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All Common Sense, nothing you don't already know
on December 5, 2002
In the first chapter, the author makes a point on how vague early get-rich books are so he assures I am holding the manual that will teach me how to be a "billionaire". He also stresses how autobiographies/biographies are merely stories and lack the emphasis of key principles that are essential to becoming a "billionaire". After reading this book, I realized the author is a complete hypocrite. What's more, he works at a paper-pushing job at an investment bank...hardly a credible author for this type of subject! Not only is this book vague, but it is just a compilation of short biographies. The chapters are organized into the key principles that the author believes are necessary for becoming a "billionaire". But this is misleading. Each chapter just goes about telling stories of one or two billionaires without any in-depth discussion on the principle. This is horribly, unfocused writing. The style of writing makes it hard to digest also. Most of the principles are pretty commonsense, too. For example, one principle is "Dominate Your Market". Duh! Now, if you tell me how to do that, I will gladly do it! Another one is "Invest in Political Influence". Most of us would not have the money to do that and if we did, we probably do it without anyone telling us to. In the end, the author tells us to think rich, inspire yourself, take action, enjoy life, and don't give up. This is acceptable if I wanted to read one of those inspirational self-help books, but I wanted to know how to be a billionaire.