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Old 07-22-2014, 10:49 AM   #41
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Millionare Next Door was first to hit home. Liked Smart Couples Finish Rich --asked DH to read it simultaneously. Helped us discuss some things we hadn't discussed before--pointed out where we needed to find agreement!
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What book inspired me to FIRE?.... Every book my boss ever gave me to read... usually on topics like understanding and motivating Gen Y, continuous business process improvement, and how to synergistically maximize quality and productivity for less cost in an increasingly competitive global environment.
Funny how *none* of those books actually taught you how to use such activities to benefit yourself - just the corporation (and by extension, the shareholders).
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:39 PM   #43
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Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam and Millionaire Next Door.
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I hear you! Those mando-reads are what convinced me it was time to go and the assurance that I would not miss megacorp!


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Die Broke is the book title.
I read that. A bit odd for me.
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+2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad author was a flake IMO.
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+2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad author was a flake IMO.
And he exaggerated his background, embellished a few things, etc... but in the end, the message was still true. Make your money work for you, not the other way around.

More generally, one could say the same thing about most personal finance gurus. If they really could make money for themselves, they wouldn't waste their time trying to build an empire based on repackaging the same financial advice that has been available for free since the printing press was invented (and possibly before that).
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The single book that most impacted me was Cashing in on the American Dream, How to Retire at 35...from 1988. You can still find occasional updates on the author's life here: https://sites.google.com/site/paulvicgroup/Home

I do hope to share a meal with this couple at some point to thank them in person for making me believe ER was a real possibility for me.
I enjoyed that one to. Looks like it is time for a library trip. LOL
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+2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad author was a flake IMO.
I remember buying that book years ago, and liking it, and then bought one written by an associate of his (Dolf something or other?) about real estate. I actually spent wasted a few hundred dollars going to a seminar in Phoenix and almost getting sucked into a multi-thousand dollar mentoring program.

After that, I decided all self-help finance type books were a load of crap, and never looked at another one.

However, based on the response to A Millionaire Next Door here, I might have to get that one.
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And he exaggerated his background, embellished a few things, etc... but in the end, the message was still true. Make your money work for you, not the other way around.

Agree that was the only worthwhile thing in the book, but that would make for a short book...
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Millionaire Next Door.
The Cheapskate's guide to Early Retirement (author is a member of E-R.org)
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The Wealthy Barber

All approached the same idea from different POVs. Spend less, save more, invest = freedom and retirement.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:27 PM   #55
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I remember buying that book years ago, and liking it, and then bought one written by an associate of his (Dolf something or other?) about real estate. I actually spent wasted a few hundred dollars going to a seminar in Phoenix and almost getting sucked into a multi-thousand dollar mentoring program.

After that, I decided all self-help finance type books were a load of crap, and never looked at another one.

However, based on the response to A Millionaire Next Door here, I might have to get that one.

One of the authors has a blog you can read for free and get the general idea -

Thomas J. Stanley | Official Blog

He was a marketing professor who studied marketing to the affluent so the MND book and the successor books are based on actual surveys, research, and estate tax data analysis of millionaires. The Rich Dad guy was just some MLM sales guy selling the dream to people wanting to believe it.
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I have read many of the same books that have been mentioned several times over, but only one person has mentioned Jacob Lund's 'Early Retirement Extreme'. Although geared towards being VERY frugal, he had lots of good stuff that isn't as extreme. It's a good read and worth the $10 for those that are looking to retire EARLY!

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I read this in 1987, after graduating college and getting commissioned as an ensign. I loved this book, and remember spending hours hand-calculating projections and dreaming of my future FI.

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