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The Richest Man in Babylon

Auteur(s): George S. Clason
Narrateur(s): Grover Gardner
Durée: 4 h et 4 min
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This inspiring book, began in 1926 as a series of informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies. By 1927, several of these pamphlets had been compiled into a book and this collection has been in print ever since. It has helped millions of people, and has been hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth.

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

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Worth Every Cent!

I remember hearing about this book on the social it was in many top pick book lists for business and rightfully so. I wanted to see what the hype was all about so I picked it up and I am glad i did. Worth Every cent! I have reread this book so many times and come back to it when I feel I'm going off course. This book actually teaches you how to become rich, One of the main characters goes through many trials and we hear about how he failed and the lessons we should all learn. This book is not a get rich quick trick but rather a manual on how to acquire wealth, keep it, and multiply it. The main take away from this book should be anyone can build wealth regardless of how much they make if you put in the work. Definitely would recommend this book to everyone that feels they want or cant build wealth you can do it!

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Pay Yourself First

I picked up this book, wanting to know where the term "pay yourself first" came from. It turns out, I had misinterpreted it. I'm glad I now have the true understanding. Great read.

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Great!

Everyone should listen to this. Very enlightening and gives the basics of money mgmt in a way that's easy to understand and follow while being concise at the same time.

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Truly a Personal Finance Classic

I admit I put listening to this one off for a while thinking it was outdated, the title isn't catchy, yada yada... every excuse in the book (no pun intended). I regret not listening to this YEARS AGO and now truly understand why this is considered a classic in the personal finance world. Granted, the language is sometimes outdated --mostly because the author tries to narrate by portraying the language used in the Babylonian era. However, all the stories narrated and all the parables are just applicable today, if not more so, as they were when this book was written or even since the beginning of time. It made me truly reflect on why some of my extended family members, close family members and within my generation, are truly wealthy versus my own circumstances and my immediate family's errors in our ways and thinking. If you're struggling financially, do yourself a favour and take 5 hours of your time to listen to this and seriously consider revising whatever strategy you have. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, these are lessons for life.

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Excellent advice through captivating tales!

Simple and easily applicable financial advice conveyed through a series of fascinating stories. Who would have thought financial planning from thousands of years ago would be so directly applicable today? Excellent book, highly recommended.

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Classic

Really pertinent stories to me and help with my personal struggles with money, debt and purpose.

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The Original Finance Book

If you’ve listened to any more recent personal finance books, you likely already know all the information in this book. However, given the date of Publication, this is clearly the OG. It’s neat to go back and see where it all came from, but this isn’t a mandatory ready anymore if you already know pay yourself first etc.

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worth it

many nuggets dropped. will relisten and learn said principles. good job at finding those tablets

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Informative and Entertaining.

The book is largely relevant as a baseline for self directed financial education. Simple. Digestible

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I'm motivated asf!

motivation!!!!! love this book and it's perspective! so much wisdom and knowledge and good values. This should be taught to everyone!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-18

A fine story

A good parable that sticks. Straight to the point. I wish I had heard this earlier.

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  • Modestas KIVARAS
  • 2018-08-12

Great narrator, priceless lessons

Some truly priceless lessons from a book that was only 2 quid, I would gladly pay 10x that

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-16

great

great storie telling with an even better message! i think this will aid me tremendously in finding financial freedom

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-15

Life changing wisdom about money!

I learn the basic rules about money in this audiobook. You will also learn what it the good mindset for prosperity.

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  • will
  • 2014-08-31

Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

This book was recommended by Jim Rohn in a speech I listened to and I have so much admiration for him I instantly hopped on audible and picked this up. The parable format was perfect for an audiobook and I've already listened through a few times.

I can't say anything in this book is outside the realm of common knowledge, but a lot of times I don't need to learn something new, I just need to be reminded of those core fundamentals, and if I'm not doing them- start!

The 7 Cures for a Lean Purse discussed in the book:

Start thy purse to fattening
Control thy expenditures
Make thy gold multiply
Guard thy treasure from loss
Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment
Insure a future income
Increase thy ability to earn

The one that has been the biggest game changer for me has been "Start thy purse to fattening-" saving 10% of my income. I've always heard "pay yourself first," but I always felt like if I did that I wouldn't have the money to pay my bills. If I had money left over after paying all of my bills I'd save that.

Guess what? There's always something else to spend on so I wasn't saving much.

This book inspired me to just try it, and the results have been huge for me. Not huge in terms of my bank account, but more with my attitude towards money. Shortly after starting the process of setting aside 10%, I started to feel in control of the money instead of the money being in control of me.

I think the mental shift has to do with when you spend everything, there's never enough. As soon as you start setting aside that 10% your mentality shifts from there never being enough to, "Of course there is enough. I don't even have to spend everything I earn and I'm doing just fine." I don't know if that makes sense. I think it shifts your subconscious from the scarcity mindset to a prosperity mindset.

Fringe benefits with 10% of my income being mine to keep, is that potential negative life events (worries) don't hold the same power over me because I have a little cash reserve that's growing every paycheck. If I get a cavity, blow out my knee, lose my job, have car problems, they'll still all be unfortunate and stressful, but they won't send me into crisis mode.

Typing this I'm thinking about a quote from Mark Twain, “I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” The mental benefits of saving calm a lot of my worries and let me focus on more productive thoughts. If they never happen I'll be glad I didn't waste my time worrying and if they do, I'll be in a position financially to deal with them.

This has been my long winded way of saying, buy the book. You won't regret it. If you already know it all, it will be good to go through the checklist and make sure you're actually doing it. If you're new to the study of personal finance, this book hits on the fundamentals and would be a great place to start.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-12-05

One of the best books on personal finances

At age 75 first reading of this book for me would be useless for me, but it is far from my first reading. First released in 1926 THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON is a true classic. The first of Clauson's seven cures for a lean purse is the best advice of all: Start thy Purse to Fattening (by saving at least 10% of all earnings). The story woven by Clausen is superb. I'm not going to write a detailed review but will refer the reader to the excellent 8/31/2014 review of Will of Kyle, Texas which is at the top of reviews. The 1996 book The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko has an even simpler and just as effective message of Live Below Your Means. My advice to those much younger than I is to listen to both books for the best financial advice you will ever receive.

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  • Brandon
  • 2016-04-21

Good but hard to follow at times

Good book but required to rewind often to maintain story line straight but worth buying

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  • John H.
  • 2018-04-30

Required Reading

Moby Dick is a good novel but why didn't have to read this in school?

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  • Brad Mills
  • 2017-02-13

Is thy purse thick with gold yet?

I always find reading these old books an enlightening experience. I complain when my internet goes out for a couple hours... back in these days, you got sold into slavery if you didn't pay your debts.

Similar to "How To Win Friends & Influence People" in that it gives timeless lessons, and uses archaic language from a forgotten time that adds a an entertaining novelty element to the lessons which were probably not intended when they were written.

I would finish this book again just for the fun language.

Here's some things I learned from this quick book.

1) Set thy purse to thickening!
2) Invest your gold so it has silver children and copper grandchildren that all work for you as your slaves.
3) Guard thy treasure from loss - don't invest your gold with idiots that have no gold, and don't invest too risky.
4) If you are sold into slavery, earn your freedom through hard work.
5) Hard work is thine friend.
6) If you are in debt to many creditors, pay your debts proportionally, even if you can just afford a few coppers at a time. Your reputation can always come back.
7) Control your expenditures so your purse doesn't have a case of malnourishment

Similar to Rich Dad, Poor Dad and As A Man Thinketh, these books should be the foundation of anyone looking to raise themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship or financial ingenuity.

I'm 34 years old, so this book doesn't have much that will stick with me as I've already learned these lessons in my younger years - but it's good supplemental programming to refresh my focus on proper financial intelligence.

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  • Night
  • 2015-11-28

Changed my money mindset. Pearls of wisdom

The knowledge I learnt in this book now guides my every personal finance decision. This book is rock solid and continues to stand the test of time.

The narrator is top notch. His voice brought ancient Babylon to life.

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  • john frederick
  • 2015-11-24

timeless

old, but very accurate no matter what century. just listen to it. is this 20 sentences yet????

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  • Gersham Charles
  • 2014-07-14

Life Changing...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Richest Man in Babylon to be better than the print version?

The wisdom within the pages of this book are life changing for those who choose to understand and execute it's principles. I fell in love with the spoken word again listening to the richness and texture of every word and sentence.

What other book might you compare The Richest Man in Babylon to and why?

None that I can think of..

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

His flow and voice matches the book well.

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  • Martin
  • 2014-06-27

"My Favorite Finance Book of All Time!"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book helped change my financial life. It's hard to imagine that a fictional work of stories and parables could be so inspirational and enlightening. I can't wait to read it again!

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

Arkad was my favorite character. His lectures to men, teaching them the "seven cures for a lean purse" was so simple and true, that it escaped the men of his time, just as it escapes people today.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Richest Man in Babylon?

"Control thy Expenditures"
I immediately began cutting my expenditures to equal 90% of my net income. Then allocated the remaining 10% to my investments. It was painstaking work, and took several months, but it was worth it. I can now see why the majority of people never achieve financial independence. It's because they continue to adjust their expenditures upward when their income rises, and cannot delay gratification until a future date.

Any additional comments?

Take lottery winners for example, 70% of lottery winners go broke. More than 50% of professional athletes go broke, and Hollywood actors and actresses who earn more than 10 million dollars per movie go bankrupt. As the wise Arkad said - "That what each of us calls our necessary expenses will always grow to equal our incomes unless we protest to the contrary". Arkad then goes on to say - "Don't confuse necessary expenses with your desires, that all men (and women) are burdened with more desires than they can gratify".
I've come to realize that becoming wealthy, or financially independent, is not natural. It takes incredible discipline and self-control. It's not about how much money you make, but about how much money you keep.

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  • Jacqueline Ward
  • 2016-07-01

Awesome.

I love this timeless classic. The principles never get old. I've listened to it over and over and each time I hear something new.

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