4 Stages in our Financial Life and Why most People can never Build Wealth

After understanding the 4 quadrants in wealth building, it is necessary that we understand and become aware of the 4 stages during our productive years in our financial life and why some or most people can never really build wealth.

Life is a Climb
Life is a Climb
The four stages in our financial life:

Stage 1: The Fun Stage. The fun stage usually is between ages 20 to 30. This is the stage where people just graduated and would want to enjoy few years to compensate for the years of hard work during the schooling years. Everyone is excited with their careers and their first paycheck. They spend here, food trip there, travel here and new gadgets everywhere. Their favorite motto, “you only live once” a.k.a. Y.O.L.O. Saving and learning about investing are never a priority. Are you one of them?

Stage 2: The Married Stage, from ages 30 to 40. After years of fun, a lot of couples in the late 20’s or early 30’s would then want to settle down. They will be preparing for one of the biggest expenses in their lives, the wedding day! Saving might then be a priority, but saving to spend a chunk of money in one big day. While some never develop the habit of saving, they may even resort to go into debt just to spend a lot for a grand wedding day. After the wedding day, expenses will almost never seem to cease as one might then think of creating a family, raising a child, finding their dream houses and buy their own cars. Everyone has the reason not to save and invest for the future.

4 stages in our financial life
4 stages in our financial life
Stage 3: The Education Stage, from ages 40 to 50. This stage the children have grown up, getting ready for higher education relating to higher tuition fees. Parents now are juggling expenses, the mortgages of their houses or cars are taking a big chunk in their budgets. College (the biggest investment for our children) is just around the corner.

Stage 4: The Health-Concious Stage, from ages 50 to 60. This stage, due to the stress in work or business, our body will start to demand from us through sickness and illness. Muscle pains here, knees starts to swell and moving seems to be very uncomfortable. Medicines are for maintenance, and expenses still seem to be forever.

Our productive lives end at stage 4 as we retire now at age 60 and beyond. When we look back, we never were able to set aside money for ourselves, we were never able to create wealth. That’s why a lot of Filipinos retire broke. Truly when we look back, the best time to save and learn about investing is during our younger years.

What stage we are right now in our productive financial lives, the best time to save was yesterday. The second best time is today! Tomorrow will be the worst time. Life is a choice: sacrifice now and enjoy later or enjoy now and suffer later. The choice is yours to make.

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