- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Harmony Books; 1 edition (October 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609609491
- ISBN-13: 978-0609609491
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.2 x 7.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 258 customer reviews
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The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth Hardcover – October 22, 2002
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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.
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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Suffice it to say, you must read this book! It doesn't matter if you've already heard all the tools that this book has to offer. Reading the book is TRANSFORMATIONAL!!!
Dr. Angela Isom
Author of Quitters Never Win & Winners Never Quit
These two have teamed up for quite an unusual book. The One Minute Millionaire is actually two books in one. The left side pages give you the standard "HOW TO" book spiel and the right side pages offer up a heart-warming, but instructional story of a mother named Michelle.
The "Michelle" story takes you through the sudden death of her husband and how her in-laws seek and get custody of her children. Over the course of a few weeks Michelle loses her home and is forced to move away to support herself. She all but gives up on the chance of getting her kids back until she meets her millionaire mentor. After a brief tutoring session with Sam, Michelle decides to make a bet with her father-in-law. The bet: she needs to earn a million bucks in 90 days or lose her children forever.
Yep, you read that right a cool million in 90 days or she loses visitation rights. Talk about getting leverage on yourself! The rest of the story is fast-paced and you can't help but get caught up in the ups and downs of Michelle's progress toward the million bucks. The story was a bit unbelievable (a million bucks in 90 days!), but maybe not if you think about all those Internet ads promising instant riches <grin>. In all seriousness, the motivational story, complete with rapid-fire techniques for building a business and getting into real estate is worth the money you'll pay for the book.
But...we're not talking about just one book. This is two books in one! If you're very familiar with Robert Allen's books, most of the material in the "How To" portion of the book (the left-side pages) will not be new, but it reinforces his methods and techniques of building a business, buying real estate and using the power of the Internet to get rich. While Michelle is able to achieve millionaire status in 90 days, don't expect to do the same. The How To portion of the book is good, but doesn't contain too many specifics. I believe the intention of the authors was to focus on exposing the mindset of millionaires, not to discuss the specific steps. That aside, you can definitely put the techniques in this book into practice in real life. I myself started the very day I finished reading the book!
Bottom Line: A quick read that is both motivational and filled with enough ideas to get your head spinning toward riches, but the book isn't just about getting rich monetarily. It teaches you the importance of helping others and giving back to charities and your community. An important lesson indeed.
This book makes my Top 15 book list.
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It was after reading the book that was a letdown. What I didn't care for was the hard sell at the website, and the aftermarket hype about the expensive "advanced courses." They were elusive about the prices and terms of the aftermarket sales. Too much snake oil for me.
Overall though, a very good read and good basic formula for creating wealth. Create multiple income streams, then write a book about it, and sell expensive seminars.