Everyone wants to be rich, but very few know how! One generous twitter user shares the secrets that propelled him to a millionaire at 35.
1: Never be selfish.
Break it: Every airline already knows this. Your oxygen mask first, then your neighbor’s. Taking care of *yourself* first (health, money and self-care) puts you in a better position to help others. I call this healthy selfishness.
2: Follow your passion.
Break it: Your passion sucks at paying the bills. Passions are more creative. Strengths are more analytical and useful. Follow your strengths. Leave your passions for the weekend after earning a much bigger paycheck.
3: Wait your turn.
Break it: Unless you’re a 10-year-old kid, this doesn’t work as an adult. Getting rich isn’t a single-file line. Instead, it’s a crowd of people finding that “secret passage”. Fuck the line. Don’t wait your turn. Step up. Because it’s *always* your turn.
4: Control your time by saying “No”.
Break it: Say yes to almost everything, then double down on what works. Say no to everything else. Yes = growth. No = missed opportunities. Try 10 things. Say yes to the one or two that work best.
5: Never deviate from the plan.
Break it: Plans are meant to be broken. If blindly followed, plans are a net negative. Life doesn’t care about your plans. It doesn’t give a shit what you want. When you need to pivot, don’t hesitate. Do it.
6: Hustle 24×7 to get rich.
Break it: Hustle during the day, relax in the evening. Burnout won’t help us achieve goals. Netflix is okay. Sports are okay. Sitcoms are fine. Use them to unwind. But, don’t let them overtake your life.
7: Strike *only* when the time is right.
Break it: Just strike. We’re not fighting a war, here. Waiting for the right time means we’ll be waiting forever. Want to – start a business? – take a trip to Europe? – begin a fitness program? Lookie there, the right time is NOW.
8: Don’t rock the boat.
Break it: I spent a career rocking the boat. It got me opportunities I never would have gotten. Be professional. Rocking the boat isn’t about being an ass. It’s about being a trendsetter. Changing course. If something sucks, SAY SO.
9: Never get in over your head.
Break it: One Friday, I got promoted two layers of management in a single day. I had no idea what I was doing. Said yes anyway. Figured it out as I went. I began a new *high paying* career trajectory because I got in over my head.
10: Nice guys finish last, so be a dick.
Break it: Nice guys get more opportunities than assholes, period. People wanted to work with me because I was a nice guy. I got promotions. Raises. Opportunities… …that assholes in the office didn’t get.