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The Richest Man in Babylon Paperback – Feb 3 2012
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"What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot if it's George Clason's delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money. This is a great gift for a graduate or anyone who seems baffled by the world of finance and a wonderful, refreshing read for even the most experienced investor."—Los Angeles Times
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George Samuel Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7th, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. A successful businessman, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being “The Richest Man in Babylon,” the parable from which the present volume takes its title. These “Babylonian parables” have become a modern inspirational classic.See all Product Description
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1. Save 10% of what you earn
2. Don't get involved in investments that you do not understand or don't invest in someone else' idea unless it is in the area of their expertise
3. Don't gamble or get involved with quick rich campaigns
4. Focus your energies on improving what you do so that you can increase your earnings
5. Be true to your word - pay back debts and build relationships
6. Invest wisely - mainly invest in your area of expertise or with a good friend in his or her area of expertise
7. Be decisive - don't take too much time in deciding an investment is right. If you wait too long, the opportunity may be gone. This is a fine line because you don't want to rush in either.
8. Invest in yourself so that you can improve your skills in the future
9. Be a person of action - luck comes along with hard work
10. Have a strong determination that you will succeed.
The book was a very quick read - I read it in about hour or so. Much of it was a bit repetitive - I guess it helps to ensure that you got the points. Honestly, I thought I would get a lot more out of this book. I already knew of most of ideas, and in the places where I could use some help like being decisive it did not give me suggestions to improve in that area. I guess it will just take some more practice on my part. I would suggest stopping by your local library to pick up this book. If you like it enough, go out and get it and add to your collection.
Clason's wisdom is encapsulated in seven lessons: start thy purse to fattening; control thy expenditures; make thy gold multiply; guard thy treasures from loss; make thy dwelling a profitable investment; insure a future income; and increase thy ability to earn. Each lesson is covered through anecdotes and parables, and the book's short length makes it an easy read over one or two sittings. Others have provided similar guidance over the years, perhaps none so well as Canadian author David Chilton with his "The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning" book. Chilton covers a broader range of topics (e.g. life insurance) over more pages and in a more contemporary fashion, but his basic message is still the same.Read more ›
This is truly my favorite book on how to handle money in your life! Clason uses the language of the King James Version of the Bible (although this book is not at all biblical) to create anecdotes set in ancient Babylon that tell you (the modern-day reader) how to handle your money. The amazing thing is that the advice is not at all outdated. It's right on the mark and shows money knowledge that hardly is taught in school. It's easy to read and understand and highly entertaining. In fact, one of its stories, "The Luckiest Man in Babylon" is almost enough to bring you to tears.
It is shown in this book that when you are in debt, you are a slave to what it is that you agreed to go into debt for and you must pay it off to regain your freedom (are you a five-year slave to a car [or the institution that financed it] like I was?). Look at the state of the nation's economy and you'll see we live in a nation of slaves.
That's why you must get the reverse into action; make money a slave that is working for you.
Many people have heard the popular phrase from this book, "pay yourself first." I highly suggest you read this book first so you can see how you should go about paying yourself first; there is a method to it.
This book is truly a classic and should be required reading for all classes on money or for anyone going into business for oneself. If you're getting into Network Marketing then you've really got to read this book.
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Most would agree that the knowledge in this book is pretty much common sense (or at least it should be). I think the area that this book really shines is in it's delivery. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Dustin Newell
This is a great book to read if you want to know how to best save , invest and grow ones wealth. It teaches lessons on hoe to best invest our money on valuable things and save... Read morePublished 3 months ago by fattah
Unexpected star. Love the approach of the financial advice through stories rather than a direct approach like RIch Dad, Poor Dad.Published 4 months ago by Adam Hijazi
There are some formatting problems. Don't know why but the book itself is full of wisdom and money management advicePublished 6 months ago by Ram Johal
The best financial book I've ever read. Had a softcover copy and wanted a "permanent" kindle copy.Published 7 months ago by webtarget
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