Most of us will work our entire lives without becoming millionaires, yet some meet that milestone before the age of 30. What makes these self-made millionaires under 30 different from the rest of us? According to psychologists, there are specific shared personality traits among these phenoms that set them apart from everyone else.
Those who become successful early in life tend to have a sense of urgency regarding opportunity. Instead of waiting around for an opportunity to fall into their lap, they are out and about seeking it out. Money is highly valued by these people, and they make it a priority at the start of their careers; anything worth their time will be of the utmost importance.
Millionaires under 30 figure out pretty quickly that they need to learn from those who came before them. Smart, savvy, mentors will guide and challenge their minds as they build their careers, keeping the big picture in focus. A good mentor will also teach and facilitate networking, which is an invaluable skill for any rising entrepreneur.
These upstarts also do not waste time trying to please everyone. They have learned to focus on their vision of success instead of worrying how they are perceived by their peers. Avoiding the popularity contests gives them much more time to dedicate to making money.
Traditionally, we choose a career path, work a job, get a paycheck, and repeat. This may earn us a decent salary, but it certainly will not make us millionaires. Where the average go-getter will have a couple of side hustles, these millionaires will maximize their time to be sure they are earning as much as possible.
Just hearing the words “millionaire under 30,” most of the world will collectively think of Mark Zuckerberg and his meteoric rise to fame and wealth with the inception of the social media giant, Facebook. Zuckerberg has shown all four personality traits, some more than others, as he has often been labeled as cold and aloof. Though he has many detractors, he proves the point that successful people stick to their vision without the worry about social standing.
German-born Niklas Heinecker, for example, started his professional poker career playing games with his friends back home in Germany and learned all he could by simply pouring over how-to articles on the Web. Today, Niklas is considered one of the best game players of the online age with a record-breaking win of $4,456,885 at one event in 2013 at only 28 years old.
Not to be outdone by the men, there are plenty of women on the list of Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list of millionaires. Emily Motayed, 28, is the co-founder of Havenly, an online interior design platform that pairs hip, design professionals with consumers. Create a profile online, and let the designers do all the legwork, finding unique items from all over the world that fit your budget and style. The concept is brilliant because it brings the world of design to the average homeowner.
Each of these men and women share the four personality traits listed above, and no doubt most people have at least a couple of these as well. The big difference is that millionaires who have gained much of their wealth early in their careers tend to have all four, and they don't waiver. There aren’t many breaks or vacations early on in these successful careers, but they understand that will come later, after the first $100 million.