Advice from 5 midlife millionaires

All of these people learned valuable lessons that they put to use later in life in ventures that vaulted them into the ranks of the wealthy. Find out how they did it.

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May 22, 2012 4:40PM
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Obama's only success was writing some racist books...now he's an affirmative action hire and has done a horrible job...there are so many other great people who would not have disgraced the title foffirst African American President.
May 22, 2012 1:20PM
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Buy Low-You`re spot on.If Obama wasn`t Pres. we`d be in a depression right now with

all the crap he was handed from Bush.Thank God for Obama.

May 22, 2012 7:59AM
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Obama qualifies as a self made millionaire who never worked a day in his life...
May 25, 2012 5:33PM
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Barack Obama doesn't belong in this list.  He has never been in the business world and has risen to wealth on the back of taxpayers.

May 22, 2012 11:07AM
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What a joke to include Obama. Why dilute the message about working hard to make it by including a guy who has done nothing deserving of such accolades. There are so many rags to riches stories to talk about but you decide to take the easy way out. There's a collective laugh for such nonsense. 
May 25, 2012 5:57PM
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Go ahead, say it out loud ... Obama 's black and successful and you're a bigot and will find any excuse to cut him down..

 

May 25, 2012 5:15PM
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What a joke to include Barack Obama. He is a politician, our President and a career community organizer. Hardly the ideal for entrepreneurship. Success politically and from donations yes, Please, you list him first in this article.....?
May 22, 2012 9:20AM
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Oh, please you give credit to obama for becoming successful at midlife of 43? There are a million authors out there who have done better than he at that.
May 25, 2012 6:53PM
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The Obama haters are funny.    Barack is intelligent, a Harvard Graduate, and chose to help run the country instead of going into private business where he could have made much more money.  He is a roll model for all people.

 

The GOP hates Barack so much that they can't see straight..  Almost like temporary insanity.   The beautiful thing is, is that facts don't lie no matter how much money they spend.    One of the funny examples of the illogical hateful GOP is the Detroit success story.    Some GOP say that Detroit has lost more jobs because of the GM Auto success story.   Other GOP say that Romney deserves the credit.    They're so hateful, they've lost their mind.     Try love.   It's easier and more successful.  

 

If you honestly want to know how great Barack is doing as president check The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Facts.gov, or Politifacts.   

 

Barack will be back in the White House for another 4 years.  

 

May 25, 2012 6:48PM
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The Obama haters are funny.    Barack is intelligent, a Harvard Graduate, and chose to help run the country instead of going into private business where he could have made much more money.  He is a roll model for all people.

 

The GOP hate Barack so much that they can't see straight..  Almost like temporary instanity.   The beautiful thing is, is that facts don't lie no matter how much money they spend.    One of the funny examples of the illogical hateful GOP is the Detroit success story.    Some GOP say that Detroit has lost more jobs because of the GM Auto success story.   Other GOP say that Romney deserves the credit.    They're so hateful, they've lost their mind.     Try love.   It's easier and more successful.  

 

If you honestly want to know how great Barack is doing as president check The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Facts.gov, or Politifacts.   

 

Barack will be back in the White House for another 4 years.  

May 25, 2012 8:40PM
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Obama?????? Most people know of his career, law, politics.....etc. The hell they do. I knew nothing of this man until he walked in the door of the white house and neither did anyone else. He has about as much experience in politics as an elephant now that I do know him well.
May 25, 2012 6:31PM
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I applaud the Obama family for their tenacity, vision of hope, persistence to reach their goals and the ability to gain the knowledge and wisdom needed to to overcome the challenges of life.  The Obama "haters" will never have anything good to say about our President.  They will always look for an opportunity to bash him and his family.  Don't be jealous of his success!  Go out and create your own SUCCESS, "haters"!  

 

May 25, 2012 5:53PM
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Obama belongs on this list.  Writing  a best seller (twice) requires requires a literate and intelligent approach.  And, a career community organizer speaks to passion, organizational skills and people smarts.  So why are so many of his detractors NOT on any such list?

May 25, 2012 6:57PM
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When I evaluate ANY United States "temporary resident of 1600 Penn. Ave), I look only at what their DOMESTIC  policies have achieved. I Compare THIS  president to James  Earl Carter, BOTH  FAILED in their promises for us, here at home. TRUE unemployment is at near historic levels, fuel prices under BOTH are above the acceptable range, as OIL  is plentiful(and U.S. oil companies have a 150 year agreement for crude from O.P.E.C. producers) at 20 U.S. dollars a barrell, thru the end of THIS century. Look it up in the Library of Congress as I did. This President , in two separate speeches, said that if he could not get the domestic economy recovered after three years, he would not stand for re-election. HIS words. So, what will he do? In an election year?(to quote Dabney Coleman"s comment in the movie Amos and Andrew) He will reverse himself once again, and run for a second "lame duck" term.
May 25, 2012 4:58PM
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Now if some guy opens an "all male" business there will be protesters outside 24/7. And why is Obama up there in that list. Who the hell is going to become president all of a sudden when they're in their 40's??
May 25, 2012 6:12PM
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What if Obama's book sales were chiefly funded by the DNC and other Democratic means as a way to funnel money to him while evading campaign financing laws?
May 25, 2012 11:39PM
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I am a black person. I did not...will not EVER vote for Obama as I do not like his policy of BS that would never happen in 4 years. However, it is an unknown fact that you are only/and can only be as good as the one before you. Before one makes judgment on the person for his success or lack there of in experience. Remember he came in after a a President that also aided in running this country into the ground. Before he could accomplish any of his goals he had to fix the mistakes made before him. Just as Bush did Obama has too. It is not constructive to down the man based on how he made his money... in the end who really cares how he made his money writing books or trying to be just another "Lame Duck" with a historical marker in the history books of being the first black president.

 NO one should care of his race they should care more about why we are in debt, how we should get out of debt, jobs! Not these people listed above. We only care because the media would rather write up a story about how you may become a million air or look who became a million air and look who is sitting on the outside looking through the window trying to be like them. 

Society is so jaded, we drool over stars and icons that make their own way. We complain how this should be this way and not this way. But i guarantee the same people we are all sitting her b@^$#ing about never sat here like we are now obsessing on the most pointless stupid stuff. They were out there attempting over and over a way to make something of themselves and they did it without hate for some other famous tool in the tool box! 
May 25, 2012 7:17PM
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Wally Amos is not a success story.  He stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his now ex-wife....all the while cheating on her and then leaving her.  He is a horrible role model for life and business.  Shame on MSN for not doing their HW!
May 25, 2012 8:41PM
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hi i dont dis like are president  he has the write to be president as i do . but i thank its his time to let someone else to take over. he has said things to american people  he would say one thing and do something else im a viet-nam vetern  and i like my freedom  i dont want to live like the uk lives i dont like the way germaney lives so why dont you all that are to the left he they want to live with no freedom   move if you dont like it here  i thank we would all get along if you all would get togeather and move on  because i think its time for new president
May 25, 2012 11:51PM
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I love Martha Stuart! She's simply inspirational, I don't give a crap what kind of insider trading bullsh*t they tried to accuse her of back in 2004. Wall Street are a bunch of jealous crooks that did way worst than Martha! She's a woman and I commend her, she is a true inspiration.

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