Dr Boyce Watkins: Building wealth comes down to family mindset and traditions

In this article, Dr Boyce Watkins explains how your mindset determines your wealth level

by Dr Boyce Watkins

One of the more interesting things I learned while studying Finance during my PhD program is that many of the secret things wealthy people do in order to get ahead are not all that complicated.

Much of the difference in wealth outcomes is deeply related to the culture of your household:

Did your parents talk to you about starting a business or getting a job?

Did you learn to buy stock at the age of 6 or did you not hear about it until your company offered you a 401k?

Did someone leave you life insurance when they died or simply douse you with more bills and debt?

If someone around you says that they've been renting an apartment for 10 years, does anyone say, "You know, you should probably consider buying a house instead?"

If you were to add up the money you've spent at the mall over the last 20 years, does that number exceed the amount of money you've spent buying shares of stock?

Does the money you've spent on fast food over the last decade exceed the amount of money you've invested in your own business?

Are your kids more likely to join a football team or an investing club?

These little things make all the difference, and the biggest myth in the world is that everyone who has more money than you is either lucky or that their outcomes were defined solely by white supremacy. The truth is that there are people of all ethnic backgrounds who build wealth and those who build nothing. A lot of it comes down to what you choose to do with the few dollars you have in your pocket.

So ask yourself: When I get an extra $30 this week, am I going to spend the money on something that gives me long-term wealth and value or on something that is going to decline in value?

What am I teaching my children on a day-to-day basis?

Am I regularly reading articles and magazines on how to build wealth?

Questions like these can help you determine where you are psychologically and whether you're going to reach your desired objective. One thing about the great wealth race in America is that economic success typically does not happen by accident. To have a shot at the greatness you desire, you have to put your life in formation.

Dr Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD and founder of The Black Wealth Bootcamp. To learn more, please visit TheBlackWealthBootcamp.com

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I want to know how I can start repairing my credit so I can start a business for my children to grow on. I'm a 40 yr old divorced single mother of 10. I have a BA in HCA as well as a Medical billing/coding experience and working a couple basic jobs to make ends meet. I don't have parents or anyone else to depend on, so I'm going day to day paying debts as I can.I want to know how I can rebuild my life ,mindset, financial status and teachings.


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@MsBell22: First, let's look at what you've done right. (1) You have learned to pay your bills. (2) You have achieved education to qualify for work beyond unskilled labor. (3) Your unsecured debt is probably in the lower range of your debt-to-income ratio for your credit score to be "very good" or "excellent".

My purpose is not to advise you. It's to encourage you to weigh your options. Bankruptcy is certainly an option. However, carefully consider your objectives, both short-term and long-term before you take that step. It sounds like you want relief. The relief will be brief unless you change your financial patterns.

Relatively speaking, $30k might be a large price tag for small gains. Also, you might or might not be eligible for a full liquidation. Some individuals are placed in a repayment plan which could defeat your purpose as I understand from what you've stated.

While you are willing to wreck your credit by filing bankruptcy -- and you will -- you will have to deal with those consequences for a long time. And you're very young. It could pose an obstacle when you try to move into your own place, get another job, start a business or even get married.

Your credit score may be high enough to renegotiate a lower interest rate with your creditors. Call them and have a conversation. If you choose to try that, do so soon, because your credit score is dynamic, meaning it's always changing. Lowering the interest rate will lower your recurring payments. Meanwhile, you could save the difference or increase the payments on your student loans -- or continue paying down the unsecured debt with larger payments than required.

If you're thinking about it, please do not enroll in a debt management program, often referred to as a "DMP"! Many companies offer to do what you can do yourself (you seem smart), and charge you for it. They may even tell you they will pay your bills for you if you send them a monthly payment to be applied toward your debts. This arrangement, too, will wreck your credit.

My suggestion is for you to breathe. Think carefully of how you want your life to be. Find constructive ways to relieve your financial stress. Be grateful your parents are willing to provide you with short-term shelter. Be grateful for your current income, and plan for a bright future. Base your decisions and actions upon the lifestyle you want to achieve.

You are in a good position to increase your income with a business you could start small, especially without the responsibility (and benefits, true) of paying rent or a mortgage. Thinking more about creative pursuits and less about debt has a powerful effect on changing circumstances.

Top it off with a healthy helping of gratitude and you'll see a rapid shift forward. My best to you.