The Millionaire Next Door

The book I chose to read for class was “The Millionaire Next door” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D. The book was 248 pages of agony to be honest. The book is about teaching the reader what steps he needs to take in his life to become successful. It compares the common pop culture perception of a millionaire to the actual lifestyle millionaire’s live. The book takes years of research and data and compiles compelling arguments backed with factual research. This is book is all around a business book. The authors warn that not all high income homes are not actually rich and prosperous. The authors argue that even though some people make a lot of annual money, they are not actually rich, because they spend it all. They believe that to be considered truly wealthy people need to spend their money smartly.

“Whatever your income, always live below your means.”

Even though the book was well written with vast amounts of information and knowledge to retain, I thought that book was more than a drag to read. It was, as I stated before, 248 long, boring pages of text. When first choosing to do the assignment on this book I didn’t realize the genre was business. I would much prefer to read a chronological story rather than read statistics. When choosing the book I found the only book in my apartment that fit the criteria. I will definitely not be making that mistake again. Even though I really didn’t like the book, I would still recommend it because of how well it was written and how informative it was. If you enjoy business books, then this is a great read for you. If not, I would not recommend picking up this book. All in all, the book was very informative and I learned a lot even though I hated every minute of it.

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The Principle of the Path

A principle is like a law that is operating all the time, such as the law of gravity, even if you don’t believe in it. The principle presented in “The Principle of the Path” by Andy Stanley is the actual path itself. Stanley believes that in order for us to truly arrive at the destination we intend it requires two things in our lives: time and change in direction.  Even if we intend to end up somewhere, we will never reach that destination with out honing in on key principles on our path. Stanley’s key not on the principle of the path is that direction, not intention, determines destination. A lot of people in life do not end up where they wanted to be and they wonder why. It’s because no matter where they intended to be, they took a path that brought them somewhere else.  It does not matter what your intentions are because you can’t arrive at a destination if you do not take the right path to get there.

“Direction-not intentions, hopes, dreams, prayers, beliefs, intellect, or educations-determines destination.”

I enjoyed reading and learning about “The Principle of the Path.” Although, I do not particularly enjoy reading any book, I found this to be more intriguing than other novels I have read because I felt like I was constantly being informed or taught about something new I hadn’t yet thought of. He argues that the path always wins. No matter how much to intend or pray for something to happen, the path you take is where you will end up. Also, Stanley’s writing was sometimes funny and even made me chuckle when he talks about “The Italian Job.” Stanley also does a good job of integrating God into his principle of the path.  Even though, I am not a big reader, Stanley captured my interests with his book “the Principle of the path.” img_3196

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“Prudent people look as far down the road as possible when making decisions.”