Over the past four months I’ve gained a newfound understanding of self-worth.


I used to break down my money into two categories; salary and savings. The process was very simple. To make an income, I provided my time and skills in exchange for money. I would then keep a percentage of my bi-weekly paycheck for myself and put the rest of it into a savings account.


The truth is, that this is how you make good money. It’s not how you make great money.


The key to making more starts with a higher level understanding of wealth, and the two different ways we define income.


The First is active income. This is your full-time salaried or part-time hourly job. It also umbrellas side hustles like freelance work, Uber driving, Fiverr gigs, etc. It is the process of trading your time for money.

第一是主动收入。这是你的全职薪水或兼职时薪工作。它还提供副业比如自由职业者 、优步司机、五人制零工等。这是一个用时间换金钱的过程。

A lot of people settle on their career salary, or sit on it for a decade before making a move. If your ambition is to be average, then that mindset is fine. But to be in the top tier of wealth, you need to start figuring out different ways to make money simultaneously.


Ashton Kutcher is a great example. You may know him as the famous film/television star. He’s had a respectable career and made a lot of money. But even if he never received another movie role again, Kutcher would still be wealthier than 99% of the world due to his diversified portfolio of revenue streams. Since the early 2000’s he’s owned a production company, invested in tech startups, and formed a venture capital firm.


Wealth is more than money. It is a series of learned strategies and behaviors.


“If we command our wealth, we shall be free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed”- Edmund Burke


In Conclusion


This process won’t happen overnight. I’m sure most people reading this don’t have more than a few income streams yet.


If you do, fantastic. You’re already on the path to a wealthier future.


If not, don’t panic.


Start with something easy like investing a small percentage of your paycheck. Over time you can build out different income streams until your side earnings are matching your salary. Then push for more.