I Became A Millionaire By 35: 16 Choices That Helped Get Me There


I joined the double-comma club in my 30s. I didn’t receive an inheritance. I didn’t get a windfall. No lottery. I didn’t even start a business.

Reaching millionaire status by your 30s might sound like a dream, but it’s possible with the right choices and actions. This journey begins with the understanding that wealth is not just about earning a high salary but also about smart financial habits, wise investments, and the courage to take calculated risks.

Here are 16 choices that made me rich.

16 Choices That Made Me Rich

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1: I chose a high-paying career field (information technology), not liberal arts.

2: I cut out the losers. All you want to do is drink? Bye.

3: I ignored the haters.

4: I never paid a single dollar in credit card interest in my life.

5: I was one of the first in the office daily (this works more than you think).

Choices 6 through 10

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6: I never watched the news. The news is built around negativity. That’s not what makes us rich.

7: Rather than hating millionaires, I learned from them. I took notes. Rich people are great teachers. 8: I switched companies regularly. 15 to 20% raise every time. Easy money.

9: Exploited my 9 to 5. Got in early. Invested. Never complained. I got promotion after promotion.

10: Automated everything. Investing. Savings. Bill paying. Everything was on auto-pilot.

Choices 11 through 16

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11: I didn’t care if my neighbor bought a BMW. I refused to keep up with their debt.

12: I stopped the bar runs. Booze ain’t cheap. Booze at bars is worse.

13: I prioritized well. Health > Family > Wealth. Without the first two, the third is meaningless.

14: I said “yes” to every opportunity, even if I didn’t know how to do it. I figured it out along the way.

15: My wife and I had “money talks” every day. We’d walk the dogs after dinner and talk money.

16: Index funds. No day trading. No picking and choosing stocks. Index funds = the Easy button to getting rich.

Millionaire Habits Get People Rich


Most people build wealth because of their choices, not just the things that happen to them.

For instance, many believe millionaires get rich because of an inheritance. While that does happen, inheritance is a relatively small reason. I call it the Inheritance Myth.

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