How To Live Like A Millionaire, Even If You Aren't One

You have a lot more in common with people who are millionaires than
you think. It's true that sometimes the rich have pricier homes, cars
and vacations. But when it comes down to the really important things -
like health, family, general level of happiness, and sense of
well-being, being mega-wealthy just doesn't matter. I know this
because I work with investors at many different levels of affluence.
There just isn't that much difference when you really boil it down.
I would even take this a step further: Many millionaires live like
paupers. They may surround themselves with opulence, but some fail to
cash in where it counts.

So if you want to live a millionaire, make sure you focus on those
things that will bring you and your family the greatest return on your
Here's how to do just that:

1. Time
More than money, time is your greatest asset. You and Bill Gates have
the same 24 hours in a day. Bill is able to leverage his time because
he has assistants, chefs, and handlers. You may not have the entourage
that Bill does, but you can still stretch your time simply by not
wasting it.
Tim Ferriss wrote a wildly popular book called " The Four Hour
Workweek ," and he talks a great deal about how anyone at any economic
level can outsource mundane tasks. There are tons of ways to "create"
time to focus more on the things you really want to do.

Here are a few:
1. Shut off the TV
2. Exercise at home (save the commute time)
3. Hire a personal assistant - don't laugh, but it's easy to outsource
a lot of what you do to someone on the other side of the world. It's
very inexpensive and can be very effective.
4. Put all your bills on auto pay
5. Delegate tasks to other family members (my kids hate it when I do
this, but it works out great for dad!)
6. Take advantage of online banking
7. Hire a maid once a week

There are unlimited possibilities. I suggest that you constantly be on
the lookout for ways to save time.
Exercise - The next time you are about to do something, ask yourself
the following questions:
How long will this task take me to do?
Is that the best use of my time?
Am I the best person to do this?
How much would it cost me to buy this rather than make it? How much
would it cost me to have someone else do this rather than do it

2. Family
Rich people, if they are smart, decide how they want to spend their
time. And more important, they choose who they want to spend their
time with. You can do that, too. When I talk to people who seem happy
and fulfilled, they tend to be those who surround themselves with
people they love, and that often ends up being family.You may think
you don't have the time to spend you'd like to with people you really
love, but I suggest that you question that. Is it really true?

This is something I have to do all the time. Because I am a
workaholic, my default activity is to work. While there is nothing
more rewarding then spending time with my family, there is a little
crazy voice in my head that often whispers, "Neal …you should be

Rather than succumb to that old speech, I consciously consider the
proposition and try to find a way to make the family time happen. I
usually succeed, and when I do, I never regret it. I suggest that you
consider doing the same thing.
When you have an opportunity to spend some quality time with someone
you really love, just say "yes" and make it happen. If you take some
of the steps I outlined in step one above, this step will be even
easier to capitalize on.

3. Vacations
My very favorite vacation of all time was the one our family took with
our dearest friends. We went on a Caribbean cruise, and to be honest,
it wasn't cheap. Looking back, I know that we could have had an
amazing time without spending all that bread. The moments etched in my
mind weren't a function of the places we saw. The most precious
memories were just having a boat load of fun every moment with our
family and our friends.

I don't believe that vacations have to be pricey to be fun. But they
do have to be meaningful. You can have great vacations as long as you
are with the people you want to be with and you enjoy yourselves.

4. Debt
Smart millionaires have almost no debt. That creates a wonderful sense
of security and well-being, which is priceless. If you are in debt, do
whatever possible to squash it. Your first target is to end your
credit card debt of course, but don't stop there.

Even though it may not be the smartest financial move in all cases, I
suggest that you pay off your home loan as quickly as you can.
Typically you can pay off your mortgage much faster than you think. If
you do so, you'll actually have a great feeling that many millionaires
only dream about having.

5. Career
The smart well-to-do realize that they must enjoy the way they spend
their day. That means they are very conscious of the work they take
on. If it's not satisfying, they make a change.
You have more power than you think to get a different job or even
change your career if your current situation leaves you less than
satisfied. Don't settle.

You can be just as happy (or happier) than people who are
millionaires. As you can see, the things that really matter don't have
a price tag associated with them.

Bigi Benson,
Contact: +233579090453