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The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy Paperback – November 16, 2010
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The implication of The Millionaire Next Door...is that nearly anybody with a steady job can amass a tidy fortune. (Forbes)
The kind of information that could lift the economic prospects of individuals more than any government policy...The Millionaire Next Door has a theme that I think rings very true..."Hey, I can do it. You can do it too!" (Rush Limbaugh)
[A] Remarkable book. (The Washington Post)
A nerve has been hit....[For] people who want to become wealthy. (USA Today)
A primer for amassing wealth through frugality. (The Boston Globe)
An interesting sociological work. (Business Week)
A fascinating examination of the affluent in American society. (The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), (Nc) Dispatch)
These, for the wise, are tips for all of us....A very readable book. (Cox News Service)
Debunks the image of the rich as high-living spendthrifts. (U.S. News and World Report)
I love the book, The Millionaire Next Door. It talks about how it is a myth that most millionaires in America have inherited their money. The fact is, we have created such a great country over 250 years. We have actually found the way for poor people to go from nothing to huge wealth and to create a life-changing opportunity for their children and grandchildren. We celebrate it, write movies about it, and our libraries are full of books about it. There is nothing wrong with that. (Bernie Sanders)
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As the child of a PAW who seriously carried the whole thing too far (after he died I found his "miser file" with articles on how H.L. Hunt brownbagged his lunch, the strange economies of the millionaire inventor of Rubic's Cube", etc.). This made me angry when I was younger and I misspent my youth as an UAW.
But what about my PAW dad? I can say that he really enjoyed life. He loved to drive from store to store to save a nickel. The day he got me a car (his last gift) I had to tell him he shouldn't take the bus to the dealership in downtown Los Angeles to save on the gas of bringing two cars home if he was paying cash for the car.
What did he do with his scrounged wealth? In addition to threatening his children with: "If you____, I'll cut you out of my will". He gave a tremendous amount to charity and worked tirelessly for causes he believed in. He traveled extensively but lived modestly. Most of all, he was never worried about money.
I see all these reviews that castigate people for "wearing sadly out-dated clothes", "driving an old car", etc. Dear friends: If impressing people with your posessions makes you happy - do it and enjoy your UAW standing. But some of we PPAW's (Potential PAW's) prefer the security of knowing we no longer have to worry about daily living because we've re-designed our lives to move from UAW to PPAW.
I thank the authors for recreating my dad's wisdom for me so that now when I want to emulate him I have their book to guide me.
The book's best points are it's revelations about the self-made wealthy American and their tightwad attitudes toward consuming. It was particularly enjoyable to learn about the lack of wealth of those who support the "display and consume" culture many people live in. Perhaps it's best point was in the issue of the more you spend the less you have in net worth.
Very compelling and empowering for those who are either pennywise or those who wish to be. Possibly some of the best financial advice I've read this year.
I also highly reccommend his desktop calendar which reminds readers on a daily basis of the importance of frugality and thrift.
In their research methods, they identify that these millionares they found were primarily business owners, and then define their wealth accumulation based upon that. Seems to me most business owners have a disproportionate amount of wealth in their business itself, and they may not pull in a heck of a lot of income from it to keep driving the business. Yes, it is wealth, but it is also unrealized and inherently risky wealth. This kinda blows the UAW and PAW theory to hell when you consider business equity.
Also, it certainly looks to me like these people who are frugal and 'wealthy' gather up tons of money and then blow it on thier kids. THe kids, as defined by the book, are naturally spoiled by the gifts and basically blow the parents money. So it looks to me like these people scrimped and saved so that their children could blow their fortune in a way detrimental to the children's welfare. Looks to me the moral of the book is: misers certainly look good on paper, but whats the point of looking good on paper?