We offer tried-and-true strategies to build wealth. By Sandra Block, Senior Editor and Elizabeth Leary, Contributing Editor From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2013 Money may not buy happiness, but having a lot of it gives you the freedom to make choices that can bring satisfaction, whether that means buying your dream home, giving generously to charity or escaping the 9-to-5 grind. In that spirit, we focus on three roads to riches that don’t require an advanced degree or special training: starting a business, buying real estate and investing in the stock market. In each case, we describe two paths to get there, depending on your tolerance for risk. The people we interviewed who have made it big didn’t always get there on the first or second try. But they all share essential qualities for success: passion, persistence and patience.See Also: 6 Steps to Starting Your Own Business In this special package from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, explore a variety of ways you too can strike it rich: Own Your Own Business High- and Low-Risk Ways to Start Your Own Business A Small-Business Success Story: How Dogtopia Evolved Into a $14 Million Business Advertisement Kip Tip: How to Create a Business Plan For more insights on launching and running your own shop, see our Small Business special report. Focus on Stocks High- and Low-Risk Ways to Invest in the Stock Market An Investing Success Story: How One Couple Became Millionaires Advertisement For more insights on where to invest your money, check out our Investing channel. Invest in Real Estate High- and Low-Risk Ways to Make Money in Real Estate A Real Estate Success Story: Flipping Homes for Profit Kip Tip: How to Raise the Cash to Invest in Real Estate For more insights on the state of the housing market, see our special report Buying & Selling a Home in 2013.