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  • In March 2011, the 16-year-old Nick D'Aloisio  launched an app called Summly that turned long  

  • news articles into short, easy to read summariesThe app instantly received over 100K downloads  

  • and attracted venture capital investments. Less  than two years later, the app was acquired by  

  • Yahoo for 30 million dollars making Nick  D'Aloisio a millionaire before hitting 18. 

  • But not everyone gets such an opportunity to  become so rich at such a young age. However,  

  • that doesn't mean there is nothing you  can do. In fact, if you make a few right  

  • financial decisions when you are stillteenager, you are almost certainly going  

  • to become wealthy in your late 20s or maybe 30s. While it's difficult to imagine yourself hitting  

  • 30 when you are just 15 years old, trust meit's going to happen much sooner than you think,  

  • and building wealth later is much more  difficult. Because now you don't have  

  • all of these expenses that adults usually havesuch as paying rent, buying groceries, and so on

  • The moment you step into a life where you  have to pay the rent and feed yourself,  

  • there is no going back. You will automatically  have fixed expenses that you cant get rid of

  • By the way, I have a confession to make whenwas like 15 years old. I had no idea what the  

  • stock market is. I have heard about it in the  news, I have heard people talking about it, but  

  • I literally had no idea what is it and how does  it work. So if you are watching this video as a  

  • teenager, I am jealous. I wish I was smart enough  to learn about investing when I was 15 years old

  • To make this video, I asked myself, what are  the things I wish I knew when I was a teenager?  

  • What are the different financial decisionswould have taken? How would I start building  

  • wealth if I would be 14,15 or 16 years old? If you are a teenager watching this video,  

  • this is probably going to be one of the  most important things you will learn,  

  • even if you are slightly elder. I am sure  this information can help you as well

  • So if you are ready, give this video  a thumbs up, and let's get right  

  • into it! 
 

  • compound interest is the best tool on your arsenal

  • The most powerful tool as a teenager you have is  compound interest. If you don't take advantage  

  • out of it, you are literally wasting your teenage  years. If you don't know what compound interest  

  • is and how it can help you, don't worry! Because  I also didn't know that when I was a teenager

  • Consider this simple example, If you were given  a choice between taking 3 million dollars in cash  

  • this very moment or a single penny that  doubles every day for the next 31 days

  • Which one would you choose? At first glance, it seems like  

  • choosing the million dollars is the wisest optionbut if you take a moment and think about it,  

  • you will realize that a penny that doubles  for the next 31 days is a far better choice

  • In the first five days, the penny that doubles  every day turns into a single dollar. By the  

  • 10th day, it increases to 5.12 dollars. Even  within the next 10 days, by the day 20th,  

  • you are going to get only $5243. If you have chosen the penny,  

  • you probably regret it because you are only  getting a little over 5K instead of the 3  

  • million dollars that could instantly change your  life. But if you would give it a little more time,  

  • that amount would increase to over 10,737,418  dollars by the 31st day. Even on the day 29th,  

  • it would only grow to 2.7 million dollars. The  biggest difference happens in the last two days

  • So, if you start investing while you  are still 15 years old, you can rip  

  • the rewards of the compound interest and become  ultra-rich by the time you are 30, for example

  • But because you are not going  to see any significant progress  

  • in the first year or so as it is with the penny in  its first 20 days, most people don't start early

  • Of course, you can't start investing if you are  under 18, but you can open a custodial account.  

  • That means an adult -- most likely one of your  parents -- must open the account with you and  

  • be the custodian, and you can start investing. Of course, it's risky because, as a teenager,  

  • you probably don't know much about the stock  market, but you don't have to. I would just  

  • invest every penny I would save into an ETF  that invests in the S&P500. Whatever happens,  

  • I can be confident that my money isn't going to Go  away, and most importantly, it's going to grow. I  

  • am not gonna touch that money at all, not to buycar or anything else. I would just let it grow and  

  • build wealth. And with the power of compoundingonce I am an adult, I would have some real wealth.

  • 2. Number 2: don't spend money

  • I know that sounds weird, but you literally  can avoid 99% of the expenses that adults  

  • usually have. Do you need a roof over your  head? Just keep living with your parents!  

  • Do you want to eat? Eat at homeand you don't even have to cook!  

  • Of course, there are exceptions, but if  you are watching this video from a first  

  • or second world country, which should be  the case according to YouTube statistics,  

  • then you are most likely able to do that. Once you  grow up and you have responsibilities, it's much  

  • more difficult. Trust me. If you haven't tried  living alone and paying all the bills by yourself,  

  • you will never understand it! So take my word! Once you start a family and have kids,  

  • saving money will become a dream that you will not  most likely achieve! So save every penny you can  

  • while you have the opportunity and  invest it in an ETF of your choice.  

  • And for god's sake, when you hit 18, 19,  or 20, don't use that money to buy a car

  • Because getting a car means, a lot of monthly  expenses! Every dollar that you spend on  

  • maintaining that car could be investedand with the power of compound interest,  

  • could grow significantly! But in order to save,  

  • you have to make money! If your parents  are giving you pocket money, good for you

  • If not, as it was in my case! Then 3. Try making money 

  • When you don't have any skills, it's really  difficult to make money because all you can  

  • do is get a low paying job. But when you are  a teenager, you can afford to take the risk.  

  • If you end up failing, no one really cares. You  are a teenager. No one expects you to build a  

  • successful company when you are just 16 years old! And you know what! You still have a roof over your  

  • head because you are living with your parents and  you don't have to worry about what you are going  

  • to eat because you can always eat at home! So if you are a gamer, try steaming. Maybe  

  • make YouTube videos. Open a Fiverr account  and find out if you can offer any services.  

  • Try door to door selling. Try to sell something  online. If you have got a better idea,  

  • try it! The best time to try is when you areteenager! You will never have such an opportunity  

  • again! Don't think about failure! If you succeedgood for you. If you don't, it doesn't matter

  • I remember helping people fixing their  computers back when YouTube wasn't a thing,  

  • you couldn't simply watch a YouTube video  to find out how to fix your computer.  

  • Especially now, with all of these opportunitiesas long as you have access to internet,  

  • you have no excuses! 4. Keep learning

  • As a teenager, especially when you are  17 or 18 years old. You think that you  

  • have figured everything out! Trust me. You  haven't! You are thinking like that because  

  • of how little you know about everythingso make learning your first priority

  • Don't assume you know about everything  about money just because you could earn  

  • a few hundred dollars. Don't hesitate to take  a piece of advice from someone older than you,  

  • don't assume you have figured everything out  just because you watched a YouTube video.

  • 5. Get yourself ready once an opportunity strikes.

  • You probably already have heard that most of  the money is made during crises, but it's not  

  • made by random people but rather by those who were  getting ready for such an opportunity years ago.  

  • Those who saved enough money and understood  how the economy works made a fortune in 2020.  

  • Others built their fortunes during the crypto  crisis, or during the real estate crash. So,  

  • if you are not seeing instant progress now, don't  worry. Just keep hustling. Your time will come,  

  • be ready for it! 
 

  • Building wealth is great. Investing, build  businesses is, of course, awesome! But it  

  • doesn't worth it if you are not going to have  fun. Make sure to have fun along the way,  

  • especially when you are a teenager. You are not  going to be a teenager again, so don't miss this  

  • opportunity to create some unforgettable memories. Anyways, give this video a thumbs up if you have  

  • found it helpful, and remember that you can get  two free stocks from Webull if you open an account  

  • and deposit 100 bucks. 
 

  • Make sure to subscribe if you are new  around here and turn on your notifications

  • Thanks for watching and until next time. 


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