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

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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, re…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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Ali Abdaal
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Not much new stuff for me personally, but this is now top of my list of books to recommend to anyone who wants to become financially free, start their own business etc.
Kingshuk Mukherjee
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: http://wp.me/pWekB-6k)

DeMarco also seems to be a lucky dot-com millionaire. He started and sold a limousine chartering website f
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
Leo Polovets
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is super-cringy. I started reading because it was recommended in a list of business and marketing books alongside some others that I knew to be good, so I assumed it would be of the same quality. It's not. I made it through 20% by increasing the playback speed, then skimmed the rest of the content just to give it a fair shot.

This is a generic financial self-help book for people who are stuck in dead-end jobs, want to be successful enough to buy flashy cars, and don't know how to make a
Will Davis
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
First, this guy loves himself way too much. Dude, we got it your not "small", your rich, and can do what you want. Check, don't spend half the book telling us.

Overall I get the main idea Mj is trying to make you understand that being "rich" young much more enjoyable than having a "safe" retirement plan. Trading your "life" working a 9-5 for 40 years only to be rich and "free" when your 65 is no way to live.

And to his credit, taking action towards making "big money fast" is a fantastic goal but
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Terribly self-centered hot trash.

"Oh look at the sidewalkers, they are useless and blame everything on others." "Here comes the slowlaners - work, work, work, save, save, save, heh heh, guy has a heart attack at 50, 5 years before his glory!!!"

Those aren't actual quotes, but they're pretty close to the essence. Online Limo rental company during the dot-com bubble? Endless references to trashy cars which frankly, are unattractive to a lot of folks regardless of their pricetag? Innumerable self-c
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I've read countless books on wealth creation, business and more, but this is ONE OF THE best I've read 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 revie
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stuart Cargill
Jul 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Waste of time.

After hearing about this book in a number of circles I finally got it and went through it and when I finished I was dumbfounded that so many people rave about it.

It honestly seems like he paid a team of writers in India to put this together and then had it edited by someone and released it.

Shallow, full of fluff and an absolute waste of time.

"Choose Yourself" by by James Altucher is a much faster read, more insightful and offers way more value.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wonder how many more millionaires we have extra since this book was published.
Aka if everybody quit their jobs to start a business, try to imagine what would happen to our society. You need to see your doctor? Sorry, he quit to start his own business. He couldn't stand being in the rat race any longer.....
See the absurdity of this book and throw it where it belongs. In the trash can. I'm not saying you can't get rich, all I'm saying it's more of being lucky and trying again and again... Busine
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was recommended on a mailing list as "It totally changed my mindset," so I got it from the library. Skimmed most of it. It's a typical rags-to-riches story in hyperbolic style, with plenty of condemnation of poor people for being lazy. In chapter 2, the author describes how after getting his bachelor's degree, he had a string of entrepreneurial failures, and finally decided to relocate away from Chicago to start over. This gives you an idea of both the writing style and the author's decisio ...more
Bryan Vest
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaiti Yoo
Jan 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
they don't teach this stuff in school and they never will, but they absolutely should. legendary handbook on building the empire of your dreams. acidic, bro-y, macho writing style but i tolerated it because the value is incredible. i'd be interested to read his other book that's now out, considering he's much older now and I'm sure he has other things to say since writing this one. ...more
Tin Phan
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone. One of the best books I have ever read.
Henrik Haapala
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to, favorites, wealth
• Fast lane, slow lane and sidewalk: what map are you following? The point is we are our choices, and something I use is the decision strategies in the book, very helpful indeed. WADM and WCCA. Weighted average for difficult decisions and worst case consequence analysis for everyday decisions.
• Fast lane: controllable unlimited leverage, business, lifestyle and rapid wealth
• Time is your most important resource, don’t exchange it for money. Time is scarce, money is abundant.
• The importance
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I will say this as plain as it gets: THIS IS A HORRIBLY WRITTEN BOOK!
Although it does have some good advice later on, it is just written so poorly and unnecessarily LONG! For the love of God I read this book for a couple of months because I couldn't push myself to read more since it was so boring and bland.

The first 30% of the book the author just trashes other ways of living and earning money, and hypes his "Fastlane". I do not want to spend a THIRD of the book reading about you hyping the fas
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: Read 60% skimmed through the last 40%

Normally I would not go for a book with such a title, but after it being highly recommended by one of my roommates I decided to give it a try... should have paid more attention to my own suspicions and stayed away from this one.

This book could have been summarized as "Start a Business". There a not enough new/worthwhile ideas to justify its 300+ pages instead you get to read the same rehashed tales about the author and his race cars or just him pl
Aaron Sadhankar
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Petar Ivanov
To be honest, I am not sure how to describe this book. I found so much valuable information, tips & tricks, and mathematical stuff. The author also shares his philosophy of what's the most vital asset in our lives - TIME, and how we could try to escape the Slowlane race and start playing on the Fastlane road. All information is presented very clearly with Chapter Summary which makes it easy to comprehend and remind yourself the most impart part of each chapter. The author's writing style is pret ...more
Ash Lanser
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not always easy to read, but I am so glad I pushed through. Will definitely be reading it again. A much needed slap in the face for anyone who is their own boss, is overworked and on top of that doesn't have a plan to get even close to financial freedom. Love the part about attitudes, in the first couple chapters. Concrete questions on evaluating the viability of a business idea. And the Law of Effection. ...more
Roberto Zanon
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mandatory, wealth
Most probably the best book ever read about business.
Ali Abdaal did a video about this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2vy...
i'll probably read it soon and write a summary of it myself.
CA Ram Melam
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Many concepts shared by the author mock the implanted concepts of thriving authors on unseen universal powers. I believe this book is practical guide to become a millionaire plus.
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MJ DeMarco is a semi-retired entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and international best-selling author who’s books have been translated in over 15 languages worldwide. He 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 web’s leading destination forum for start-up, finance, and e ...more

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