Richest Man In Babylon
This is a great book to start your mental juices on Financial Independence. It is a great read for any wealth seeker. The best advice from the book is to save at least 10 percent of everything you earn. Work within your means and do not confuse your necessary expenses with your desires. Work hard to improve your skills and ensure a future income stream. The lessons from the book are more than 500 Years and they still apply today. Babylon was the wealthiest city in the world at the time of its height because its people appreciated the value of money.
The Richest Man in Babylon Summary
This is my book summary of The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason. This high-level summary also includes key lessons and important passages from the book.
The 7 simple rules of Money
- Start thy purse to fattening: save 10% of what you earn or more.
- Control thy expenditures: have a budget and don’t spend more than you need or is necessary.
- Make thy gold multiply: invest your savings wisely so that they ca grow.
- Guard thy treasures against loss: avoid investments that sound too good to be true like Gakuyo.
- Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment: own your home.
- Ensure a future income: protect yourself with life insurance or passive income.
- Improve thy ability to earn: strive to become wiser and more knowledgable.
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The 5 Laws of Gold
- Gold comes easily and in increasing quantity to the person who saves at least 1/10th of their earnings.
- Gold labors diligently and multiplies for the person who finds it profitable employment.
- Gold clings to the protection of the person who invests their gold with wise people.
- Gold slips away from the person who invests gold into purposes through which they are not familiar.
- Gold flees the person who tries to force it into impossible earnings.
More Lessons from the Richest Man In Babylon
- The laws of money are like the laws of gravity: assured and unchanging.
- Money is plentiful for those who understand the simple laws of making money.
- “It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend.”
- It’s simple to say, but many people never achieve a serious measure of wealth because they never seek it. They never truly seek it, focus on it, and commit to it.
- Do not take advice on finance from a bricklayer. Go to people who are experts in a particular subject if you want expert advice. It’s too easy for amateurs to give out advice.
- Build for yourself a mountain of gold first, then you can enjoy as many banquets as you wish without worry. Don’t spend your money as soon as you earn it.
- Surround yourself with people who are familiar with money, who work with it each day, and who make lots of it.
- You cannot arrive at the fullest measure of success until you crush the spirit of procrastination within you.
- If you desire to help you friend do not do so in a way that brings their burdens onto you. There are many ways to help people. You don’t have to choose the ways that restrict your time, money, energy, or ability to care for yourself.
7 Rules of Money Expounded
- You will only begin building wealth when you start to realize that a part of all the money you earn is yours to keep. That is, pay yourself first. You always pay others for goods and services. Pay yourself as much as you can. Save money.
- Do not put your money in investments which do not pay a dividend, but also do not invest in risky places that seem too good to be true.
- What each person calls their “necessary expenses” will always grow to match your income unless you resist that urge. Do not confuse your necessary expenses with your desires.
- “A man’s wealth is not in the coins in his purse. It is in his income.”
- Ensure a future income. Every person gets old. Make sure your income will continue without work.
- Get life insurance to provide in advance for the protection of your family.
- Increase your ability to earn. Improve your skills. As you perfect your craft, your ability to earn more increases.
- The more we know, the more we may earn. The person who seeks to know more of their craft is capable of earning more.
- Above all you should desire safety for your money. Better a little caution than a great regret.
- No man respects himself if he does not repay his debts.
- If you are in debt, live on 70% of what you make. Save 10% for yourself. Use the remaining 20% to repay your debts.
- Stick with the plan. Money accrues surprisingly quickly and debts are gone fast with discipline and consistency.
- Work attracts friends who admire your industriousness. Work attracts money and opportunity. “Hard work is the best friend I’ve ever had.”
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