Dear Occupy Wall Street protester,
I share your frustration. And I agree with your premise: economic inequality, Wall Street excess and corporate greed are appalling and unacceptable.
Might I make a suggestion? Maybe there’s a more potent way to produce change.
What if you took at least a portion of your fury and redirected it toward the only place real change can ever occur, the only place you truly have power…yourself.
What if you focused some of your energy into becoming part of the top 1% yourself…then change the system as an insider? In other words, become the change you want to make.
Don’t you ever wonder why the rich keep getting richer? Doesn’t it seem curious that no matter how bad the economy, there are still people prospering?
- Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
- The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.
Admittedly luck plays a part. But based on my research, I found 2 other factors, just as important, and far more in our control.
When I studied women whose net worth grew substantially, I discovered they followed a 2 prong process–the Outer Work and the Inner Work of Wealth.
I’m not saying it’s easy…or without challenges. But from experience, I know it’s possible. As I learned firsthand, financial success is much more in our control that we realize.
Besides, what do you have to lose? I mean, it’s worth a try. Here’s what you do:
The Outer Work of Wealth—be vigilant in following the 4 Rules of Money
- Spend Less. Never spend more than you earn. Stop using credit cards. Start repaying your debt.
- Save More. Pay yourself first. Sock away enough to cover unexpected emergencies, a half year of living expenses, and some fun stuff like a vacation or new pair of shoes.
- Invest Wisely. At least part of your money must be in assets that will grow faster than inflation and taxes. Educate yourself so you make investing decisions from knowledge, not fear, ignorance, or habit.
- Give Generously. But only after you’ve built a solid financial foundation. Otherwise you’ll jeopardize your future security, and diminish the impact you can make with your money
The Inner Work of Wealth—explore your attitudes, beliefs, decisions you’ve made about yourself and money that may be keeping you stuck in the 99%. I’ve got a ton of resources on my website.
Please, don’t stop the protests. But as Gloria Steinem put it: the revolution must start from within.