Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"The Automatic Millionaire" (Chapter One)

What a fascinating way to start the book! We all like stories, and this one is interesting and told quite well. David Bach's first chapter, "Meeting the Automatic Millionaire," may not contain a lot of practical advice, but it is the best chapter in the book. While I have read the book 3 times, I have read chapter one probably 4 or 5 more.

The chapter is simply a story. It is the story about how David Bach got the ideas for his plan; and those ideas came from a couple that he never would have expected them from.

Mr. Bach was teaching financial classes, but was still living paycheck-to-paycheck. He was what Dave Ramsey calls, "A broke finance teacher." One afternoon, though, that all changed. Jim and Sue McIntyre came into his office--not for advice as he had thought--but, rather, to show David that if he would just apply what he taught, he'd be rich.

These two people, nearing retirement, didn't make a ton of money (combined around $50,000 average), but owned two six-figure homes free and clear and didn't owe a dime on anything. In fact, as David looked over their stuff, it came to his mind that these two normal Americans had a net worth of just under $2million!

The rest of the chapter simply tells what they did to achieve such amazing levels of financial success. I won't go into detail because it really principles became the ideas for each chapter of the book.

Suffice it to say, if these two normal folks can be wealthy on a regular salary, anyone can! As I said before, this chapter is my favorite, and it is so motivational. If you don't have the book, this chapter is worth the price of the book. It will help us "normal folks" want to do what the McIntyres did.