Key To Being a Successful Investor

One tenth of the people in the world own nine tenths of the total assets. If we are not careful, this ratio can reach 95/05 and even 99/01 in a very short time. In other words, 1% of people can own 99% of wealth.

“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?”

Robert Browning

It is our dreams that keep us moving forward. If your reality starts with your dreams, I am happy to say that your dreams will become your reality.

Why so? Because if we didn’t have dreams, we would be living just to survive. I don’t believe that most people’s goal is just to survive. Have you ever heard any teenager say that he hopes to be a stray bum? Usually they say things like: “I want to be president.” “I want to be an astronaut.” “I want to be a fireman.” “I want to be a doctor or an engineer.” These are professions that require effort and sometimes heroism, and young people have dreams and aspirations for these professions.

Winners are always young in spirit. They set high goals and have plans and enthusiasm to achieve what they aim for. They may have crazy dreams, but that’s better than not having them. Then they focus on whatever is necessary to achieve these dreams and make an effort in this direction.

Being stubborn is an important part of being a winner. Some people fail because they give up too soon. When I was little, my uncle always told us the story of a man who loved soda and therefore got into the soda business by creating a product called 3UP. It had failed. Therefore, he started to work again and this time came to the market with a soda called 4UP. This product had also failed. So he named his product 5UP and this time he did whatever it took to be successful, but as you can imagine, it failed again. Realizing that he still liked soda, he made another trial and named his new product 6UP. When this product failed, he completely gave up on this business.

A few years later, someone else produced a new soda and named it 7UP, which was a huge success. When I was young, I could not understand why my uncle kept telling this story. He has told us the same story many times. Later I realized that he actually wanted to tell us not to give up. I never forgot this story and never gave up. His story was very accurate. Tell yourself this story if you need it, and see your inner winning side come into play.

The other component of winning is simply having a winning attitude. I tell people to see themselves as victorious. Positive thinking helps. It is a great power. Winning requires you to have that kind of power. Power means durability. Being positive gives you the strength to deal with extremely difficult situations.

Are you stubborn enough to win? Then you can invest to make money! This is not a foreign region, and you don’t need a passport or visa to enter the winning investor class. I have heard many people say “I am too stubborn” when talking about themselves. But then they pretend they don’t have what it takes to invest! They even talk in such a way that you think they don’t have the right to learn about investment. They’re just missing out on a great pastime and also a better financial future.

Ignorance can cost a lot more than education, and this certainly applies to your financial education. Don’t let the fear of the unknown hamper your aspirations and financial well-being. There are people who would like to take advantage of you. As an example of this, I have seen such situations happen to successful athletes. While they had millions during their sports career, they lose all their assets within 10 years of retirement. Do not let such a thing happen on your own. Learn about money and use what you’ve learned in a way that works for you. This is the first and most important key to a successful investment.

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Make Your Investments To Earn

People have three types of investment behavior:

  • Not investing at all
  • Invest in order not to lose
  • Invest to earn

People who do not invest at all expect the state, the company they work for or their families to take care of them after they retire.

Those who invest in order not to lose usually choose investments that they think are safe. This group constitutes the majority of investors.

Those who invest in order to earn, turn to higher return investments. They are more willing to invest, they research and learn more about investment.

The strange thing is that all of these people, regardless of their investment attitude, have the potential to become rich.

The reason many people invest in order not to lose is because they find the investment risky and compare it to gambling. In addition, almost all of them think they need to take more risks to get higher returns. However, there is not such a direct relationship between high risk and high return.

Raising money is a really fun game. However, most people live in fear instead of enjoying this pastime. Therefore, they take their steps cautiously. They make “safe” investments, cling to social security, and live below their possible standards. Millions of them are also bogged down in debt and live paycheck to paycheck. Although these people wanted to have fun, they did not learn to invest in order to earn. Therefore, they are not considered to have actually built a good life.

The 90/10 Rule of Money

Most of us have heard of the 80/20 rule. Now I want to tell you about the 90/10 rule. This rule is an always reliable practical rule that I also apply in my own life.

Very simply, in the money game, 10% of the players get 90% of the money. We know that 10% of the world owns 90% of the current assets. 10% of real estate investors hold 90% of the investments. One-tenth of these are also the ones with the highest wealth. The 90/10 rule also applies to specialties. For example, in basketball, 10% of all professional players earn 90% of the money.

The 90/10 rule also helped me decide which area to head to. For example, the reason why I did not choose to be a basketball player was that I thought I would not be able to enter 1 in 10 in this field. If you had seen me singing, you could understand why I am not a singer.

Ask yourself in which field or industry you can enter the 10%. Do you think you are in the 10% of your current job? If not, is it because of your lack of skills in your field or something else? This short conversation with yourself in front of the mirror will give you a lot. Just make sure that no one is around you while doing this…

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You Need to Know These to Get Rich

We don’t always like the rules. But it would be in our best interest to know them. To get rich, we first need some information. We must know the rules, laws and restrictions. No matter how talented we are, we cannot be a perfect captain if we don’t know the rules that apply at sea. The world is full of people who try to be the great captain even though they don’t know the rules of the sea. Talent alone is not enough; we also need information and education.

There is something we all value: Our loved ones. Suppose your family’s well-being is at stake. What do you do? You do your best to keep your family ship from getting water. I don’t want to cause fear, but your ship can start taking water at any moment. The financial security of all of us is at stake. Just because something is fine today does not mean it will continue like this tomorrow.

In order to protect ourselves financially, our need for financial education is increasing. Education gives us vision. If we have a vision, we can identify economic problems and turn them into opportunities. We need to get outside of our comfort zone and learn some finance.

Someone said: “I could see the world clearly before ads came into our lives.” This person complained that advertisements, propagandas, and politicians influenced and manipulated his thoughts. He said that the experts who came up to clarify some issues actually blurred our opinion. In such an age, we must learn to think critically. We should aim to obtain accurate information while also learning finance.

Just as we cannot learn how to swim from textbooks, we cannot learn to manage our money simply by reading. Besides theory, practice is also required. We must learn from both reading and experience in order to financially secure our future.

We need Financial IQ in order to map the sea of economy nationally and internationally, to make the rest of our journey well and to make the right decisions at the helm. Improving our Financial IQ takes patience and effort. However, anyone who wants to live in prosperity needs to improve their Financial IQ.

“The mind that opens up to a new idea never returns to its original size.”

Einstein

A captain should know also history as well as geography. We can learn very important lessons from history. Learning why ancient civilizations and empires disappeared can contribute to our existence. Do you know how many years the Ottoman Empire ruled? So how and why is it collapsed? Knowledge is power and helps us to survive.

What would you like to remember if you suddenly thought today was a thing of the past?

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Work in the Same Field But Earn More

A few days ago, my computer suddenly broke down. I immediately contacted a friend who understands electronics but is a student in a completely different field. My friend solved the problem in minutes with a video call. Listening to the sound of the case was enough for him to understand the problem. I was shocked.

The world is full of awake, resourceful, educated, and gifted people. We come face to face with them every day. On the road, in the market, in the movie theater, in the stadium… They are around us.

I am always surprised how little talented people earn. I recently heard that the proportion of Americans making $ 100,000 annually is less than 5 percent. I know smart, highly educated people whose annual income is less than 20 thousand dollars.

Someone who specializes in buying and selling medical supplies told me that doctors, dentists and physical therapists are facing financial difficulties. He said: “They are one step away from great wealth.”

Most people can manage to increase their income substantially if they add another to their skills: Financial intelligence is the synergy of accounting, investment, marketing and law. Making money is easier if you combine these four technical skills.

If my friend who helped me fix my computer had learned sales and marketing skills, his income would have grown tremendously. If I were him, I would research how I could do this business online and develop it. At the same time, I would improve myself in public relations. I would learn to reach the masses with free publicity. Ultimately, I would have more opportunity to profit from my own skills. In a short time, I would be one of the “best” in this area of expertise.

I suggest you look for jobs that will help you improve yourself. Before you decide on a particular profession and become a prisoner in a rat race, you have to decide what skills you want to learn.

Once a person gets caught up in a bill-paying cycle, they’re just like little mice spinning small metal wheels. They always run, but never go forward.

There is a lot of big talk in Jerry Maguire, in which Tom Cruise stars. Perhaps the most memorable line is: “Show me the money.” But there is another line that seems most realistic to me. The sentence Tom Cruise said when he left the company. He was fired and asked all the company members: “Who wants to come with me?”. But everyone is silent, almost frozen. A woman speaks only, “I’d love to come, but I’ll be promoted in up to three months.” she says.

Perhaps this is the most striking phrase spoken from the beginning to the end of the movie. It’s the kind of word used by people working to cover their bills. We all have someone around who studied for years and then got a job with an average salary. These people look forward to the hike they will receive each year, and they are disappointed each year.

I often ask everyone: “Where is this daily activity taking you?” I wonder if they too are looking where this hard work is taking them. What awaits them in the future?

I ask you too, do you think about your future or are you looking forward to the next paycheck without questioning where you are going?

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Why You Need to Increase Your Financial IQ

The average American today works for six months to pay taxes. This is a very long time. The more one work, the more she pays the government.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how taxes work in favor of corporations and the rich, and then discuss the power and advantages of corporations.

When the poor and middle class try to punish the rich, the rich do not bow down and react. Because they have money, power, and are determined to change things. They don’t just sit around and agree to pay taxes. They look for ways to reduce their tax burden, recruit skilled lawyers and accountants and persuade politicians to change laws and create legal loopholes. They have the opportunity to change the rules.

For example, the US tax law provides some possibilities to avoid paying taxes. Many people cannot access these opportunities because they are busy with their own work. These legal loopholes are details only the rich can see. For example, “1031” means the section numbered 1031 of the State Revenue Law. It allows the seller to delay tax on real estate sold to be exchanged for a more expensive property for the purpose of capital increase.

Real estate can offer great tax benefits. If you are not selling for disposal, you will not pay tax on your earnings as long as you trade them to increase their value. People who do not take advantage of the tax savings made possible by law miss the opportunity to grow their assets.

A high Financial IQ is required to be aware of and benefit from these opportunities. And raising Financial IQ only takes four areas of expertise:

  1. Accounting. We can also call this financial knowledge. This skill is a must to build an empire. The more money one takes the responsibility, the more careful one has to be. Otherwise everything will be ruined. Details matter. Financial knowledge is reading and understanding bank statements. This skill allows to identify the strengths and weaknesses of any organization.
  2. Investment. The science of making money. Strategies and equations are important for making the right investments. This skill is linked to creative intelligence.
  3. Understanding Markets. It requires knowledge of supply and demand. It is necessary to know the “technical” aspects of the markets. Whether an investment is right or not depends on current market conditions.
  4. Laws. A company with technical skills related to accounting, investment and the market grows rapidly. But a person who knows the tax law and is under a corporate shield can get rich much faster than someone working for someone else or just someone who owns a small business. This is like the difference between walking and getting on a plane. The difference is huge when it comes to long-term wealth.

Employees earn and pay taxes, and live with the rest. The company earns and spends money and pays taxes on the remaining amount. This is one of the biggest legal tax loopholes benefited by the rich.

This is easy to do if you have investments that generate good cash flow. For example, you can turn your vacation trips into board meetings in Hawaii. Automobile payments, insurance, repair expenses turn into company expenses. You can show your sports club membership fee as company expense. You can add most of the restaurant expenses to company expenses. There are many more advantages like this, but they should be done before paying tax.

The rich hide most of their wealth. They use companies or foundations to protect their assets from creditors. When someone sues a wealthy person, they face a legal protection shield, and often that wealthy person “has no property”. The rich keep control of everything, but they have no property. The poor and middle class try to own everything and lose them to either the state or other people.

In short, if you have legal assets, find out as soon as possible the benefits and protection shield a company can offer you. You will find many books written on the subject. Even if you look at the company establishment stages, you will get detailed information on this subject. The power of sole proprietorships is well described in Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich.

Financial IQ is actually a synergy of many skills and abilities. But I think the combination of the four technical skills I listed above forms the basis of financial intelligence. If you have a desire to make a great fortune, then the combination of these skills becomes even more important.

As part of your overall financial strategy, my suggestion is to have your own company equipped with assets.


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The Robin Hood Ideal

“Why don’t the rich pay?”

“The rich should pay more taxes and help the poor.”

“The only reason the poor survive so hard are the rich.”

We often hear about the idea of taking from the rich and giving it to the poor. When I hear such sentences, I think of Robin Hood. Robin Hood may have passed away from this world hundreds of years ago, but those who followed in his footsteps are still alive.

The idea of taking from the rich and giving it to the poor most troubled the poor and middle class. The reason why the middle class is heavily taxed is actually the Robin Hood ideal. The harsh reality is that the rich are not taxed. The middle class helping the poor, especially high-income and educated ones.

For better understanding, we first need to look at the historical process.

There was no such thing as tax in Britain and America before. Temporary taxes were imposed to cover increased expenses during wars. In the past, the announcement was made by the king or the head of state and everyone was asked to put their hands in their pockets. The introduction of taxation in Britain took place between 1799 and 1816. During this period, Britain was fighting against Napoleon. In America, the first taxes were introduced during the Civil War period between 1861-1865.

In 1874, England turned income tax on its citizens into a permanent practice. The United States made the income tax application permanent in 1913 after the 16th constitutional amendment was approved. Americans used to be against taxation. The famous Tea Party in Boston Harbor contributed to the start of the War of Independence, and the reason was the excessive tax rates imposed on tea. In both England and the United States, it took fifty years for societies to adopt the regular income tax application.

These taxes were imposed to be collected only from the rich. The poor and middle class were told that taxes were levied only for the rich, so the idea of tax was popularized and imposed on the majority. Therefore, the masses voted “Yes” to the law and the tax was legalized. Although the main purpose was to punish the rich, in reality it was the people who voted for him, the poor and the middle class who were punished.

When we examine the history of taxes, we are faced with an interesting perspective. As stated above, the implementation of the tax system was made possible by the masses believing in Robin Hood economic theories, which argued that income should be taken from the rich and distributed to all. But the state loved money so much that it soon imposed taxes on the middle class, and taxes spread to the lowest class of society.

The rich took this situation as an opportunity. Because they play the game by different rules. Even in the time of sailing ships, they established insurance companies for goods carried on the voyage. The rich invested money in the company to cover travel expenses. The companies was hiring seafarers who would sail to the New World in search of treasure. Even if the ship sank during the voyage and the crew died, the loss of the rich was limited to the money they invested on that voyage.

Knowing the power of the company’s legal structure is what makes the rich superior to the poor and middle class. Thus, although the masses advocated “buy from the rich,” the rich sooner or later found a way to overcome them. That was why, the middle class was also taxed. The rich got what they wanted because they were aware of the power of money.

Companies and governments always protect the rich. But many people who have never started a company do not know that a company is really “nothing”. The company is almost a file containing some legal documents registered in the government office in the law firm. It is not a big building with its name on the top. It is neither a factory nor a community of persons. The company is nothing more than a legal document that creates a soulless legal personality.

As soon as the income tax was made permanent by law, the benefits of companies came back on the agenda. Because the income tax rate of companies is lower than the individual income tax rate. Thus, the wealth of the rich was once again preserved.

As a result, this war between those who have property and those who do not have been going on for hundreds of years. This is the “take from the rich” war of the crowds against the rich. Wherever and whenever laws are made, this war will be fought. It will take forever. The problem is that the uninformed ones are the losers. These are those who get up early every morning and go to work and pay taxes. If they understood the rules of the game the rich are playing, they could play better too. Then they could gain their financial independence.


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