The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum

A very quick read, and one that although it is from over 100 years ago… it still holds true. there is a lot of sage wisdom contained in this book – especially with pertaining to debt and why you shouldnt get yourself into it. it almost makes the book shine, given the current debt situation we find ourselves in.

This is a book that everyone should read, especially those who are going into business. It advises the reader to be a person of integrity, don’t be greedy, advertise, sow and then you reap, and don’t try quick methods of getting rich.

“Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience shows that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once. Many a fortune has slipped through a man’s fingers because he was engaged in too many occupations at a time. There is good sense in the old caution against having too many irons in the fire at once.”

This book has great practical advice you aren’t taught in college. If you are a looking for another perspective about making money this is for you, pay particular attention to chapter 7 when they talk about Purpose, Goal and Schedule (really open mind).

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