Rule #2 -- Get a good job. Most people will roll their eyes and say there just isn’t enough good jobs out there but a good job is any job that will provide you with an honest living and keeps you employed over a number of years. It’s the one thing that’s going to occupy the biggest part of your life (along with sleep) so you better put as much effort into it as you possibly can. It’s the part that supports the rest of your life.
Rule #3 -- Save and Invest your money. I know. That sounds like two things but they’re really one in the same. I guess you could shorten it to just invest but the key here is to make your money work for you. I’ve chosen the stock market for myself but you could do virtually the same thing with real estate, rental properties, etc.
If you do all three of these things people will arrive at your funeral and talk about what a very successful and lucky person you were in life. They will talk about how it was all so easy for you and that you were the exception to the rules. Don’t worry about all that petty jealousy. They did all the wrong things in life and wasted away their lives on things that never matter. They’re only at your funeral to find out how the inheritance is going to be distributed anyway. Fool them all by leaving them each one dollar so they cannot contest the will and find that one relative who is as smart as you and who will take care of your wealth.