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ISBN-13: 978-0307451569 ISBN-10: 0307451569 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This mega-selling twosome (Hansen's name is on every book in the Chicken Soup series and Allen wrote the bestselling real estate guide No Money Down) offers a long-winded pep talk on how just about anybody can make big money. According to the authors, "At this very instant you are standing in the middle of millions." They maintain that anyone can achieve "enlightened" wealth, a utopia where everyone has money and tithes, creating a better world for all. Hansen and Allen's approach is a mix of self-help and money talk, though a bit heavier on the former. The left-hand pages are a simplified explanation of how to amass millions, with options such as write a book, buy and sell real estate and start a company. The right-hand pages illustrate the same themes, via fictionalized dramas, e.g., newly widowed Michelle's struggle to come up with $1 million in cash to get her two children back from her in-laws. Hansen and Allen's feel-good suggestions run along the lines of "find a mentor," "use a fulcrum" and "be part of a team." Full of endless acronyms (e.g., "System: Save Your Self Time Energy Money"), catchy phrases (e.g., "A Dream + A Team + A Theme = Millionaire Streams") and animal imagery (butterflies, honeybees, owls and hares scamper among the pages), this offering echoes much of the self-help cacophony already out there. But its message is muddled: sometimes the millions are yours for the asking, and sometimes it's the system that keeps you down.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Hansen is the co-creator of the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series; Allen is a mega-best-selling personal finance author of titles such as Nothing Down (1990). They have combined forces to produce this step-by-step guide for becoming a millionaire in a short period of time. In an unusual format, the right-hand pages depict the fictional story of Michelle, a lowly waitress and mother of two who breaks out to pursue her dream of creating her own business and owning income-producing real estate. The left-hand pages are organized into what the authors call Millionaire Minutes--short lessons for becoming an "enlightened millionaire." Although they offer some suggestions on how to go about this, the lessons consist mostly of trite inspirational phrases and affirmations such as "you are your wealth," "clarity is power," and "I think like a millionaire." There are short sections on the power of leverage, networking, and systems thinking, and some specifics are discussed, such as 11 nothing-down techniques, but on the whole, it's a very brief overview with many suggestions and very little practical advice on how to carry them out. It's all just too easy, and the story of Michelle does little to improve the situation as it is quite tedious and unremarkable. Nevertheless, insipid inspiration sells. Between them, the authors have sold more than 80 million books, and this one will only boost that total. David Siegfried
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This book has almost no substance and is completely based in fantasy.
Steve Reschke
For that, this book does a very good job and I found it worth reading and enjoyable.
Alain B. Burrese
I think this book is amazing in the way it changes your frame of mind.

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262 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Let me summarize their get super-easy get rich "ideas"

1. Just invent something that everyone will buy!

2. Just write a best selling book!

3. Just spam a hundred thousand people selling a product, like an e-book that cost you nothing to make, but your time, and sell it for $1,000, and you'll get your million! They repeatedly use 1% spam response rates, though it's more like .0037% spam rates, I already know their solution, SPAM MORE! If you haven't got any spam from "Richard G Allen &/Or the one minute millionaire, you will!!!

4. Just look through the newspaper and find foreclosures on some unsuspecting little old lady, and be nice to her and help her get kicked out of her house, and you swoop in and take it, and all it's equity, paint it and sell it for twice as much!

5. Invent a toy that every kid wants, like tickle-me-elmo!

6. Look for run-down houses that are worth millions and millions of dollars and haven't sold for a long long time, and ask obscenely low prices, and they'll take it, because agents have to, and since the owners are rich and don't care about money....

These are just some of the ideas that I remember from this awful book. The spam one makes me furious, they are ENCORAGING SPAMMING!!! The other ideas are so stupid, write a best seller, invent something that every American home needs, well FREAKIN DUH! It VERY soon become apparent that the authors are just looking to make THEMSELVES RICH, with a catchy title, and some VERY OLD, VERY TIRED, VERY WORN OUT - OVERDONE Ideas. Like that foreclosure thing. That's older than I am. sheesh.
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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Puzzled on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read The One Minute Millionaire twice. First time, I was amused and intrigued. I was on a "personal finance" reading kick at the time. Other books I read included many of the Rich Dad series, Suze Orman, The Dolans, etc. Popular financial writers writing for a general audience.
This book sat on my self for two months after I read it. One evening I noticed Mark Victor Hansen's name on about 43 different "chicken soup" books at an airport bookstore. His name rang a bell in my mind. I had not connected him with the this book before. Didn't know it was the same guy. I had to laugh at the extent to which the "chicken soup" brand has been leveraged. Chicken Soup for the Manicurist's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Proctologist's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Chicken's Coup, etc. Now here is a man that understands leverage. Here is a man that can make a buck walk.
I re-read the book.
It is hard to put a finger on what I felt the second time I read it.. I've read all the reviews on amazon. I haven't seen anyone else put a finger on it either. I challenge anyone who's claimed this book is life changing to read it again. It is not a go-back. Did your life seem different a day or two later?
I also challenge all who dismissed it outright as a rehash to re-read it as well. It has a peculiar dissonance I haven't experienced in any other finanical pulp.
Let me offer some observations on the uncomfortable underbelly of this book.
The mantra seems to be that "enlightened" millionaires are those who do not take advantage of others, but always go for the "win win" negotiation. Yet, one section recommends choosing addictive behaviors as the best to exploit in the information selling business.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Multiple Streams of Income is the best results oriented financial book since Charles Givens More Wealth Without Risk with the advantage that MSOI has even more income producing strategies than Givens.
You find find everything you need to know to create cash streams. You will learn how to invest profitably, use Cooper Covered Calls, trade options successfully, invest in real estate, tax liens and discounted mortgages as well as start your own super successful networkmarketing business on a shoestring and create wealth on the internet.
Regarding the 1 star reviews and other reviews "warning" about this book and the techniques, take it for what it's worth. As far as I am concerned, their advice is worth about a nickel, if that. This guy (it really is only one person with a agenda) has way too much free time and perhaps makes too much money spamming and selling names.
Robert Allen on the other hand will teach you how to use the internet profitably and with integrity.
Great book Robert.
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132 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Allen Jones on March 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely NOT for the experienced or sophisticated business person. People with MBA's and years of experience will find this material by Allen and Hanson as "feel good" stuff that doesn't work.Meanwhile these MBA and experienced business people will be starving, watching their businesses continue to lose cash flow because they are unwilling to change or accept the unusual.Hardly a day goes by when I don't see dozens of businesses closing. I just heard of a family business that had been going strong in our community for over 75 now closing their doors.The 1 Minute Millionaire is a much needed book. Unfortunately, "experienced" business people won't see it. What a shame for them.
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