Thursday, January 17, 2013

Financial choices in your 20's: Part 2

Invest or have fun first? That is the question

Continued from part 1

Many youth in their 20’s land their first decent paying job out of college and will do one or all of four things i.e. buy a car, move out of home and/or travel (includes shopping spree) and have fun!

I personally wouldn’t mind doing all the above.

However, saving and investing at a young age has always been one of my dreams. Most young people will not understand the golden opportunities from investing unless they talk to people who have experience in investing and have good knowledge about it.

For example if one invests in a piece of property in during their 20's just imagine how much the value of that property would have increased by the time he or she is in their 30’s! 

A writer at Kenyan Daily post wrote an article of 10 great rules that will help someone remain poor. They include;
1.     Never Wake up early.
2.     Never plan to spend your money.
3.     Don’t think of saving until you have very large amount of money.
4.     Don’t engage in activities usually reserved for the uneducated.
5.     Don’t think of starting your own business until an angel comes from heaven and gives you capital.
6.  Complain about everything except your own attitude: Blame the system, the government and the bank that refuses to lend you money. They are all bad and don’t want you to get rich.
7.    Spend more money than you earn. To achieve this, buy consumer products in credit and keep borrowing from friends and employer.
8.    Compete in dressing; Make sure you wear the latest clothes among all the workers in your office. Whenever your neighbour buys a new phone, get one that is more expensive.
9.     Get yourself a nice second- hand car that costs more than three times your gross monthly pay.
10.   Give your children everything they ask for since you are such a loving parent: They should not struggle for anything because you do not want them to suffer. That way, they will grow up lazy and hence poor enough to ensure they cannot help you in your old age.

Young people are full of energy, potential and excellent ideas. Let us not waste time and start saving and investing now. However, as a young investor, don’t rush to start investing without a plan. It is a good idea to have a mentor who will guide you on this.  Always have a goal, what you want to achieve, then put down a strategy and specific activities to help you achieve it. Definitely challenges will be there but when you have the desire to invest for a brighter future, you will make it.

Orison Swett Marden states that “there is no investment you can make which will pay you as well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment”.

We wind up this great post by highlighting five advantages of investing in your 20’s.

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