5 Ways to Become Rich



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Adapted from Brian Tracy

1. Inheritance

If you want to become rich, there are six main ways to do this.

The first way is to inherit wealth. About 7% of all millionaires inherited their money from their parents or a rich relative.

2. Professionals

A second group of millionaires consists of professionals such as doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers and accountants.

These people attend university and dedicate themselves to becoming very good at what they do. They rise to the top of their professions, and get a high salary. And then hold on to their money.

About 9% of millionaires fall into this category.

3. Senior Executives

The third major way to become rich is as senior executives. Around 9% of millionaires are men and women who have joined large corporations, or companies that became large, and worked very hard for many years.

They were eventually promoted and paid well, along with receiving stock options, bonuses, and profit sharing.

4. Sales

Another group of the rich, approximately 5%, are salespeople and sales consultants. Few of them went to college or technical school.

Instead, they became experts at selling a product or service, and were compensated accordingly. In addition, they managed their money carefully, invested it intelligently, and made it grow until they amassed millions.

5. Entrepreneurship!

The number one road to riches, at the head of the list and on the top of the hit parade throughout history, is entrepreneurship: starting and building a successful enterprise.

An individual begins with an idea for a product or service, turns it into a business, builds it up from the ground floor, and as a result earns and keeps the profits and becomes wealthy.

Entrepreneurship includes every kind of commercial activity, from farming and trucking to real estate and computers.

History of Entrepreneurship

Fully 71% of millionaires in the US, going back 200 years, come from self-owned businesses.

Starting your own business has been and will always be the high road to wealth for the non-rich. Entrepreneurship offers more opportunities and opens more doors than all other possibilities put together.

Mundane Products and Services

And studies of self-made millionaires have found that most of their wealth had come not by providing high-tech or industrial products, but in very mundane, everyday services.

In fact the greatest single source of riches is . . . laundry-cleaning businesses, followed by commercial or instant printing businesses, then vending machine leasing!

6. All Others

The final 1 percent of all other rich people consist of lottery winners, professional athletes, Hollywood stars, pop musicians, bestselling book authors, and those who have made money in the stock market and by inventions.

People think they are common among the rich. The fact is they are quite rare.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that there are SO many ways for you to become a self-made millionaire, that’s it’s almost impossible for you not to achieve this goal, if you are really serious about it, and then find out how to do it.

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1. There are numerous, even many ways to become rich. True or false?

2. Did the writer elaborate much about inheriting wealth?

3. How do professionals differ? What do they have in common?

4. Anyone with a university degree will automatically become rich. Is this correct or wrong?

5. Name the third way of becoming rich. What’s the third way of becoming wealthy?

6. Do you need to attend university to become a (successful) salesperson? Do all salespeople become wealthy?

7. The writer has a bias or favorite way of becoming rich. Yes or no? Why might he or she believe entrepreneurship is the “best” way to get rich?

8. Only large-scale industrial and high-tech ventures bring riches. True or false?

9. Are many people surprised about sixth way of becoming rich? Why would many people be surprised? Does the writer seem to recommend it?

10. A recurring theme is “They hang on to their money”. Is this significant?


A. Before reading this text, how did or do you think people become rich? What are the ways you people think or thought that people became rich?

B. Do you personally know any millionaires? How did they become rich? What is their profession, occupation or business?

C. Who are the rich people in your community, town or city?

D. What could you do to become a millionaire?

E. Are more people becoming rich? How is this happening?

F. What will happen in the future?

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