Not everybody has what it takes to build wealth as a Saver-Investor.
So, what does it take?
- Middle-Class Income – It’s hard to save when you are poor. Most of the poor are barely able to meet the costs of even a low standard of living. But, if you have a middle-class income and keep your standard of living low, this will give you the ability to save.
- Discipline – The typical Saver-Investor saves 20% or more of their income and lives off what’s left. This requires discipline in saving first and discipline in minimizing how much money you spend.
- Consistency – Saver-Investors consistently save and consistently invest their savings so that their wealth can grow every year.
- Time – It takes an average of 32 years for a Saver-Investor to accumulate their wealth.
In my Rich Habits Study the Saver-Investors accumulated an average of $3.3 million. This path requires that you start early – almost immediately upon entering the adult work force. If you start later in life, and still desire to retire wealthy, you will have to increase your savings rate by 10% for every ten years you failed to save. And you will have to work longer. For example, if you decide to pursue the Saver-Investor Path in your mid-thirties, you will have to increase your annual saving to 30% of your net income and work into your mid-sixties. If you start in your mid-forties, you will have to increase your annual savings to 40% of net income and work into your mid-seventies.