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Becoming a home owner inspired me to take a closer look at my financial situation. I realised I know very little about finances and wanted some guidance. The Richest Man in Babylon had been recommended, and I was intrigued by reviews I read.
Clason's financial advise is shockingly simple. It's a lot like weight loss: it's no secret that with proper diet and exercise most of us would be adequately fit; similarly, if we apply Clason's common sense rules, we would be financially fit. To pound the point home, Clason presents a series of parables, set in and around Babylon, in which his various rules are put to the test. The stories are illustrative and mostly enjoyable.
- Pay yourself first. No matter what your debts and other necessities, every time you are paid set aside 10% as an investment in yourself.
- Control expenditures. Budget, making sure not to touch the 10% you've set aside, so that you control what your money is spent on.
- Invest, thereby making your money work for you.
- Protect against loss.
- Make of your home a profitable investment.
- Make arrangements for future income.
- Increase your ability to earn more.
Refreshingly simple! Of these, he reiterates in each chapter, the first is the most important rule. Making that 10% investment in oneself makes it easier eventually to follow the other rules.
The Richest Man in Babylon is a brilliant book, accessible, fun to read, and filled with sound advice. And if you follow the advice, the book will pay for itself and more.