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Rich Like Them: My Door-to-Door Search for the Secrets of Wealth in America's Richest Neighborhoods Hardcover – January 5, 2009
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Sprinkled through the 5 chapters were 41 point headings that represented words of wisdom the author learned from those he interviewed. My favorites were as follows:
>>Connect the people you meet
>>Once you connect the dots, then follow through
>>Don't deviate from your planned path to get a quick gain
>>Perseverance doesn't take forever
>>Do one thing and do it well
>>Don't plan a career - plan a life
>>Never stop being a student
>>Calculate every risk - even the one you live in
>>Don't worry about what other people think
>>If you hate your career, um, change it
>>Sometimes the biggest risk is doing nothing
>>Never let pride get in the way of profit
>>Be humble even if you're as rich as Brooke Astor
>>Understand your limitations
>>Don't be a slave to Plan A - it'll prevent you from seeing Plan B
Supposedly half of those interviewed had started their own business or businesses to become wealthy. I'm not sure about the other half, but they either had high paying corporate jobs or had inherited their wealth. Of course, the author points out that those who inherit have a full time job just preserving their wealth.
I thought the book could have been a little better written.Read more ›
He does what he says, but gets about an inch deep with the individuals, then he crams the few insights they had into whatever his outline's mantra is for that chapter (he puts words in their mouth to fit his format).
Also, the author is confused about what kind of writer he is. I mean, this book isn't Old Man and the Sea, so it seems out of place when he slips in and out of wild descriptive periods and clever similes that seem like he's been waiting to use them. They feel shoe-horned into descriptions.
But I don't want to just bash him here. Its an interesting read, but seems shallow for all the time he put in. He is also genuine about his interest in the subject.
I personally got the most out of the chapter on obsession. Too many people try to go into a business or career with the thought of making lots of money. But if that's the main driver for someone, it won't last long term. If you're doing something you love, and there *is* money to be made in the field, the money will almost always show up automatically. While I don't consider myself "rich", there is some truth in my life to that secret. D'Agostino also had one interview that rang very true for me. If you look forward to going to work, that's a good sign that you'll do well financially. The ability to work long hours because of your passion and obsession means that you'll end up creating the opportunities that others call "luck".Read more ›
At first sight, by reading the title, you might think that this book talks a lot about money...and I guess it does, in a way...but that's not necessarily the main point. What I liked most about this "door-knocking" project is that it just might give you the needed push you need to get out there and start doing something you actually enjoy...maybe even something that you obsess over (in a good way).
The common theme throughout the pages I kept finding over and over is that the main motivation for the people being interviewed was not money...it just happened to come along. Sure, money is an important reason and it should be important, but it should not be the ONLY reason you are working in that job.
This is an inspiring book that talks about people who do what they love and are willing to take chances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very enjoyable read and moves right along, I got through it in two days. The author goes to rich zip codes and asks how the folks living there 'made it' to there. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David F. Mcginnis
Nice try at a book that could have used some editing. Glad I bought it used and didn't pay fill price for it.Published 20 months ago by Marcus L. Roberson
Ok, needed more specifics. Wanted more details on specific deals. But, over all, it was worth the money spent. Thanks.Published 20 months ago by Robert Jones
This book contains a great set of case studies about the different ways that people can accumulate wealth in America. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MN
I was pleased that the author wasn't writing from an envious point of view, or one in which he thought the people should share their wealth with those less fortunate. Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Kathy Edens
The author, a magazine journalist, wrote more about his travels and he neighborhoods and cities and regions that he visited, and how long it took him, and the people he talked to... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Daniel H. Shubin