The Automatic Millionaire Review: “Be a Millionaire by Skipping Starbucks?”

The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by [Bach, David]

 

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Don’t know your way to a millionaire future?

Does climbing the corporate ladder lead you to being a millionaire? Maybe. Do you have the patience to find out?

What about having two or three jobs? Sounds stressful.

David Bach’s The Automatic Millionaire offers the stress-free solution to your millionaire goals: compound interest and cutting out your morning Starbucks latte. Now, these steps are great ideas until I realized it’s not the financial route I’d take for the long run. Kudos to Bach, they’re smart moves, but not something I would depend on for the rest of my life. There has to be more than watching my baby dollar grow into mega millions when I’m 85.

The Automatic Millionaire presents a luring cover promising readers a life filled with financially free paradises if they follow the book’s monetary guidelines. I was excited to read this book when I picked up my library copy then disappointed. This book reveals you’ll become a millionaire by the automation process of repeatedly paying yourself 10% of your paycheck, putting a couple of bucks into a 401k, and investing in a few mutual funds.

C’mon, that can’t be it!

This book is for those who don’t mind becoming millionaires when they reach their sixties and seventies. Try reading another book if you have decided to retire while you’re still young.

Parts of the Automatic Millionaire path is throwing out hard-to-keep budgets and morning lattes to save money. Sure, lattes are not necessary like bread and water, but you can simply learn how to make more money enough to keep buying lattes. Either way, deleting unnecessary expenses is a good start to greater financial awareness.

From previous financial books I’ve read, the key to making more money is to keep purchasing assets that’ll you give more money repeatedly. To me, that’s the “real” millionaire route. That way, you don’t have to think about trading your precious hours away for an average pay working for somebody else for thirty years.

There’s little in this book teaching readers how to make millions getting out of the employee mentality. An employee’s wage runs on a fixed income under a fixed time. Plus, Uncle Sam (the government) takes a bite out of your paycheck before it passes over to you.  Adding more income streams like real estate investments and businesses are solutions to a full, happy financial life.

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Money can be transformed into an unlimited supply. Your limited human lifespan can’t be extended while you wait for your millions to manifest.

Overall, The Automatic Millionaire is a great book for crazy spenders who want to be millionaires but have no concept how to use the money to invest in themselves first. This is not the book for those striving to be millionaire entrepreneurs.

One more tip: don’t use this book as your only “how to be a millionaire” book.  Please read more. Keep yourself financially educated.

Personal book recommendations:

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Please comment below if you read this book or you have any personal financial book recommendations!

I’m Leaving this Site…

This Duckie is moving to a new pond!

No worries my friends, I’m transitioning over from a “wordpress.com” site to a self-hosted WordPress “.com” site. I love my book blog and I want to do more with it! I’ll be posting further updates about the move and a final date this site will be an archives site and redirect folks to my new one.

For now, I’ll still be posting book review posts and whatnot while I’ll continue to construct my new site before it goes live.

Have a great day filled with books!

Comment below if you have any questions.

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My May 2017 Book Haul

I realized I’ve been reading tons of graphic novels (besides manga) but I barely mention them anywhere in this blog. In this book haul from May, I’ve read Ichiro, a fantasy graphic novel about a half-Japanese, half-American boy who stumbles into Japan’s mythical world.

Next, I have read plenty of online business related books and one not so exciting “millionaire” book. More on that later.

Graphic Novels

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana (4/5 stars)

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Young Ichiro sets off a journey to Japan with his mother to reconnect with his Japanese roots. He spends time with his grandfather to learn about his homeland and the American father he barely knew before he was killed in Iraq.

As a reader, you’ll take slices of Japanese culture and history including its classic legends as Ichiro follows a magical, shape-shifting tanuki (japanese raccoon dog) into the supernatural underworld.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels
  • Japanese culture
  • Supernatual elements
  • World Mythology

 

Non-Fiction Books 

Long-Term Success Building WordPress Websites for the Amazon Affiliate Program by Ryan Stevenson (3/5 stars)

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You can make money with your own wordpress site! Sounds like a dream, right?

All you need to do is create a self-hosted WordPress site and join the Amazon Associates affiliate program. This program offers users the opportunity to sell products from Amazon in exchange for commissions.

Obviously, this is only the shorthand version of the online business process.

Long-Term Success is a proper book for readers ready to take their WordPress sites to the next level. Be aware some chapters are overloaded with product research and technical information.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Amazon
  • The Amazon Affiliate program
  • E-Commerce
  • Online businesses
  • WordPress

Amazon’s Dirty Little Secrets: How to Use the Power of Others to Market and Sell For You by Greg Jameson (3/5 stars)

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How did Amazon become the mutli-billion dollar behemoth it is today? Amazon’s Dirty Little Secrets shows off Amazon’s skills from attracting heavy online traffic to active engagement.

This is a great book for website users to get their own small e-commerce sites to grow.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Amazon
  • E-commerce
  • Online businesses
  • Online marketing

The Dot-Com Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson (3/5 stars)

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I’ve discovered Dot-Com Secrets through a Facebook ad telling me I can get this book for free. I didn’t trust it (lol) so I requested a copy from my local library.

Dot-Com Secrets is about capturing people to your online business through a huge, elaborate, sales marketing funnel. The first catch: offer the audience a valuable product for free.

This book was interesting enough to learn about the sales marketing process but not enough for me if I ever decided to apply the methods on my own.  However, I written down a few notes just in case.

Wait a minute! If you received this book for free, you’ve just fallen into Brunson’s funnel!

Recommended for readers into:

  • E-Commerce
  • Online marketing
  • Sales marketing funnels

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach (2/5 stars)

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You can become a millionaire by paying yourself first before your bills and skipping your morning Starbucks latte. Sure, this may work, if you’re not looking forward to becoming a millionaire while you’re still young!

The Automatic Millionaire was certainly not the latte I thought I ordered. The way this book was presented teaches readers how to become “passive” millionaires by cutting out expenses, putting some money into some mutual funds as long-term investments, and hope for the best.

This book is good for crazy spenders to cut down on their habits but not for productive people who plan to be rich by creating businesses and selling products.

Recommend for readers into:

  • Becoming a millionaire
  • Finances

Please comment below if you have any recommendations or you’ve read any of the books above! 😉

 

Manga Update! *June 2017 Edition*

 

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I love spring time (and it’s almost over)! Spring’s the season when most of my favorite manga series carry out their latest volumes from the cliffhangers left over from the winter. The most anticipated manga series for me was My Hero Academia. It felt like 2,000 years since I read the last volume.

Special note: I’ve added “reading the omnibus volumes” to certain titles in the manga list. For instance, I’m reading the omnibus collections of Maid-Sama and Princess Jellyfish instead of the individual volumes.

Here’s my latest manga update:

New Manga

  1. The Manga Classics
    • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (adapted by Crystal S. Chan)
    • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (adapted by Crystal S. Chan)

 

Updated Volumes

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  2. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  3. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  4. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara
  5. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
  6. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara

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Read any of the manga above? Feel free to comment below!

Recommendations are welcome too! ^_^

33 Blog Post Ideas for Struggling Book Bloggers

 

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“Balls, I don’t know what to write!!!”

There are some days when this thought has crossed my mind. Sitting frozen in front of a computer screen or an unwritten notebook page doesn’t count as quality time for drafting new blog content.

As a reference for myself and fellow bloggers reading this post, I present to you thirty-three post ideas to get out of book bloggers’ block.

1. Book Reviews

Liked the book you read? Blog about it!

Read a book and your eyes are bleeding because it was so bad? Blog about that too!

2. Mini – Book Reviews

Shorter versions of regular ol’ book reviews (no higher than 300 words).

3. Your Favorite Books

I’m sure you have one or two, right?

4. Your Least Favorite Books

It’s okay to blog about the books that left a bad taste in your mouth. Go for it!

5. Favorite Childhood Books

Share a couple of your books from your childhood. A few of mine were The Berenstain BooksThe Magic School Bus, and Goosebumps.

6. Required Class Readings You Enjoyed

Sometime during your high school career, you probably read some of these books:

Trying to remember what you read back in high school? This awesome list of required high school readings from Goodreads may help.

7. Required Class Readings You Absolutely Loathed

One high school required reading I could not stand was William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Sorry, Faulkner.

8. Books You’re Planning to Read

9. Recommended Readings Based on Genre

Genres like:

  • Adventure
  • Biography/Memoir
  • Fantasy/Supernatural
  • Horror
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Poetry
  • Romance/Erotica
  • Sci-Fi
  • Southern
  • Young Adult

10. Recommended Readings Based on Author

Think about the books you’ve read from your favorite authors and create posts about them.

11. A Life-Changing Book

12. A Book You Read Outside Your Usual Choices

Let’s say you usually read general adult books but you decide to take a break from them to read a YA book. Write about that experience.

13. Your Book Haul

Personally, my definition for “book hauls” are planned books I’ll read the upcoming month but I’ve seen bloggers mention book hauls as books they’ve read the previous.

LOL, oh well, either way should be fine.

14. “The Top (whatever number) Books of the Year”

15. “The Best Books of the Month”

16. Book Tours

17. Author/Blogger Interviews

18. Author Blurbs

An author “blurb” is a short post about an author’s life, a small bibliography of their latest work, and awards.

19. Your Favorite Authors

20. Book vs. The Movie (or TV Show)

Let’s say you have conflicting views on The Hunger Games movies after reading the books. You can discuss what the movies done right and wrong in a post.

Other examples:

21. “If You Liked This Movie/TV Show…”

Recommended readers to books based on trending movies and/or TV shows.

22. Convention/Festival Coverage

Post about the latest book convention you’ve been to where you probably met a couple of authors and grabbed tons of books.

23. Book Box Reveal

Ordering books in boxes seem to be all the rage these days. If only they had one for new age books…

Here’s a small list of book box subscriptions to get you started:

24. Giveaways!

‘Cause people like free stuff!

25. A Fictional Character You Would Date

You know you have one…or two…or three…

26. Master Shelf List

The “Master Shelf” post is a list of the books you would keep on your shelf and read repeatedly until the end of time.

27. Recipe Post

Create a dish inspired by a book you’ve read. For Harry Potter fans, make your own butterbeer and chocolate frogs then share the recipes for your readers.

28. A DIY Post

Into arts and crafts? Create something made from your book inspirations!

29. Secrets

Did you chuck that Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy gift set your significant other gave you last Valentine’s Day? Kept a book hidden in your room from your nosy, conservative parents?Have any guilty pleasure books?

“Secrets” are posts reserved for your book confessions.

30. Favorite Book Bloggers/Booktubers List

31. Favorite Book Sites List

32. Your Own Book Blogger Story

How did you get started blogging about books?

33. A Book Blogger’s List of Content Ideas

It’s nice to rub some motivation off on your readers. Sharing is caring. 😉

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Comment below if any of these tips helped or you have any to add to the list. 

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Be Obsessed or Be Average Review: “Obsession Is Good.”

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Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

  • Title: Be Obsessed or Be Average
  • Author: Grant Cardone
  • Publication: Portfolio (October 11, 2016)
  • Genre: General, Business/Finances
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5

Grant Cardone’s notion of obsession as a good quality impressed me. He transmutes the common negative imagery surrounding the term into something positive. For example:

Obsession with drugs? Not cool.

Obsession with positive career goals? Very cool.

Be Obsessed or Be Average is a fast-paced 200+ page read. There were a few repetitive passages in the book but I took them as friendly reminders to stick with your “positive obsessions” or else. Remaining average is like wandering around in the circles in the middle of nowhere. You don’t want to be doing that until you die.

Here are ten tips from Cardone for staying in the “obsessed zone”:

1. “Network”

You’re obsessed with a certain interest? Your next mission is to find people who are just as obsessed as you are. You can find them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.

Now, don’t network exclusively online. Go out and meet actual living, breathing people. Find local clubs and attend conventions related to your interests too.

2. “Focus on Increasing Income”

How can you use your obsession to increase your income? Discover ways you can get that done asap! You want to do what you love and get paid for it.

3. “Complete Every Task From Start to Finish”

You wouldn’t stop a multi-million dollar movie production only because of one iffy scene (that’s expensive).  Finish it! There will be some days you don’t want to do it but you’ll thank yourself once it’s done.

4. “Never Settle”

Congrats, you’ve accomplished a goal! Now, create a new one and finish that one.

Plan. Achieve. Repeat. Don’t stop.

5. “Always Raise and Refuel Your Obsession”

You love food. You love taking food photography. You attend dozens of cooking classes.

You do all sorts of cool hobbies related to food until one day, you’re not in the “foodie mood”. The thought of food makes you want to puke.

The remedy: the cooking channel. All of those inspiring cooking shows refuel your passion for food. Now you’ve set up an Instagram account for your foodie photos, sell your higher quality food photography, and blog about your favorite foods at your local restaurants. You even have risen to Youtube stardom thanks to the Youtube cooking channel you’ve filmed from the comfort of your own home.

That’s what raising and refueling your passion is all about.

6. “Stick and Stay, It’s Bound to Pay”

You love to play video games so you started an affiliate marketing aside from working full-time at a boring corporation. Problem: you’re only making three dollars a month from your site.

Don’t freak out!

Find out what you’re doing wrong, sort out possible solutions, and get back to work. Months later, after a couple of tweaks with your site, you make enough money to quit your corporate job and deal with video games 24/7.

Persistence is key!

7. “Make Time for Your Obsessions”

If you don’t start out with an hour with your obsession due to your super busy lifestyle, why not start out with fifteen or thirty minutes? That’s still time. Don’t starve your obsessions.

8. “Be Charitable”

It’s good to make loads of money but it’s better to share some of it too.

9. “Avoid Those Who Don’t Talk about Money”

I found this to be a little mean at first but I understood later the context Cardone was pulling. If you’re serious about bringing in more financial success in your life, you have to surround yourself with people who are the same boat.

Stay clear of those who complain about money 24/7 and don’t do anything about it. You’re not about that life.

10. “Don’t Worry about Haters”

Haters hate while you continue to create. It only reveals you’re doing something right. Haters will do anything to slow you down. Don’t let them waste your time.

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There are definitely more tips Cardone provided in Be Obsessed or Be Average. I recommend reading this book along with The 10x Review.

Obsession can lead you to amazing abundance. However, the kind of obsession when you’re snorting pounds of cocaine every day or stalking one of the Kardashian sisters is not okay.

Don’t do it. That’s not cool.

Comment below if you’ve read this book or you have any book-related recommendations! 😉