"Munger has said that accumulating the first $100,000 from a standing start, with no seed money, is the most difficult part of building wealth. Making the first million was the next big hurdle. To do that a person must consistently underspend his income. Getting wealthy, he explains, is like rolling a snowball. It helps to start on the top of a long hill - start early and try to roll that snowball a very long time. It helps to live a long live." - P242, Damn Right!
The single most hardest part of getting wealthy is amassing the first $100,000. After that the money starts working for you. The money is making money. That's what Munger is trying to say here. I couldn't agree more.
I myself find it very frustrating now, shoveling multiple grands of fresh funds per month into my broker accounts, collecting (compared to my income) tiny dividend checks, instead of buying that sweet car, or maybe upgrading my bathroom to this style, or getting a sweet 18k gold fountain pen, or maybe that Kiton suit.
One must save a large portion of his income, especially when he is accumulating the first $100,000. Figure out how to get the early capital. After that, I'd expect to get things to become fun, your money starts making money and you'll have "a lift-off". After the first 100,000, don't do stupid things like take on too much leverage or speculate with a high percentage of your net worth with derivatives.
Thanks for reading, take care.