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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)
This book is not for everyone. Some will find all of the research facts and figures boring. I was captivated and taking mental notes. Though this research was likely all completed in my early years, the truths portrayed are the same today as they will be tomorrow. Big hats are not indicative of loads of cattle.
I couldn't stop listening to it it definitely change my mind about how to become a millionaire I had it wrong all this time thanks to the author for a briefly millionaire lesson
I like the information contained as well as the delivery. There was a lot of "fluff" where duplicate information was shared time and time again. Similar to in the book "the science of getting rich." If that does not bother you then you may not even notice, but the point here is very heavily driven. All in all I am very satisfied with this purchase and will be reading it again I am sure in the future. A+
the book was good. the message is fantastic. while the authors seem to provide conflicting messages about how to handle wealth at the end of life, the overarching message of frugality and discipline is crystal clear throughout. the book doesn't give any recipe for becoming a millionaire, but it does give a framework for how you can head that direction.
How to read this book: find an abridged version, and then only read the first chapter, a chapter in the middle, and the last chapter. To say that this book repeats itself is an understatement. That's not to say that what it's saying is any less valid. I definitely think everyone should read this book, it's just really annoying to read all the way through.
I plan to listen to this book once every few months so that I can hear the information and apply the information to my life. This book outlines and details the insights of what millionaires do. The focus is not in how they became rich, but the lifestyles that make them rich. If you want to be wise and become the millionaire next door, then this should be your first book.
The Millionaire Mind, which is the next book in the series. I also highly recommend that one. Think and Grow Rich, it has a lot of the same concepts except this book is more of how the Millionaires live rather than learning Technics like Think and Grow Rich teaches. Personally, I think you should listen to all three.
Cotter Smith is an amazing reader, I would enjoy hearing him read more books. In this book it is really the Narrator who is talking with a few examples from individual people. Either way, I enjoy Cotter Smith's reading and speaking style.
How the Millionaire Think and Lives
I highly recommend this book and after you are done with this one read/listen to the Millionaire Mind, then Think and Grow Rich.
listened to this book twice in one week ! I'm definitely going to listen to it a couple more times so I can take notes and implement these ideas and strategies .
"Makes money sense"
Sobering read in todays instant gratification world. The chapters in this book will shift most peoples paradigms on wealth and its accumulation. The book provides a sages worth of attitude changing insights into why individuals need to be more conscious of money management. It indirectly also provides hope that with the right money and investment attitude, regardless of the level of current income, one can make steady progress towards a significantly improved financial position over the long run.
Fantastic this book has changed my life. This book is also recomended to me by Brian Tracy
"A fascinating analysis of a rather niche topic"
The two authors have done vast amounts of thoughtful research into the spending patterns of affluent Americans, and the book often sounds like a market research report. This does not mean that it is not a fascinating piece of work, though I imagine it will not appeal to everyone. Thomas Stanley and William Danko set out a clear definition and analysis of what wealthy means, in their eyes. Their ‘wealth equation’ - age*gross annual income /10 - allows the authors to calculate an 'expected net worth' for individuals and thus determine whether a person is an accumulator (net worth > than estimate) or a spender (net worth < than estimate). They then compare the extremes, 'Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth' (PAWs) with ‘Under Accumulators of Wealth' (UAWs). This is in itself and insight. The key to being ‘rich’ (under their definition) is to live substantially below your means. In their world, PAWs are rich (even if they only have a net worth of $400k) and UAWs are poor even if they live the high life, subsidised by their parents or credit. This is actually more philosophical than financial – frugal PAWs feel financially secure and have the confidence that comes from being 'self-made', spendthrift UAWs worry about money and their old age. It’s very Mr Micawber: spend 19 pounds, 19 shillings and six pence, result happiness (though Micawber’s formula implies a surplus of 1/40 or 2.5%, S&D suggest you should aim for 10% or more). Stanley and Danko have also observed and then thought deeply about how the financial attitudes and behaviors of parents impact on their children. Many PAWs get it right by instilling the correct values of frugality and independence in their children. They help them with education and perhaps a house purchase or business investment, but they do not push cash gifts on their adult children. Unwise PAW parents use their wealth to cosset and/or control their children, while UAWs instill their spendthrift ways in their own offspring. Americans seem to think and talk more freely about money than we do in the UK, and the book is very US orientated, but I found it really useful to help me position myself in this domain. Obviously, the ideal is some Aristotelian virtuous median, to be neither a tight-wad, nor a spendthrift. This book will have a permanent impact on the way I handle the transfer of wealth to my own kids; I am going to spend more on myself (and my hardworking frugal husband) convinced that their independence is more valuable to our children than free cash.
"Spend 8 hours now to save 8 years work( or more ! )"
A must listen book about personal finance . Much of today's personal finance writing has been inspired by the findings from the studies discussed in this publication . Everyone will learn something about personal finances and importantly themselves in the stories told in The Millionare Next Door .
"You'll simply learn from this"
Why don't they teach you in school this, compound interest. It's simple, save invest live less wildly and don't borrow. If you don't learn from the examples in this book then you don't want to learn.
"Well worth a listen!"
Some good ideas about making the difference between living the high life or choosing to live modestly in order to build wealth.
"eye opener "
showed me different outlook on wealth really good book very educational i would highly recommend
I have listened to many wealth books and found this one quite different and very, very interesting. For example there was a section about how children of the wealthy can be inspired to be independent rather than just spend their parents' money. There was also insightful information about inheritance. Although the book is American and a little old now, I believe these principles still hold.
I did not expected to enjoy this book, but I did. I could not believe when the audiobook came to an end, I was so engaged.
I would very much recommend this book. I would say a must for parents who have adult children they are supporting, or those considering how to pass on their wealth to their offspring in the future.
"Nice read, no regrets."
It is a book that makes sense though some things were overemphasised but was necessary. The points were clear and reasonable.
"It all adds up."
Short but alot packed into it. worth listening to a few times.
very clear message it blows alot of the myth out of the sky.
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