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10 Easy Things to Do Now to Make More Money Later

You can’t get rich quick, but follow these ten proven steps to success today and you will find wealth sooner than you think. It’s working for me, and it can work for you.


You can’t get rich quick, but follow these ten proven steps to success today and you will find wealth sooner than you think. It’s working for me, and it can work for you.

1. Get Involved

The more things you do, the more people you know. The more people you know, the more opportunities you’ll get. Whether it’s volunteering on the weekends, joining a club, or going to church; make new connections everyday. Websites like Meetup and Craigslist make it easy to meet people online for offline activities.

2. Get Competitive

Competitive people earn more money. College athletes often attribute career success to sports. Not athletic? It’s being part of a team and chasing the win that counts. A pool or bowling league, competitive comedy troupe, or chess club are all options for the non-athlete.

3. Set Goals

Haven’t learned the power of goal setting yet? Take time to write down where you want to be in a month, one year, five years, and twenty years. Write financial goals, physical goals, career goals, and personal goals. Dream big and work backwards to determine what’s needed to accomplish your goals. Write goals down and review them often–every day if possible.

4. Learn Names, Give Compliments

Dale Carnegie’s primer on success, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been a bestseller since the 1930s. Its premise? Learn everybody’s name, use it often, and give people praise; you will not only have boundless friendship, but enduring success. If you’re shy like me these simple habits take daily practice, but the benefits are immediate.

5. Rise Early

Ben Franklin summed it up: “Early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Not only will your body be at its biological best, extra hours in the morning give you time to accomplish more. If you’re like me and need help with this one, check out Steve Pavlina’s great article on becoming an early riser.

6. Hold Your Liquor

Not only does moderate alcohol consumption have health benefits, beer can better your career. Drinkers earn more because they’re more likely to make connections outside of work. But moderation matters; don’t get plastered in public. Limiting yourself is healthy and sophisticated.

7. Live Debt Free

If you can’t get ahead of your debt, you won’t get ahead in life. Make learning to live debt free your number one priority.

8. Think Positive

Attitude isn’t everything; the right attitude is everything. Don’t see obstacles, see challenges. Ignore the little worries and embrace the big ones. Do this everyday and not only will people notice; they’ll reward you.

9. Be Giving

Nobody is successful alone, but do not expect others to just give you what you need. Share your knowledge, your time, and your money with others and you’ll get the help you need. And just as you can’t be successful without giving; you can’t enjoy success without giving. Share your wealth everyday.

10. Don’t Be Good

Be great at everything you do. Whether you mop floors, stock shelves, or consult for Fortune 500 companies, do your job better than the day before and do it better than anybody else. But don’t let greatness stop at work. Let greatness into every minute of your day, whether you’re cooking dinner, visiting with family, or making your bed. It’s easy to do a good job; success finds those who do a great job.

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About David Weliver

David Weliver is the founding editor of Money Under 30. He's a cited authority on personal finance and the unique money issues we face during our first two decades as adults. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.