Stop Acting Rich: ...And Start Living Like a RealMillionaire
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The bestselling author of The Millionaire Next Door reveals easy ways to build real 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 how the wealthy act and think. Now, in Stop Acting Rich ? and Start Living Like a Millionaire, he details how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that keeps them from acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite.

  • 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

A defensive strategy for tough times, Stop Acting Rich shows readers how to live 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.


Thomas J. Stanley is the bestselling author of The Millionaire Mind and The Millionaire Next Door, which have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. A recognized authority on the lifestyles and behaviors of the affluent,Dr. Stanley is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and other major publications. He has appeared numerous times on the Today show, 20/20,and Oprah. Visit Dr. Stanley at


List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 The Difference between Being Rich and Acting Rich 1

Chapter 2 Everything You Think about Rich Is Wrong 33

Chapter 3 Do the Shoes Make the Man? 59

Chapter 4 Brother, Do You Have the Time? 83

Chapter 5 Keeping Up with Your Spirits 115

Chapter 6 The Grapes of Wrath 145

Chapter 7 The Road to Happiness 171

Chapter 8 Getting Out of the Poorhouse 209

Chapter 9 All that Glitters Is Not the Millionaire’s Goal 235

Appendix A The Nationwide Search for Millionaires 245

Appendix B The Millionaire Profi le 247

Notes 251

Acknowledgments 257

About the Author 259

Index 261