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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Ideogram (November 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980002605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980002607
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Five Secrets of fortune and fulfillment are as ancient as mankind itself  --  and each already lies concealed within your own minds. My task is merely to draw them out." So says the wise and powerful Hideyoshi in this book of parables set in sixteenth-century Japan.

Millions of readers have thrilled to the true adventures of the tiny peasant who rose from poverty to ultimate prosperity during Japan's golden age of the samurai. Now, the Five Secrets that guided Hideyoshi  --  and men of achievement the world over  --  are revealed in The Prosperous Peasant, a book destined to take its place beside The Richest Man in Babylon as a classic for all who seek fortune and fulfillment. This edition includes an all-new abridgement of Bushido, Nitobe's classic on the Eight Virtues of the samurai.

Begin your journey to prosperity today. Heed the ageless wisdom of The Prosperous Peasant!

About the Author

Tim Clark is an entrepreneur, a NEXT-certified entrepreneurship trainer, and author who leads the global personal business model movement at BusinessModelYou.com. After selling his startup to a NASDAQ-listed entity in a multi-million-dollar transaction, he completed doctoral research in international business model portability and went on to author or edit five books on entrepreneurship, business models, and personal development, including the international bestsellers Business Model You and Business Model Generation, which together have sold half a million copies in 26 languages. See TimClark.net.

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That message was my favorite part.
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It will give you the insights of how to prepare, implement, and succeed in anything you pursue.
Patrick J. Cowles
This book is very simple and easy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Wilson on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I like how this book combines myth with storytelling and a great, solid and true message. The message is something I have heard many times before (a lot of self help books say similar things) but what I find appealing is the way the book presents its advice, in stories. It drew me in. I felt like I was sitting at Hideyoshi's temple school, participating in the conversation and hearing the stories firsthand. The book includes a beautiful part about the difference between hearing/reading knowledge and applying it. A person can learn all the theories of a great teacher, but if you never use them it's only intellectual knowledge and you are no better than a fool. That message was my favorite part. So true
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jeni p. on December 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Prosperous Peasant is an inspirational stop on the road to my own prosperity and fulfillment. As relevant now as they were to Japanese culture in the sixteenth century, Samurai Hideyoshi's 5 secrets of fortune and fulfillment are timeless answers to the simple question, "How can I achieve prosperity and fulfillment doing something I am passionate about?"

I really enjoyed this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.A. on December 30, 2007
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Wow, I didn't expect to be so inspired by this little book. A wonderful reminder of the power of gratitude. This would be a great addition to anyone's personal library, something to go back to from time to time for a refresher on what's important in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Zacharia on March 9, 2008
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This book is very simple and easy to read. The stories are highly engaging. I found myself wondering who would speak next at the Temple School, and what outlandish life adventure they would share. The stories also caused me to reflect on my own life and adventures.

One story in the book was especially meaningful to me. I have often felt frustrated that one of my children has no particular gift or strength. Nothing comes easily to him, although he is eventually successful in everything he puts his mind to. Through this book I came to recognize that his unending effort and perserverence is in itself a gift.

I hope that others who read this book will find it as engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking as I did. And maybe something will resonate with your life as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen E. Dewitt on January 25, 2008
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This book uses the format of the Novel to deliver it's five core concepts. This is the first time that i have seen a book on personal finance/wealth/betterment utilize this process entirely. By placing it within the world of Feudal Japan, it also gives the western reader the ability to step outside of the message and examine it in a way that we might not have otherwise.

That being said, I do not know to what extent someone who is not looking for a way to better themselves, or their financial situation already, would appreciate this book. However, I think you might be surprised at how easily various readers are able to be drawn into the text.

It is quite clear that the writers went to some effort to deliver an accurate text, in regards to the historical setting, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.K. on February 9, 2008
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The Prosperous Peasant stands beautifully on its own, but is also an excellent follow up read to Tim Clark's previous book, The Swordless Samurai: Leadership Wisdom of Japan's Sixteenth-Century Legend---Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was that much more enjoyable when characters in The Prosperous Peasant mentioned people or events from that excellent book.

Both books are very engaging and read quickly. Plan to set some time aside as they're difficult to put down! I continue to be amazed at how much the stories stick in my head, coming to mind and offering inspiration during my day to day routine.

Very inspiring messages throughout and a joy to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Cowles on January 8, 2008
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The Prosperous Peasant is a must-have book for any would-be entrepreneur. It will give you the insights of how to prepare, implement, and succeed in anything you pursue.

Tim Clark has done it again; along with his wonderful other 2 books, "Saying Yes to Japan" and the "Swordless Samurai," these books offer great examples through stories to help you actively comprehend and implement strategies in operating any business whether that business is a start-up or an ongoing entity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnPaul Hosom on November 26, 2007
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This book is hard to put down, and its lessons on developing personal success are direct and relevant. Having lived in Japan for six years, I especially enjoyed the setting, and the Japanese "can-do" attitude ("gambarimasu") is prevalent throughout. Anyone who reads this book is sure to be inspired, and anyone who applies its principles will, I believe, make themselves a more successful person.
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Tim Clark is a teacher, entrepreneur, NEXT-certified entrepreneurship trainer, and author who leads the global personal business model movement at BusinessModelYou.com. After selling his startup to a NASDAQ listed entity in a multi-million-dollar transaction, he completed doctoral research in international business model portability and went on to author or edit five books on entrepreneurship, business models, and personal development, including the international bestsellers Business Model You and Business Model Generation, which together have sold more than a million copies in 30 languages. See BusinessModelYou.com.

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