I recently had a conversation with a friend about how a friend of his keeps saying that he is envious of how rich my friend is and so on.
My friend keeps telling his friend that he is not rich and that he is using leverage to improve his cash flow. My friend got fed up with his friend on one occasion and told him to stop whining and to do something about his life.
Make changes and be richer.
This calls to mind a recent blog post of mine which asked "Do you want to be richer?"
Apparently, this person in question is in his early 30s and has a comfortable salary of $6K a month. He is single, stays out and spends quite a bit of money having a good life.
So, to me, for him to become richer, he does not really have to work much harder to increase his income. He should work at reducing his expenses. He should think of planning for the next stages in his life.
For a person like him, if he is willing to listen, I would tell him that there are many roads to Rome and there are many roads to becoming richer. I have a couple of blog posts which were written with this in mind: "Roads to wealth creation in the stock market" and "Seven steps to creating passive income from the stock market".
For sure, there are many more ways to make money and my friend has found his own way to do so and that is to invest in real estate and renting them out for cash flow, taking advantage of the very low interest rate environment. It is something he does well and something he is comfortable with.
For me, a personal experience at a very young age of twelve when my family was on the verge of bankruptcy taught me that banks are fair weather friends and I try my best not to owe the banks large amounts of money if I can help it.
I do understand the need for leverage sometimes in order not to miss out on money making opportunities but I would try to repay my debts in the shortest time possible.
What am I saying? Everyone is different. Certain methods which are comfortable for some might not be so for others.
Finding the most comfortable path which would meet our goals in life is most probably a journey of self-discovery. Having reliable guides on this journey would be most helpful but decisions have to be made ourselves.
Ultimately, we have to find our own way.