I thought this was going to be an interesting inside view into the lives of millionaires....who they are....how they got there. In fairness, I suppose it has some of that but it's delivered with a level of excitement comparabe to an accounting teacher reading from an Excel spreadsheet. The book could be reduced to a pamphlet-sized document that says, "If you aren't getting rich, you're spending too much money."...... over and over and over.
Initially I was very excited about this book but it turned into a struggled to find the will power to finish it. If it weren't for the fast-forward button, I wouldn't have made it. Particularly frustrating was the authors tendency to explain a simple subject with nauseating repetition. He went on and on and on about the right and wrong way to buy a car (according to millionaires of course). After I got the point, I rode the FF button a long time to get through that section.
Besides the repetition, the authors tone was the next most irritating quality. It wasn't enough to just explain methods millionaires us to be successful....he presents it in terms of smart vs. dumb. The frugal people do everything right and the non-wealthy people do EVERYTHING wrong. It was so heavily biased that I expected him to say that non-wealthy people produce ugly babies. He gives lots of kudos for people that don't take vacations, don't buy nice things, and save every penny while those that travel the world and/or enjoy doing things that require spending money are presented as inferior. I don't want to be too hard on the author but his presentation makes me think that he would charaterize Ebenezer Scrooge as one of the "smart" people.
The book provides interesting information about the habits of wealthy people but I was left with the highly unexpected feeling that I wasn't sure I wanted to be like them. Most of them try to live as close to poverty as possible. Memories of special occasions are described by most people I know as priceless. These people appear to prefer a mizer's life of pinching every penny. No thanks.....
PS. He LOVES the word "prodigious". That word actually got stuck in my head and echoed for days after listening to this book.
I learned some good information about body language and perception from this book but I feel that it needed to be better focused on teaching people how to analyse themselves and implement techniques for adjusting their own body language to meet what they desired to be and feel. It did a little of that but there was too much insignificant fluff that clouded it.
I would be ok with the author leaving out ALL of the tips for how to seduce the opposite sex. I felt like the subject drifted into instructions for hookers.
Liberal philosophy from a self-described atheist......NOT what I expected....NOT what I wanted!
This book should include a statement in the preface that states clearly that the views expressed in this book are from a liberal atheist (self-described inside the book). In fact, it should be disclosed in the book's title and/or description so readers will know what the fundamental viewpoint is of the writer.
I was expecting a more scientific analysis of happiness like "The Happiness Advantage" or "The Myth of Stress", both of which I really enjoyed, but what it turned out to be is a lot of questions without answers (typical philosophy) from a VERY far left thinker.
On a personal note, we don't need more socialist-liberal-utopian-government-should-control-our-lives thinking. We need more honor-integrity-hard-work-take-responsibility-for-your-actions-government-by-the-people-for-the-people-freedom thinking.
More disclosure should have been done about the direction of the content. I would have NEVER purchased the book had I known more about the author!
Note to self.....The phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover" can go both ways. Seriously disappointed!!
The book mades many facsinating insights about the real story of the "successful". I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was extremely disappointed with this "book" (which turned out not to be a book at all). It's a live recording of a Self-Esteem seminar. I would probably have been ok with that format if it were organized in a very efficient and effective way but unfortunately it isn't. She might be using notes to make sure she covers all the topics but the continuity is terrible. If you've heard the comparison between people that think like a spaghetti noodle and those that think like waffles, you will understand what I mean. Each point is laced into a mesh of diverging and converging thoughts which makes it very difficult to build a mental strategy for dealing with low self-esteem. Most of the audio is spent just "talking" about the fact that people suffer from low self esteem. The benefit of the traditional book format is completely lost in this seminar version but to be honest, the content is so weak that a "book" format probably wouldn't have helped.
To make matters worse, when the moment finally arrived to actually DO something to improve self-esteem, you're given a very short (15 minute) exercise instruction. It was like digging three feet into the ground to recover a peanut. NOT recommended!
The description of this book sounds like a BROAD discussion on the subject of creating a lucrative online business. In reality, it focuses on creating an "Information" product like an e-book. Since there is so much information available for free on the web these days, the chances of making any real money for most people with info-products is extremely slim. Look through Ebay or Amazon at all the e-books that sell for less than 10 cents. If you want to learn how to create an info-product and sell it online, this will be an interesting read but if you want to learn how to make money doing anything else online, you will likely be disappointed.
I bought this book in paperback first and was very impressed with the content. There are several KEY thought-changing perspectives that can help you unlock your mind and figure out how you want to structure your work-life. Great information.
I could never find the time to finish reading it so I bought the audio version. I was able to find the time to listen to it on my commute to work so that part of the audio was good. However, there are two things that made listening to the book difficult for me. One was that Tim provides a LOT of web links and references that people can use as life-tools which the narrator read VERBATIM. That made those sections of the book incredible monotonous. The other small irritation that got worse as the book went along was that the narrator sounded somewhat sarcastic. That's ok for a little while but by the end of the 8 hours or so of listening, I was glad I was finished with it.
I'll refer back to my hard copy of the book but I won't listen to the audio version again.
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