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The Richest Man In Babylon - Rewire Your Thinking

I  thought I'd get a little historical and philosophical for a moment.  Here are some gems from Clason's 1926 book called The Richest Man in Babylon:
  1. "I decided that if I was to achieve what I desired, time and study would be required."  (p.11)
  2. "I found the road to wealth when I decided that a part of all I earned was mine to keep."  (p. 13)
  3. "Every gold piece you save is a slave to work for you.   Every copper it earns is its child that can also earn for you."  (p.14)
  4. "Each time I was paid I took one from each ten pieces of copper and hid it away.  And strange as it may seem, I was no shorter of funds than before." (p.15)
  5. "A man's wealth is not in the coins he carries in his purse; it is the income he buildeth, the golden stream that continually floweth into his purse and keepeth it always bulging."  (p.32)
  6. "Study carefully before parting with thy treasure...(money) be not misled by thine own romantic desires to make wealth rapidly."  (p.34)
  7. "Be not too confident of thine own wisdom in entrusting thy treasures to the possible pitfalls of investments.   Better by far to consult those experienced in handling money for profit...such advice is freely given for the asking and may readily possess a value equal in gold to the sum thou considerest investing." (p.34)
  8. "I do recommend that every man own the roof that sheltereth him and his." (p.36)
  9. "Provide in advance for the needs of thy growing age and the protection of thy family."  (p.39)
  10. "Preceding accomplishment must be desire.  Thy desires must be strong and definite."  (p.41)

If you get a chance to read this little book written after World War I, you'll be happy you did.  

Wasn't that an amazing group of gems?    They're exactly the same suggestions for attaining wealth offered by today's top financial gurus:
1.   Learning about financial wealth.
2.   Pay yourself first.
3.   Make your money work for you.
4.   Save a little from each paycheque and you won't even miss it.
5.   Think Cash Flow!
6.   Don't go for any of the get rich quick schemes.
7.   Ask for and follow the advice of financially independent people.
8.   Own your own home.
9.   Plan for your retirement.
10. You can do anything you want if you so desire. 
Some of these gems of advice seem a lot easier to do than they really are.  For example, how many of us can say we have adequately provided for our retirement - or for that matter, how many of us actually pay ourselves first? There's always a lot to learn, but better late than never!


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