Every once in a while, I'll talk about something I learned along the way that has helped me build a pretty sizable nest egg at a relatively young age. So to start things off, I will give you my best tip. The secret to building wealth is to start building wealth.
I know what you are saying. What? Well the secret to building wealth is recursive. For all you non computer geeks, this basically means that the definition of something is contained within its own definition. As soon as your head stops spinning let me explain through my own personal story.
I wasn't always on the path I am today. I started out of college with a good job that paid well. However, living in New York City, I had a lot of expenses. The two bedroom apartment I was renting was $3400 a month. My share of it was basically eating up half my paycheck. Somehow though, I managed to save some money and even put a little away in my 401K, almost $5000. After a year, I left my job and had to pay for my own move back to California, and that ate a big chunk of my savings. However, I still managed to keep enough for an emergency fund.
Over the course of the next few years, I was careful with my money, always remembering that sometimes, unexpected things like leaving your job and moving across the country can pop up and you need to be prepared. I still managed to max out my 401K every year and slowly but surely it was growing to quite a bit of money. As I became more successful in my career, I continued to see promotions and pay raises, but each time I kept my lifestyle pretty much the same. In fact, I began living more frugally. I'll explain why.
The effect of getting more income and spending less money was VERY POSITIVE on my bank account. The higher I saw it go up, the more I wanted to see it go higher. The more money I got, the more interest I could earn from my savings account. As I started investing my money, I realized that the more money I had, the faster the whole pile would grow. This became almost addictive. I would find ways to save more and more money so I could funnel it toward these accounts. The power of compound interest is really displayed when you have a big bank account, and it just starts to snowball on itself. It almost becomes a game as you try to find more ways to save money or earn income to see the wealth grow.
So this is the best tip I can give. Just start trying to build wealth by any means you can. As you do it, you will find you really like it, and you will find other ways to increase your wealth. You will start getting into a feedback loop and you will soon realize that building wealth just becomes a habit. I now earn well over 2.5 times what I used to when I lived in NYC but I probably spend less money. All because I have become addicted to building wealth.