The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

by Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen

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Two mega-bestselling authors with decades of experience in teaching people how to achieve extraordinary wealth and success share their secrets.

Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of the phenomenal Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Robert G. Allen, one of the world’s foremost financial experts, have helped thousands of people become millionaires. Now it’s your turn.

Is it possible to make a million dollars in only one minute? The answer just might surprise you. The One Minute Millionaire is an entirely new approach, a life-changing “millionaire system” that will teach you how to:

* Create wealth even when you have nothing to start with.
* Overcome fears so you can take reasonable risks.
* Use the power of leverage to build wealth rapidly.
* Use “one minute” habits to build wealth over the long term.

The One Minute Millionaire is a revolutionary approach to building wealth and a powerful program for self-discovery as well. Here are two books in one, fiction and nonfiction, designed to address two kinds of learning so that you can fully integrate these life-changing lessons. On the right-hand pages, you will find the fictional story of a woman who has to make a million dollars in ninety days or lose her two children forever. The left-hand pages give the practical, step-by-step nonfiction strategies and techniques that actually work in the real world. You’ll find more than one hundred nuts-and-bolts “Millionaire Minutes,” each one a concise and invaluable lesson with specific techniques for creating wealth.

However, the lessons here are not just about becoming a millionaire—they are about becoming an enlightened millionaire and how to ethically make, keep, and share your wealth. Whether your goal is less than a million dollars or that amount many times over, there’s never been a better time to achieve abundance. Let The One Minute Millionaire show you the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307452658
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 115,965
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Mark Victor Hansen is the cocreator of the phenomenally popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has been a public speaker for twenty-five years, entertaining and enlightening audiences worldwide. He is the author of five other books and six popular audio programs, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award.

Robert G. Allen is the author of three New York Times bestselling personal finance books, including Creating Wealth and Multiple Streams of Income.

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Chapter One
One Minute Millionaire

Two Ways to Millionize Your Life
There are two routes for climbing the Millionaire Mountain: the long route and the short route.
First, let’s talk about the long route. The long route is the safest and easiest. You can literally become a millionaire by investing as little as a dollar a day ($30 a month). Study the following chart.

How the Investment of Only One Dollar per Day Grows into $1,000,000
Number of Years to Grow % Interest into a Million Dollars
3% – 147 years
5% – 100 years
10% – 56 years
15% – 40 years
20% – 32 years

To become a millionaire in your lifetime, all that is required is (1) the ability to find investments that yield at least 10% annually after taxes (as in your tax-deferred retirement account) and (2) the discipline to keep up the process, year in and year out.

The following chart tells the story of what can happen if individuals save a dollar a day from the day they are born until they reach retirement age.

A Dollar a Day Invested at Various Interest Rates for 66 Years
% Interest Amount Accumulated
(Hidden in a mattress) 0% = $24,000
(In a savings account) 3% = $77,000
(Certificates of deposit) 5% = $193,000
(Corporate bonds) 8% = $1,000,000
(Growth mutual funds) 10% = $2,700,000
(Aggressive growth mutual funds) 15% = $50,000,000
(Real estate, businesses) 20% = $1,000,000,000 
(That’s One Billion!)

Yes, you can even become a billionaire on the investment of a dollar a day—given enough time and the right interest rate. But this is the long route—it certainly isn’t the way most of us want it. We want it FAST! And that is definitely possible, as we will show you. But while you’re creating rapid wealth, why don’t you also take the long route at the same time? Put aside $50, $100, $500—as much as you can afford—every month, from now on. It’s simple. It’s easy. It can be automatically deducted from your bank account. Then, if you make a million the fast way, so much the better. But no matter what happens, you’ll still be a millionaire—sooner or later. Agreed?

A Dollar a Day, A Minute at a Time
No matter your present circumstances, here are the four steps to your first million.
1. Decide that it’s okay for you to become a millionaire.
Some people believe that the accumulation of wealth is an unworthy goal. Before you begin your journey to become an Enlightened Millionaire, search your attitudes to make sure you are willing to create wealth in a way that will support your inner beliefs and values.

2. Practice imagining yourself enjoying an abundant lifestyle.
All great fortunes started in someone’s imagination. See yourself living in the home of your dreams, enjoying ideal relationships with friends and loved ones, contributing to the world through your own unique talents and abilities. Imagine the fortune you could create and the good it could do. Believe it and you will see it.

3. Spend less than you earn.
But how? Pay yourself first. Deduct 10% off the top of your income, and deposit it into your investment account. Convert all your credit cards except one to debit cards so it is impossible for you to go into debt. Then live on what is left over.

4. Invest the difference.
Invest your 10% surplus into investments that can earn at least 10%. A dollar a day invested at 10% interest becomes a million dollars in 56 years. In other words, anyone can become a millionaire by investing only a dollar a day—30 bucks a month. If you want to become a millionaire faster, then invest more money or find ways to make your money grow at higher rates of return.

You can become a One Minute Millionaire.
• It only takes a minute to decide it.
• It only takes a minute to visualize it.
• It only takes a minute to save it.
• It only takes a minute to invest it.

A dollar a day—a minute at a time—you can get there. Slowly but surely.

Now, let’s talk about the fast way....

Choosing Your Millionaire Mountain
In the whole wide world of money there are only four major ways of becoming a millionaire. No matter what your background, you can learn to master one of these areas.

1. Investments: Accumulating shares of stock, bonds, CDs
2. Real Estate: Owning properties
3. Business: Marketing products, services, or ideas
4. Internet: Expanding possibilities

We call this the Mountain Range of Wealth. A lot of routes can be taken to the top of each mountain. We will teach you many different models for creating wealth later on in this book. But for now, realize that you will probably reach your million-dollar goal with a combination of all four. Suppose you make a fortune by launching a home-based business. You’ll still need to invest your excess cash in the stock market or other forms of passive investment. Certainly, you will need to buy some real estate along the way—and if you can buy it at wholesale prices instead of retail, it can make a huge difference.

For now, just be aware of the four major mountains. Make an initial “gut” decision to choose one mountain—something that you sense is going to be your primary investment vehicle. Suppose you were enrolled in a University of Money. Which of the four mountains would be your “major”? Which would be your “minor”? Which mountain interests you the most? Which one scares you the most?

Imagine yourself in conversation five years from now. Try these words on for size:
“I made my millions in real estate.”
“I made my millions by investing in the stock market.”
“I made my millions in business.”
“I made my millions on the Internet.”

Which one seems right to you?

The Millionaire Ahas


The First Aha: Everyone Manifests

Everyone thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900)

Look around you. Everything you see began as a thought in someone’s mind. The chair you sit on. The table you work at. The car you drive. The house you live in. The clothes you wear. The television you watch. First, a thought. Then, a thing—brought forth out of nothing. Voilà! There it is. Everything begins as a thought.

The verb for turning thoughts into things is to manifest. It comes from the Middle English word manifestus meaning “visible” and the Latin word manus meaning “hand.” When you manifest something, you metaphorically reach your hand through the invisible curtain separating the tangible world from the world of imagination and pull your desired object into existence.
First, you think it, then you manifest it. You “materialize” it. You cause it to appear.

Everyone manifests. Some people manifest abundance. Others manifest lack. If you don’t have what you want, examine your thoughts. Ask yourself, “How did I manifest this?”

You are the fruit of the thoughts you have planted and nourished. If you want a better harvest, you must plant better thoughts. Just like an apple seed will not produce a peach tree, poor thoughts will not produce prosperity. As surely as the acorn becomes the oak tree, the images in your mind become your reality.

Thoughts are things. Every thought has a consequence. No thought lives in your brain rent-?free. Each thought is a pebble dropped into the pond of your life—the ripples are real. The more intense the thought, the more powerful the outcome. An angry thought gets picked up like a radio wave. People can sense it. Animals can smell it. The whole energy system surrounding you is infected. Weed out such thoughts.

Think positive thoughts, intensely. Grow enthusiastic images, boldly. Speak only wonderful words to yourself, constantly. Feel fantastic, NOW! This colors your view of the world. Like a magnet, you attract the resources necessary to manifest the world you desire.

Everything manifested around you made someone a fortune. Everywhere you look, you can see it. The chair you sit on. The table you work at. The car you drive. The house you live in. The clothes you wear. The television you watch. Everywhere you look—every thing you see has made or is making someone millions. There are millions of enlightened ways to manifest a million dollars. We want to be your manifestation coaches. We want to support you in changing your economic future. Together we can change the economic future of the world.

The Second Aha: BE-DO-HAVE

To Fly As Fast As Thought
To Be Anywhere There Is
You Must First Begin By Knowing
That You Have Already Arrived
From Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach

Properly adding a million dollars to your net worth is a primary objective of this book. Yet to reach this objective—the Enlightened Millionaire way—you must follow three steps in a specific order. They are:

Of course, to become an Enlightened Millionaire you must DO what you love, add enormous value, and leverage it (more on this later). While these DOing steps are critical they are not the first priority. BEing comes first! You must first BE an Enlightened Millionaire.

The Enlightened Millionaire knows and acts from the space that
1. abundance comes from making others better off, and
2. the primary reason to get is to have more to give.

For the Enlightened Millionaire, it’s all about giving. It is rarely about getting. Giving springs from the wellspring of the abundance that exists. Enlightened Millionaires give because that is who they are—it’s the highest manifestation of their true nature. It comes from their BEING.

You must BE an Enlightened Millionaire before you DO anything. From that “BE” space you DO what needs to be done to add as much value to the world as possible. As a result of your Enlightened Beingness, your behavior or Doingness will be appropriate in each situation.
Granted, it is possible to make millions of dollars by doing and undoing. However, you won’t experience the peace, gratitude, and sense of wealth that come from the added-?value approach of the Enlightened Millionaire. You will also miss the joy of tapping into the ocean of abundance, one of the greatest of earthly pleasures.

When both the BEing and DOing are correct, you will HAVE your desired outcome. You will have riches beyond your wildest dreams.

The Third Aha: Live Life Above the Line
Whenever something doesn’t go as expected, most of us tend to “blame” someone else for what went wrong. In doing so, we lose a tremendous learning opportunity.

The world makes progress by learning from mistakes. When we blame someone, it gives that person power over the situation. For example, “If John had done what he agreed to do, then this would never have happened.” That may be true. However, this statement gives John the power over the situation, and we usually learn very little from the experience.

If we avoid the trap of laying blame, we sometimes tend to justify what happened. “I would have gotten the job done except that I had traveled all night yesterday and I was too tired to focus on the project today.” This is just another form of blame. Instead of blaming a person, we blame the circumstances. Again, no matter how reasonable the justification, we lose an opportunity to optimally learn from the situation.

If we get beyond blaming and justifying, there is another level of suboptimal learning. That is shame—beating yourself up; “I did the dumbest thing!” Instead of blaming another person or the circumstance, we blame ourselves. This too reduces the opportunity for learning.

Where, then, is the optimal place to view life experiences? From the point of personal responsibility—from above the line.


Granted, we may not be responsible for everything that happens. However, the more we are willing to view the world from this vantage point, the more the reins to life are in our own hands. By operating “above the line,” each of us has optimal control, direction, and command over our existence. From this perspective, “free will” surfaces in each individual action or omission, allowing us to learn as much as possible from each situation.

Life is a succession of choices. The Enlightened Millionaire embraces each outcome from “above the line.” As much as possible is learned from each situation. As a result, the next choice is more likely to be wiser.

Choose to look at everything from above the line. The Enlightened Millionaire does.

The Fourth Aha: Abundance Is Your Natural State

Out of abundance He took abundance and still abundance remained.
The Upanishads

The Universe is fundamentally abundant. There is no shortage, except in our own mind.
Infinite money potentially awaits each of us who apply the principles of acquiring it. You can decide to become wealthy and abundant now, and the Universe will cheerfully provide. Opportunities and blessings come to individuals who embrace an abundant attitude. Others everywhere have created abundance, so can you.

Once you embrace, experience, and choose to express it, there is only abundance. Who can absorb all the abundance of a magnificent sunset? There is absolute plenty for each of us to drink, absorb, photograph, and share. And it returns again and again—it’s endless. In fact, sharing always creates more.

The principle of abundance is exactly the same. The dictionary defines abundance as “great supply, plentitude, sufficiency, more than enough.” It is a principle that cannot wear out, rust out, get tired, or not deliver the goods. Abundance is. Once you own the principle, the results that follow must be abundant. Abundant thinking multiplies, magnetizes, and magnifies whatever is focused upon.

What is the significance of this? It means there is more than enough to attend to the needs of everyone, everywhere and simultaneously create a sustainable ecology and economy.

Real-life models of abundance include such wide-ranging examples as Mother Teresa, Dr. Maya Angelou, Oprah, Paul Newman, Art Linkletter, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

To “out-picture” abundance, we first must successfully and repetitively “in-picture” a mental state of abundance. Why? Because our state of mind creates our state of results. Affirm the following each morning and night for the next 30 days or until it becomes the truth for you.

Preferably, do this just prior to sleep and just before getting out of bed in the morning. Repeat it with feeling, belief, imagination, and acceptance:

I am abundant in every good way.
Infinite money is mine to earn, save, invest, exponentially multiply, and share.
My abundance is making everyone better off.
I embrace abundance and abundance embraces me.

The Fifth Aha: Givers Get

He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; 
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6

The dictionary defines paradox as an act or statement that on one level of meaning seem to contradict itself. Yet at a higher level (often called the “meta level”) there is a deeper truth or understanding.

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MamaRain More than 1 year ago
It really takes a book of certain stamina to keep my attention. Books that provide a road map to any form sof elf awareness, can at times, be boring. This book was NOTHING like that! It was very refreshing, with moments of comedy. But the way the book reads, meaning read all the purple pages first then start over, keeps your really quessing what is going to happen. I especially like the fact that you take the journey and then return to the beging to learn how to translate the journey for yourself. I have recommended this book to several friends, but mostly to the younger members of my family, nieces and nephews, feeling that they could relate, understand and apply the story to their future challenges.
StuartDMT More than 1 year ago
There are certainly many things positive to say about Hansen and Allen's "The One Minute Millionaire." Good ideas, a unique and entertaining presentation ("how to" presentation on the left page, a "novelization" on the right page) and compelling logic. It will, however, not make you a millionaire in a minute and even the most ardent follower of the philosophy and behavior patterns outlined in the book will find it difficult to rearrange one's life to fit their idea of how to amass wealth in a short period of time. The only real issue I have with the book is that it is basically a marketing tool for a website which requires registration, personal information and, if you follow through, a financial contribution. I, personally did not fall for that and read the book without using the website. I believe that the techniques presented in the book will, no doubt, positively impact the way the reader approaches wealth acquisition and could well be instrumental in creating a mindset of money and abundance, but keeping your eyes open and not paying for the book a second time with on line payments is just as useful advise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book for a few different reasons. First of all because it pays respects to the ultimite author GOD. Secondly because it does give you a play by play plan of how to make this work for you. I am a practicing Real Estate Professional and I have seen people work these kinds of deals to make money in Real Estate. The internet idea is also a very real factor. Look at Facebook and Myspace. These were just some idea roaming around in someone's head until they made it a reality. One Minute Millionaire, from conception, to plan, to action, and these guys were in their 20's. To the one guy who gave this book a bad rap, check yourself, just because you can't see the picture at work don't bash the book. These really are Millionaire habbits written for everyday people. What works for one doesn't work for all, so you have to find what works for you as a person. I have put some of the methods in this book into play and I have had positive results. You think, so you do, and you become that is basic...........Maybe you should read the book again because you missed the basics teachings of the Authors. 'This is a great motivational book and nothing more.' Is exactly what it is supposed to
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. We are just starting a investment group and what a message to recieve upon doing so. I love how you give enough content to still leave a person enough room for there own creativity. Most people in life have to many options to fail. What if we really wasn't allowed to. I really liked putting you into the situation that you did in the story where you didn't have the ability to fail, and was held accountable for doing it the right way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sort of childish, like trying to convince a six-year-old that Santa exists. What was helpful was the following: 1.Good business practices are important. 2.Vision and imagination are key in finding and creating opportunities. 3.People who are knowledgeable about leverage are able to act quickly when opportunities present themselves. I would recommend it only as an imagined case study; it did open my eyes to the ways in which you can finance deals.
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A friend gave me a copy and I must say it was life changing. My wife enjoyed it when I read sections to her. I have recommended the book to my students in my classes for career motivation.
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