I popped by Cheng San Community Library the other day to browse my favourite section on finance.  I picked up a book titled “Rich Like Them: My Door-to-Door Search For The Secrets Of Wealth In America’s Richest Neighbourhoods”.

The author of the book is journalist Ryan D’Agostino.  How the content of the book came about is nothing short of impressive.

Unlike the bestseller “The Millionaire Next Door” by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley and Dr. William D. Danko, who relied on empirical data from surveys of millionaires, D’Agostino did it the tougher way – through solid footwork and interviewing door-to-door with a steno pad and two pens.

He knocked on five hundred doors, in nearly two dozen of the most affluent towns in America, and interviewed fifty regular (though very rich) men and women who built their wealth in fifty different ways.

What captured my attention however, was an …