Whether you have broken your 2020 new years resolution by now or not, for the most of us, our finances continue to be a concern.
Here is the first step towards planning for a Secure financial future.
Take Stock of Current Financial Status, that is,
Calculate your current NET WORTH.
Do this at least quarterly; certainly
do it once a year!
Compute the current value of all your assets (what you own).
The total of non-obligated funds (balance) at all bank accounts
The fair market value of all real assets you own
trade-in value of cars, motorcycles, boats, scooters, trucks, etc.
Current fair market value of all real property you own
house(s), farm(s), land(s), etc.
Current trade-in value of equipment and appliances you own
TV’s, Refrigerator, tools, computers, sound systems, etc.
Current trade-in value of all furniture, jewelry, antiques, etc.
Compute the current value of all financial investment instruments
(these are the value of these instruments
that will be available to you on demand
after deductions of all penalties, fees,commissions etc.)
Cash payout of all retirement accounts
Cash payout value of bonds, stocks, etc.
Cash payout of life and other insurance policies
Cash payout of all other investments
Compute your total debts (Liabilities);
Current short term loans
(those payable within 1-5 years)
credit card(s) balance(s)
total current value of all car loans/note(s)
other short term debt(s)
e.g. lease or rental obligations
current value of total long term obligations
many student loans have a payoff value
attached to your total balance
Other Long term contractual Obligations
current value of total child support payments
current value of alimony or divorce settlements, etc.
current value of all other court ordered payments, etc.
Compute the Net Worth
= Total Current value of Assets – Total Current Value of all Debts. This is the foundation of all planning for a secure financial future!
The numbers need not be super accurate.
This is just a birds eye view of your current position
Now that you know your current financial status,
the Next Step is to SET SOUND FINANCIAL GOALS
That is, clarify where you want to be
That’s in the next Post
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Scanning the landscape of your financial future?
There are about six major ways to become wealthy:
Be Born into a Wealthy Family
It goes without saying that
if you are the child, relative, or heir of
Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Sam Walton, or
Africa’s Aliko Dangote, or Mexico’s Carlos Slim, or
any of the royal families in Kuwait, Oman, or Dubai, etc.
also be wealthy. WILL
But this path to wealth is not available to over 99% of the planet!
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Marry into a Wealthy Family
Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle
married into British Royalty and into Wealth!
The wives of Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk
However, this road is reserved
for only a tiny sliver of humanity. It also appears that
the wealthy generally marry
people of similar economic status.
Win a Lottery Jackpot with a Big Cash Prize
The odds of winning the mega million jackpot in the US
for example, is over 1 in 300 million
that means it is ‘possible’ to lose over 300 million times
It also means that you may never win
if you play the lottery every day
of a 100-year life span
(that is about 36,600 days!)
and never win!
As a means to wealth,
winning the Jackpot is therefore a ‘false hope’
for the majority of us. Note: Forget about the publicity
around those who win;
the prize money
(less the portion
that goes to the organizers)
is coming from all those who did not win,
(that is a lot of people!)
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Steal Money From Plenty of People or From a Wealthy Person
The problem with this approach is that
it is illegal and you may get caught,
it is anti-biblical, unethical, and immoral; moreover people/the wealthy will work to protect their money, and
therefore the success rate of achieving lifetime wealth
through thievery is also very low.
Therefore, this is not a viable approach to wealth
for average person (some still try to make a living
by scamming people out of their money).
Become a Successful Professional in a Well-paying Industry
of the economy, meaning
Also Note: “well paying industry”
star athletes, champion sportsmen, movie stars, etc.
at the top of their profession
the 100 meter Jamaican world record holder
is reportedly worth over $30 million
professions requiring high qualification, and
that are in high demand
but with low supply of workers, for example,
brain surgeons, computer whiz, fund managers, etc.
Working for income in an excellent but regular job
is not usually a means to wealth!!
The possibilities here in my judgment are greater
than the previous listings
but still for most people
it is not a feasible way to build lifetime wealth.
Start and Run Your Own Successful Business
Note again “successful” Starting and running a business requires
which many people do not appear to have;
willingness to take risks,
willingness to bear full responsibility
But with risks comes financial reward
that can grow without limit
into lifetime wealth,
as long as the business continues to grow
The proportion of people who can take this is also greater
than than the previous options!
Get A regular career and invest wisely
in other Successful Businesses
over a long period of time!
Note: you do not have to be successful at
starting and running a business; but
you must be good at picking successful businesses
over a long period of time!
This means using modest regular income, and
saving all you can, while
investing in businesses that are successful,
over a long period of time,
will generally compound into wealth!
This is the most available route for most people!
On a final note:
Becoming ‘wealthy’ need not be your goal, rather
Make it your goal to become Financially Free:
Have enough to tithe and give to the work of the Lord.
Have enough to cover your budgeted expense
including miscellaneous, as well as
unplanned and unexpected expenses.
Have enough to cover for emergencies.
Save enough to guarantee a desired standard of living in retirement.
Have enough to leave a legacy for the next generation!
Have enough to be generous and make a difference in the lives of others.
This we can all do
If we start early,
with much planning, prayer, and discipline!!
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I NO LONGER MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!!
WHY? Two things!
I have come to view the end of one year and the start of another as
a little too artificial.
Imagine looking back to the earth
from the vantage point of the moon.
What is the difference between
December 31st and
Or Imagine being a bird, or another animal.
What is the difference in the experience
of December 31st relative to January 1st?
I have resolutions,
but they are no longer bound by an artificial timeline. My resolutions
like time itself,
are always on a continuum; and they
always becoming a better version of me.
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I don’t stop striving to become better version of me
just because I broke a resolution after two months. Neither do I wait until the next December 31st
to resolve to start again;
to become a better version of me;
after I fail by February 1st each year.
So what should we do on the 31st of December each year?
the end of a block of (man made) ‘time’ and the start of a new one,
like everybody else; and
it is useful to have time markers along the way, but
Do, never become obsessive
that you must meet all your benchmarks within the year
to consider yourself successful!
So here is the
you need to have: ONE AND ONLY RESOLUTION
Always strive to become a better version of yourself with each passing day:
Be better at your faith, you know,
trust, pray, love, give, testify, know, and serve more, etc.,
about and as a result of your faith!
Better in your character
(the real you;
what comes out when pressure is applied);
Be more dependable, more patient, more truthful,
more balanced, less self-centered, more at peace with yourself,
more generous with others,
with your resources as well as with their faults etc.,
more self disciplined with time, words, and actions; wiser.
Better in your relationships: more
serving, self-less, open, forgiving, listening and less talking,
considerate, gentle, humble, and more self-control.
Better at your Career: Make it your goal to be
more dependable, knowledgeable, skillful, useful, available, etc.
A wise man once said, long ago:
“…One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize…” Paul (ca. AD 52-62, Phil 3.13-14)
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For most of us, the Christmas season is special,
a welcome time of the year.
But I ask myself the question, Why?
WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR!?
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It is about the giving and receiving of gifts?
Everyone seem to make an effort to give a gift to someone else
No doubt receiving a gift is a pleasant experience.
Giving a gift that brings joy to someone else
is also a beautiful thing.
All this shopping for gifts mean more sales for businesses
which allows them
to hand out bonuses to workers
Even without increased revenues,
Christmas is when businesses
make positive gestures
towards employees and the public.
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Could it be the Bright and Warm Colors of the season?
A lot of people put on
red, green or gold or other
bright and warm colors during this season.
Many homes are decorated with multi colored Christmas lights
on the outside
and, with colorfully decorated ornaments
on the inside including on Christmas trees.
Many stores and businesses
make dramatic and colorful window displays. On the inside, their products
are also beautifully arranged with Christmas decorations.
The streets, and city centers in many areas around the world
are also impressively decorated. But the Christmas season is all this and more!
Could it be the Wonderful Sounds that fill the air?
Lots of music and the sounds of bells and whistles
fill the air during this season.
Christmas Carols tell the wonderful story
of the love of God and
of peace and goodwill towards all men.
The sounds of the Christmas season evokes nostalgia
in the minds of adults
about innocent childhood days as well as
about simpler days and times;
when they looked forward to
Christmas gifts, toys, family, and fun.
But the Christmas season
is special for all this and more;
more than just the sounds of love, joy, peace, and hope that fills the air!
Is it because of the Special Food we enjoy at this time of the year?
Everyone goes out of their way to prepare special food and
there is plenty of it there is also a large variety of it
there is plenty of food and lots of variety
But the Christmas season is special
for more than lots of very fine food.
Is it the many celebrations, the events we get to attend?
Parties among friends and families,
nine lessons and carols;
special concerts and
sporting events etc.,
are all mostly very nice experiences.
Even without a party to go to,
the streets have more people
out and about,
(shopping, dining, buying and selling, etc.
not to forget the traffic);
during the Christmas season
giving a special ‘event’ type feeling.
This is good but Christmas season is special for much more!
All of the above,
each have a part to play
in making the Christmas Season
the giving and receiving of gifts,
the bright and warm colors,
the special and very fine food,
the celebrations and special events;
combine to create a very powerful and positive vibe
The season is special,
they make it a season of
wherever Christmas is celebrated!
(all of humanity, our families, our communities, our nation, our economies)
in each year! AT LEAST ONE SEASON OF GOOD WILL
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