Time is more valuable than money. You can have more money but you will not have more time. – Jim Rohn
|“Piggy bank by akilszone“|
Let me tell you a story.
Juan and Pedro are best friends. They are the same in age and lived in the same neighborhood. They went in the same school. They played together, they studied together. But when they finished college, they were separated.
At the age of 20, Juan went to Manila to work in a manufacturing company. Pedro on the other hand, worked in a small company in their city. During the same period, Juan learned how to save and put his money in a place where it earns 12 percent interest per year. He puts P20,000 every year for 7 years. At the age of 26, the company of Pedro expanded in Manila and he was sent to work with the team. He met with Juan on his first day at work. Juan learned that Pedro was not saving so he shared what he is doing.
Pedro also invested in the same place where Juan put his money, investing P20,000 every year. During that time, Juan volunteered to join a non government organization in a remote area in Africa, thus stopping him to invest continuously.
After 7 years, at the age of 32, Juan called Pedro and asked him if he wants to join him to be a volunteer. Pedro answered with eagerness to join Juan. Because of this, Pedro also stopped investing.
Forty years later, at the age of 60, they decided to retire and go back to the Philippines.
Juan said, “Remember Pedro, we have saved some money forty years ago. I have kept P20,000 for 7 years. By now that will be P140,000.”
Pedro responded, “Yes, I remember. I also saved P20,000 for 7 years. I will have the same money as you. May be we can put up a small business.”
So they went to the investment house where they put their money.
Pedro asked the attendant, “Hi, I am Pedro, I would like to inquire about the money I have put here years ago.”
The attendant checked and excitedly told Pedro, “You have P5.3 Million based on our records.”
Pedro was really surprised.
Now it is Juan’s turn and asked the attendant, “Hi, I am Juan, may I know how much money I have?”
The attendant told him, “Sir, according to our data base, you have P10.6 million.”
Juan passed out upon hearing the amount.
Pedro asked, “How did it happen? We put the same amount of money. Why does his money doubled as compared to mine?”
The attendant explained, “Sir, Juan’s money is twice as greater from yours because he saved 7 years earlier that you.”
They went home, put up their business and enjoyed their retirement.
Here is the table on how is the money of Juan twice as greater than the money of Pedro:
|“Effect of saving early at 12% interest per year, financial concept from International Marketing Group”|
You can see that the money worked both for Juan and Pedro because of the power of compound interest. But it worked better for Juan because he saved early.
There are two reasons why this happened.
Reason 1: The earlier you save the greater the result. Time is an ally of money. It can give you great earnings if you save early. But it can also be an enemy if not used properly. Procrastination is the problem. If you let time passed without considering on saving a portion of your income, you will realize the consequence later.
Reason 2: You should know where to put your money to maximize the power of compound interest. There are different investment engines that can make your money work as hard as you do. You should seek proper financial education and the right information on these.
You can achieve financial abundance through literacy and discipline. Always remember that what you do during your productive years will determine what life you will have in the future. You have the power to make your life miserable or happy. And you should choose to be happy.
Reflection: How will you make your life happy in the future?
PS1. I would like to thank International Marketing Group (IMG) for the financial concept I shared with you in this blog.
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