Many people enter a job market right after school and jump right into life feet first. Money comes in from a job, then goes right out to liabilities, food, entertainment… all necessities and pleasures in life. This is often called being stuck in a “rat race”. Every month is the same thing… money comes in, money goes out. Once you’re stuck in it, it’s very difficult to get out. But not impossible.
Now, money you make in your job is dependent on your ability to perform a task or function and amount of time put into that task or function. Essentially, it is trading time for money utilizing a learned skill. But this can’t possibly go on forever, can it? What happens when you get too old to perform these same tasks required for a job?
Unfortunately, for some people it goes on for a very long time. And when people who don’t invest in things that will bring in income whether they work or not can’t work any more, they don’t have anything to help them live as comfortably as they are today.
Until most people get into a career job that offers good benefits (including a 401k), money is rarely put toward investments. Money is made and spent as fast as it’s made, giving a person necessities and comforts of life at the time – and then some, but not allowing much for a prosperous future once job income stops.
Everyone at some point in their life must face the reality that a job is not going to give them everything they want or need in life – especially a life after retirement age. Investing is something best figured out early in life.