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Needed: College Admission Measures that Judge Success in Life

Posted on January 20th, 2015

A headline in last week's Wall Street Journal indicates a step in the right direction for college admission criteria:"Colleges Put the Emphasis on Personality: Some Shift Focus Away from Test Scores in Deciding Which Students to Admit"Yet even adding measures of perseverance, adaptability and discipline to the college admission process is not enough.  Why not?  Because, like grades in high school and SAT scores [a measure of cognitive intelligence], these specific personality measures are used to predict how well students "are likely to succeed at college".  These measures are not designed to predict how well students will perform in life...

To Build Wealth Be Careful Where You Land

Posted on January 13th, 2015

. . . most of the self-made millionaires I have studied . . . were able to build wealth precisely because they never lived in a home . . . where their domestic overhead made it difficult for them to build wealth.  (Stop Acting Rich)Along these lines consider the ratio of the median household income, $131,000, to the market value of a home, $330,000, owned by those profiled in The Millionaire Next Door.  The median ratio is about 2.5 to 1.  For those profiled in The Millionaire Mind the median ratio was even lower 1.7 ($749,000 vs. $436,000).I was reminded...

Stay Financially Fit All Year Long

Posted on January 6th, 2015

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Millionaire Next Door.  It keeps on selling!  In fact there is a seasonal component in terms of demand for the book.  Why is it that sales seem to be highest the first few weeks after the Christmas/New Year's festivities?  I believe that many buyers are frustrated by their recent hyper consuming activities in preparation for the holidays.  Some are dejected because they were unable for yet another year to save little of their hard earned income.  But it takes more than the information in a book to become...

Count Your Blessings This Christmas

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

A multimillionaire once defined what it means to be wealthy.  Wealth is not only about money butGood health, longevity, happiness, a loving family, self-reliance, fine friends, if you [have] five, you're a rich man.   The Millionaire Next Door

A Personal Finance Favorite for the Holidays!

Posted on December 16th, 2014

In the last few weeks a variety of articles have popped up recommending books on financial topics as gifts this holiday season.  I was especially pleased to read Adam Zoll's Great Book Ideas for the Investor on Your List on  I understand that Morningstar readers were asked to indicate their favorite books on the topics of investing and personal finance.  Readers mentioned dozens of books as being among the best on investing and personal finance, but there were a few authors and titles that cropped up repeatedly.  One of the books mentioned most often by readers was The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising...

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