The Wealth Making Architect™


If you performed a Google™ search on the above title, you’d get something along the lines of either wealth advisors or engineering architects.

I wanted to introduce this term to reflect the necessity of building wealth from the ground up. Furthermore, to emphasize that “wealth” is not only financial. When an engineer designed a house, for example, he/she would take into consideration all the aspects which would make that house livable and ready to become a home!

Another vital step in creating that architecture is to create a blueprint. Have you ever heard of any sort of construction that didn’t have a blueprint to start with, to build upon and use as a baseline?

A Wealth Making Architect (WMA™) is going to follow the path of his/her counterparts in other disciplines. However, instead of designing a brick and mortar dwelling, they design a life-long wealth making, growing, and maintaining epic, with the client being the hero.

And here’s a list of the steps involved:

  1. Find out what the requirements really are: Working closely with your client, you set an objective to clearly “understand” the hopes, the dreams, the needs, and the responsibilities of that client. Once you’ve reached such understanding, you turn it into a set of specific, implementable”requirements”; one which the client accepts and feels satisfied with
  2. Now you go to the drawing board and create a solution derived from the requirements. This is easier said than done. How can you “weave” requirements into solutions? Into a blueprint that has an eye on the vision, and another on the strategy and plan. Your knowledge and expertise play a major role here, and that involves specific methods, processes, products and/or services available. Sometimes you might need to seek help from other members of your organization/team to “develop” new products or services that would meet the requirements (those must prove reusable with other clients in order to justify the cost and time of a new development)
  3. The next step is a comprehensive review of the solution with your client. Although you both had reached a set of specific requirements, the blueprint might not express what the client was hoping for. This could be the result of the client being not sufficiently informed/educated, or it could be a flaw in the design. Either way, a revision and an update version of the solution should be created. This can take more than one iteration
  4. Once you reach an agreement with the client on the blueprint of his/her financial story, you start translating that solution into long-term and short-term objectives. Each objective requires an action plan. Here comes the knowledge and skill of financial planning, or let’s say, wealth-making planning; the bits and bytes of what needs to be done on a daily basis
  5. Implementing the plans is not an open-ended endeavor. You wouldn’t hand them over to the client and “instruct” him/her to go ahead and “do” the steps! You still need to work with them regularly, and make sure they are ready to commit their time and energy to implementing what has been mutually agreed upon
  6. As with any plan, the process continues dynamically. This is the tracking/observing, feedback, review and update/correction cycle. Plans are not meant to be set in stone. They must evolve in reflection to consistent change. However, a good architect would not divert too much from the original vision and the blueprint.

The past is gone for all of us. The future is known to none of us. All we’ve got is the present moment. Planning, to a great extent, is a matter of trying to predict the future based on past experiences. It helps, but nothing is certain. That’s why it’s a good practice to keep risk planning in sight, and always have plan B within reach!

The Wealth Maker

The Wealth Algorithm (10) – Plan B


 

What if you couldn’t secure the necessary funds to start your project, to reach your dream? Would you give up? I don’t think so. Having had a powerful intention, which you believe in; giving up, giving in, failure, whatever, are not part of your vocabulary, even when you talk to yourself (by the way, random, obsessive self-talk is destructive!).

If that was the case, the first step would be to revise your plan, especially the due date. Then, assuming you have a monthly income, before paying the bills, or buying anything, put 10% of that income aside. Open an investment account for that purpose, and deposit 10% of your monthly income in it, before you spend a dime.

Once your savings in that account reach $1000, start investing. Your target is to make 5% a month. Below is an example of how you would manage your investment account:

Month   10%Savings   5% Yield   Monthly Total

1       200.00             0.00           200.00
2       200.00             0.00           400.00
3       200.00             0.00           600.00
4       200.00             0.00           800.00
5       200.00             0.00          1,000.00
6       200.00           50.00          1,250.00
7       200.00           62.50          1,512.50
8       200.00           75.63          1,788.13
9       200.00           89.41          2,077.53
10       200.00         103.88          2,381.41
11       200.00         119.07          2,700.48
12       200.00         135.02          3,035.50
13       200.00         151.78          3,387.28
14       200.00         169.36          3,756.64
15       200.00         187.83          4,144.47
16       200.00         207.22          4,551.70
17       200.00         227.58          4,979.28
18       200.00         248.96          5,428.25
19       200.00         271.41          5,899.66
20       200.00         294.98          6,394.64
21       200.00         319.73          6,914.37
22       200.00         345.72          7,460.09
23       200.00         373.00          8,033.10
24       200.00         401.65          8,634.75
25       200.00         431.74          9,266.49
26       200.00         463.32          9,929.81
27       200.00         496.49          10,626.30
28       200.00         531.32          11,357.62

 

Over a period of 28 months, and because of the power of compounding, your $200 monthly savings, have turned into $11,357.62!

Notice that you haven’t been withdrawing at all. Every month, you add the monthly savings (A), to the 5% yield on the previous month’s total (B), then to the previous month’s total (C). Or: A+B+C=D. The sum, (D), is reinvested again, and so on. Please spend some time studying the above table. As simple as it may look, it’s so powerful and effective.

Another observation is that the increase from one month to the next is exponential, not linear! Although your total is about 11K at the end of the 28th month, you don’t have to wait 2800 months to reach a million. You’re actually pretty close. You could find out by applying the above formula till the monthly total hits one million. If you did that, you would find out that you would need a total of 125 months. Or around 10 years.

The assumptions we made were conservative: A $2,000 monthly income and only 5% return. If either of these (or both) went up a little, the total number of months would decrease dramatically, again, because of the magic of compounding.

Now you have a backup plan to revert back to in case your original plan could not be implemented. As a matter of fact, you could go for plan B, even if plan A did work! Think about that…

The only challenge with plan B is the 5% monthly return. You might ask: How am I going to maintain such yield every month? What kind of investment am I supposed to use? You could either revisit the methods provided in this blog, or do further research. You will find what you’re looking for.

All the best,

The Wealth Maker