“Think rich to get rich!” is written boldly on the cover. Hm, but we all know that it’s easier said than done. But by changing our way of thinking, could we really master the art of becoming richer than we are now? T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth is an eye-opening poke at how we perceive wealth and how we need to think in order to become wealthy. There isn’t a single solution or secret to make lots of money – we know that. Although obvious at times, the book outlines some useful ways in which we could change the way we think to at least get our feet in the door.
Part Two of the book includes seventeen ways rich people think and act differently from poor and middle-class people. Wealth file #2: Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose. Eker states that poor people play the money game on defense rather than offense; their primary concern is survival and security instead of creating wealth and abundance. There is an underlying assumption that when you make an investment, you need to give yourself the luxury to relax a bit and see what flows in, instead of waiting at the tip of your toes counting your loss. What else? Wealth file #6: Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people. Wealth file #11: Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time. All these wealth files are followed by examples of the rich and anecdotes of the successful. It’s a fun read… not sure if I would take every word to heart if I were to set up a business one day (which is one of Eker’s wealth principle – everybody who wants to get rich should own their own business), but it’s a worthwhile reading.
I think my favorite line in the book is “the number one reason most people don’t get what they want [to become rich] is that they don’t know what they want”… similar to what my mom had always told me. You can’t sit under the apple tree all day waiting for an apple to just drop into your hands.
dee’s rec: 3.5/5