The 7 habits of wealthy women are not what most think. The stereotype most think, is the habits of wealthy women are full of excess and waste. But according to my experience, seeing wealthy women navigate life, they do not spend most of their life in excessive spending and waste. I see wealthy women in the media working hard; as politicians, owning their own media companies, as talk show host, and some working hard in multi-national corporations,where they have a large stake in.
Those women do not spend their time walking the aisle of expensive department stores, playing bridge or having a useless tea all day-that is the stereotype. Below I have attempted to explain some of the better habits of wealth women.
These are some of the common habits of wealthy women.
1.Wealthy Women value education
They value education and they get educated, either formal or informal. That does not mean they went to Harvard or Yale, that is not necessary. Many went to cost effective, low cost schools with no or low balance student loans. With low debt there is low stress. With the low stress they can concentrate on advancing their career.
Some go to private schools, but others to a good public institution. Some of them were taught a skill by taking inexpensive classes over time. An example is learning the in’s and outs of finance to protect their money and assets.
Another example is, reaching the top level of real estate, as a broker and managing director or becoming a master in the tech world. It takes career concentration, constant learning and mentorship, and mostly hard work.
2. They research everything they do.
A wise old man once told me;
“Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see, research everything”.
There is so much false evidence being passed on as real, that the anti-wealth building process is alive and well. I call it “chasing rainbows”. Wealthy women do not engage in the useless “chasing of rainbows”.
That is, do not believe mostly what a stranger tells you, professional or not. You run the risk of getting involved with bad product or companies, until you find out you have overspent and believed in a false product. Some people go by false advertising copy, some go by the fake status of the person pushing bad products, and some only plain old believe anything.
A case in point is women who get involved with either scam phone calls or dating websites where a person pretends to be something he is not. The next thing they know after 2 or 3 years they have sent the fake person their entire life savings.
A smart woman who becomes wealthy would not talk to the stranger in the first place. So, the scamming could not take place. She has already learned that there is a system in place for strangers to rob other strangers over the phone.
The best way to avoid this is to avoid others in the first place. Don’t even think there is something over the rainbow that is waiting to make you happy or rich. It does not exist. If the stranger were happy or rich, he would not be on the phone all day soliciting your money.
3. They save and invest like their life depends on it
Wealthy women understand the power of saving money and having money when they need to buy important items. That is, not everything is charged, if it is, it is paid for the same month. They concentrate on making interest, not paying interest.
Then, they go onto learn investing. Investing is the key, I can vouch for that myself, I have had several years of successful investing. I first learned how to understand stocks and bonds, then I went on to focus on mutual funds.
Since there are a wide variety of low cost, low risk mutual funds – it is easy to find great high value investments in mutual funds. Even if they hire investment advisors, they first learn how investments work before they trust a stranger with their money.
4. They do not engage in predatory loan practices at the beginning or end of wealth building
They understand how to leverage with borrowed money the right way. They do not engage in predatory loans or lending. They usually use loans as a short-term vehicle to address an immediate need. Like borrowing money for a home until an investment tops out, or they save enough from their employment, business, or an inheritance comes through to pay off the home early or in cash. Cars are treated the same way.
5. They are not dependent on others for their livelihood
Women who are wealth builders do not build wealth on the backs of Dad’s or husbands. If they get money from their Dad’s or husbands it is a plus, not their main source. They work hard at a job or business and accumulate money by saving and investing on their own.
6. Whether they make their money during their lifetime or inherit it, they spend it very carefully
Wealthy women are frugal women for the most part. They work hard for their money and spend it wisely. No, they do not take first class flights unless they are doing it with frequent flyer miles. They prefer to save by going business class.
They do not buy in-season clothes; they prefer to buy discounted high value clothes. They do not like to waste time, energy, or money on purchasing things that are not extremely useful.
7. They do not boast about the money they have
The money they have accumulated through saving, investing, and working hard is their business. They understand the dangers of letting strangers know what they have. Even telling family members can be dangerous. People who have a lot of money are frequently the target of professional scammers.
A professional scammer looks normal, they talk like they are in a profession, they have business cards, brochures, fake articles about their fake business. For naive people this sometimes works, for wealthy women, they do not allow others to come to them, they seek out their own prospects and verify everything about them before getting involved. They usually do a swallow and deep background check on a person who works with a legitimate company.
In summation the habits of wealthy women suggest they are uber careful. They are not susceptible to scams and scammers. They work hard, even after they make a lot of money, and they are frugal and careful with their money.
Wealthy women make sure they know investments and savings, so they can either; invest their own money or monitor an investment advisor and the investments he or she suggest. The habits of wealthy are more positive than not.
Investing Money for Beginners
There Are No Guarantees if Women Do Not Understand Investing
Women need to understand investing now because there are no guarantees you will stay married or even get married, women need to know how to take care of their finances. This is the start of investing money for beginners. This includes learning stock mutual funds, bond mutual funds and simple index funds. With these three types of funds you can buy stocks inexpensively, with low risk and learn to read charts that are not difficult.
But understanding investing now means you need to understand sane savings (my mantra), mega-money management (because everything is ultra-expensive), and investing (because you need to stay ahead of inflation to keep your money growing).
Far too many women are still taught to be financially dependent, even when you work, and many don’t get involved in family finances since you feel prince charming will be there to protect them forever. It is important to work together on finances, and staying out of family finances could have dire consequences foreither spouse. Stay involved in your family finances.
Divorce or Death Effecting Your Finances
Because you have at least a 50% chance of divorce and even greater chance of being separated from your spouse, it is imperative that you understand all the nuances of money, including investing. I focus on mutual funds because, 1. That is where my long term expertise and success is, 2. They are easy to understand once you put some “peddle to the metal” and study some of what I call, “mutual fund research”.
If you are not dependent on your husband to take care of all finances during your marriage, or an adviser if you are single, then you will know what to at any time, including with an illness, accident, or death. Dependency is not a good thing.
Many women fall victim to con artist who prey on women with money and no financial skills, because they are not familiar with the ease at which others prey on those without financial experience. Understanding stocks, bonds and mutual funds will create a knowledge bubble around you, that will keep you safe.
There are literally millions who have lost millions due to being trusting and naive. Don’t make yourself a victim by keeping your financial knowledge and skills very low. The potential for divorce or death from a spouse are a major reason why women need to understand investing.
Protect Yourself Now and in The Future and Protect Your Money
There are many women who never write a check or pay a bill, after getting married. That is hard to imagine, but it exists. Writing checks and paying bills are a powerful way to keep yourself aware of family finances and the limitations of money.
Then you monitor investments in mutual funds, or other investments for savings, college, or retirement, this gives you another layer of awareness and will help protect your finances now and in the future. I speak to beginning investors all the time who can’t analyze the simplest investments. This is not acceptable. Teaching investing for beginngers is something I am passionate about so you can protect specialty finances.
Therefore, women need to understand investing. Social security is meant to be a supplement, that is why the payout is very low for most people. Your 401k can be overrun with success if you know investing money for beginners. If you have a pension or get your husbands pension from death or divorce you can still benefit from know how it invest money.
When you understand investing, the chances are good you will also understand how to grow your investment retirement account and hold on to the accounts build by you or your spouse. Understanding why women need to understand investing will create an entire class of new and capable investors, who can also teach their daughters.
Lois Center-Shabazz | Course Delta Agency
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