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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740718584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740718588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you do after you've written the No. 1 bestseller The Millionaire Next Door? Survey 1,371 more millionaires and write The Millionaire Mind. Dr. Stanley's extremely timely tome is a mixture of entertaining elements. It resembles Regis Philbin's hit show (and CD-ROM game) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, only you have to pose real-life questions, instead of quizzing about trivia. Are you a gambling, divorce-prone, conspicuously consuming "Income-Statement Affluent" Jacuzzi fool soon to be parted from his or her money, or a frugal, loyal, resole your shoes and buy your own groceries type like one of Stanley's "Balance-Sheet Affluent" millionaires? "Cheap dates," millionaires are 4.9 times likelier to play with their grandkids than shop at Brooks Brothers. "If you asked the average American what it takes to be a millionaire," he writes, "they'd probably cite a number of predictable factors: inheritance, luck, stock market investments.... Topping his list would be a high IQ, high SAT scores and gradepoint average, along with attendance at a top college." No way, says Stanley, backing it up with data he compiled with help from the University of Georgia and Harvard geodemographer Jon Robbin. Robbin may wish he'd majored in socializing at L.S.U., instead, because the numbers show the average millionaire had a lowly 2.92 GPA, SAT scores between 1100 and 1190, and teachers who told them they were mediocre students but personable people. "Discipline 101 and Tenacity 102" made them rich. Stanley got straight C's in English and writing, but he had money-minded drive. He urges you to pattern your life according to Yale professor Robert Sternberg's Successful Intelligence, because Stanley's statistics bear out Sternberg's theories on what makes minds succeed--and it ain't IQ.

Besides offering insights into millionaires' pinchpenny ways, pleasing quips ("big brain, no bucks"), and 46 statistical charts with catchy titles, Stanley's book booms with human-potential pep talk and bristles with anecdotes--for example, about a bus driver who made $3 million, a doctor (reporting that his training gave him zero people skills) who lost $1.5 million, and a loser scholar in the bottom 10 percent on six GRE tests who grew up to be Martin Luther King Jr. Read it and you'll feel like a million bucks. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In The Millionaire Next Door, read by Cotter Smith, Stanley (Marketing to the Affluent) and Danko (marketing, SUNY at Albany) summarize findings from their research into the key characteristics that explain how the elite club of millionaires have become "wealthy." Focusing on those with a net worth of at least $1 million, their surprising results reveal fundamental qualities of this group that are diametrically opposed to today's earn-and-consume culture, including living below their means, allocating funds efficiently in ways that build wealth, ignoring conspicuous consumption, being proficient in targeting marketing opportunities, and choosing the "right" occupation. It's evident that anyone can accumulate wealth, if they are disciplined enough, determined to persevere, and have the merest of luck. In The Millionaire Mind, an excellent follow-up to the highly successful first analysis of how ordinary folks can accumulate wealth, Stanley interviews many more participants in a much more comprehensive study of the characteristics of those in this economic situation. The author structures these deeper details into categories that include the key success factors that define this group, the relationship of education to their success, their approach to balancing risk, how they located themselves in their work, their choice of spouse, how they live their daily lives, and the significant differences in the truth about this group vs. the misplaced image of high spenders. Narrator Smith's solid, dead-on reading never fails to heighten the importance of these principles that most twentysomethings should be forced to listen to in toto. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dr. Thomas J. Stanley is the author of six award winning books concentrating on America's wealthy population. His seventh book, Stop Acting Rich, was published in September 2009 by John Wiley and Sons. He began studying the affluent in 1973. Dr. Stanley wrote The Millionaire Next Door, in 1996. Over 2,000,000 copies of this New York Times bestseller have been sold. In 2000, he published The Millionaire Mind, which explored America's financial elite and how they became so. The Millionaire Mind debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. Dr. Stanley's first book, Marketing to the Affluent, was selected as a top ten outstanding business book in America by the editors of Best of Business Quarterly. The author lives in Atlanta, holds a doctorate of business administration from the University of Georgia in Athens and was formerly a professor of marketing at Georgia State University. Visit Dr. Stanley at www.thomasjstanley.com for more information.

Customer Reviews

Buy the previous book and learn how to make money by working.
William L. Harwood
If you haven't read Stanley's "The Millionaire Next Door," you need to read it before reading this book.
David R. Bess
This book is very easy to read, and covers allot of very good information.
Gina Hinds

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205 of 213 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
While "The Millionaire Next Door" showed us what the Millionaires do RE: Frugality. "The Millionaire Mind" let's us peek into the mindset that makes a Millionaire.
I can't say that I enjoy this book more or less than "The Millionaire Next Door" and don't understand some reviewers who try to make comparisons. It's more like apples and oranges. The books are different and intended to be as companions, not in place of the other.
I would recommend reading "The Millionaire Next Door" first though or at least in addition to "The Millionaire Mind."
Dr. Stanley, excellent book and I am looking forward to your next foray.
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213 of 222 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This great followup to the run-away best seller "The Millionaire Next Door" tells us how millionaires became millionaires. In "The Millionaire Mind", Dr. Thomas Stanley tells us how America's wealthy got there and perhaps even more importantly, how you can become one of them.
In "The Millionaire Mind" you will discover answers to questions like:
*** What success factor made them wealthy in 1 generation?
*** What part did luck and school grades play?
*** How do they find the courage to take financial risks?
*** How did they find they ideal vocations?
*** What are their spouses like and how did they choose them?
*** How do they run their households?
*** How do they buy and sell their homes?
*** What are their favorite leisure activities?
"The Millionaire Mind" is a awesome book. To become a millionaire you have to think like one. This book tells you how.
I also recommend "SuperSelf" by Charles Givens and "The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Covey to further enrich your life with positive proven strategies.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Penny Fowler on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Millionaire Mind is a great program to jump start your financial life. This is an excellent tape set by Stanley. Listen and learn.
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189 of 199 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I felth that Millionaire Mind went into more depth of what it really takes to become a millionaire. Topics lke success factors, vocations, how they buy and sell houses, leisure activities and even how they chose their spouses.Good bok and definitely a must read for anyone who wants to be a millionaire or at least financially independent.
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166 of 175 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book much more in depth than Stanley's previous book. The profile he builds of the every day millionaire (not Fortune 500 types, but the guy in line behind you at the movie theatre or the car wash) is really interesting, and encouraging. It let me know I was on the right track with many lifestyle decisions. The chapters on school grades, spouse choice, choice of vocation, where millionaires live, etc., paint a clear picture of a happy, practical and comfortable, but not lavish, lifestyle that can bring the reality of being a millionaire within the grasp of people of many different walks of life. Some of the statistical information is really surprising. These aren't the people you see on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, they are your neighbors and friends who have shaped their lives with a goal of financial security, and suceeded. This book tells you how these millionaires got there, and as a result readers can pick up tips to apply to their own life. I'll recommend this to friends.
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209 of 224 people found the following review helpful By M. Skousen on February 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ever since Thorstein Veblen wrote "The Theory of the Leisure Class," the critics of capitalism (including politicians and Hollywood producers)have delighted in bashing the rich for their "conspicuous consumption," prospensity to divorce and find trophy wives, engage in white-collar crime, and avoid paying their "fair share" in taxes.
Now along comes the exhaustive work of Professor Tom Stanley, concluding that the millionaire wealthy class is in reality the model citizen! 92% are married and have been with their first wife for an average 28 years; they live well below their means; 40% have paid off their mortgage; few inherited wealth; over 90% are college graduates; most are not in the top of their class, but average "B" or "C" students; they avoid the lottery and gambling, and enjoy spending most of their time with their family or playing a game of golf with friends; 37% are deeply religious people who attend church regularly; integrity in business is their # priority, and they pay most of the income taxes in this country!
It's great to finally read a book defending the wealthy and the truly successful in this country.
My only gripe: The book has no index!
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169 of 180 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found Dr. Stanley's The Millionaire Mind an absolutely senational book. I thought it was a great follow up to The Millionaire Next Door. It's a must read!
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Fred Stephenson on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Thomas J. Stanley's The Millionaire Mind (Andrews McMeel Publishing) is a must read for anyone interested in achieving financial independence and/or who is fascinated with how the wealthy achieve success. This book should be required reading for college students. It is filled with practical advice not just about how to protect one's future financially but also about setting priorities, and I don't mean just getting rich. The Millionaire Mind covers everything from choosing spouses to raising children to buying homes. It is loaded with common sense and practical advice.
Achieving great wealth was never my highest priority in life, but I am convinced that if I had read The Millionaire Mind when I was younger, I could have joined the millionaire club. More importantly, like most of the millionaires Stanley surveyed, I could have done so without sacrificing any values, principles, my character, or time with my family. The Millionaire Mind is as much a statement of a philosophy of life as it is a guide to great wealth. Its tone is very positive and reinforcing.
The Millionaire Mind dispels several popular myths about wealthy people--that they made their money the old fashioned way by inheriting a bundle, that they graduated from the finest colleges and universities, and that they blew the lid off of SATs and grade point averages. Most of the 733 millionaires Dr. Stanley studied did not fit any of these characteristics. When asked what factors were most important to their success, the top five rated items (out of 30) were #1 being honest with all people, #1(tie) being well disciplined, #3 getting along with people, #4 having a supportive spouse, and #5 working harder than most people. "Graduating near/at the top of my class" was ranked 30th.
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