Dreams come true for young en­gi­neer

Book for those who want to be a mil­lion­aire

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - THABISO MAIMELA

PRE­TO­RIA is home to one of the youngest self-made mil­lion­aires in the coun­try – and he is any­thing but a nerd. Al­bert van Wyk, of Waver­ley, is young, funky and has a head for busi­ness.

He made his first mil­lion at the age of 22, the first of many, he prom­ises. Now 24, Van Wyk has pledged to be a fully fledged mil­lion­aire be­fore he is 30.

This en­er­getic young man is not shy to share his knowl­edge on how to make a for­tune. He has launched his first book, ti­tled How To Be­come a Mil­lion­aire at 22.

“It is an ini­tia­tive with the main pur­pose of get­ting you filthy rich; just kid­ding. It’s deeper than that,” Van Wyk joked.

The book is all about equip­ping readers with the nec­es­sary tools to be­come fi­nan­cially es­tab­lished and in­de­pen­dent. It’s a prac­ti­cal and re­al­is­tic guide to assist peo­ple in build­ing a foun­da­tion that will en­able them to achieve great suc­cess with­out fi­nan­cial and men­tal bar­ri­ers.

Every­one has it in them to be­come a mil­lion­aire if they set their mind to it, Van Wyk says.

He is liv­ing the dream of many South African to be a mil­lion­aire be­fore the age of 30. It’s all about hard work, tak­ing ad­vice and not be­ing afraid to take chances.

His fa­ther was one of his big­gest in­spi­ra­tions for his mil­lion­aire state of mind. “My dad taught me that if you want to be­come a mil­lion­aire, you need to learn from a mil­lion­aire.”

With these thoughts ring­ing through his mind, he started to read books about other mil­lion­aires and learn­ing from their suc­cesses

Van Wyk has al­ways had a head for busi­ness and, while other chil­dren played, he thought of ways to make lots of money.

Dur­ing his pri­mary and high school years he ran small busi­nesses on the side, and that ex­pe­ri­ence taught him about making money, los­ing money and the value of money.

Van Wyk rem­i­nisces on his early years, along­side his younger brother, as he walked down the street with a can of paint, sketch­ing the num­bers on the street curves in the com­mu­nity for a fee. At school, he also started sell­ing cheap toys he had bought.

Through his hard work in ma­tric, Van Wyk man­aged to get a bur­sary for his ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. “When I started ma­tric I had this deal with my dad that, if I get a bur­sary, I would like to keep the fees from the bur­sary.”

Van Wyk used all that money and in­vested it in prop­erty. He had pre­vi­ously read about prop­erty in­vest­ment, and it was one of his many goals to be­come a prop­erty baron.

To­day, he makes his money from prop­er­ties and sev­eral other small busi­nesses.

Af­ter study­ing in­dus­trial engi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, Van Wyk worked for a com­pany for a year and took a big risk when he de­cided to quit his job and rather to fo­cus on his busi­nesses.

With his pas­sion for en­trepreneur­ship, Van Wyk en­joys work­ing with start-up busi­nesses. He re­cently re­turned to the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria to give a lec­ture about his suc­cesses. His next plan is to go to schools to try to make an im­pact on more of the coun­try’s youth.

Van Wyk be­lieves that if the will is there, there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to make money.

Even with his suc­cess, Van Wyk still re­mains hum­ble and goal-driven. He said it takes hard work and the right mind­set: “To work hard is also a life­style.”

Van Wyk says it took him two years to write the book in a sim­ple, easy-to-read style to help peo­ple with fi­nan­cial con­cepts. To reach the younger mar­ket, it is eas­ier to un­der­stand than most busi­ness books. “The tools, mind­set and the in­spi­ra­tion is in the book, but we need to spread the word.”

The big­gest les­son is that these dreams can be­come a re­al­ity.

The tools, mind­set and in­spi­ra­tion are in the book

MAKING A FOR­TUNE: Al­bert van Wyk, 24, of Pre­to­ria, is one of the youngest mil­lion­aires in the coun­try.

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