Your net worth equals what you **own** minus what you **owe**. It is commonly referred to as the difference between your total assets and your total liabilities.

Heres a simple illustration:

Home Value = $350,000 Mortgage balance = $150,000

Investments = 100,000 Credit cards = 20,000

Auto = 45,000 Auto loans = 30,000

Savings = __15,000__ Bank loan = __4,000__

You Own = $510,000 You Owe = $204,000

Therefore, your **net** worth would be $306,000.

There are two ways to increase your net worth. You can own more things or you can reduce your debt obligation. This article will focus on reducing your debt first **because** it is the fastest way to generate more money and, then, buy (own) more things.

In our example, you have $204,000 of debt. If youre like most people, you pay less attention to the mortgage and car loan balances because you consider them to be rather normal (necessary) to your way of life.

The credit card companies are probably charging somewhere between 12 to 18 percent (forget those slick, short-lived introductory teasers) and the bank loan is probably around 6 percent.

Now, before we go further let me ask you a question. Which is faster? Create $204,000 (in other words, own more) … or reduce $204,000 of debt? In **both** instances, the result is the same because your net worth will have increased by the same amount.

To create $204,000 in 15 years, you would have to invest $6,956.69 each year for 15 years and receive a guaranteed 8 percent rate of return. Where can you find a **guaranteed** rate of return this high in todays marketplace? No where!

To reduce $204,000 of debt in **13.5** years, it takes only $100 extra each month. Now, lets make sure you understand what I just said.

To increase your net worth by $204,000 you must invest almost $7,000 each year for 15 years. You hope and pray youll receive no less than 8 percent average every year.

Or… you can come up with only $100 each month to reduce 100% of your debt (to include your mortgage) in only 13.5 years – **guaranteed**! Hard to believe isnt it?

Go ahead and check it out yourself. First, use a compound interest table to compute the investment requirement. Then, print out and complete this **debt reduction chart**. Youll need an Adobe Reader, which is probably already installed on your computer. Otherwise, go to adobe.com for a free download version.

In every instance, it is faster and more reliable to eliminate your liabilities than to increase your assets. Why? Because the interest you pay on your debt is **excessively** higher than the guaranteed interest you can earn.

By following the debt chart and adding an additional $100 each month to the minimum payment requirement, you can dramatically compound the effect of your payments and **expedite** the complete elimination of all your debt.

Its a lot easier to come up with $100 extra each month than it is to find $6,956.69 each and every year for the next 15 years.