Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rich Like Them--Ryan D'Agostino (Book review and giveaway)

What it isn't:
  • A self-help book
  • A "secret" formula for you to follow to get rich quick
  • A financial planning book
What it is:
  • A book of stories about people who happen to be very well off
  • Full of words to live by, whether you care about money or not
  • Inspiring
What I'll remember:
  • Harvey Jason, a rare book-seller: He talked about gratitude and the role it played in his success. He saw his own good fortune as a by-product of his relationships, both professional and personal, with other people. Nurture those, he said, and good things will come.
  • By the time I completed my journey, it had been drilled into my head that if extreme wealth is your only goal, you will probably never become extremely wealthy. Milking a job you love for all it's worth, however--now you're getting somewhere.
How to get your copy:
  • Leave a comment telling about a person whose life philosophy or success (doesn't have to be financial success) you admire. Preferably a real person who you actually know (I mean, any of us could say Ghandi, or Jesus, or Siddhārtha Gautama, but once somebody says that, how do you follow it with your great-uncle Bruce?).
  • Entries accepted until March 8th.
  • Hachette will deliver books to street addresses in the U.S. and Canada only.
  • Make sure to include your email address or an easy way to contact you!

45 comments:

  1. I admire my late grandmother. As an immigrant to this country who never spoke English well, she managed to hold on to 2 houses during the depression (she was widowed by that time). She worked harder and laughed harder than anyone else I've ever known. She never turned anyone who needed help away.
    milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  2. Ali, you make this book sound like a must have!

    My late grandfather for sure. He was very organized and good with money. He made sure everyone was taken care of and he donated a lot to charities. He always told me I should follow his example and not buy a car until I could pay for it with cash. And you know what? I was finally able to by my beloved Volvo station wagon 2 years ago.

    Thanks for the great contest!

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  3. Please include me in your drawing. The person I admire the most is my father, to bad he never knew it.
    Thanks
    Carlene
    willreadforever@verizon.net

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  4. I'd have to say I admire my parents. They grew up very poor, married and lived as school teachers and educators their whole careers, not exactly a high-paying profession. Yet they provided everything we needed growing up, paid for our college and to get us started in life, and even left a legacy. I'm blessed to have gotten a fiscal education from them that emphasizes saving and staying out of credit debt. I'd love to win a copy of the book. My email is skirkland@triad.rr.com

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  5. please include me in your drawing:

    lg4154@yahoo.com

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  6. Ha! I need this, Im always broke lol

    I admire my parents who have always managed their money well. Mom's always had her "bookwork" for eons, and it seems to have paid off.

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  7. Most definitely my grandparents. Both are almost 90. They are anything but rich monetary wise. They live very frugally most likely as a result of living through the Great Depression. They do not waste anything, eat produce from their garden and live as we all should live with respect for both earth and man. They also have great faith in God and this faith has helped them through many rough times.

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  8. The person I most admire is my grandma - her whole life has been dedicated to her children, grandchildren, and she never stops caring for all of us.

    Please enter me in the giveaway! vvperesk@gmail.com

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  9. There's a guy I know from college. Probably one of the smartest people I've ever met. If you translate his job title into "real words" it really is "rocket scientist". He's really intentional about his relationships with people. He's great at taking one-on-one time with people, talking and really listening to them. He inspires me to take the time to care more about others.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. i would have to say my late grandmothers she overcame a lot of obstacles in her life and no matter what was thrown at her always persevered thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

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  11. I admire my late mother Dolly B. Garrett the most because she raised 10 kids on very little, but taught all of us that we could achieve whatever we set our mind to, and that no goal was beyond reach if we were willing to work for it.

    southrngal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I nominate my husband and me. 2 kids through college, one in, one to go, no mortgage, no debt. Zero. I can't wait to read this book. I could have afforded to live higher than I did, but chose to live beneath my means, and we're very very happy, as a couple, and as a family. Not owing anyone money is priceless.

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  13. my grandpa who said don't compete with what others have- you know the jones effect- compete with yourself and learn what you need to value in life

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

    The person I admire most is my friend Dave. At the age of 25 and during a period of extreme economic turmoil, he left New York for a new job in Washington, DC, where he didn't have any close friends. I respect his ability to change his life and his dedication to personal growth. Most people his age do not have such a sense of direction and purpose, and it's people like him who will really have an impact on the world.

    concordia.salus[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. Oh, my grandmother was phenomenal. She was interested and interesting. Everyone was crazy about her, and even now, years after her loss, we still miss her.

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  16. My dear Grandma who supported an entire family on minimum wage and always had money to tithe and to help family.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I would say that I admire my grandfather so much. He made a lot of sacrifices for his family and was always there for his friends when they needed him. He had a wealth of friends. :)

    Thank you for teh giveaway. :)

    Kelly

    enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I admire my husband's grandmother. She is 98 and still writes her own Bible study commentary and mails it out all over the place.
    Very amazing lady.

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  19. I admire my COMM professor -- she's won a Pulitzer, and doesn't talk about it, chooses to work with students. She really knows what's important.

    Please enter me!
    meh471 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  20. She would probably choke if she knew I said this because she is really humble, but I admire my best friend so much.

    Lauren is an absolutely amazing person. She has the biggest heart, she gives me more encouragement than all of my family and other friends combined, and she is amazingly ambitious. She graduated college with a double major, went on to get her master's degree, and just got into the doctorate program for counseling. She wrote a paper that is set to be published in an academic journal. She never lets anyone hold her back. She is such a busy person, but when my father died last month, she dropped everything and drove 3 hours through snow to get here to be here for me. We can not talk for 2months because we get so busy, but when we pick up the phone we pick up right where we left off. No one could ever take her place. She is an amazing friend and I look up to her for being how I long to be.

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  21. I admire my sister in law because she has found true happiness and satisfaction with her life, not with her financial situation, but daily life.


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  22. I really admire my husband's parents. They have always been smart with money (even in the hard times) and have always managed to make sure that their kids had fun experiences at the same time. When we got married I remember my husband saying that his parents' philosophy was not to spend too much, but to also make sure that they were actually living life to it's fullest - finding a good balance between spending and saving.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  23. I admire my parents :-)
    KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. If I'm being honest, I don't really admire anyone's success that I personally know. I live by my own philosophy. Money doesn't really matter as long as you can provide the fundamentals. Beyond that if you need something buy it. And if you can end the day having loved and being loved you're successful. If you can count me entry, please do. Thanks! Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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  25. boy I am not sure but I do admire any one who comes to the usa for a new life con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Two thoughts to answer your question:
    1. Joyce Meyer, I know her yet I doubt if she'd tell you that she know's me....I love her outlook on life thou and have been to several of her seminars.
    2. Joan Clark, a friend of mine who believes we are all Goddesses...
    Thanks so much for this opportunity, I know this is a book I would grow thru in strength and wisdom.
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

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  27. Like others on here, I admire my (late) great grandparents. They lived through the depression and had a farm, and always had a wonderful, earthy outlook on life. And they always had the most wonderful food!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  28. I admire my late mom the most. As the first female detective in our state, she blew up gender stereotypes. She was an untiring advocate for victims of sexual abuse as well. She was strong and compassionate. I hope that I can be half the person she was.

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  29. I would have to say my Grandparents. My grandpa must of had alot in life because he had maids as well as sent my dad and aunts and uncles to boarding school. He accomplished alot in life and done his best to keep things in prospective

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  30. I would have to say my father. If you first don't suceed ...try try again. He has had some success and learned a few lessons along the way.

    rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca

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  31. I admire my mother. She was able to create and build a successful business all by herself.

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  32. I think both of my parents, and their parents before them, taught me to respect money. They lived frugally when I was young because they had to, but even after they had more than enough, every purchase was considered carefully, and money (or anything else) was never wasted. Their appreciation of non-material things has been passed down to me, and hopefully to my own children as well.
    Ka
    kscdesigns2@yahoo.com

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  33. I admire my father in law - He grew up hard, lived hard but while doing so raised 8 children and kept the home on a firm financial keel even when things were rough.

    I think that has rubbed off on one of his sons that I'm now married to and whom I admire very much in how meticulous and intelligent he is when it come to financial matters. I don't worry that he is in control of our family's finance.


    calliemist@yahoo.com

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  34. My cousin who was born handicapped and they said he'd never walk..and in those days also labeling him slow learner. He is now a college professor teaching anatomy and married and walks with stiff legs as he was born with no knees so uses a cane but gets around better than I do. When we were younger we even used to play tennis! And he never looks for pity and those who know him never see him as handicapped.

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  35. I admired my late dad. He taught me so much about life and how to live right.

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  36. i'd have to say my dad. he has lived a lot and uses his life experience to teach me and make me who i am. even today, he has plenty to teach and i'm always badgering him with questions!

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

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  37. I admire my late grandma. She was so down to earth and wise.

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  38. I greatly admire my sister. She got pregnant at 16, had my nephew at 17, graduated college at 22, and is now a teacher, influencing tomorrow's youth. She is amazing!

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  39. Christina - xristya@rock.com - My mother's life really inspired me - she returned home for a visit from law school university in Ukraine and her entire village had been torn down and the residents taken away and she joined the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and saved many people's lives (they wrote about her in history books). Eventually she and my father came to America, where I was born in New York City, but I do know that I get my sense of values from her - what's important and what's not, in the whole scheme of life!

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  40. My life philosophy has been influenced by my grandmother. At the age of 75 she told me she 'hadn't quite decided what she wanted to be when she grew up yet'. I think life is about always being open to opportunities.

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  41. I like my aunt's philosophy of life. She is her own person and really doesn't care what anyone thinks of her.

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  42. The person I admire the most in my life is a neighbor I met in 2001 while stationed in Hawaii. I was in a very emotional and physical relationship. And, if you have never been in one, it's a lot harder to get out than you could ever imagine) Without his support, his true friendship, I would have missed out on the rest of my children's lives. Then, I thought there was only one way out. He is still my best friend and always will... be even though we now live a half a world away. Not a day goes by without at least a text. How can you not admire someone who saved you?

    donnaewilliamson@gmail.com

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  43. my friend, who taught me to treat everybody equally and good and it'll return right back at ya - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  44. My father who taught me to take life as it comes, and taught me a lot about being a good parent.

    loriandtonytt at comcast dot net

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  45. my mom:) ty 4 the awesome book giveaway and 4 the entry:)

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