10 Things Nobody Tells You About Getting Rich Slowly

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If you're reading this, chances are you're in debt or living paycheck-to-paycheck. Maybe you've been on the hunt for a quick fix that will make all your financial problems go away. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't exist, at least not a sustainable one. Instead of trying to get rich quickly, focus on building a foundation for sustained wealth through investing in yourself and your family—and it won't be boring! Here are 10 things nobody tells you about getting rich slowly:


It's going to take you a long time.

You might be skeptical when you hear that it will take a long time to get out of debt, build up savings and become financially independent. But the truth is that these things don't happen overnight. And it's important to know this so that you're not discouraged when they don't happen as quickly as you'd like them to.

It takes time for your investments to grow and compound in value over time. It also takes time for money saved in your checking account or retirement funds (such as an IRA or 401K) earn interest through simple interest on the principal sum invested and compounded interest on the interest earned from previous periods of growth.

For example, let's say we invest $1000 at 8% annual return for 30 years until we retire at age 60:


You don't know what you don't know.

The first thing you need to realize is that you don't know what you don't know. You need to learn about money, investing, debt and taxes. The first step is to understand budgeting really well, an easy way to get started is by using free budgeting apps like Mooch to set you on the path for financial success. You also need to learn about insurance and retirement. In short: there's a lot of stuff out there that can help you become wealthy in your own way. You just have to put in the effort (and time) required for self-education—and this includes asking questions like "Why should I save for retirement?"


You're going to make some mistakes.

Sure, you'll make mistakes. You will. It's inevitable. The best way to learn from them is to make them in the first place, but that doesn't mean they'll come easy or with minimal pain along the way. But remember: every mistake you make is another opportunity for growth, which means that even though you're feeling shitty about yourself right now and probably want to crawl into bed and hide from everything until next week (or maybe even longer), there are a lot of things about you that are great! So focus on those things when those bad feelings creep up again—and then go out there and do better next time!


The quick fix doesn't exist.

There's no such thing as a quick fix. You can't get rich overnight, you won't make a fortune by playing the lottery and you can't build wealth by flipping houses.

You have to work hard for it and you have to invest in yourself first. You have to be patient and willing to make sacrifices in order for your dreams of building wealth slowly but surely come true. You'll also need some solid financial habits so that when things start going well financially, you're ready and able to handle it!


You will have to make sacrifices.

Nobody tells you this because it sounds like a downer. The truth is, though, that there's no such thing as a free lunch. If someone tells you they can help you get rich slowly and make money with no effort on your part, they're lying to you. There are no shortcuts to success—you have to put in the work and make sacrifices along the way.

Even if it's not something as big as quitting your job or moving across the country, there will come times when you'll have to give up something else in order for things to work out for yourself financially; sometimes that means being willing to say "no" when someone asks for money or favors (and trusting that people won't think less of you for saying so).


Getting rich slowly isn't boring.

It's not all fun and games.

Getting rich slowly requires sacrifice and hard work, but it's a lot more rewarding than instant gratification! To get where you want to go, you must first take the time to learn the skills that will lead you there. These include patience, discipline, smarts and realism. You have to be flexible enough to make changes when those things don't work out as planned—and there will be times when they don't work out as planned. But if we keep these things in mind as we set our goals for ourselves (like saving money), we can enjoy an even richer life than one filled with luxury items or vacations paid for by credit cards—because our relationships will also be richer because of what we've learned along the way.


It's a lot of work.

But it's time to be honest: getting rich slowly is a lot of work. You have to be willing to make sacrifices and learn new things, you have to make mistakes, and you'll need the self-discipline not to give up when things get tough or uncomfortable.

But if any of these sound like a bad idea in your current life situation, that's okay! There are other ways for people with limited income or time on their hands to get rich slowly—even if they don't want their wealth coming from their jobs at all.


There's no magic bullet, but it can be fun if you do it right!

There's no magic bullet, but it can be fun if you do it right!

  • You need to be patient. The slow and steady approach will get you there eventually, but if you're looking for a quick fix then this isn't the right path for you.
  • You need to be willing to make sacrifices. If your goal is financial freedom and wealth, then there are going to be times when your current lifestyle doesn't align with that goal and needs some tweaking (or changing entirely).
  • You need to be willing to learn new things and challenge yourself. Life can get pretty dull if all we ever do is what we've always done before; so don't hesitate or fear change! Be open minded towards trying new things like learning a language or reading a book on investing strategies that interest me even though they may not have been ones I would normally pick up on my own accord :)
  • You need patience again - sometimes it takes awhile for these things work themselves out too; which brings me back around full circle...keep at it :)


Don't try to get rich quickly, because it won't happen that way. Focus on investing in yourself and your family, and building a foundation for success instead of chasing an unsustainable dream.

Getting rich quickly is a pipe dream, and it's not worth chasing. You will never be able to get rich quickly so don't waste time trying. Instead of wasting time trying to become the next Bill Gates or Elon Musk, focus on investing in yourself and your family. This will ensure that you have a foundation for success if things go well, and give you peace of mind if things go poorly.

Think about how much time it took for Bill Gates or Elon Musk to become successful: decades! There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting rich slowly; if there were then everyone would be doing it already (and we know this isn't true). The only thing that matters is building a strong foundation for success that takes years—not months—to develop. To build that strong foundation I recommend starting by creating a budget using free budgeting apps like Mooch.



We hope you’re ready to work hard and start earning your wealth. The first step is to change your mindset about wealth and money, but once you do that then everything else will fall into place.


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