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The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  3,772 Ratings  ·  311 Reviews
Is the financial plan of mediocrity-a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as The Slowlane-your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes-go to school, get a good job, save 10 percent of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks mocha lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your life-savings to the stock ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Viperion Publishing Corp (first published November 8th 2010)
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Anthony Kim My first main takeaway is this: the entire framework that financial gurus sell (get an education, job, invest in the markets, invest in your house,…moreMy first main takeaway is this: the entire framework that financial gurus sell (get an education, job, invest in the markets, invest in your house, retire rich and then shortly thereafter, die) depends on everything going right in your life, and even then this framework is pretty weak.

Second main takeaway: MJ DeMarco's book basically tells you that the road to riches has always been about creating, controlling, and profiting from your own business entity that massively fulfills a market need. I have read dozens of business books and no one nails it on the head like this guy.

Effect on my personal life: I get up early and work my systems as long as I can before my baby daughter wakes up or I have to go to work. Evenings and weekends, same thing. Once I read this book I can really never go back to the old way of thinking.

I have also read this book cover-to-cover about fifteen times so far. So, definitely impactful!(less)

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Kingshuk Mukherjee
Jan 07, 2013 Kingshuk Mukherjee rated it it was amazing
Rule number 1 of how to/self help/business books- take advice from people who have lived what they wrote. If they are primarily writers and public speakers, and that is their business model, toss the book and move on. The best advice comes from people who have lived it. On to this book-

I don't know why, but some of my favorite business books have had the scammiest titles ever. Regardless, this book has made me go "oh shit I didn't think of that" just about every other page. I'm glad I read this
Ben Love
Dec 29, 2012 Ben Love rated it it was amazing
No no no… not another get-rich-quick book???!!! Except it’s not. 113 out of 125 reviews on Amazon rated this five stars and left a ton of positive comments. So I bought it to see what all the fuss is about…
Rich Dad, Poor Dad is often considered the “go to” book of this category, and I would’ve agreed until I read this. It’s also no Four Hour Work Week either.
I much prefer MJ’s approach – no B-S, practical and realistic advice, handfuls of applicable psychology to push the norms you may have come
I'm kind of embarrassed to be reading a book with this title, but Mike Hrostoski listed it as required reading for his men's conference, plus apparently the author was interviewed on Smart Passive Income at some point and caught my eye back then, too.

So far, it's all common sense, except of course if it was that common, we'd all be rich by now.

The main important parts so far are:
- Wealth is not owning a Lamborghini. It's having enough money to have enough time for what you care about. By that st
Jun 18, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
First, the bad: MJ DeMarco isn't an elegant writer, nor is he particularly scholarly in the way some business-minded people are. Just take a look at his blog where he posts videos of himself sitting poolside in his mansion, wearing a backwards ball cap, and seriously discussing the parallels of a supermarket conveyor belt and business strategies.

(Read full review here:

DeMarco also seems to be a lucky dot-com millionaire. He started and sold a limousine chartering website f
Leo Polovets
Jul 06, 2012 Leo Polovets rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, which surprised me because the title is so bad. No, not just bad, but cringeworthy. Despite the title, the content is golden. The author, a self-made millionaire, breaks down a lot of accepted ideas about how to build wealth (like investing in 401Ks and mutual funds) and presents superior alternatives. The main premise of the book is that the traditional road to wealth has two main problems: the road is not in your control and it’s a very, very long road. The solution is to ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Waseem rated it it was amazing
Wow, I've read countless books on wealth creation, business and more, but this is ONE OF THE best I've reward in a long time, dare I say it if not THE best...

The author just tells it how's it says, and has the guts to expose some of the crap that the 'Gurus' teach .. The very gurus and experts although I still learn from and respect today,

But DeMarco of this book just literally spelt out what I always saw as problems in the way we are taught, even from the experts

.. Look if your reading this rev
Feb 17, 2011 Eartha rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I've read a book that I couldn't put down. Definitely one of the most inspiring and motivating business books I have ever read.
May 04, 2013 Mac rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Screw your passion!! Well...just a bit. If there isn't a market for your passion, and if you want to be young and rich, then you need to change direction. And be smart. Those Tv programs with pretty celebrities saying you should "do what you love and money will follow" are only slightly correct. People buy your product because they like it. They don't ask you how much passion you have before a transaction is made. The following scenario never happened: "That looks horrible, but are you passionat ...more
Aug 08, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Really different material and whole 'nother take on getting to where you want to be. This isn't a happy, all-sunshine book on how being positive and dreaming or wishing will get you whatever you want; MJ Demarco hits you upside the head and puts the onus on you. Getting rich isn't an event, he says, but a process and this is how most people fail at getting rich.

He outlines the steps to getting there and shows you how to think. This book is about a mindset and is very well-written. Almost everyth
Tin Phan
Feb 05, 2016 Tin Phan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for everyone. One of the best books I have ever read.
Sep 11, 2014 Nina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Had this book been written by another author, it might have gotten a decent rating. But halfway through I stopped and skimmed the rest, and confirmed there was no way I'd keep on subjecting myself to the airs of the author. I get it, his target audience are people who "can't seem to figure out" how to get rich and want to know what the secret is. But there is a big difference between some though love and just breaking down everyone who doesn't fit your fastlane idea.

As for the 'secret', it is r
Will Davis
May 21, 2016 Will Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are certain books that, as soon as you start reading them, you know that they are going to change your life. And that's the feeling that I got when I went through the first pages of The Millionaire Fastlane.

Albeit a ridiculous and misleading title (I mean, it sounds like any other "Get rich fast" book), the Millionaire Fastlane is an encyclopaedia of everything financial, especially if you're not proficient in the topic.

Creating a strong parallelism between personal finance and the world
Bryan Vest
Jun 16, 2011 Bryan Vest rated it really liked it
The Millionaire Fastlane is an informative and engaging book. Very well written, easy to follow and more truthful than any book of this type that I have read in the past. I do not want to even compare this book to any other book because it is not like any other book, it is full of hard hitting truth. My mind had become numb over the years and I had stopped caring about my path. My idea generation engine had shut down through the doldrums of working a 9-5 and raising a family. Get up eat go to wo ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Roman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, I liked the book.

DeMarco's aggressive and intuitive style made this book interesting and easy to understand. However, some of the aspects I don't share with him, especially the ones he sees in loving what you are creating. For him, money is the ultimative goal that results in financial independence and you should do everything to achieve it. There is nothing wrong with it, though.

But, if you try doing something on your own, creating, designing and putting your effort into t
Fotis Chatzinicolaou
Ελικρινα δυνατό βιβλίο.

Εχω διαβάσει αρκετα βιβλία για το πως να βγάλει κάποιος λεφτά, αλλά ύστερα από αυτό, κατάλαβα ότι όλα τα άλλα ήταν μάλλον μαλακίες.

Για μένα ένα βιβλίο που σκοπό έχει να σε κάνει να θέλεις να δράσεις, πρέπει να μπορεί να σε εμπνεύσει να λάβεις δράση άμεσα, ΤΩΡΑ. Το The Millionaire Fastlane το κάνει μια χαρά αυτό.

Μην κοροϊδέψω κάποιον. Δεν λέει "κάνε το Χ και θα βγάλεις λεφτά". Όχι. Αν δεν είναι κάποιος έτοιμος να κάνει την δουλεια, να αναγνωρίσει ανάγκες ή να μπορέσει να κ
Jul 22, 2016 Eugene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: startups
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Aaron Sadhankar
Mar 26, 2015 Aaron Sadhankar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a fairly common sense guide to entrepreneurship.

A lot of the book is spent on evaluating the fallacy of traditional wealth accumulation through work "servitude". That is, working for decades during the prime of your life in order to enjoy life in old age. This book is quite insightful if you've never questioned the logic in that. If you have though, then the value in this book is limited to a few chapters that detail the process of creating something with impact that could le
Silver Kuklase
Feb 06, 2014 Silver Kuklase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to be wealthy, you should probaly marry this book. I will use this book as my bible for now and apply what it teaches, because it is powerful! :)
Gavin Mills
Oct 02, 2016 Gavin Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cringey title but a worthwhile read.
Roberto Zanon
Oct 12, 2016 Roberto Zanon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Most probably the best book ever read about business.
This is one of those books that had an impact on how I see the world, but I hesitate to recommend it to anyone due to how poorly it is written. While I'm glad I read this book, I can't give it the four-star I'd like to give it for a number of reasons.

As far as entrepreneurship goes, this is my first foray into the topic. As a primer, it served that purpose well. DeMarco lays out (in broad, abstract strokes) the basics of identifying a need, providing a fix or solution for that need, and general
Emiel Aerts
Feb 09, 2017 Emiel Aerts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one thing that might stop me from completely believe MJ DeMarco in everything he says, is that he only derives his supposed knowledge from his own situations, and that's just one case study from which principles can be hardly derived. One might be bothered by how he presents them that way.

However, This book really kicked of my desire to develop my own business. The author really makes a point of explaining things in a simple way, and although it seems to lack credibility sometimes, it builds
Jan 31, 2017 Bragadeesh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I've had the opportunity of traveling with MJ Demarco on his Fastlane book whilst me traveling on my car every day to and from work - kind of two journeys in one! The concepts in this book are mathematically and theoretically sound. If one could follow these processes and the Axiom like Five commandments - Need, Entry, Control, Scale, and Time! Putting these into practice will definitely put you in the right direction! This guy made me take my first step in the journey!
Costantine Plassaras
Is there any way to put 6 stars? :P :P :P :P

Just read it. It's a 6-star book. Some of you maybe disagree with MJ's opinions but either way, it's a great book to get some mindful mindset shift tips. Comprende?
Livio Dinaj
Jan 02, 2015 Livio Dinaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely indepth and mindset changing, a must read for anyone who is serious about achieving financial freedom in the true sense of the word

The message of the book is about successful wealth building, and how to retire rich at any age you aim to do so. De Marco heavily uses vehicular\transportation metaphors and allegories to convey his message. It is possible to get rich quick (NOT get rich easy), that there are 3 roads only that can be taken towards this goal, and only one is the correct one,
Aug 13, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
I really wish I had read this book when I first started out in business. It contains so many of the things that I have discovered to be true over the years but would have loved someone letting me know ahead of time and saving me the heart ache. I also found the no nonsense style of writing very appealing.

At first glance, the title of the book can be deceiving. Put those fears aside and read it, you'll be glad you did. This is a book that will challenge your perception of being financially succes
Daniel Dropuljić
Even though to me the title sounds super corny, it turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read since it made me adjust parts of my life immediately after reading.

Message: The main message of the book was that the standard go study-get a degree-get a job-retire and be the richest man in the retirement house is a farce. This is described in the book as the slow-lane, a synonym for a life of mediocrity.

Instead he describes a fasten which basically comes down to working your ass off for a coupl
Mar 01, 2016 Uninvited rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this book features a totally ridiculous title. And for that reason it can either put some people off, or create false expectations.
This is not a "take you by the hand and make you rich" kind of book, and it certainly isn't some feelgood Alchemistesque "believe and your dreams will come true" bullshit.
What this book offers is a way to change your mindset regarding how you see the world and the opportunities around you. Its purpose is to rewire your brain to think as a producer inste
This book is a great read for individuals that want to build wealth using new strategies. The book breaks up into three parts the fast lane, the slow lane, and the side lane. These three areas explain strategies that people use to build wealth . The side lane and the slow lane are common methods that people use to build wealth and are highly unsuccessful. The fast lane is the most successful method to build wealth in the long and short term. I highly recommend this book to individuals that are i ...more
Jul 28, 2016 Mehul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it Once, twice, thrice and again and again till you Imbibe it completely.

Like Songs Of The God (Bhagwad Gita) is a Holy book on spirituality , I would say Millionaire Fastlane is a Holy Book on business and on attaining Financial Freedom. The Best Book I have ever read in this genre. Ultimate.
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MJ DeMarco is the current founder of Viperion Publishing Corp., a media company focused on online and print content distribution. He also is admin/founder for The Fastlane Forum, the webs' leading destination forum for start-up, finance, and entrepreneurial business discussions.

He was the former start-up Founder/CEO of (1997-2007), a global ground transportation aggregator and marketpla
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