A few weeks ago, I read the book Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire.  

You may remember the author.  Thomas J. Stanley also wrote The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind.

I had read his earlier books years ago.  This month, when Stop Acting Rich showed up in Scribd, I decided to read it, too. 

Turns out, you can learn the same lesson from any of the three books.  In many ways, all three say the same thing. 

Millionaires don’t really act like millionaires.  

They don’t flaunt it.  

As the back cover of the book states, “Life satisfaction comes not from cruising down the highway in a chunk of your net worth, but from having the financial resources to choose to spend time with family and friends, to volunteer, to pursue interests.  

I live in a “rich” town.  I still don’t get it.  We don’t have a beach.  We don’t have mountains.  We don’t have a ski resort.  But, we do have humidity and mosquitoes.   Nonetheless, Franklin Tennessee is a “rich” town. 

Maybe.  There are lots of Teslas, Porsches, and Range Rovers driving around.  But, according to Thomas Stanley in Stop Acting Rich, these are not the cars the wealthy drive.  Ironically, the wealthy prefer the long-lasting (and much less flashy) Toyotas.  

In other words, don’t believe what you see.  Many people are displaying “badges” of wealth to impress their friends and neighbors.  And, yet they aren’t wealthy. 

Meanwhile, the millionaires are frugal.  No surprise there.  How do we all think they became millionaires in the first place?  

My takeaway from Stop Acting Rich?  Well… Stop acting rich.  No one really cares if you are wearing a Rolex watch, or driving a high-performance (and expensive) German car.  

Stop trying to impress others.  

Spend your money to better yourself.  Invest for your future.  Buy fulfilling experiences.  Spend your money to free up time to spend with family and friends.  


Summer school

Classes will resume in a few weeks on Tuesday, August 10.  We will pick up where we left off.  

Except for French.  In French, we are starting over.  

During the month of August, we will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  

After Labor Day (Monday, September 6) classes will meet every weekday morning, Monday through Friday.  

Here is what I will be teaching:

Latin 3: Third Year Latin by Robert Henle  • 6:30-6:55 am CST

We have six chapters left in this book.  We will resume in chapter 16.  Skip this class if you can.  Instead, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  But, if you have to read the Henle book, I will do my best to help.  

Spanish • 7:00-7:25 am CST  

We stopped at the end of Chapter 17 of the book All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles. In August, we will pick it back up in chapter 18.  I am still learning Spanish.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  Really, I am learning in front of my students.   If you want to learn from someone fluent, I recommend my friend David Durham.  His site is here: https://daviddurham.org/language.

French • 7:30-7:55 am CST  

Last year, I took students through the first 20 chapters, or so of Le Francais par la Methode Nature.  This August, we will start the book again.  What I said about Spanish also applies here.  I am still learning French.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  Really, I am learning in front of my students.   If you want to learn from someone fluent, I recommend my friend David Durham.  His site is here: https://daviddurham.org/language.

Latin 2: Lingua Latina, Exercitia Latina  • 8:00-8:25 am CST  

We stopped at the end of Chapter 19.  In August, we will pick it back up in chapter 20.


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