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The Richest Man in Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth Hardcover – May 4, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In this smug paean to extreme wealth, Jones, founder of Worth magazine, identifies the Richest Man in Town in 100 American cities and towns, and gathers their secrets of success. The profiled RMITs range from household names like Bill Gates to the lesser-known Fred DeLuca, founder of Subway; Bob Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee; and Jorge Perez, real estate mogul and most successful Latino man in the country. The collected advice is organized as 12 hackneyed commandments: find your passion, be your own boss, say yes to sales and work through obstacles, with small examples throughout. Given the paucity of usable advice, it's hard to imagine who the audience would be for a book compiling the mantras of a group of people whose average net worth is $3.5 billion. This book might inspire some readers to go forth and live the American dream—as Jones points out, fully 90% of all wealth in America today is first-generation wealth, and all the subjects in the book are self-made—if they can endure the self-congratulatory tone. (May)
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About the Author
Randall Jones has spent 25 years in the magazine and media business. He is the founder of Worth magazine, the financial lifestyle magazine for active wealthy investors, and is also the founder of The American Benefactor magazine, the first magazine about philanthropy from the donor's perspective. He was recently honored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America as "Philanthropist of the Year."
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This is NOT a bible for the greedy. It's a book that clearly shows the results for the hard-working, early risers who have balanced their passions with what they are really good at. Some RMITs include Carl Icahn, Bill Gates, John McAfee, Fredrick Smith, Michael Dell, Bernard Marcus, and so on...
The book is organized into 12 commandments that encourage you to Wake Up Early, Be Your Own Boss, Fail to Succeed, Say Yes to Sales, Never Retire, etc., etc... Some of them seem obvious although some may surprise you. Jones weaves through them using the experience of his wealthy subjects and includes a countless number of inspirational quotes to push you on your way.
Most success manuals will tell you that if you work hard enough and set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Jones says that's not true and backs it up with his counter-intuitive commandment to "Find Your Perfect Pitch".
This is a book for anyone who loves real life stories of success. Where else can you get the bullet points from the biographies of the wealthiest people in America?
As Mal Mixon, the RMIT of Cleveland, Ohio says, "Don't procrastinate because in only two days, tomorrow will be yesterday."
I highly recommend - Read it soon.
This is a fun book to read. And then a great book to re-read. And then a MUST to re-read. Truly, it takes going through this book a few times to truly comprehend the WEALTH of knowledge, advice, HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS, and other PROVERBIAL WISDOM it shares.
Randy Jones is not just a great writer; he is a skilled interviewer, top-notch reporter, and inspired student of HUMANITY. The 100 highly successful, intelligent, and principled people he interviewed for the book opened their lives to him; Jones was worthy of their trust, handling the transfer of knowledge and experience with discernment, dignity, and an appropriate dash of spice.
That's right, spice. The story of each of the 100 "Richest 'MEN' (there are some women) In Town" reads as though the interviewee was completely transparent with Jones. Each seems to trust him with the real essence of what's made him or her tick, work like a Trojan, succeed, FAIL AT TIMES, and keep going. As the result, this is a rare look inside the lives of people who are oftentimes not easily accessed, and once accessed, not easily interviewed. It seems as though Jones was befriended, taken into the inner sanctum, given the keys to each respective kingdom, and allowed to analyze and report the "what-to-do" and "what-not-to-do" with a trusted hand. So there is ALSO a measure of fascinating anecdotal information about most of the interviewees, giving this business book enough spice to make it an EXCITING and compelling read.
Of course the primary value of the book comes in Jones's ability to identify common threads throughout, weave them together with insight, joy, and humor, and then share the distilled "commandments" in a book that's hard to put down, a delight to share, and, ultimately, a REFERENCE for ongoing wisdom and inspiration.
I've given away six copies of The Richest Man in Town and will probably give away several more. They've gone to/will go to discerning young people/clients/business associates who'll value the "commandments of wealth" that are truly commandments for achieving monetary wealth AND the type of wealth that goes beyond measure: wealth in family, friends, good deeds done, and success shared and ENJOYED.