I know what you’re thinking.
How is someone more likely to be a millionaire just by washing their Ziploc bags?
Because you want to be a millionaire too, right?
You’re not about to scrub your little heart out, taking care not to damage your precious plastic goods just because you want to save a buck or two. You want to earn some big cojones. Bring home the bacon. Rake in the dough.
It’s not going to happen overnight (you wish!) but one day, all that cleaning will magically turn into one million dollars.
Except, it’s not just about washing ziploc bags. Oh no, it goes way deeper than that.
If you were to imagine five millionaires standing in front of you right now, what would you say they all had in common?
What if I told you it has nothing with what they wear, how much they earn or the size of their home?
Is it because they’re complete misers and never spend their money?
In fact, it’s about the reasons why they want to wash their ziploc bags in the first place.
And if you can understand why and learn to see how money works through their eyes, you’ll soon be stacking those benjamins.
Here are five reasons on what it really means for a millionaire to wash their ziploc bags.
It’s About a Being a Frugal Weirdo
Saving money is pretty normal, but millionaires take it to the next level. As in, they save money at (almost) any cost.
Take Andrew Hallam for example. When he got his first teaching job, he decided to live somewhere 24 miles away from work to save money on rent. Instead of forking over money for a car to commute to work, he biked to school.
Yes folks, he did this during the cold Canadian winters too.
That’s not all. He also decided to save money on food by digging for clams close to his home. His co-workers though he was so hard up for cash they started a collection for him at work.
You don’t have to go to this extreme (and if you do, millionaires won’t judge you), but becoming a millionaire means you’ll be doing some things people will consider pretty strange.
It could mean things like biking to work instead of driving a car.
It could mean things like reusing disposable items.
It could even mean ditching cable and not being able to catch up on the latest episodes of Real Housewives.
But you know what? Millionaires don’t care if people make fun of them. It’s about being dead set on their financial goals and not letting outside influences get in the way.
This includes societal norms.
Millionaires Believe Rules Are Just Suggestions
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about breaking the law here.
It’s about seeing beyond what things are “supposed” to be.
Take washing ziploc bags for example. These items are supposed to be disposable. Use it once and throw it away.
Instead, millionaires would be happy to wash them knowing they can get more than one use out of them.
In other words, it’s about understanding how much mileage you can get out of an item. If you want to have a large net worth, you need to be willing to see how you can make your money work for you, not the other way around.
It’s about being smart and seeing all the possible ways to maximize your money. It means understanding how you can work smarter, not harder.
Take Suzi Whitford from Start a Mom Blog. She decided to start a blog when she was pregnant with her second child. As in, three weeks before giving birth.
Now if you know anything about starting a new venture while pregnant, know that it’s probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. Between morning sickness, low energy levels and those damn cravings (can I get an amen?), most of us would rather be in maintenance mode, wrapping up existing projects before the big day.
Instead, Suzi worked whenever she could on her humble little blog and ended up earning more than $200,000 within a few years. There’s no doubt that she’ll be a millionaire someday, all because she decided to do things her way.
Just because most of society has preconceived notions on how something should be done, doesn’t mean you need to follow it. Millionaires certainly don’t.
It’s about believing that anything is possible, including the belief that pennies will compound into a million dollars someday.
Millionaires Don’t Throw Away Small Change, No Matter How Insignificant
Millionaires don’t take anything for granted, no matter how disposable or insignificant it may seem. Whenever they spend money on the item, they think about its lifetime value. As in, how much will it cost them to maintain the item? Or, will spending money on this item save me money in other areas of my life?
Come on, why throw away a perfectly good ziploc bag when you can use it more than a few times?
Let’s be clear: it’s not about being cheap. It’s about conserving your resources and diverting it to what matters, like retirement savings and healthcare costs.It’s about being smart and knowing how to manage money like a pro.
Millionaires know that it’s one thing to earn a lot of money and another when it comes to managing it well. Soon enough, they learn not to completely rely on money.
Their Secret Sauce is Separating Money From Happiness
Millionaires know relying on money is what will get them into trouble. So they work hard on separating their happiness from how much money they have or how much they can spend.
In other words, millionaires have created a mindset and lifestyle that doesn’t require them to need to spend money to be happy or fit in.
The more you’re willing to live like you don’t have money, the faster you’ll be on your way to millionaire status.
Let’s look at Paula Pant from Afford Anything. When she bought her first property, she purchased a triplex which had some much needed repairs. She rented out the two units and lived in the third with roommates. She scrimped and saved until she could purchase another property. By the time she was 31, she became a millionaire.
She’s one of the many millionaires who truly understands that in order to have an amazing life, you need to harness your know-how so you can free yourself from the shackles of needing to worrying about money.
Think about it: what if all your money disappeared one day? Millionaires aren’t worried about that because they know they have the skills to get it back. It’s about tapping into your resources and milking for all it’s worth.
Their Work Ethic Makes Us Common Folks Cringe
Next time you see someone in sweats, hanging their ziploc bags on the clothesline or eating beans and rice, don’t feel sorry for them. Instead, quietly ask yourself if they’re millionaires in training.
You and I both know it’s not what’s on the outside that counts. Inside, millionaires are resourceful, resilient and frankly, weirdos.
The question now becomes, are you willing to what it takes to achieve millionaire status? If you’re prepared to invest serious time and energy into consistently developing the right attitude and mindset (including washing those darned ziploc bags), you’ll be on your way.
I don’t about you, but that sounds pretty sweet to me.
Because the truth of the matter is, getting (and keeping) seven figures is hard work. You’ll make mistakes. You’ll have to forego fancy cars and weekly restaurant dates. Twenty years later when you realize you don’t have enough money to retire, you’ll scratch your head wondering what the heck you actually spent the money on.
Listen, I get it. Scrubbing your little heart out for the next few years seems a bit tedious, but I assure you you have what it takes to make it.
Millionaires aren’t special. They’re people just like you and me who happened to embrace how money actually works, learn to bend those rules and get their financial weirdness on.
Instead of fighting that feeling of how much work it’ll take, embrace the struggle. Close your eyes and allow yourself to imagine a sink full of ten dollar bills instead of little plastic bags.
Then imagine those ten dollar bills turn into stacks of ten dollar bills. Then hundreds of stacks. Soon enough, there’s a million dollars worth of ten dollar bills, sitting right in front of you.
It’s not a dream my friend. It’s absolutely real.
You can be a millionaire. I know deep down in my bones you can.
Yes, you may feel just a little bit of FOMO because you stay in instead of heading out for drinks with your friends, but you won’t.
Yes, you may feel slightly guilty when you bend the rules in your favor, but you won’t.
Yes, you may feel like a bit of an outcast when people giggle at the ways you save a buck, but you won’t.
You aren’t afraid to prioritize and put your money to good use. This is the exact reason you’ll be a millionaire.
You’ll be sitting on the beach, sipping mai tais while the rest of your friends are still commuting to work.
You’ll go out to dinner knowing you won’t worry about whether you can afford to pay those credit card bills on time.
You’ll look at those seven figures sitting in your bank account, and smile sweetly knowing that you were the one did the work to get here.
So repeat after me: I am a millionaire in training.
Say it as many times as you need to until it finally starts to sink in.
And when it finally happens, it really will seem like magic.
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