Sunday, February 3, 2013

Goodreads: The Millionaire Fastlane by DeMarco

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! by M.J. DeMarco

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Throughout his book, DeMarco yelled at me for being an idiot and not a millionaire like him. By the end, I felt like a disgusting loser for having a well-paying job instead of being self-made, living in a fancy mansion, and driving an expensive sports car.

If you too want to be ashamed of your lack of millions of dollars, by all means read DeMarco's book.

For much of the book, I kept thinking, "OK, DeMarco, stop rambling and just tell me your secret." After he disclosed his secret to millions, he then rambled on for way too long.

The last few chapters actually seem to be completely unneeded, only making (some) sense when DeMarco finally disclosed he had organized the book according to a big acrostic of FASTLANE SUPERCHARGED. Cute, but totally unnecessary.

One of his millionaire secrets is never-ever-ever trade the hours in your days for money. If somebody is paying you an annual salary or by the hour, you are a fool, a big loser. To be a winner, you must be an independent producer of things that sell themselves while you snorkel in the Caribbean.

DeMarco's often crude style of writing implies he is a young kid who made it rich quickly and is now using book sales to keep his money rolling in.

Still, I liked DeMarco's book. He shares his Fastlane secrets to quick riches, makes some good points, and provides the reader with a fairly enjoyable book.

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I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders, the vendor of WebFOCUS BI and iWay enterprise integration products, and for over a dozen years served in branch leadership roles. For several years, I also led technical teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting.