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Stop Acting Rich: . . . And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire

Book Description

A leading expert on the affluent reveals the real way to build 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 the wealthy, their behavior, and their thinking. Now, in Stop Acting Rich, he details how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that keeps them from truly acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite.

A defensive strategy for tough times, Stop Acting Rich will show you how to live like Warren Buffett-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.

  • 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

  • Other titles by Stanley: The Millionaire Mind and The Millionaire Next Door

It's time to understand why we buy what we buy, so that we can start accumulating, rather than depleting, wealth. Stop Acting Rich shows you exactly what it takes to achieve this elusive goal.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
    1. Disclaimer
  3. 1. The Difference between Being Rich and Acting Rich
    1. 1.1. Meet the Aspirationals
    2. 1.2. The Sobering Statistics
    3. 1.3. The True Measure of Wealth
    4. 1.4. Poor Richard's Wine Cellar
    5. 1.5. A Compromise
    6. 1.6. Transforming Income into Wealth
    7. 1.7. Why We Buy
    8. 1.8. Nature and Nurture
    9. 1.9. It's Only Money
    10. 1.10. A Good Habit Is Hard to Break
    11. 1.11. Rendering Unto Caesar
    12. 1.12. Avoiding the Cereal Trap
  4. 2. Everything You Think about Rich Is Wrong
    1. 2.1. Just Because the Glossies Show It Doesn't Mean Millionaires Buy It
    2. 2.2. The Money Pit
    3. 2.3. Status Is as Status Does
  5. 3. Do the Shoes Make the Man?
    1. 3.1. Walk a Mile in Real Millionaire Shoes
    2. 3.2. Dressing for Success
    3. 3.3. The Cinderella Syndrome
    4. 3.4. The Glittering Ones
    5. 3.5. Dressing like a Real Millionaire
  6. 4. Brother, Do You Have the Time?
    1. 4.1. Will Buying One of Your $10,000 Watches Make Me Happy?
    2. 4.2. A Study in Contrasts
    3. 4.3. Understanding Mr. Multipliski
    4. 4.4. Buying and Selling Badges
    5. 4.5. Contradictory Mr. Nitty
    6. 4.6. Glittering Rich in Texas
    7. 4.7. A Change in Content
    8. 4.8. Different Strokes for Different Folks
    9. 4.9. Who Do You Wannabe?
  7. 5. Keeping Up with Your Spirits
    1. 5.1. Carlton of Crawford
    2. 5.2. Is Your Goose Cooked?
    3. 5.3. Rodney's Spirits
    4. 5.4. Negative Correlates
    5. 5.5. Influence via Sweet Rye, Sunspots, and the Carpathian Mountains
  8. 6. The Grapes of Wrath
    1. 6.1. Perception Is Everything, Unless It's Wrong
    2. 6.2. Pressing Their Own Grapes
    3. 6.3. Correlates of Wealth: Real or Imagined
    4. 6.4. Bon App├ętit with that Wine
    5. 6.5. In Texas, Do as Texans Do
    6. 6.6. Domestic Bliss
    7. 6.7. The Cellar Is Standard Equipment
    8. 6.8. The Wine Rapper Next Door
    9. 6.9. The Real Kev, Un-Rapped
  9. 7. The Road to Happiness
    1. 7.1. On the Inside
    2. 7.2. Chevrons with Wheels
    3. 7.3. Degrees of Separation
    4. 7.4. Driving a BMW Does Not Make You a Millionaire
    5. 7.5. The Decamillionaire and the Volkswagen
    6. 7.6. Extraordinary Wealth, Ordinary Cars
    7. 7.7. The Frugality Hall of Fame
    8. 7.8. The Mercedes Millionaire
    9. 7.9. Image over Substance
    10. 7.10. Why We Buy What We Buy
    11. 7.11. My Favorite Model
  10. 8. Getting Out of the Poorhouse
    1. 8.1. How Would You Live?
    2. 8.2. The Millionaire Next Door, Alive and Well Today
    3. 8.3. Shopping for Happiness
    4. 8.4. Satisfaction and Money
    5. 8.5. Who Are Rob and Henry?
    6. 8.6. Bad Influence
    7. 8.7. Happy, Wealthy, and Generous?
  11. 9. All that Glitters Is Not the Millionaire's Goal
  12. A. The Nationwide Search for Millionaires
  13. B. The Millionaire Profile
  14. Notes
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. About the Author