A reader mentioned one of my favorite Bible verses a few Sundays ago. It's from Proverbs 13:11 -- and here it is in the NIV:
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
I also like the NLT translation, which goes like this:
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
This verse really summarizes the Bible's viewpoint that wealth can be had over time, but if you try to get rich quick, you're destined to failure. I couldn't agree more.
As we've discussed previously, using time is one of the most powerful ways to grow your wealth. Simply spend less than you earn, saving the difference, and invest it year after year after year. From there, you simply need to let the power of compounding do its work. Over a few decades, you'll end up with quite a nice nest egg.
I know, it's not a creative, sexy, fun way to become wealthy, but it's as close to a "sure thing" when it comes to wealth as any other method out there. And it's done well by me. ;-)