A huge feeling of relief washed over me when I realised that there are just four ways to create real, lasting, sustainable wealth – a bit like the four lanes on a motorway. I’ll be going into each of the four lanes of the wealth highway in more detail later on but, for the moment, think to yourself, ‘Phew!’ that’s not too overwhelming – anyone can learn about just four things!
Those four lanes are:
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Each wealth creation lane has a myriad of vehicles to ride in – perhaps a pushbike will suit you better than a juggernaut initially and maybe you will want more than one vehicle in each lane!
Each vehicle will produce different results in terms of outcomes – are you looking for results while you travel (income) or slow steady travel (growth) that gets you there in the end?
We all have our preferred driving styles. Which is yours?
Decide if you are a pushbike person or a Ferrari person. Both will get you there but one will be faster. Think about which lane of the motorway you are going to drive down first – and no, you don’t have to get a vehicle on all of them to start with, but you can be aware that the more vehicles you have on each lane, the faster you will get to your destination.
So what is your destination? Where are you now? Because one thing is for sure, if you don’t know where you are now financially, you are less likely to be able to get to your destination successfully.
Because… well, think about it for a moment. If you don’t know where you are now, you are LOST, are you not?
If you are trying to get to Manchester, but you don’t know where you are starting out from, you are much less likely to get decent directions!
Now, think about how big and powerful a vehicle you would like on each lane, or whether you would feel more comfortable with a myriad of little vehicles on each lane.
What kind of a driver are you?