Everyone wants to craft some “genius” plan to become wealthy, but how many people are actually planning to create long term generational wealth. To be honest, it’s quite easy to gain massive riches and fortune for yourself, but the challenge is creating and sustaining that wealth, not only for you, but for your family and generations to come. The goal should never be just to get rich quick, you want to make sure that you have a chance to make an impact on others and that your family is set for life.
So many people complain about the gap in wealth, but only want to accept solutions where wealth is just handed to them. This is not how real life works. Nobody’s going to give you anything in life for free. It’s up to you to go out and grab it, otherwise it’s going to come with a major price…your freedom. If you really want to make a difference in the gap in wealth, your focus should be on building wealth and passing on your financial knowledge. Building your legacy. Family wealth opens up other opportunities for the empowerment of other people when it comes to education and careers.
Don’t be fooled, building your legacy and working to close the wealth gap isn’t solely about leaving a large inheritance. Not everyone will be able to do that in their lifetime. But, we can all do our part to give the next generation the tools they need to succeed. If you are just reconciling yourself to building up your savings, the thought of saving for the next generation can be overwhelming. So don’t find yourself discouraged because you’re not saving millions of dollars to pass along. Generational wealth is just as much about money and wealth as it is having the right financial skills, and values that are passed onto the next generation. Your family will benefit long term just from giving them access to a deeper understanding of socioeconomic issues and barriers that would otherwise limit them.
Besides, if you don’t educate your children about money management, they are likely to go on a spending spree and take your wealth for granted. This means that the prosperity of the generations will last only one generation, which alone is unsustainable, and the third generation will start from scratch. That is why you can go a long way to ensuring that the value of your money is a priority when you are drawing up your plan to generational prosperity.
Outside of just passing along financial knowledge, there are a ton of ways for you to create generational wealth. And no, they don’t require you to be millionaires.
- Investing in stocks is widely accepted as a way to build long-term wealth and probably the most obvious
- You can also increase your generational wealth by investing in real estate or expanding your business. Unlike equities, real estate is an illiquid investment strategy, and can be bought and sold with a much higher return than equities, owing to its high volatility.
- Creating a family business. When you think of real generational wealth, you often think about wealthy families who continue their generational wealth through their well-known companies, but most of these companies started extremely small and continued to grow over many generations. These companies not only created generational wealth for their families but have impacted whole communities through creating jobs and empowering the economy.
And these are just a few of the ways you can ensure that you pass on the wealth of your generations appropriately.
Of course, not all families will be billionaires, but you can pass on skills and values that your children can use to build a better life and create wealth that could eventually be passed on to your grandchildren. If you leave something behind for your child or grandchildren, it will also bring about the prosperity of the generations. For example, you can invest in stocks and real estate and build your business so that you can leave some of it with your children. Just imagine the difference it would have made for your life if your parents had fully funded your college education and made a down payment on your first house.
Once you have children, take the time to teach them about personal finances and start a vehicle to secure their financial future. Instead of paying off debt and saving for a down payment, you could invest and start a business, or even invest in your own business. Give them the financial headstart you wish your parents would have given you.
Trust and believe, waiting around for someone to save you and your family is a waste of time. If you want real wealth, you have to go out and grab it. Laying the foundation now is the first stepping stone. So, don’t fall for the media hype that makes building wealth seem like some huge secret that only an exclusive group has access to. That’s simply not true. You don’t need a deep introspection or personality test, just to find your motivation. You don’t need the media to define what is right for you and what is not. What you need is the knowledge, the drive, the willpower to reach out and grab the life of wealth and freedom that you desire.