The key to prosperity

Nov 19 2012, 09:33 IST
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SummarySet out to get all you desire with some thumb rules and a calculator

Diwali just went by and all of us sent innumerable messages to our friends wishing them luck and prosperity. We keep doing that each year, however, we do not tell our friends what is the “key” to such prosperity or how to get it. So here’s my little endeavour to complete your SMS by providing the key which would possibly help unlock prosperity for many families.

The key to prosperity is “Life Strategy”. So what is this? It’s the strategy of your life. Financially speaking, ofcourse! It is as simple as this or complex as you can imagine it to be. It is exactly how you imagine your life to be, again financially. There are two aspects to this: What might be the elements of your life strategy and how to make them happen i.e. to make sure that those elements materialise.

Elements of Life Strategy

To conjure up elements of life strategy is quite simple. Make a list and specify how exactly you wish your life to be. Examples are;

* I want to have Rs 2 crore worth of assets by the time I am 40 years old

* I want to have a farm house worth Rs 1 crore today in the next 20 years

* I want to have an international holiday every six months

* I want to be able to have about Rs 50 lakh for my children

* I want to retire with Rs 5 crore of corpus

How to make it happen? You will need two things here viz., certain rules and certain calculations. In addition you must commit some time for your own good or the years will just pass by and you will either see lots of money in the bank doing nothing or that you have a plethora of bad financial decisions in the form of products that are unlikely to help you much.

The rules

* Solid control over your finances and no compromise on lifestyle, ever

* Organise financial matters and never get into a mess

* Correct the wrong decisions and never take wrong decisions again

* My money should be invested in the best asset class

* I want to keep my expenses at 25 per cent of my income

* I want to be able to save at least 40 per cent of my income

* I want my home expenses to be on auto pilot i.e. I want my investments to fund all expenses and

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