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The Millionaire Mind is a Bit Empty
on February 13, 2000
Stanley's first book The Millionaire Next Door gave a revealing well researched view of who millionaires are and how they achieved their wealth. The information presented was objectively verifiable, and quite practical. The book was a revelation in that many millionaires in his study never earned beyond $70,000 a year, yet have accumulated net worths averaging several million dollars or more.
In my view, The Millionaire Mind is flawed on two accounts. First, the "Average Millionaire" in this study had an income of about $750,000 per year and a net worth in the $9,000,000 range. To me expanding the study to this very high net worth range is a mixable of two very different populations. It's just not that interesting to know how corporate CEOs and the like manage to accumulate millionaire status on their meager $750,000 salaries.
Secondly, unlike in The Millionaire Next Door, the attributes measured in this book are not objective or verifiable in nature. Millionaire's self-describe the attributes leading to their success as being such things as: honesty, integrety, courage, etc. This would be great if these attributes were not self-assigned. As such, I'm not inclined to put much faith in this information.
Finally, one intersting finding is that millionaires often were not good students, and lacked high IQs. Some may have had feelings of inferiority. This is good objective information. However, it was presented with great redundancy througout the book.
As one of the "Millionaires Next Door" I find it hard to relate to this book or to draw that much from it. Stanley's first book was brilliantly representative of the lives of the typical millionaire, and presented a practicle road map for others.