Saving to Invest: How on Earth Can this be Done?

Sometimes in the quest to educate people, some things can be overlooked because writers like me assume that the average person already knows something ‘just because’ we do. I’ll admit that I might have made the assumption that most people in this day and age know or ‘should’ know how to save money, whether or not they wish to invest it at some point. This post will give you some stupidly practical ideas on how you can begin to save up money, even if you’ve never done this before. It will end with mention of how you could eventually consider starting to go beyond this by investing.

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The One Major Flaw with Investing in 'Yourself'

Back in the early days of this blog, I wrote a post about the idea of investing in ‘yourself.’ From time to time, I read through the posts I’ve written to see if there’s anything in my investing mindset that has changed that I’d like to give some updated perspective on. Other times, I like to see how time has rewarded sticking to that mindset in the form of successful results.

In this case, I found one problem – one fatal flaw – in the idea of investing most or all of your time, energy, and money in improving yourself: the education, the training, the work experience, all in order to increase your income and thereby better your lifestyle and start to fulfill your dreams.

Here’s the problem:

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Discovering Dividend-Growth Investing

I’m going to start off by stating that I’m embarrassed.  I’ve been actively involved in stock investing since 2006, yet it was only in August 2019 when I finally came to understand the power of investing in stocks that not only pay a decent dividend, but which also regularly increase or ‘grow’ their dividend.  These are commonly referred to as “dividend growth stocks.”

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Confessions of a Serial Wantrepreneur

I’m one of those nerds who has always been fascinated by a business success story.  One of the most exciting things about living in a free-market society is not only the ability for literally anyone – anyone – to start their own business, but also to learn stories about those who actually made it.  The bigger, the better.  I suppose this is why, for most of my adult life, I had always longed to find my own niche with some product and/or service to start a business and become part of that excitement.

When I was younger, as with most youthful endeavors, ignorance was bliss.  I would fantasize about “being in charge” of my own affairs, i.e. having no boss, setting my own hours, keeping more money in my pocket instead of that of my boss and supervisors, etc.  With these dreams and illusions in mind, I set about trying to find that perfect business to start up.

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Some New Lessons about Buy-and-Hold Investing

Nearly five years ago, and only a couple of years into the re-structuring of my investing mindset that was so desperately needed (I had been a stock investing failure before 2013), I wrote my first post devoted exclusively to the “buy-and-hold” method of investing.  Without much of a track record to that point other than a few emerging winners, it was more of a looking forward with excitement to what might be after a few more years of making this my main investing mindset and practice.

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Will This FINALLY be the Year?

Happy 2020, everyone!  (Or whenever you happen to be reading this.)  Before I continue, I’d like to mention that I believe more in quality than quantity.  That’s why, if you’re a subscriber, there are periods when I don’t write anything for sometimes months.  I’m not your typical blogger, trying to churn out something every few days that may eventually lack real substance and/or become an overlooked annoyance in your Inbox.  So, I hope that my approach has been helpful to you folks.  I write only when I feel like I have some really helpful things to share, not just to try to keep some sort of ‘wheel’ spinning.   Contact me or comment with your thoughts either way.  On that note, let’s get into things …

Do you have “enough?”

The new year is when people world-wide typically have had hopefully even a bit of time to reflect on the past year.  The typical result is one or more “New Year’s resolutions” for that year and even beyond.  However, most are just good intentions that quickly fizzle out unless one makes a very deliberate effort to make their resolutions a part of their regular routine of life in that new year.

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