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Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire | [Thomas J. Stanley]

Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire

Best-selling author of The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind and leading authority on the wealthy, Dr. Thomas Stanley uncovers the truth that few people become rich by way of a high income, and even fewer high-income people are truly rich. The good news is that almost anyone can become wealthy - even without a super high income. Just stop acting...and instead start living like a rich person.
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Publisher's Summary

With the current financial crisis, high unemployment, and tight credit, you may be saying to yourself: "Who is acting rich these days? We're barely making ends meet." The reality is that the recession may have caused us to take a breather, but every indication is that we will pick up right where we left off when gentler economic winds blow again. Before you spend another dime, listen to this audiobook and understand how to become rich instead of acting rich.

It all starts with where you live. Live in a prestige neighborhood and you will spend more on everything from your car to your watch. Real millionaires understand that living in communities where their neighbors have less net worth than they do naturally leads to spending less. It's easier to be rich when keeping up with the Joneses hardly costs anything. Life satisfaction comes not from cruising down the highway in a chunk of your net worth, but from having the financial resources to choose - to spend time with family and friends, to volunteer, to pursue interests.

Best-selling author of The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind and leading authority on the wealthy, Dr. Thomas Stanley uncovers the truth that few people become rich by way of a high income, and even fewer high-income people are truly rich. The good news is that almost anyone can become wealthy - even without a super high income. Just stop acting...and instead start living like a rich person.

©2009 Thomas J. Stanley; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Robin Olson Mayberry Ellensburg WA USA 02-20-10
    Robin Olson Mayberry Ellensburg WA USA 02-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Millionaire Next Door's Outtakes"

    I really enjoyed The Millionaire Next Door...but I was looking for some ideas on how to apply those principles in my (not always so frugal) life and habits. I thought this book was geared toward that end but instead, it consisted of entire chapters outlining what brands of shoe and types of vodka the rich and pseudo-rich purchase. Who cares? If you get that many millionaires don't drive, dress or drink like our culture thinks they do, then you don't need this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Concord, , CA, USA 10-12-09
    Jon Concord, , CA, USA 10-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"

    I really enjoyed Dr. Stanley's first book, "The Millionaire Next Door," but I found this one disappointing. He hits the same topics as the other books, "don't live in a rich neighborhood," "millionaires don't drive expensive cars," "don't buy expensive vodka," "continue to live frugally even once they have money," etc. He goes over these topics over and over again, with each chapter just telling the same point in a little different way. It became so repetetive I stopped listening. I think the authors insights are excellent, but I think the material is simply not broad enough for three different books.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Denis Dundas, Ontario, Canada 05-15-10
    Denis Dundas, Ontario, Canada 05-15-10
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    "not as good as his millionaire next door"

    If you have read/listened to "millionaire next door", you won't find new ideas in this book. Both these books have the same message... But this one is more emotional and less informative.

    If you have not read "millionaire next door", you should definitely prefer it over "Stop Acting Rich".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edward J. Newark, DE, Virgin Islands, U.S. 11-25-09
    Edward J. Newark, DE, Virgin Islands, U.S. 11-25-09
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    "New to Dr. Stanley"

    This is a good read if this is your first Dr. Stanley book...but it doesn't come close to other books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Broken Arrow, OK, USA 04-08-14
    Tricia Broken Arrow, OK, USA 04-08-14
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    "Listened to 70% and gave up"
    Any additional comments?

    How many words does it take to say that the true rich don't buy expensive Vodka or expensive watches? I wanted to like this book but too many words to keep harping on the same concept. I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliomom New Mexico USA 09-13-13
    Bibliomom New Mexico USA 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good information - BORING audiobook"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy statistics you will love this book.


    What could Thomas J. Stanley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fewer statistics. Stop reiterating the same point over and over. We get it, people who act rich buy Grey Goose, Italian sports cars and act rich... the rich really don't do this... Got it. Enough with the stats tell me a story, get my attention. Tell me how to NOT act rich, tell me what the rich really do but enough already!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes... slow and boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    zzzzz..... oh sorry I fell asleep. What was the question?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Ambrose Mesa, AZ, United States 07-04-13
    Teri Ambrose Mesa, AZ, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waaaay to repetitive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There's about 20%, if that, of solid content here. The rest is the same topics hashed over and over. Seriously, how many ways can you say that the wealthy wannabe's overspend on their preferred liquor brand? Apparently plenty if you find different ways to say it and various stories to weave it into. Same for cars, watches and houses. The book's premise culled down to one statement? Don't spend above your means. The end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas J. Stanley again?

    I liked his first book, The Millionaire Next Door. If you've read that book, you're good. There is absolutely nothing new in this one.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

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    What character would you cut from Stop Acting Rich?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Taylor Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 05-26-13
    Ryan Taylor Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A yawn"
    What would have made Stop Acting Rich better?

    A summary of what it takes to become rich. There were lots of repetitive stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas J. Stanley again?

    Probably not. I heard his book "The Millionaire Next Door" was good but this was such a disappointment I probably won't try his other books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Stella’s performances?

    Certainly. He was great to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sleepyness.


    Any additional comments?

    Try his other book if you want the content. Definitely don't try this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Buu CASTLE HILL, Australia 08-21-12
    Buu CASTLE HILL, Australia 08-21-12
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    "A big yawn"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone who would love to get rich but desires to appear poor. Maybe for someone who pretends he has no money!


    What didn’t you like about Fred Stella’s performance?

    Overperformed.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The message is get rich but look poor.


    Any additional comments?

    Not very inspirational to say to the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sum this up real quick"

    I decided to listen to this book while driving cross country and my kid could sum it up in 5 minutes. There are those that want to be rich and because of marketers they have a perception of what it is to be rich. People need to stop having these perceptions fed to them on TV and marketers all over country with magazines, movies to bill boards and everything in between. We've become a country that can't tell where the marketing (hype) stops and reality begins. Mr. Stanley should write a book on how people can tell the difference and then maybe we'll stop acting rich. As long as we keep teaching out kids that Princes and Princesses have all the good luck then we won't change as a nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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