The following seven people on this list have a lot in common. They are all normal, every day people who started out middle class or lower and became millionaires by trying something different that they hadn’t tried before. They didn’t inherit their wealth. They didn’t buy a winning lottery ticket. They didn’t just get lucky. They were normal, every day people who tried something new and created an opportunity that made them millionaires. For some it took seven years to get there. Most on this list made it in less time than that.
Now these days a million dollars isn’t really as much money as it used to be, but it pretty much guarantees lifetime stability and above average levels of leisure and comfort for someone who manages it well and isn’t an impulsive spender. The average net worth for someone living in the United States aged 35 – 44 years is $30,000 if you count equity in their home. If you don’t count that, then it’s half that amount at around $14,000. So a net worth of a million is significantly above what most people are familiar with. Is it better to have a million dollars than $14,000, all other things being equal? Undoubtedly.
These seven people’s stories are full of object lessons for those aspiring to be self made millionaires. Some of them just tried something new and never would have guessed that it would eventually make them a millionaire. They didn’t make a whole lot of money right away, and could easily have quit, not realizing their success was right around the corner. Others set out intentionally to become self made and put deliberate planning into action, as well as risked time and a small sum of money to get started.
It’s important for anybody who is interested in becoming a self made millionaire to read about people who’ve done it to see that it’s very possible, and even marvel at how easy it can be for those who put the rubber to the road.