percent APY, according to Bankrate’s most recent national survey of banks and thrifts.
But 0.76% is still better than nothing right? WRONG!!!!
What most people don’t realize is that the current inflation rate is sitting at around 1.5% meaning that by saving money in the bank, it is technically losing value meaning,
By saving money, you are losing money!
A large portion of society is starting to realize that we don’t live in the same age as our parents or grandparents so the same rules don’t apply.
Thanks to the internet and exponential growth in technology, times have changed dramatically, yet although we now spend most of our time and money online, for some reason most people still find it hard to believe that they can make a decent income on the internet, which would also give them the freedom to work from literally anywhere, as long as they have a laptop, smartphone, and an internet connection.
It’s just logical
From a business owner’s point of view.
The truth is, a lot of office tasks these days are done on a computer anyway, so why pay for a manager, staff, office space, and all the other overheads if you can get what you need to be done, on a task by task contractual basis with lower overheads and fewer liabilities?
From a worker’s point of view.
Why should you have to travel to and from a set location, costing you more time and money than it would if you have every ability to complete the task at hand from your computer at home?
It’s my mission and job to show you that there is a better way and that it’s probably a lot simpler than you think, you just need to open your mind and get out of your comfort zone.
I won’t promise that the transition will be easy, for some maybe but neither is paying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over 4+ years to get a degree that you have a high chance of not using anyway!
Ask yourself these questions
If you could simply replace your current income and be able to do so from absolutely anywhere in the world, without having to organize international work visas, without having a boss telling you what to do, and without even having set time tables as long as you get the work done, what would that mean to the quality of your life?
What would you be willing to do? Would you go to uni for 4 years and pay thousands? The good news is you don’t have to.
You probably already have most of the skills you need.
In today’s digital world, developing skill sets that allow you to provide any kind of value online, is one of the smartest investments you can make, but in most cases, you probably already have the skills you need to earn a decent income online, all you lack is the right vehicle (business model or strategy) and some guidance.
Maybe you’re like I was just a few years ago and you’re a bit of a technophobe? No worries.
“If the goal is big and important enough, you’ll be able to see past the challenges standing in your way”
Some people are content with the typical 9-5 job, and there is nothing wrong with that but, If you’ve always wanted something more, or if you’ve ever run or plan to run a business, you must understand the importance of having an online presence, and in today’s digital world, even more so than ever!
How can you learn to adapt to the changing climate?
I (Tom Wright) am passionate about helping others who like myself do not wish to be tied down by the status quo and want to live life on their own terms, I believe you get what you give and the best way to learn is by teaching others.
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