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Are you ready to be wealthy? That may seem like a silly question; after all, who isn’t ready to be wealthy? To build wealth properly, though, you need to be ready. If you aren’t in the right mindset, or don’t have the proper discipline, you won’t be able to build wealth no matter how “ready” you think you are. There are a few boxes you need to check and signs to look for to know you’re ready to be wealthy.

Live with the future in mind.

If you are only living for today, you probably aren’t ready to start building wealth yet. To build wealth, you must be able to defer a little bit of today for the promise of a much greater tomorrow. In the case of wealth, deferring a little today means saving, and the much greater tomorrow is a financially successful future. If you are living for the moment, you’re probably spending most of your money on things you enjoy and aren’t too concerned about leaving any for your future self. To build wealth, though, you must be able to keep the future in mind.

Don’t keep up with the Joneses.

No matter how wealthy you become, there is always going to be someone who has more than you. Attempting to keep up with the Joneses is a futile exercise; someone will always have a bigger house or a nicer car. Make sure you aren’t spending money just to impress friends or family members. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself once you’ve reached a certain level of success, but falling into the trap of spending more and more to keep up with the neighbors will prevent you from building long-lasting wealth.

You have the discipline required.

If you are struggling with the basics, like high-interest credit card debt, you may not be ready to build wealth yet. To become wealthy, you must first have the basics down; financial discipline needs to be second nature. There’s no shame in spending more time getting the basics down before you move onto building wealth. Download our free Financial Order of Operations resource and evaluate which step you’re currently working on. If you are on an earlier step and struggling with debt, it may be a good idea to create a budget and stick to it. Building a solid financial foundation is essential to building wealth.

Your life has direction and purpose.

Some savers have seemingly everything in place required to build wealth: they’ve got the basics down, they’re saving plenty and spending well within their means, yet they still might not be successful building long-term wealth. If you don’t have purpose or direction in your life, it will be extremely difficult to cobble together the motivation to build wealth. Why become wealthy just for the sake of being wealthy? Don’t forget to dream and plan out your future goals, and make sure you know what you’re building wealth for.

You are mature enough.

As we grow older, we naturally become more mature. Our spending and saving habits normally also change as we get older. Dollars saved at young ages are more powerful than any other dollars, but often the hardest to come by. Not only are incomes lower at young ages, but spending priorities might be different. However, there’s no minimum age for building wealth; if you have the maturity and discipline required to set aside a portion of your income at a young age, you will set yourself up for an abundant and exciting future.

In our latest show, “5 Signs You’re NOT Ready to Be Wealthy!”, we discuss several indicators you might not yet be ready to build wealth, and how you can become ready to be wealthy. Watch it now on YouTube below.