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"The implication of The Millionaire Next Door is that nearly anybody with a steady job can amass a tidy fortune." (Forbes)
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.
A phenomenal book worth listening to. If you want a financial paradigm shift, The Millionaire Next Door can definitely help get you there. It's eye opening!
The key point in this book is by saving money and invest wisely, even with moderate income, people can get rich. I think the writer purposely crafted his message toward the "Majority" market not only because they are the most frustrated group, but also because they are the largest group. The subtle voice of "Although you are ordinary, you can do it too!", like cheesy infomercials at 2 AM, is very irritating. If you want to be a millionaire by: Never buy a set of suit for more than 500 dollars, or Never purchase a Luxury German automobile, or Never live in a house more than 200K dollars... read the book. For me, I want to maximize my income so I can SPEND it. Why be the lady who died in a low income neighborhood with 3 million dollars net worth that no one knows about. The sad thing is, she spent her whole life saving money and clipping coupons. What is the point?
Drives home the point of not spending out of your income level and investing. This will eventually make you a millionaire. There is your summary right there.
Millionaires don't drive nice cars, millionaires don't by $2000 suits, etc. Has some good facts to back things up, but then never really progresses.
Book is really well 'll put together. Info, reasoning and explanation was brought clearly and easily understood. Very fun to read.? No info on how to make millions.
I learned a lot about the principles of accumulation of wealth
Very helpful and insightful book
Even though I disagree with many of its principles, I highly recommend this book. It's really going to challenge the outlook most people have on money.
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