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Chris Hogan Everyday Millionaires Book Review

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Let’s dig into the book Everyday Millionaires by Chris Hogan.

Everyday Millionaires Book

So I recently picked up a copy of Chris Hogan’s book Everyday Millionaires.  Of course, I got it from my local library for free.

Your local library is a great place to save money on all kinds of excellent resources.  And one thing is for sure, millionaires know how to save money.

Today’s article is a book summary and review of Everyday Millionaires.

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My Quick Take On Everyday Millionaires

Hogan’s Everyday Millionaire book is well written. It is easy to read and packed with interesting and useful information.

It is full of real-life stories. As told by millionaires.

Most importantly, these millionaires practice 6 key wealth-building habits that I highlight for you below.

The book is an excellent resource for anyone trying to improve their finances.  And I agree with almost everything in the book.  Just a few minor areas of disagreement stuck out to me.

In these areas, I would go about building a million-dollar net worth a little differently.  I will note my disagreements further on in this review.   But please realize they are few and far between.

I hope Mr. Hogan won’t hold that against me.  After all, different opinions are what make life interesting.

But there is plenty that I do agree with from the book.  And I will also let you know my major areas of agreement as we go.

So I hope you won’t mind if I sprinkle in my thoughts, views, and comments along the way.

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My Approach To The Everyday Millionaires Book Review

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Hogan’s book is an entertaining read

My main goal is to make this the most comprehensive Everyday Millionaires book review on the internet.

So first, we will start with some background information.  Then, I will highlight each chapter.  And finally, we will summarize what we have learned.

My secondary goal is to give you enough information on the book to get interested.  Then hopefully you will be motivated to get the book and read it for yourself.  I believe it can speed up your own journey to a million dollars!

On the other hand, you may choose not to read the book.  If so, this article is full of good content to help you with your own money goals, regardless.

Okay.  Let’s dive in.

Who Is Chris Hogan?

Chris Hogan is the author of Everyday Millionaires.

Chris Hogan – An Author And Personal Finance Expert

Mr. Hogan is a best-selling author, a personal finance expert, and America’s leading voice on retirement, investing, and building wealth.

His goal is to help as many people as possible avoid financial traps and set their families up for the future.

Source:  Chris Hogan 360 – About

Chris Hogan – A Brief Biography

Mr. Hogan attended Georgetown College as a student-athlete. Football was his sport.

He went to college on a football scholarship.  And, Georgetown College is where he received his BA in communications.

He also has a master’s degree in communications from the California University of Pennsylvania.

At the time, he was working for the university as an assistant football coach.  And, he earned his degree tuition-free as an employee of the University.

Since 2005, Mr. Hogan has worked at Ramsey Solutions as a financial coach and event speaker.

Source:  LinkedIn

Chris Hogan – Biographical Points To Note

I want you to note a couple of points about Mr. Hogan’s biography.

No Brand Name Prestigious Universities

Harvard is considered an elite university
Harvard University

First, you will see he didn’t attend prestigious “name brand” educational institutions.

Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with Harvard or the University of Chicago.

You can learn a lot at these institutions of higher education.  And they can open many doors.

On the other hand, these schools are elite.  And elite schools tend to be expensive.

No College Debt

Now observe how his degrees were financed.

Specifically, he had a football scholarship for his undergraduate degree.  And employee paid tuition for his graduate degree.

As far as I can tell, he didn’t take on college debt.

Preaching What He Practiced

Looking into Mr. Hogan’s biography a little more deeply helped me better understand his views on building wealth.  He preaches:

  • Avoid debt, including student loans
  • Excellent educational opportunities are available at lesser-known, less expensive schools
  • Look for scholarships and work-part to finance your degree

Most importantly, I like people who “practice what they preach”.  His practices will become clear as we get into the details of the book.

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What Is An Everyday Millionaire?

Let’s establish the definition of an everyday millionaire before we go any further.

According to Mr. Hogan, a millionaire is someone whose net worth is at or above $1 million.

An Everyday Millionaire Is Measured By Net Worth

Net worth is defined as the value of what you own minus the value of what you owe to others.  In other words, the value of one’s assets minus their debts.

Examples of assets include a person’s home, car, cash, and investments.

And debt is composed of credit card debt, car loans, and a home mortgage.

These are just a few examples of assets and liabilities.  There are many other forms.

An Everyday Millionaire IS NOT Measured By Their Income

You may notice that the definition of a millionaire has nothing to do with a person’s income.  This is an important point made in the book.

Specifically, Mr. Hogan believes that anyone can become a millionaire. Regardless of how much money they make.

I personally like this definition of net worth.  One of my favorite expressions is, it’s not what you make it’s what you have.

Remember that point when you come across the next person bragging about how much money they make.  Or, how big of an annual bonus they receive.

I’m sure you know someone like that. Just remember, it’s not what you make, it’s what you have!

The Research Behind Hogan’s Everyday Millionaire Book

The research behind the Everyday Millionaires book by Chris Hogan
Significant reseach went into Chris Hogan’s book

The book’s research targeted individuals with a net worth of at least $1 million, regardless of their income.

The research was done from August 2017 to March 2018 and encompassed:

  • Participation by more than 10,000 millionaires
  • A 119-page questionnaire about these millionaire’s history, career, spending, and investing habits
  • Dozens of in-depth interviews
  • Representation from all 50 United States and all of the top 100 US metropolitan areas

The Millionaire Next Door

To me, Everyday Millionaires is a modern-day take on the famous book The Millionaire Next Door.  However, the research is more robust.  And more importantly, it is much more recent.

The Millionaire Next Door is a classic.  It sits next to me on my bookshelf as I write this.

But let’s face it.  The Millionaire Next Door’s research was done more than 25 years ago.

A lot has changed in 25 years!  So let’s compare the scope of the research between the two books.

Research for The Millionaire Next Door was done from May 1995 through January 1996 and involved:

  • More than 1,000 people
  • Who answered 249 questions about a variety of personal finance topics

Related: An informative study of the new millionaires

From Hogan’s Research: Millionaire Statistics

Various statistics from the research were scattered throughout Hogan’s book.

So I took notes as I read.  Because I thought the millionaire statistics have a bigger impact when you can quickly and concisely see them in one place.

I’m a numbers guy.  So the figures behind the facts fire me up.  Maybe you will like them too. Here you go:

30 Statistics About An Everyday Millionaire

millionaire statistics
The books reseach in summary form

I will break these statistics into a few big categories including millionaire demographics.

I suggest you study this list and copy as many of these behaviors and attributes as possible.  They represent a solid formula for becoming wealthy.

Wealth and Money

  • 89% have a net worth between $1 million to $5 million dollars
  • They became millionaires at the average age of 49
  • 67% of their net worth is allocated to investments
  • 33% of their net worth is allocated to their homes
  • 79% did not receive an inheritance of any kind

Related: Millionaire Income & Net Worth

Education Level

  • 88% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 62% graduated from public state schools
  • 29% attended private colleges or universities
  • 8% attended community college
  • 9% percent didn’t graduate from college
  • 48% percent had a B average or less in school

Money Habits & Debt

  • 55% percent give to charities and churches on a regular basis
  • 73% percent never had credit card debt
  • 67% have paid off their home mortgage and did it in an average of 11 years
  • 68% with a college degree never took on student loans
  • 93% use coupons when shopping
  • 96% have never had a past-due bill
  • 82% have no automobile debt
  • 92% have a long term plan for their money
  • 68% have used a personal financial planner

Related: Millionaire Income Versus Expenses

Work History

  • 18% percent are self-employed
  • 33% percent never earned a household income greater than $100,000 annually
  • Only 31% averaged $100,000 or more household income per year
  • 62% continue to work in retirement because they want to

Top Occupations

  • Engineer
  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Management
  • Lawyer

Primary Residence

  • Their homes average 2,600 square feet
  • They’ve lived in that home for 17 years on average

Top Five US Cities Of Residence

  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Phoenix
  • Chicago
  • St. Louis

Related: Millionaire Demographics

Personal Habits

  • 80% exercise at least three times a week
  • 70% consider themselves early risers
  • 93% attribute hard work to becoming a millionaire

Related: 46 Habits of Self-Made Millionaires

The Rise Of The Working-Class Everyday Millionaire

Most millionaires are workers, not business owners
The rise of the working class millionaire

One thing jumped out at me in the millionaire statistics.  Specifically, only 18% are self-employed.

This is a big difference from the results in The Millionaire Next Door.  It claimed at the time that 67% of millionaires in America were self-employed.

Based on the research, we have clearly shifted to working-class millionaires in the United States.

Business ownership is not the only path to wealth anymore.

How Long Does It Take To Get Rich?

Here is a 2nd point that jumped out at me from the research. That is if you define rich as being a millionaire.

It takes the average person until the age of 49 to achieve the goal of building wealth, getting rich, and becoming a millionaire.

Mid-Point Recap – What Have We Learned So Far About Everyday Millionaires

So what do we know so far about the book, Everyday Millionaires?  Let’s recap:

First, we know a little about Chris Hogan, the author, a financial expert, and an event speaker.

Then we defined a millionaire as an individual with a minimum net worth of at least $1 million.

Furthermore, I have established The Millionaire Next Door Book as a timeless classic.  But, it is based on data from the 1990s and much smaller sample size.

And finally, we know 30 facts and figures about more than 10,000 millionaires.  These millionaires were used as the research base for the book Everyday Millionaires.

Related: Become A Millionaire

Chapter By Chapter Review – Everyday Millionaires

chapter summaries of Everyday Millionaires book
Let’s take Hogan’ book a chapter at a time

So let’s dig into each chapter now for a summary of the book’s content.

And of course, I will sprinkle in a few of my personal opinions along the way. I will highlight them in a grey box just like this one.

Chapter 1 – You’ve Been Lied To

Chapter 1 emphasizes that our society has cast an incorrect view of wealth and the wealthy.

Some of the miss-information we are fed includes:

  • The wealthy were given their money
  • People with money are the enemy of the middle class
  • Government entitlement programs will take care of us
  • Hollywood portrays wealth in a bad light

I will also throw in my 2 cents here. I really don’t need to hear another politician say that the next tax plan or the last tax plan only benefits the rich.

You can’t have a progressive tax system and have a tax cut plan benefit anyone other than those who make and have the most money! These folks, call them rich if you like, pay the most taxes.

The next 3 chapters expose 6 myths about millionaires.  Let’s take them one at a time.

Chapter 2 – Myths About Everyday Millionaires

The wealthy didn’t earn their money and don’t deserve their money.

This is just not true.  As the facts state, 79% of the millionaires surveyed received no inheritance.

The people we are talking about are self-made millionaires.  What that means is:

  • They didn’t come from money
  • They work hard
  • Exercise good judgment and discipline
  • Save money
  • Invest that money wisely
  • And they do not rely on luck

I agree that becoming a millionaire is not about luck.  But I will add that having good health is important to build wealth. 

I believe there are luck and little good fortune involved in being brought into this world with good health.  And those that have it should never take it for granted.

Chapter 3 – More Myths

The Wealthy Take Big Risks With Their Money

This chapter includes an excellent conversation on investment risk.  The chapter states that millionaires do not take big risks with their money.

They understand that risk and reward are a balancing act.  And also understand that becoming a millionaire is not about getting rich quick.

Balancing risk and reward with a long term mindset is the approach they take when investing.

They are not day trading.  Nor are they betting their future on speculative investments like bitcoin.

They avoid partnership ventures.  Why?

Because they want to rely only on themselves.  And finally, they do not use debt or leverage in an attempt to enhance investment returns.

In fact, they focus most of their investing time, energy, and resources on one thing.  That one thing is diversified mutual funds held in their company-provided retirement plans.

Where I Disagree

Mr. Hogan dedicates several pages in this chapter to say investing in single stocks carries way too much risk.

Yes.  I understand that loading up on anyone single stock is risky and should not be done.

On the other hand, a diversified portfolio of single stocks paying dividends is no riskier than the average mutual fund.

No one can tell me that owning single stocks in a group of companies like Johnson and Johnson, Procter and Gamble, Realty Income, and Paychex is too risky.

Investing in individual stocks may not be for everyone.  Not even an everyday millionaire.  But the topic shouldn’t be included in a conversation about taking on too much risk.

Chapter 4 – Even More Myths

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The wealthy have a leg up in education and careers.

Education

Wealthy people have only prestigious private school educations.

This is an area where Mr. Hogan clearly practices what he preaches.  In terms of education, he doesn’t believe that a degree from a prestigious university is necessary to build wealth.

He didn’t attend prestigious schools.  Nor did the average millionaire, according to the research.

And I totally agree with this.  It’s not about where a person goes to school.  Any student gets only as much of out a degree as they put into it.

I will hire an engaged student from a public state school over a disinterested student from a prestigious university any day.

And yes, I too was that hard-working, totally engaged student at a public state university back in the day.  So, I have no argument with this point.

Career

Wealthy people have only high paying jobs. Not true. Most millionaires have regular jobs.

The top occupations from the survey were engineers, accountants, and teachers.  And most had an annual household income of less than $100,000.

True, it’s easier to build wealth when you make a lot of money.  But that’s not the case with the household’s studied in Hogan’s book.

As for me, I like those top occupations.  I spent part of my career as an accountant.  And I had a second career as a teacher.  But I’m certainly no engineer.  I couldn’t engineer my way out of a wet paper bag.

Mid-Point Recap – 6 Everyday Millionaire Myths Summarized

Mid-article summary of millionaire myths
Let’s take some notes about what we have learned regarding millionaire myths!

We will move on to the last 7 chapters in a moment. But first, I want to recap the 6 myths about millionaires as outlined in the book.

This way, we have them in one place. Let’s summarize and dispel these wealth myths the book highlights.

Wealthy people:

  • Did not inherit all their money
  • Are not just lucky
  • Do not make risky investments
  • Avoid taking stupid risks to get rich quick
  • Do not have a prestigious private school educations
  • Do not have high paying jobs

What Do Millionaires Do Everyday?

Moving into the 2nd half of the book you are going to learn exactly what millionaires do. The productive everyday money behaviors that make them who they are.

This is what they do:

  • Live below their means
  • Plan and set goals
  • Work hard
  • Stick to their plan

Let’s learn more about each of these points next.

Chapter 5 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #1 – No Excuses, Start Believing

Chapter 5 uses the wealth myths to motivate the reader into believing they too can become an everyday millionaire.

The chapter also acknowledges that everyone starts from a different place.

This makes sense to me.  You have to believe you CAN accomplish something in order to actually accomplish whatever it is you are trying to do.

It’s like anything worthwhile in life.  You must

  • Believe you can do it and create a positive money mindset
  • Keep fear and doubt from getting in the way
  • Understand others may have a head start on you
  • And not make excuses

What Is An Excuse?

I also enjoyed Mr. Hogan’s definition of an excuse that he learned from one of his football coaches.

His football coach told him that “an excuse is a skin of a lie wrapped with a reason.”  Another way Mr. Hogan puts it is “an excuse is a lie dressed up as an explanation”.

No arguments from me here.  I like to say that “if you can envision it, you can achieve it”.  And here’s another one of my favorite sayings, “results, not excuses”.

Chapter 6 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #2 – Own It

Millionaires accept responsibility
It’s up to you!

Millionaires Take Personal Responsibility.

This is another motivational chapter.  A couple of the key points include:

Getting help refers to hiring a financial planner.  From my point of view, by all means, hire a financial planner if you think that makes a difference.

I hire a plumber or electrician when I need one.  Because I do not have the knowledge and skills to do those jobs.

But I prefer do it yourself financial planning and investing.  Anyone can educate themselves in these areas and save money by doing it yourself.

Personal finance doesn’t require special skills.  One just needs a strong desire to learn and the ability to exercise self-discipline with money and investments.

Chapter 7 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #3 – Live On Less Than You Make

Millionaires practice intentional spending to save money.

You can’t build wealth if you spend more than you make.  It’s just basic math.

And that math is carried out through a monthly budget.  Most of the discussion on budgeting focuses on the qualitative side rather than the number crunching.

For example, the book discusses,

  • The importance of budgeting
  • Intentional spending versus impulsive spending
  • Involving your spouse or partner in the budgeting process
  • Using a budget as a tool to stay out of debt

No arguments from me on this topic.  And the content from this chapter most closely resembles The Millionaire Next Door, in my opinion.

Chapter 8 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #4 – Think Ahead

Everyday millionaires Are Goal Oriented

Chapter 8 discusses the importance of setting goals as it relates to your money.  Both short-term goals and long-term goals.

If you know very little about goal setting best practices, this chapter will help you out with some good tips.

The chapter includes a couple of other interesting topics too.

Building a bridge

A bridge period is that time between when you stop working and when you are eligible to withdraw money from retirement plans penalty-free.  This is an important topic for anyone considering early retirement.

Pay off your home mortgage early

This section provides reasons for choosing a 15-year mortgage rather than the more standard 30 years.

It also blows holes through the logic of the mortgage tax deduction.  And also home equity lines of credit. Mr. Hogan is clearly not a fan of debt.

I liked this topic about mortgage debt in Chapter 8. Many financial planners recommend maintaining a mortgage on one’s home.  I agree with Mr. Hogan.  Pay off the mortgage early if you can.

Chapter 9 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #5 – Do What It Takes

millionaires do whatever it takes
Financial success can be yours

Millionaires are hard workers. Chapter 9 emphasizes that hard work is required to become an everyday millionaire.

Most importantly, the book notes that it takes hard work over a long period of time to become a millionaire.

And it mentions some of the benefits that hard work provides.  Some of the non-monetary benefits of a strong work ethic that are mentioned are:

  • Improves your mind
  • Betters your skill-sets
  • Sets a good example for children

My only advice here is this.  Don’t let hard work destroy you.

I personally had too many high stress 60 plus hour weeks in the office than I care to mention.  Thank goodness those days are over!

Chapter 10 – Everyday Millionaire Habit #6 – Stick To It

Millionaires Are Consistent

Chapter 10 bestows the virtues of:

  • Patience
  • Consistency
  • The benefits of a good, long-lasting marriage

These are important characteristics for those learning how to attract financial abundance. But the chapter also covers a couple of other interesting and useful topics.

Compound Interest

Compound interest is sometimes referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. This topic fits well with the book’s long term view on wealth creation.

Prioritize your investment dollars

Hogan’s Everyday Millionaire book has a simple three-step plan for the recommended savings rate of 15%. The book recommends 15% of one’s income is to be saved into retirement plans.

Here are the 3 steps for saving 15% and how an everyday millionaire should invest those savings:

  • First, invest in your company 401K enough to maximize any employer matching contribution
  • Second, maximize investment in a Roth IRA
  • Finally, if you still haven’t hit 15%, go back to your 401k to the achieve 15% savings rate

Then if you have extra money available after saving 15% in retirement accounts, throw a party.

And put that extra money toward paying off your mortgage early.  Once the mortgage is paid off, allocate those extra funds to investments outside of your retirement plans.

Then execute this process consistently month after month.  Rinse and repeat every month as the saying goes.

This is great advice.  I wish I would have had a plan like this when I was younger.  Not maximizing my retirement account options is one of my bigger regrets as it relates to my money.

Chapter 11 – The Decision Is Up To You

The choice is yours if you want to become a millionaire
And the choice is yours

And finally, Chapter 11 wraps the book up with a discussion about financial independence.

The chapter discusses the meaning of financial independence.  And what financial independence can mean for your life.

Wrapping Up #1 – Where The Book Everyday Millionaires Excels

Mr. Hogan’s book is excellent, in my opinion.

I recommend it if you are looking for ways to improve your financial status.  The book is:

  • Very motivational
  • Filled with real-life stories on how others create an abundance of money in their lives
  • A good baseline of knowledge to pursue your own millionaire dreams

Wrapping Up #2 – What The Book Everyday Millionaires Is Not

The book is not overly tactical.  It is not a step by step guide to managing your money.

For example, you won’t find a lot of information on how to set up a budget, how to save money or what specific investments to choose.

Remember that 68% of everyday millionaires use a personal financial planner.   I suspect Mr. Hogan feels those details are better left to those professionals.

After all, as the book states, everyone starts at a different place.  So it would be hard to offer one size fits all advice.

How Can You Become A Daily Millionaire?

Follow Hogan’s 6 steps to become a daily millionaire:

  1. Believe you can become a millionaire
  2. Take responsibility for your actions
  3. Live on less money than you make
  4. Plan ahead – set financials goals
  5. Work hard to achieve your goals
  6. Stick to your plan

Conclusion

I enjoyed reading Everyday Millionaires.

And I recommend it for anyone at any age who is committed to improving their own financial situation.

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10 thoughts on “How To Become An Everyday Millionaire”

  1. Hi Tom,

    Great lessons, and I really liked this quote: “it’s not what you make it’s what you have”. I see it all the time: high-earners inflating their lifestyle with each pay increase, and running in place (or even falling behind) in building wealth.

    Also, interesting point on individual stocks. I’ve been seeing articles come out lately that argue that the passive investing boom is creating bubbles in the market. Time will tell!

    Cheers,
    Miguel

    • Interesting point on passive investing, Miguel. It’s still a relatively small part of the market, but at some point, there have to be true traders evaluating stocks and setting a market-based price. Or you are right, mispricing will be created. Hopefully not a bubble that blows up on us. Tom

  2. This sounds like an awesome book. I’ll see if my library has an audio version. With two little kids, the only time I have to read is via audio while commuting. One thing I’d like to add which is probably in the book anyway is to start as early as possible in planning, saving, and especially investing. I see this all the time in what millionaires, including myself, wish they did differently (i.e., started investing at an earlier age). It makes total sense due to the magic of compounding.

    • That would be a good way to spend your commute time SMM. And thanks for bringing up starting early. The book didn’t mention it specifically but did have a good section on compounding returns over the long term. Tom

  3. Great review! Maybe I’ll add this one to the list for next year.

    I am close, barring a big market correction and including my pension contributions, I have less than 10% to go to get there.

    • Only a matter of time for you to hit the big number GYM. You will like the book if you have time to read it. Lots of good info. Tom

  4. It’s quite a comprehensive review, Tom!

    I’ve been interested in personal development genre since i chose the entrepreneurial path. From the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to the works of Napoleon Hill, it somehow gave reassurance that whatever we draw our attention to, whatever we want to achieve can be achieved if we follow the steps of those who have already achieved it. Modelling and repetition are the keywords. As of now, having gathered a decade worth of experience in business and entrepreneurship, one of my recent projects is developing and launching a platform for fellow entrepreneurs, authors, aspiring millionaires, featuring advanced programs, methods and concepts for personal development and advancement in everyday life. The first program available is about developing and launching digital products, but i would welcome other programs and material published on some of the topics found in the everyday millionaire – working had, thinking positively, budgeting and managing resources. Any suggestions and ideas would be most appreciated.

  5. This was an excellent review and I appreciate the summaries. It’s encouraging to know that I do not have to make six figures or be a business owner to be wealthy. When I read Millionaire Next Door at age 25, flat broke and having just quit my insanely stressful middle school teaching position, I was very frustrated and discouraged because the book did not tell me HOW to become wealthy – it merely a research study on the lifestyles and habits of doctors, CEOs, lawyers, and small business owners and how they were ALREADY rich. What about the rest of us? That information was ABSOLUTELY USELESS to me because I was not about to go into any of those fields. Hogan’s and Ramsey’s findings put wealth within reach of the vast majority of working class Americans, which you aptly noted in your review. A paid for house, living frugally, and slow and steady investing in retirement accounts is the ticket to wealth. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Ryan. I think you sum it up pretty well. How real people can have real money with time and discipline. Tom

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