Actionable Steps to Building 7 Income Streams Like a Millionaire

Tackle your misconceptions about millionaire money and start growing your wealth today

Lazarina Stoy
The Post-Grad Survival Guide
11 min readSep 8, 2020


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Have you ever wondered what the income streams of millionaires are? I recently watched Graham Stephan’s video on the topic (a Millennial and a millionaire). He referenced a study, published by the IRS, which studied the tax returns of a sample of 6,053 wealthy individuals who died between 1996 and 2002, as well as the work of Tom Corley, author of ‘Rich Habits,’ who studied the habits of millionaires during a five-year study.

His research intrigued me, but I wanted to further it through making it more practical.

My article is aimed at three things:

  • providing a concise summary of the two studies
  • highlighting glaring misconceptions we still have about millionaires
  • demonstrating how anyone can start building income streams today, which will place them on a promising path to becoming a millionaire

Let’s dive in.

What research tells us about millionaires and their income

To summarise, the IRS’ study shows that wealthy people build up to 7 income streams:

  • Investment income — Dividend income from stocks owned.
  • Earned income — Paycheck income from contracted employment.
  • Rental income — Rents from real estate they own.
  • Royalty income — Payments for royalties from selling rights to use something they’ve written or invented.
  • Capital gains from selling appreciated assets.
  • Profits — Income after expenses from businesses they own.
  • Interest income — Money from savings, CDs, bonds, or other lending activities.

Corley’s research shows that self-made millionaires have multiple income streams:

  • 65% of self-made millionaires had three streams of income.
  • 45% of self-made millionaires had four streams of income.
  • 29% of self-made millionaires had five or more streams of income



Lazarina Stoy
The Post-Grad Survival Guide

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