Want to Make More Money? Learn Something New.

Way too many people are stuck. Stuck in life. Stuck in their job. Stuck at their current income level. If you want to get unstuck, learn something new. If you want your income to go up, learn something new, but make it something that is useful. Learning how to crochet probably won’t help you boost your income very much, so pick something else.

Since my new book The Millionaire Choice: Millionaire or Not. You Can Choose.came out, I’ve been talking to a lot more people about money. While I believe anyone can become a millionaire, it’s a lot easier when you can throw more money at it.

Invariably as we begin discussing how to build wealth and become a millionaire, the topic of “boosting your income” comes up. Always. It’s Millionaire Key #9 in the book. While there are tons of ways to increase your income, many of us overlook the obvious one, learn something new, and that’s one of the reasons over 70% of Americans are stuck living paycheck to paycheck. We stop learning new things.

My Learning Journey

I consider myself fortunate as I was a curious kid from the start. Mom used to tell me about how I dismantled the back of the washing machine when I was three. Although I’m pretty sure she exaggerated the story a bit. However, it’s easy to see that as a kid, I enjoyed learning new things. My mother’s job as a convenient store manager provided a learning opportunity outside the tradition school system.

Trapped at the convenient store after a long day at school, I entertained myself by reading the various publications on the magazine rack. It’s where I learned how to bass fish and put together hot rods. Very quickly, I became the best teenage fisherman in the neighborhood, and shortly afterwards, purchased and rebuilt the engine in my own car. Not bad for a 13 to 15 year old.

After college, the learning trend continued. I landed a job as a manufacturing engineer, but that required me to use a computer. Unfortunately, my computer knowledge was extremely limited at the time. I resorted to my old ways of magazines and books to learn what I needed about computers. Within six months, the president of the company began asking me to spec computers for the engineering department, work on the computer network, and various other tasks. Who knew a few books and magazines could increase your value in an organization? Hmmm.

At 25, I realized my lack of financial knowledge. I was ignorant about money. I blew my first year’s income and found myself $16,000 in debt. I needed to educate myself about money. After 90 days of learning about money, investing, retirement planning, etc., I began my journey towards becoming a millionaire.

During the internet boom, I became fascinated with data manipulation on the web. Resources were limited as it was a new technology during that time. Again, the bookstore for magazines and books played a role. Once again, I learned. Within three years, I switched careers to become an internet developer building online applications and business, and ecommerce apps.

Within six months of arriving on my new job, leadership opportunities started popping up. I knew very little about leadership. I had a little bit of raw talent, but it was just enough to get noticed. However, I recognized the opportunity and once again began learning about leadership through books, magazines and a few other resources which included a class an a mentor.

After that came online marketing, more leadership, strategic planning, executive leadership, more technology, etc. At each point, I learned something new and my income followed suit. More knowledge. More money. The more I learned and applied what I learned to my career and life, the more my income increased. Funny how that works.

Learning new things helped take me from being a green college graduate to a high income earning top executive of a very successful mid-size company. It helped me become a millionaire.

Did you know the average American watches over 120 hrs of TV per month? No wonder over 70% of us are living paycheck to paycheck.

If you want to make more money, turn off the TV. Turn off the games. Turn off whatever it is that is keeping your from learning something new. Boost your income.

Working. Making Money. Building Wealth.

Work. 95% of eligible Americans do it.

I started working for minimum wage at age 13. Before that, I worked for my Dad helping out on his job sites. Sweeping floors, carrying trash, but I always wanted to hammer or saw something too. Apparently power tools aren’t for kids under 10 years old. For my mom, it was working at the convenience stores she managed re-stocking shelves, and yes once again, taking out the trash. Oh, and re-stocking the cold drinks in the cooler. That should have been called torture! My hands got so cold!

Eventually, I graduated up from family jobs to a real job at the local grocery store sacking groceries. I still think that was one of the most fun jobs I’ve had. Sacking groceries, checkout lines, sweeping and mopping floors, restocking shelves, and helping people to their car with their groceries. Once again, it paid minimum wage or close to it.

After graduating from high school, it was time for college, and I was a bit more ambitious with what I wanted to earn in compensation. I moved up from minimum wage to $7 per hour while working for RPS (Roadway Package Systems), and then it happened. I landed a $15 per hour summer job with P.I.E. freight company! My world was rocked. I was making $600 a week! Along with that jump came a shift in my expectations and what was possible with my income. As a young man and college student, I had reached a break through!

So many of us go through a similar experience of working and making money. Thinking in terms of single dollar increment raises. A $1 per hour raise blows us away! After I got out of college and landed my first engineering job, that’s exactly the world I lived in. Once I knew I could earn $15 per hour, I knew one day I could do it again, and I did. But sadly, I couldn’t imagine anything much more than that. $15 per hour is roughly $30,000 on a 40 hour a week job. $20 per hour is $40,000 per year. $30 is $60,000 per year. Hourly Rate x 2000 hours of work.

So ask yourself this question, how much money do you want make for your 2000 hours of work per year? $40,000? $60,000? What about $100,000? What about $250,000? More?

The idea of making $250,000 per year may sound ridiculous to many people who read this article, but it is doable. Lots of people are doing it. Why not you?

We can all work to make money, but working doesn’t have to be the only way we make money. Many people make money by developing multiple income streams. They start with a typical job, and develop supplemental income streams

Making More Money

So you want to make more money? I applaud you. Don’t settle for the status quo, every day routine. Expand yourself.

  1. Grow yourself. If you want to make more money, you have to grow yourself. You have to make yourself more valuable by learning and increasing the value you offer.
  2. Look for opportunities at work. Can you contribute at work on a higher level? Sometimes opportunities are right around the corner. Don’t wait for opportunity to find you, go looking for it.
  3. Be excellent. Do the best work you possibly can. Sloppy work won’t get you very far, and it definitely won’t make a you a highly valuable and top paid employee. Be excellent. Do excellent work, and money will flow your way.
  4. Might be time for a job change. Many people get stuck in a lower paying job because they get comfortable. You work the same hours whether you get paid $30,000 or $120,000. Why stay with a company that can’t pay you or won’t pay you more for your work? Think about this. If you make, $60,000 a year, that’s like working 2 years for $30,000 a year! Land a $120,000 a year job and thats 4 years at $30,000 or 2 years at $60,000. Don’t get stuck in a low paying comfortable job.
  5. Develop income streams outside your typical JOB. Developing multiple income streams can let you keep your day job and make extra money to help build wealth faster. You can start with side work, a hobby, or even a small business on the side. Millions of people are doing what is called an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) or Direct Sales. While MLM has a bad stigma in the United States, millions of people are successful in using to make money to supplement or even replace their entire income.
  6. Rental Properties. Rental properties and real estate are historically a great income stream. Whether you’re flipping properties or buying a few rentals, you can make money in real estate. Starting with a low cost townhome rental can get you going or even renting out a room in your house. AirBNB makes it easy to find short term renters or if you like stability and a little more security, look for a longer term renter.

If you want to build wealth, multiple income streams will help you do it. I waited a bit longer than I should have to create my own multiple income streams, but I’m working hard to put them in place now. We have purchased 2 rental properties over the last 2 years. Now I’m engaged with Wealth Generators , a good MLM based around investing and helping people build wealth. They’ve created some investing tools, financial training and money management tools to help everyday people succeed with money. It’s right up my personal finance and wealth building alley. For more information on Wealth Generators, drop me an email. tony @ tonybradshaw.com

If you want to go the MLM route, there are tons of good companies like Melaleuca, Advocare, Kyani and others. If you are interested in one of these programs, I’ll be glad to connect you to some very awesome people. Drop me an email. tony @ tonybradshaw.com

How much more do you want to make per year and put towards your wealth building? $6,000 per year? $10,000 per year? $100,000 or more perhaps? It’s all up to you and what you choose do. The more money you can sock away into your passive investments or building your income streams, the faster you will become a millionaire and the more people you will be able to help with the wealth you’ve built.