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Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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What is clearly stated, but somewhat hidden is that this is not a book about women "millionaires" in general. It is based on responses to a questionaire by a group of women business owners with incomes over $100,000 and a net worth between $1 million and $25 million. Not included at all are women professionals, women who have amassed over $1 million by working in corporations, or women who might have made their money as partners in majority male owned businesses. It is not surprising that the women millionaires in this study have not departed much in their consumption or living habits from their middle class roots. It's impossible to say whether his conclusions are even mildly relevant to women who might have made just as much or more money in other ways, and who may account for a larger number of women millionaires.
There were a few observations in the book that I did find to be interesting enough that I didn't feel like I wasted my time. One observation was about how many of the millionaire women had married a type he called "Marginal Bob". (I call them losers). I have observed this phenomenon scores of times in high achieving women, and it's the first time I've seen it documented. Another was the chapter about women who came from dysfunctional families but who were still quite successful.
To me the book felt like fairly pedestrian (and not very well written) how-to advice cloaked in the pretense of scientific investigation.Read more ›
The book mainly talks about business owners becoming wealthy, but it also talks about alternatives to business ownership. Stanley profiles a star saleswoman, educators (a wealthier group than you realize), and stay-at-home women who act as managers of their "family office". He also discusses parenting your children so they can develop a millionaire mindset. Many situations are presented in this book, so you can probably find something that will apply to you.
As for helpful advice, the author points out cautions women need to consider. Women need to watch out for the "Marginal Bob" worthless first husbands. Women also often provide continued financial support to their grown children and grandchildren. This "economic outpatient care" hurts both parents and children.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and thoroughly researched. I will buy more copies for graduation gifts.
Recently, before reading the book, I made the assumption that for women, money correlates with charity. Look at Susan Sarandan w/ the Heffer program and Oprah w/ her various charity beliefs...Awesome women who know how to give back to the world.
I feel it in my bones that this book is one of the variables in my life to lead me to success. It has opened my eyes and confirmed my assumptions to obtain success. And has also provided me w/ many other aspects and details I found interesting.
This is a definite book to have in your collection if you are serious about obtaining success. Not just monetary success but happiness w/in yourself and the community/world you live in.
First the bad. The book appears to rely heavily upon convenience sampling and voluntary response. The author seems to have shared mostly only those stories sent to him, or more plainly, that just fell into his lap. Second, like his two other millionaire books, the author uses the book as a platform to share with us the things he values, and appears only to look for that information or evidence which supports his values, never once addressing information that contradicts his position. Third, in keeping with the standard paradigm of women = victim and male = (opportunistic) victimizer, (which always plays well to the target demographic of the book), the author's attempt to make out this group of women as selfless, do-gooding heroines was a bit overdone. The millionaire women are seen as generous and charitable as a group, and the millionaire men are portrayed as heartless misers who penny-pinch at every turn. I felt especially incensed when Stanley went out of his way to make excuses for some millionaire womens' poor choices in mates- the so-called 'Marginal Bobs' (the book titled, Smart Women, Stupid Choices, comes readily to mind for some peculiar reason).Read more ›
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This was an informative, fun, and easy read. The excerpted letters were very interesting and funny. Highly recommend this book.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
His books are always an insightful read. Sometimes a the statistics can get a little dry but he does a good job bringing in real stories to illustrate his points.Published 1 month ago by Jessica R.
Great examples of the different choices women make about money - that you can be generous with your family and it doesn't have to be all about work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm inspired by the stats and real life stories of self-made millionaire women.Published 3 months ago by N. Steinke
This Book Is Really About Proverbs 31 Women! Written by one of my favorite authors, the late Tom Stanley! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe
Great perspective on how women with and without careers can develop wealth. Love the stores of women who are victors not victimsPublished 7 months ago by Kaitlyn Anderson
It is an awesome book. My suggestion is to know what an AAW is an Average accumulator of wealth a UAW is an Under accumulator of wealth and a PAW is a Prodigious accumulator of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hard Rock Girl