The Millionaire Next Door Essay

888 Words Mar 6th, 2011 4 Pages
The Millionaire Next Door is a book was written by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. The book is a collection of research done by the two authors in the profiles of America’s millionaires. The term 'millionaire' refers to U.S. households with a net-worth exceeding one million dollars. I always believed that you are considered wealthy when you make a high income. According to the authors, most high income earners are not rich, which surprised me. Most people with high incomes fail to accumulate any lasting wealth. They live hyper-consumer lifestyles, they spend their money as fast as they earn it. I always perceived millionaires as living the lavish life with their big sport utility vehicles and huge mansions. Well I was wrong, in …show more content…
The fact that their parents did not provide economic outpatient care was astonishing. This means most millionaires were not financially supported by their parents. The author’s research indicates that “the more dollars adult children receive from their parents, the fewer they accumulate, while those who are given fewer dollars accumulate more”. I figured these millionaires were raised in a wealthy family and didn’t want to live any other way. I thought they were given things by their parents throughout their life. Another trait is their adult children are economically self-sufficient. The authors clearly believe that giving money to adult children damages their ability to succeed. I agree with this because if their children keep getting life handed to them on a silver platter they won’t learn the value of a dollar. They’ll think that daddy or mommy will bail them out whenever they’re in trouble which will not teach them anything about being successful on their own. They allocate their time, energy, and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth. Millionaires budget and also plan their investments. They begin earning and investing early in life. The authors note that “there is an inverse relationship between the time spent purchasing luxury items such as cars and clothes and the time spent planning one’s financial future”. In other words, the more time someone spends buying things
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