My Mother Made Me Financially Educated Before I Became A Teen

I was reading this wonderful article by MMM and it reminded me how almost everything I know today was taught to me sublimely way before I was a teen.

Like many other kids, I received a small amount of money every month from my parents. It started with 100 Rs a month and grew to 500 Rs a month over the years. I stopped receiving this amount completely when I turned 18.

My mother encouraged me every month that I don’t spend all the money that she was giving me. She further encouraged me that if I am able to save 1000 Rs, I can give the money to her and she will give me an additional 10 Rs a month or roughly 12% gains per year.

Before I became a teenager, I was able to save up to 5000 Rs from the pocket money, Eidi and other cash gifts I received from my relatives. For handing this over to my mother, she gave me an additional 50 Rs every month in pocket money.

In hindsight, if you think about it, I wouldn’t have saved more than $100-$200 through-out my childhood. In addition, I wouldn’t have generated more than $100-$200 in compounded interest. Despite making no significant amount of money, I learnt the number 1 way of getting wealthy. I learnt how the money can do the work for you. That each dollar is an employee that works non-stop 24/7 to get you more employees every day. It’s even better than a pyramid scheme.

This, I think, is the single biggest differentiator between people who are able to get wealthy and those who do not. How much wealth you’ll accumulate over your life is never determined by how much income you make. I’ve known enough broke people in my life who make over $10,000 each month and still struggle to do well financially.

They do every thing in their power to make contributions in the form of “sweat equity” but make no progress whatsoever to make contributions in the form of “financial equity”. Sweat equity can get you a lot of income, but it’s often the financial equity that buys you the financial freedom.

I was lucky to be taught this way early in my life. It breaks my heart to meet people who make it to the top percentile as far as income is concerned, yet fail to buy themselves financial freedom. I hope I’m able to pass the same learnings to the readers of this blog as well as to my child.

How Digital Nomads Live the Millionaire Lifestyle

Money is a really strange concept. A lot of people do not understand it very well. I’m actually willing to bet that there are more people in the world who don’t understand money than those who do. Unfortunately, they don’t teach you money in schools, certainly not the way I want to talk about it.

I often encourage everyone in the developing and emerging markets to work on the internet, reach a global market and earn a foreign exchange. I go on to the point where I believe and preach that it’s often even better for you to be positioned in an emerging market to unleash and hack the full power of money. Here’s what I mean.

It is ten times easier to live on $3000 in Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Bulgaria, and so on than it is in US, Canada, Australia etc. It all comes down to purchasing power in the end. With internet, for the first time in the history every individual has been given an opportunity to hack money in a way that you can absolutely earn an equivalent of what you can earn in US, without physically being in US. The equivalent might be equal in the number, but it’s even more valuable. Which brings me to my point, that money needs to be measured in the purchasing power terms.

Some of you might argue that the quality of life is not good in these emerging countries. I’m again willing to bet that there are dozens of countries with better quality of life than in US, that are 10 times cheaper, with lesser taxes, often complete tax waivers on exports and foreign exchange, and allow you to earn (online) an equivalent of what you’d make physically in US.

Great entrepreneurs not only work on yielding high gross revenues, but also on cutting expenses. For bootstrappers, reduction in expenses is the survival game. So use this opportunity to set up your company anywhere in the world with the right infrastructure and ecosystem while positioning yourself anywhere else in the world where you have the best and most affordable lifestyle and have a distributed team to run your business.

In the end it’s your choice whether you want to to live like a millionaire, or be a millionaire, or both. I’d go for both.