Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration to get motivated when it comes to anything - especially our money. If you want to start building real wealth, it takes a mindset shift. And the best way to learn the proper money mindset to have is to look at others who've excelled at making, earning, investing, and saving their money.
Here are some of my favorite money mindset quotes. They each mean something to me, and I hope that you find inspiration in them as well.
#1. The Importance Of Starting
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is today." - Chinese Proverb
This quote is awesome because it highlights one of the biggest mindset issues we all face: that I should have done something different in the past and it would make everything better today. Well, you can't change the past. All you can do is change the future. And to do that, you need to start right now.
This quote is what always leads me to remember the importance of front-loading my financial life. Why I should be doing something today and not putting it off. Keep it in mind the next time you regret something.
#2. Know Your Value
"You don't get paid by the hour. You get paid by the value you bring to the hour." - Jim Rohn
Working both for an employer and for myself has really made me focus on what value I bring and what I should be paid. There is no truer statement than this - you can always just show up and get a paycheck. But your paycheck won't grow, and you run the risk of losing that paycheck in the future.
Or, you could focus on adding value, bringing your thoughts and skills to the table, and being the best at what you do. It doesn't matter if you're flipping burgers at McDonalds or running a company - it's all about the value you bring.
#3. Go Out And Earn It
"Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn." - Cervantes
I can't stand entitlement, and neither should you. Everyone has the power to go out and earn income. You can go get a job, you can go out and side hustle to make more money on the side. I'm a firm believer that everyone has the potential to earn at least an extra $100 per month.
However, too many people are out there begging for handouts, begging for money, begging for student loan forgiveness programs. Rather than beg, change your money mindset and start earning!
#4. The Real Mindset When Investing
"Buy on the assumption the market will close the next day and not reopen for ten years." - Warren Buffett
Too many people are scared to invest because they are afraid of losing money in the stock market. But the statistical truth is that it's very unlikely that you can lose all your money investing. Even more so, when you go into investing with this mindset like Warren Buffett, you understand that you're in it for the long run.
So, when you start investing, create a money mindset for yourself that emphasizes the long term potential of your investment, and focus on that.
Related: See Warren Buffett's best investing tips here.
#5. The Truth About What You Own
"Know what you own, and why you own it." - Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch said this about investing, but it's true in every area of your financial life. When it comes to what you have - the stuff in your house, your car, your investment - you should know exactly what you own and be able to explain to someone else why you own it.
For example, I own this computer I'm typing on because I run an online business. I purchased this specific one because I wanted the USB connections for all the random things I plug into it. On the flip side, I had an old Canon digital camera just sitting in the cabinet. I hadn't used it in years, and it was collecting dust. I couldn't tell you why I still owned it, so I listed it on eBay.
Always keep this mindset when making any purchases in your life.
#6. The Unexpected Will Always Happen
"Expect the best, prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes." - Zig Zigler
When it comes to money, the unexpected will always happen. That's okay. The goal is to simply prepare for unexpected financial emergencies, and hopefully make the best of it.
One of my favorite stories is the story about how Pat Flynn got his start in online business. He was already starting a side hustle and his main site, Smart Passive Income, when he got laid off from his job. He admits that he didn't want to leave his job, and he tried to work at other companies as well.
However, in the end, he capitalized on his misfortune and launched his business. Six years later he's making six-figures per month. Unexpected, yes. But he was prepared and he made it work.
#7. There Are No Shortcuts
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison
There are a lot of variations of this quote that you've probably heard: luck favors the prepared, fortune favors the prepared mind, etc. I've even seen a lot of memes on Facebook and Instagram lately simply saying "Do The Work". Why are so many people focused on this theme?
Because there are no shortcuts. There are no overnight successes. Most overnight success stories come from people who've worked for years and prepared for the opportunity to arise.
#8. You Control Your Money
"Money is a tool. It will take you where you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver." - Ayn Rand
This is a great reminder that money isn't the end all. It's only a tool, a tool that can buy you stuff. Multiple studies have been done showing that you only need a certain level of income (which is $75,000 per year) to feel happy. Beyond that, the extra money doesn't do much for you.
But what money does give you is the ability to buy time. You can buy time by paying people to do work for you so you don't have to. You can buy time in the form of experiences like travel. But all of this doesn't matter if you don't decide and drive your money towards your money goals.
#9. Focus On What You Value
"Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value." - Joe Biden
This quote is attributed to Joe Biden, but I know variations of it have been said for years. He was talking about the federal budget, but the quote works fantastic for personal budgets too.
I love it because this money mindset quote really gets a lot of people thinking about what they truly value. In fact, our good friend Paula Pant recently chimed in on this same debate with a variation of her own: You can afford anything, you just can't afford everything.
So, if you want to save for retirement, do it. But don't tell me you can't do it because you go out to eat every night. If you want to travel more, do it. But don't tell me you can't do it because you buy every premium channel and spend $200 per month on cable.
You can focus on what you value, and what you value reflects in where you spend your money. Going back to the quote above, you're the driver and you decide where you spend your money.
#10. A Final Reminder About Your Money Mindset
"Too many people spend money, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like." - Will Rogers
Finally, I think this is a great reminder about setting the best money mindset. Why are you spending money? What are you buying? Are you trying to "keep up with the Joneses?"
Don't be one of these people that Will Rogers is talking about. Be better than that. Set a smart money mindset.
Which money mindset quote inspires you?
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him on the About Page or on his personal site RobertFarrington.com.
He regularly writes about investing, student loan debt, and general personal finance topics geared toward anyone wanting to earn more, get out of debt, and start building wealth for the future.
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