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The Richest Man In Babylon

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Book:         The Richest Man In Babylon

Author:         George Samuel Clason
Get It:         Book Point
Reviewed By:    Caroline Njung’e

Normally, I cringe whenever I come across so called self-help books. No matter how much I try, I just can’t seem to go beyond the synopsis on the back cover. I find them as interesting as most of the text books I was forced to read in high school – bland, boring and complex when they could be written in simple language and yet accomplish the same purpose.

When a friend recommended The Richest Man in Babylon, my first reaction was to dismiss it, but when she went as far as lending me hers, this rare gesture convinced me that it was worth checking out. You see, my friend doesn’t lend out her books. Much to my disbelief, I read the book in one sitting, then went to the bookshop the next day and got myself a copy. Since then, I have been telling everyone I know to get a copy.

This book by George Samuel Clason dispenses financial advice through a series of parables set in ancient Babylon. Each parable highlights an important lesson about money – how to handle it, how to make it grow and how to make it work for you. Basically, it highlights the importance of saving and investing, two aspects that most people find difficult to achieve.

What makes this book such an easy read is the fact that it is told in story form, which manages to engage the reader and hold his attention. It follows the lives of characters you can relate to even though the book is set in ancient Babylon. They too, just like you, are in search of wisdom that will help them achieve financial wisdom and live the lives they have always desired. By the time the tale comes to an end, it is clear that financial wisdom is timeless – the rules that applied thousands of years ago are the same ones that still apply today and are as relevant today as they were then. As long as you are ready to consistently apply what you read in the book, you will be on your way to financial freedom in no time. All it takes is discipline and consistency – Not how much money you earn or make. Like the author states, there is nothing like a little money, what matters is what you do with it. Happy reading!



Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 17:26

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