The 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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A Motivation Post for Those Who Want to Get Rich

Everyone has financial problems. If you want to get rich, you have to solve problems. Identifying the problem creates the opportunity to reach a solution.

Each generation has and will have a unique set of financial problems. The challenges faced by my generation of parents were the global economic crisis and the oil shock. Their solution to these problems was going to school, finding a safe and good job, retiring at the age of 65, and spending the rest of their lives watching sports. For the vast majority of my parents’ generation, getting a good education and getting a good job was enough to survive financially.

Our generation is faced with a different set of financial problems. A good university education and a good job are not enough today. Exporting jobs overseas also makes the problem even more intricate.

The next generation, Generation Z, will have different financial problems that it will have to deal with. If our generation fails to clear the mess that the generation before ourselves left us, the complexity that the generation Z has to deal with will be much greater. Generation Z will have to deal not only with their own financial problems, but also with the problems they inherited or even inherited to their parents.

The growing scale of this problem, currently worth trillions of dollars, is daunting. Simply handing this problem over to the next generation will only make the problem bigger and more complex. As financial problems become bigger and more complex, the financial IQ we will need to solve them has to be higher. We will need all of our brainpower to solve this problem.

My suggestion to you is to overcome the storms in today’s financial world with proper financial education and planning. Find ways to solve problems and get richer with this training.

One thing we should all bear in mind is that a little effort is the best substitute for excuses. If we all make some effort to understand what is happening around us; If we can think with a superior, caring mentality, a more enlightened and correct way of thinking will emerge. While defining intelligence, problem solving skills are mentioned. This is possible with education. Just as there is no understanding, there is hate, if there is no education, there is fear.

Ignorance may be easier, but it often comes out of fear. Reduce your fears and trigger your courage.

This is an amazing power of energy if you have the determination to move forward quickly. And when you focus on the right thing, your chances of success are very high. I have always liked this statement of Alexander Graham Bell: “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”. If you can control your energy then you will have a good opportunity to create and control your own level of wealth.

Problem solving will also become a lot easier if you think they are a challenge. Problems are part of life. It is inevitable that a positive approach to problems will give you more energy. Trust is a big step on the road to courage, and fear will evaporate when confronted with confidence.

At the beginning of the post I said that a problem can create an opportunity. If you start seeing your problems from such a perspective, I can also assure you that you will be on the way to solving them.

Like everyone else, I know that problems can be complex and sometimes seem like never ending. However, I would like to encourage you to see them as an opportunity to challenge you to great success. Just remember that reaching nothingness is easy… But who wants to reach nothingness? You can achieve great things with your financial intelligence.

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“Lacking of Money” Fear

What exactly is our relationship with money? Do we really want to earn money to fulfill our desires or do we work so hard because of our fears? What is the effect of money on solving problems?

It is natural that we always want to have better and more. In this case, we see money as a tool to achieve our desires. We think that the more money we have, the more pleasure we can achieve. This is partially true. However, we forget that: The pleasant times we create thanks to money actually do not offer solutions to our problems in our lives. We only keep busy and entertain ourselves in the short term.

Moreover, in this case, we tend to want more and more: more enjoyment, more pleasure, more comfort, more prosperity, more security… This is what drives us to work “more”. We hope to soothe our souls by earning more. However, this calming never happens. This psychology can be found in everyone, from the poorest to the richest in the world.

In fact, many rich people get rich because of their fear, not their desire.

As the world’s population ages and more people move closer to retirement, fear is reported to be more about money. Fifty percent of those who were afraid, stated that they were afraid of running out of money in their “golden years”. These people continue to live in fear of lack of money in their daily lives. Millions of them even suffer from insomnia with anxiety disorders. They hope that working and earning relieves them of their worries, but the opposite happens. As they earn more, their fear of being broke grows. So, these people are trapped in a cycle. They are possessed by worries of lack of money. However, they don’t admit it. They try to believe they are getting better.

Believing that earning more will save them from fear of poverty, people start hoarding money. They aim to get richer when they are rich, stack more as they stack, and save more as they save. This is an absolutely unhealthy psychology. And, it gets worse and worse. The more they increase their work and earnings, the more their anxiety increases. They are afraid of losing all their savings. The decline in their standards, well-being, or socioeconomic status has become more frightening for them.

We can find this type of person all over the world. These people believe that they can solve all their problems simply by earning more. The main thing is to see the fallacy of this belief. Because actually not all problems can be solved with money nor wealth is enough for a good life.

Here we can talk more briefly about another group of people. “Money is none of my business.” those who say. This group is those who run away from money. However, they still cannot stop themselves from working. Because these people are not those who do not care about money, but those who deny the importance of money. In fact, this psychology can be worse than having a fear of lack of money.

So what to do?

Our emotions are what make us who we are. Our emotions make us real. We have to face our feelings. We shouldn’t suppress or ignore them. Instead, we must observe, explore, understand, and resolve our anxieties. If we know how to direct our emotions, we will make our lives more livable. Obviously, what shapes our thoughts is basically our emotions. Ultimately, we must learn to use our emotions and thoughts for our own benefit.

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