Keep investing to stop wealth eluding you

Nov 12 2012, 10:49 IST
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The key to creating wealth is discipline backed by sound professional advice. (Reuters) The key to creating wealth is discipline backed by sound professional advice. (Reuters)
SummaryThe key to creating wealth is discipline backed by sound professional advice.

This is the last part of the three-part series. In the previous articles we discussed the meaning of ‘Investing in yourself’; its importance and its advantages. Further, we discussed why learning and understanding a few things like risk, volatility, markets, market situation and human behaviour greatly contribute in your endeavour of investing in yourself. Having dwelled upon them let us now attempt to answer the fundamental question of why wealth eludes us.

Real wealth eludes most people despite their doing things right. People feel they have invested well and they have been responsible towards their family and themselves. However, it seems what they have amassed is of little or no significant consequence. For those who have not done anything with their money there is nothing to speak of. In any case in my opinion all of this and why wealth eludes is simply because you have not invested in yourself good enough.

It is observed that the ratio of number of people who create wealth vis-ŕ-vis people who destroy wealth is very small. In other words amongst us there are more individuals who either do not create enough wealth for themselves or are happily eroding the wealth they have. Note that amount here is not important. I am simply talking about having adequate wealth.

This level of adequate wealth naturally differs from person to person however by adequate I mean what is needed as bare necessity. So moving on I am further clarifying that people do not even create adequate wealth for themselves based on what they might need. There are many reasons for that and here are three important ones in my view.

DIY Philosophy

DIY stands for “Do It Yourself”. This is a widely accepted philosophy and method of working. In matters of money people want to do things themselves. Perhaps 20 years ago this was fine and fair as there were neither as many options or opportunities. People seem to have accepted this general rule in perpetuity. While nothing is impossible and with knowledge there is nothing that cannot be surmounted one must realise one’s own limitations.

So by all means go the DIY way if you wish. Many go the DIY way by asking experts for free advice. I give a lot of free advice on many forums but I know it has serious limitations. Needless to say that you are responsible for what you do and will do

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