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Thomas J. Stanley is the author of The Millionaire Nextdoor.

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Thomas J. Stanley quotes

“A millionaire has told me that true diversity has much to do with controlling one’s investments; no one can control the stock market. But you can, for example, control your own business, private investments, and money you lend to private parties. Not at any time during the past thirty years have I found that the typical millionaire had more than 30 percent of his wealth invested in publicly traded stocks. More often it is in the low-to-mid-20-percentage.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Affluent people typically follow a lifestyle conducive to accumulating money. In the course of our investigations, we discovered seven common denominators among those who successfully build wealth.
1. They live well below their means.
2. They allocate their time, energy, and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth.
3. They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status.
4. Their parents did not provide economic outpatient care.
5. Their adult children are economically self-sufficient.
6. They are proficient in targeting market opportunities.
7. They chose the right occupation.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“After twenty years of studying millionaires across a wide spectrum of industries, we have concluded that the character of the business owner is more important in predicting his level of wealth than the classification of his business.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Always strive to be the best in your field.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Courage can be developed. But it cannot be nurtured in an environment that eliminates all risks, all difficulty, all dangers.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Don’t chase money. If you are the best in your field, money will find you.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Good health, longevity, happiness, a loving family, self-reliance, fine friends… If you have five, you’re a rich man.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Have you ever noticed those people whom you see jogging day after day? They are the ones who seem not to need to jog. But that’s why they are fit. Those who are wealthy work at staying financially fit. But those who are not financially fit do little to change their status.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Having a set of stated goals does not necessarily mean that one is committed to achieving them. Most of us want to be wealthy, but most of us do not spend the time, energy, and money required to enhance our chances of realizing this goal.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“How can well-educated, high-income people be so naive about money? Because being a well-educated, high-income earner does not automatically translate into financial independence. It takes planning and sacrificing.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“I am not impressed with what people own. But I’m impressed with what they achieve.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“If you’re not yet wealthy but want to be someday, never purchase a home that requires a mortgage that is more than twice your household’s total annual realized income.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“In general, the longer the average member of an ancestry group has been in America, the more likely he or she will become fully socialized to our high-consumption lifestyle. There is another reason. First-generation Americans tend to be self-employed. Self-employment is a major positive correlate of wealth.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“It is very difficult for a married couple to accumulate wealth if one is a spendthrift. A household divided in its financial orientation is unlikely to accumulate significant wealth.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. You’ll be surprised how many sales calls you can make when you have no alternative except to succeed.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“It’s easier to accumulate wealth if you don’t live in a high-status neighborhood.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Luck and risk taking go hand in hand.”

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“Many people who live in expensive homes and drive luxury cars do not actually have much wealth. Then, we discovered something even odder: Many people who have a great deal of wealth do not even live in upscale neighborhoods.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Money should never change one’s values. Making money is only a report card. It’s a way to tell how you’re doing.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Most millionaires generally don’t limit themselves to stocks, bonds, and related investments—they invest heavily in private businesses and real estate.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Most millionaires never earn one-tenth of $5 million in a year. Most never become millionaires until they are fifty years of age or older. Most are frugal. And few could have ever supported a high-consumption lifestyle and become millionaires in the same lifetime.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Most people want immediate gratification.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Most people who become millionaires have confidence in their own abilities. They do not spend time worrying about whether or not their parents were wealthy. They do not believe that one must be born wealthy.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Most people will never become wealthy in one generation if they are married to people who are wasteful. A couple cannot accumulate wealth if one of its members is a hyperconsumer.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Multiply your age times your realized pretax annual household income from all sources except inheritances. Divide by ten. This, less any inherited wealth, is what your net worth should be.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“One of the reasons that millionaires are economically successful is that they think differently.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Operate your household like a productive business.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Operating a household without a budget is akin to operating a business without a plan, without goals, and without direction.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Our youth are told that buying expensive items is normal behavior for affluent people. They are led to believe that the wealthy have a high-consumption lifestyle. They learn that hyperspending is the main reward for becoming affluent in America.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Self-employed people make up less than 20 percent of the workers in America but account for two-thirds of the millionaires.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all, self-discipline.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier. You are just living high. ”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier. You are just living high. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

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

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door

“When a person with money meets a person with experience, the one with experience ends up with the money and the one with money leaves with experience.”

Thomas J. Stanley The Millionaire Next Door