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Change Your Brain, Change Your Wealth

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

— Mark Twain

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If you change the way you think, you can become wealthier.

Being wealthy is not about having money.

It’s about the way you think.

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing over 2,500 millionaires one-on-one.

Many of them have different habits than the middle class.

They make different choices.

They think differently.

Speaking with them showed me that changing the way you think works.

Today, I’ll explain how to do that in three simple steps.

Let’s jump into it!

1. Visualization and Goal Setting

Let’s talk about wealth habits.

Writer Will Durante once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

A lot of very wealthy people do visualization and goal setting.

But before we get into that further, I want to take a step back.

Most think wealthy people are born with money.

They also think if you don’t have money, you can never get it.

Fidelity Investments published a study that said 86% of millionaires were self-made.

In the UK, that number is 72%, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.1

Most people achieve wealth practicing wealthy habits.

They don’t get there because they inherited it with a silver spoon.

There are people like that, of course, but it’s not the majority.

The first thing you can do to grow no matter what your financial position is visualization and goal setting.

For this, I think of the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

The book’s  main idea involves spending time thinking about what you want.

You should think about your goals, but also the person you need to become to achieve those goals.

For example, I used to work in medical sales.

I made $200,000 a year, which was a great income.

But I wanted more control over my time.

I saw myself traveling the world.

After a couple of years, I quit my job and was able to travel internationally.

I was recently in Nepal and India.

I went to the base camp of Mount Everest.

All that came from visualizing, goal setting, and reflecting.

Some people write their goals down every single day.

I do a version of that.

I’ll have big goals set for the year, and then every quarter.

I’ll reflect on the goals and change them up.

It’s important to visualize what you want.

Every morning, I read my goals.

I write them down the night before, typically Monday through Friday.

These lists are things I want to get done the next day.

As you visualize those goals and spend time with them, you’ll find you’ll get more done.

That’s because you’re measuring your goals.

You’re comparing yesterday to today.

Visualizing and setting your goals will hugely impact not only your productivity but also your wealth mindset as a whole.

2. Continuous Growth and Learning

The second way to change your brain is through continuous growth and learning.

In a lot of the interviews I had, many investors were interested in learning.

That honestly surprised me!

Most wealthy people are very curious.

They want to learn how to grow their wealth.

They want to learn from people who have made mistakes.

They want to read books.

I implemented that last habit in 2023.

I read 98 books last year.

It’s important to stay ahead and invest in yourself.

Warren Buffett even says the best investment you can make is in yourself.

You need to invest in yourself first.

Successful people read every day and are constantly learning.

They’re looking for people to meet or through networking and education.

They want to learn and grow.

Most people get to their 30s and 40s and stop learning.

According to this article about adult learning, when people make the decision to stop learning, they are often unaware of the negative consequences.2

The decision is unfortunately quite common, but you don’t have to join them!

Take reading as an example.

The average American reads 12 books a year with 50% reading four or less.

And yet, the average CEO reads 52 books a year.

Making the decision to read regularly isn’t just to be a reader.

Instead, you’re fostering curiosity.

You’re building a foundation to attract people with different ideas and ask more questions.

Some of the smartest, most successful people I’ve met are avid learners.

3. Positive Affirmations and Gratitude

The final way to change your brain is with positive affirmations and gratitude.

I have a gratitude journal.

You can find them on Amazon.

Every morning, I make a list of four or five things I’m grateful for that day.

Then, I do my positive affirmations.

Now, I’m gonna get personal here for a minute.

A number of years ago, I went through a divorce.

When I was going through that, I really felt no sense of self-confidence.

I instead felt very defeated, and was unsure who I was meant to be.

At some point, I started using my words to work through it.

I used affirmations to create confidence in my life.

That might sound a little cheesy, but it really worked!

When you repeat phrases like “I’m confident” or “I own the room when I walk in,” after a while, we start to believe them.

Change comes from within.

I started to feel an inner sense of confidence when before I didn’t have any.

You can achieve that, too!

At its core, this is a spiritual principle.

You may know certain things, or that some being has a plan for you, but you don’t feel it in your heart.

The only way to believe those things is to meditate on them.

Speak it out, think about it, visualize it.

Use those affirmations.

The second part of achieving this growth is also gratitude.

If you want to enjoy your life more, practice more gratitude.

There is a proven link between being grateful and being joyful.

If you study the work of Brené Brown, her books are some of my favorites.

I highly encourage you to pick up The Gifts of Imperfection.

If you practice gratitude, you will experience more joy in your life.

By this point you might be wondering:

What does all this have to do with wealth?

We talked about affirmations and goal setting and learning and gratitude.

Those don’t seem like ways to make money.

Well, actually, they do.

A wealth mindset has to come from who you are on the inside.

When you follow the steps we’ve talked about today, you can see your entire life change.

Now I want to hear from you!

What have been the best wealth habits for you?

Let us know in the comments.

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Disclaimer: I am not your investment advisor. This is for educational purposes only. I am not giving specific advice on what you can do. I am simply giving my opinions.

Works Cited

1.     Laura van der Erve, Sonya Krutikova, Lindsey Macmillan and D. Sturrock. “Intergenerational mobility in the UK.” (2023).

2.     “Should I keep studying? Consequences of a decision to stop learning in young and older adults.” Correction to Krogulska et al. (2021)..” Psychology and aging, 36 4 (2021): 543 .

Bronson Hill

Bronson used to work as a consultant for a medical device company but switched to investing in apartment buildings to make his money work for him. He started with a single rental property that made good money and, after some advice from a family member, moved into bigger real estate projects. Now, he's all about helping others get into this kind of investment to earn money without having to work all the time. When he's not dealing with investments, Bronson loves to travel, write songs, stay active, and help fight modern slavery through his work with Dressember. He believes in working smarter, not harder, and wants to share how that's possible with everyone.

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