Stop Acting Rich: and Start Living Like a Real MillionaireHardback
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 274 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 30mm | 499g
- Publication date: 16 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: Chichester
- ISBN 10: 0470482559
- ISBN 13: 9780470482551
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables
- Sales rank: 401,888
The bestselling author of The Millionaire Next Door reveals easy ways to build real wealth With well over two million of his books sold, and huge praise from many media outlets, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley is a recognized and highly respected authority on how the wealthy act and think. Now, in Stop Acting Rich and Start Living Like a Millionaire, he details how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that keeps them from acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite. Puts wealth in perspective and shows you how to live rich without spending more Details why we spend lavishly and how to stop this destructive cycle Discusses how being "rich" means more than just big houses and luxury cars A defensive strategy for tough times, Stop Acting Rich shows readers how to live a rich, happy life through accumulating more wealth and using it to achieve the type of financial freedom that will create true happiness and fulfillment.
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Thomas J. Stanley is the bestselling author-with over four million copies in print-of The Millionaire Mind and The Millionaire Next Door . The recognized authority on the lifestyles and behaviors of the affluent, Dr. Stanley is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal , New York Times , Forbes , Fortune , Time , Money magazine, U.S. News & World Report , Reader's Digest , and USA Today . He has appeared numerous times on the Today show, 20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show . Visit Dr. Stanley at www.thomasjstanley.com.
'...good read...every bit as good as -- if not better than -- his previous books. Highly recommended.' (Fool.co.uk, April 2010).
Back cover copy
The Latest Research From the Preeminent Experton The Wealthy, And bestselling Author of the "Millionaire Next Door" Is a millionaire more likely to be seen around town in a Mercedes-Benz or a Toyota? Are millionaires more likely to buy their suits from Brooks Brothers or Kohl's? If you asked a millionaire for the time, would the watch on her wrist be a Rolex or a Timex? When you meet a millionaire at the bar, does he order a glass of Cristal or Cook's? The answers to these questions lie inside this book. "Stop Acting Rich" will upend every assumption you have about what rich looks like. Why do some people worth millions live in neighborhoods that would never be described as upscale? Why have the majority of millionaires in America never owned a boat or a yacht? Through extensive research, Dr. Thomas Stanley has uncovered the truth about millionaires' spending habits and unlocked their secrets. In "Stop Acting Rich," Dr. Stanley challenges ourperceptions about what being rich is all about and shows usan achievable path to wealth and happiness.
With the financial crisis, high unemployment, and tight credit, you may be saying to yourself: who is acting rich these days? We're barely making ends meet. You would think that our wastrel ways are over, we're erasing debt, and stocking up on savings. The reality is that not only are we spenders who barely understand the concept of frugality, we are big spenders on expensive elite brands, and we do it in an attempt to emulate the rich people we see on television, in magazines, and down the street. The recession may have caused us to take a breather, but every indication is that we will pick up right where we left off when gentler economic winds blow again. Before you spend another dime, read this book and understand how to become rich instead of act rich. "Stop Acting Rich . . . And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire" will upend every assumption you have about wealthy people: where they shop, what they buy, and most shockingly, where they live (it's not where you think). Did you know that three times more millionaires live in homes valued at under $300,000 than over $1 million? Would it stun you to learn that more millionaires drive Toyotas than BMWs? How about a second home? Not for the millionaire. Bestselling author of "The Millionaire Next Door" and "The Millionaire Mind" and leading authority on the wealthy, Dr. Thomas Stanley uncovers the truth about spending to show you how you can really live rich. It all starts with where you live. Live in a prestige neigh?borhood and you will spend more on everything from your car to your watch. Real millionaires understand that living in communities where their neighbors have less net worth than they do naturally leads to spending less. It's easier to be rich when keeping up with the Joneses hardly costs anything. Dr. Stanley's research also uncovers what makes rich people happy. Life satisfaction comes not from cruising down the highway in a chunk of your net worth, but from having the financial resources to choose--to spend time with family and friends, to volunteer, to pursue interests. "Stop Acting Rich . . . And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire" rips the lid off just about every assumption we have about what rich looks like. Few people become rich by way of a high income, and even fewer high-income people are truly rich. The good news is that almost anyone can become wealthy--even without a super high income--if you would just stop acting . . . and instead start living like a rich person.
Table of contents
List of Tables ix Preface xi Chapter 1 The Difference between Being Rich and Acting Rich 1 Chapter 2 Everything You Think about Rich Is Wrong 33 Chapter 3 Do the Shoes Make the Man? 59 Chapter 4 Brother, Do You Have the Time? 83 Chapter 5 Keeping Up with Your Spirits 115 Chapter 6 The Grapes of Wrath 145 Chapter 7 The Road to Happiness 171 Chapter 8 Getting Out of the Poorhouse 209 Chapter 9 All that Glitters Is Not the Millionaire's Goal 235 Appendix A The Nationwide Search for Millionaires 245 Appendix B The Millionaire Profi le 247 Notes 251 Acknowledgments 257 About the Author 259 Index 261