There are only three ways to get rich honestly: inheritance, live within your means and invest wisely. Understand that you have choices, and some of your choices create debt, others create wealth. I recently read of a Elinor Sauerwein, who everyone thought was poor. She made different choices.
She was taught by her mother to never waste a thing. She hung her laundry on a clothesline in the backyard. She painted her home when it needed it, and mowed her lawn until her early 90s. She refused to go to restaurants, movies or pay for cable TV. She wanted to support the Salvation Army after researching which agencies spend the most on their clients. Needless to say, it was a shock when a check for $1,731,533.91 from her estate was presented to a California branch of the Salvation Army. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/01/poor-woman-leaves-close-to-2-million-to-salvation-army/
She lived well within her means by her own choices. She had a financial adviser who invested her money wisely. By most standards she was rich. She chose not to have things that many of us see as necessities of life today, but are all of our necessities really necessary?
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was asked, "How much money is enough?" He replied, "Just a little more." If you have to choose, do you prefer to save and invest your money and become rich, or do you choose to spend all your money and live in debt-slavery all your life? Or is there another choice you choose?