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13 Habits Of Self-Made Millionaires You Could Adopt Today

Hard-working, wealthy individuals share how to become a millionaire. They can teach you 13 habits that helped shape their financial freedom.

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Here are 13 habits of self-made millionaires you could adopt today

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Reaching that first million is no longer an unrealistic dream

There are 46 500 millionaires, 2060 multi-millionaires and 639 ultra-high net worth individuals (+R30 million) in South Africa, according to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2016.

This number is at an all-time high, which means it’s more possible than ever to become a millionaire. Reaching that first million is no longer an unrealistic dream and becoming a self-made millionaire is within your grasp. But, only if you’re willing to make the necessary sacrifices and changes to reach this financial goal.

Habit 1: Hard work can outfox natural talent

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If you’re not prepared to work hard, be aware that you probably won’t achieve millionaire status. Even luck needs hard work to succeed; at the very least you’ll need to develop hardy work habits to keep your wealth. Around 44% of lottery winners spend all their winnings within five years because they don’t put in any effort to maintain it.

Stephen King says:

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Don’t fall for the misconception that successful business owners are “born” to be entrepreneurs. Truly successful entrepreneurs are the ones who consistently outwork their competition.

Related: Are Toxic Habits Holding You Back?

Habit 2: Nurture limitless enthusiasm

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Millionaires know what they’re passionate and enthusiastic about, and are not afraid to pursue it. Why? Because they’ve chosen a direction that they’re passionate about, they are often self-motivators. Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, says “When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you work harder.”

Walter Chrysler says:

“I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.”

There are those millionaires that are only motivated by financial success, but they have figured out a way to navigate the trying times that inevitably show up when you least suspect them.

Habit 3: Follow your gut

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Follow your gut feeling!

Your intuition can help you clear out all the noise from your competition and the industry. “Intuition is always right in at least two important ways,” says Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence.

“It is always in response to something. It always has your best interest at heart.” Keep your gut in mind when something feels off, or when it’s telling you to go for it.

Oprah Winfrey says:

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

Your gut is unbiased, doesn’t have an agenda and can’t stab you in the back. Have the courage to follow it to millionaire-level success.

Related: 5 Habits Of Successful People Before 8 a.m.

Habit 4: Multiply your revenue streams

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Look at your revenue streams

65% of millionaires have three or more streams of income created over time, according to a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments. If you’re following your passion (Habit 3), you’ll know that your passion can have multiple applications, which allows you to have multiple revenue streams. These multiple streams that you develop overtime can assist you in growing your wealth simultaneously in multiple places.

Warren Buffet says:

“Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.”

Habit 5: Make knowledge a priority

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Read two books a month

85% of millionaires read two or more books every month, says Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Tom Corley. But, it isn’t just any reading material, these books focus on promoting growth through psychology, business, science, leadership and inspirational biographies.

There are countless examples of millionaire entrepreneurs promoting reading, learning and gaining knowledge such as Mark Zuckerberg initiating an online reading book club called “A Year of Books”, where followers read two books a month and discuss them on the Facebook page.

Bill Gates says:

“These days, I also get to visit interesting places, meet with scientists, and watch a lot of lectures online. But, reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding. The one thing I love about reading is each book opens up new avenues of knowledge to explore.”

Related: 10 Money Habits That Will Help You Get Serious About Prosperity

Habit 6: Seek guidance

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Seek guidance to move forward

A mentor can help you navigate previously uncharted waters and offer your experience and knowledge to help you achieve your goals and results. Mentored businesses increased their revenue by 83%, while non-mentored businesses only increased by 16%, according to MicroMentor, a mentorship community. You can clearly see the difference between having a mentor and no. You’ll need one to guide you if you’re going to reach the coveted millionaire title.

Steven Spielberg says:

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” You don’t have to be like your mentor, but you can learn your mentor’s better habits and traits to improve on your own unique way of doing business.

Habit 7: Fake it, till you make it

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Fake it, till you make it

Millionaires act differently to the ‘Average Joe’. They also think and feel differently, which is why you’ll need to mimic their behaviour until it becomes second nature to you.

Millionaires tend to be resilient when compared to the average person, they don’t give up easily and are able to delay gratification, and they always keep their eyes open for more opportunities.

Elon Musk says:

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Related: 4 Bad Money Habits That Have Left Millionaires Broke

Habit 8: Keep your eye on the prize

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Keep your eye on the prize

Entrepreneurs reaching the million-rand mark tend to have clear, defined goals and priorities, which help them stay on task and reach their goals.

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else,” says Yogi Berra. You will need to be willing to go the extra mile and do what’s necessary to achieve our goals.

You will need to not only work hard (Habit 1), but work smart and spend considerable time evaluating whether your actions are helping you make progress or not.

Norman Vincent Peale, author of best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking, says:

“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”

Habit 9: Time is money, know where yours is going

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You need to find what works for you, but you also need to value your time and take your time wasters very seriously.

You won’t achieve your goal (Habit 8) if you don’t have control over your time. Your time is valuable, and what you do with your time will determine your level of success. John Lee Dumas, for example, goes for a 35 minute power walk at the start of his day, while Ken Blanchard rides his exercise bike, while reading inspirational texts.

Steve Jobs said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Related: 20 Habits Holding Me Back From Being A Millionaire

Habit 10: Failure is only the opportunity to begin again only this time more wisely – Henry Ford

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work

Everyone wants to achieve success, but there are very few who will continue even after they’ve failed. You learn little from success.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10 000 ways that won’t work,” said Thomas Edison. You’ll need to consider failure as a part of your growth; it is a great teacher and provides you with an opportunity to find the ultimate solution.

Wesley Woo, musician, says:

“To succeed you must first improve, to improve you must first practice, to practice you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail.”

Habit 11: Say what you mean, and mean what you say

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Say what you mean to say

There will come a time in your professional career where you’ll be asked to sacrifice your personal values to reach professional goals. Don’t do it. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock,” says Thomas Jefferson. Stay true to your own principles and beliefs and don’t allow others to influence you into crossing lines you don’t want to cross.

Something to keep in mind: “If ethics are poor at the top, that behaviour is copied down through the organisation,” says Robert Noyce.

Dr EO Wilson says:

“Companies that are willing to share, to withhold spending recklessly in order to further the growth of the company, willing to try to get a better atmosphere through a demonstration of democratic principles, fairness and cooperation will win in the end.”

Related: Self-Made Billionaire David Rubenstein’s 7 Habits Of Success

Habit 12: Stay humble

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Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise

Practice humility and patience and continue to improve quietly, before a competitor finds your idea and creates a better and faster version of it.

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise,” says Frank Ocean. If your competitors don’t know what you’re doing they can’t get in the way of your success, on the other hand, if you’re shouting from the rooftops every time you make a break through, you’re keeping them informed and they’ll quickly overtake you.

Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea Founder, says:

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to, every evening, think what can be done better tomorrow.”

Habit 13: Become a master in your field

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Focus alone is not enough, putting in the time to commit is also crucial to achieve success

To stand out, you’ll need to know more about your field than anyone else. You need to immerse yourself and constantly be aware of what is happening in it and what the disruptors are.

“Focus alone is not enough, putting in the time to commit is also crucial to achieve success,” says Warren Buffett. You need to put in the time, effort and practice, otherwise you’ll be passed over by someone who knows more and who dedicated more time.

Tony Robbins says:

“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”

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Nicole Crampton is an online writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. She has studied a BA Journalism at Monash South Africa. Nicole has also completed several courses in writing and online marketing.

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10 Tips To Become A Millionaire This Year

Becoming a millionaire requires changing your mindset and implementing some changes.

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Becoming a millionaire may seem out of your reach, but it’s possible with the right attitude and guidance. The fact of the matter is your income can only grow as quickly as you do, so you need to change your mindset to achieve your goal of becoming a millionaire.

Once you have a millionaire mind, you can’t lose it, no matter what financial or business mistakes you make along the way. To get yourself there, you’re going to need some structure. To help you, I’ve outlined the top ten tips you should follow to become a millionaire this year.

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If You Think These 5 Things, You’ll Never Get Rich By The Time You’re 30

Five common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business and how to correct them.

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Last week, I had lunch with a millennial who wanted some advice about a business he’s starting. After the usual small talk, we got down to discussing his business plan. Within a short time, it was clear that his business idea was great, his plan for executing was fairly solid and he had gathered together a strong team to help him make it happen.

So far, so good. But, to be frank, this guy has no chance of being successful with his current mentality. What it takes to be rich (or successful in any measure) has a lot more to do with your mindset than your ideas and plans.

From the time we started in business at the ripe ages of six and seven, our Grandpa Joe taught my brother Matthew and me many lessons about the details of running a profitable business. Over the years, we learned about how to create a business plan; how to market our products and services; and how to take care of customers, vendors and employees. All this knowledge has been invaluable to us in creating and running successful businesses. But, what our grandfather taught us about attitude and mindset trumps all other lessons.

Without calling out the specific individual I spoke with recently, below are five “hypothetical” attitudes that will get you nowhere in your journey to success – and the attitudes that should replace them.

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5 Habits That Lead To Millionaire Business Success

You need the right habits if you’re going to succeed.

Timothy Sykes

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What do all millionaire businesspeople have in common? Well, a lot of things.

I found from a recent study that 80 percent of all millionaires still go to work every single day. They’re working people just like me. But, they have to keep themselves in work or it all grinds to a halt. So what are the habits you need to make your business a success?

1. Patience

Nothing is ever going to come easy. You can look at the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, as well as the other usual suspects, to realize that success didn’t come with their first venture. Many of them failed time and time again. It took patience for them to become successful.

I read an article recently about 36-year-old teacher Andrew Hallam who became a self-made millionaire on a teaching salary. But, in his spare time he invested smart and lived frugally.

It proves you don’t have to inherit lots of money or become an instant success to make a millionaire business.

Related: 4 Ways To Become A Millionaire Even When You Start With Little

2. Dedication

You have to be dedicated to your craft if you’re going to become successful. Going back to Bill Gates again, he started his business in the back of his garage. Now that’s dedication.

It’s what I tell all my students. If they’re not dedicated to this, then they should leave. You need to be able to push through the barren periods if you’re going to reach the oasis of success.

3. Ambition and big dreams

Have you ever heard the quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”?

I take that to heart because even if you aim to become a billionaire and miss you still might be a millionaire many times over. Take the Wright Brothers as an example. Not content with creating a successful glider in 1902 they went on to create the world’s first airplane in 1903, making four brief flights in Kitty Hawk. It demonstrates the importance of dreaming big because you never know what you might achieve.

Related: 12 Millionaire Habits To Start Making Serious Money Soon And Build Wealth In A Hurry

4. Learn from mistakes

Every good businessperson will mess something up. It’s inevitable. What’s important is how you learn from your mistakes over time. Do you adapt after making your mistakes?

Millionaire businesspeople always set some time aside to reflect. Then they create a plan of action for ensuring that it doesn’t happen again. Most failed businesspeople put it down to “bad luck.”

5. Focus on niches

This important! Try to take over a whole industry at once and you’ll inevitably get swallowed up by the competition. Start small and control your own niche before moving into another niche. When you master your small area, you can push on and expand.

Related: 21 Choices Millionaires Make That You Aren’t Making But Should Be

You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to expand after you master your own niche/audience first.

Do you have what it takes? That’s the question I always ask novice businesspeople. You need a plan and you need the right habits if you’re going to succeed.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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