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The Rules of Money: How to Make It and How to Hold on to It 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0132394103
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From the Back Cover

Money.

Some people just seem to know how to get it. And keep it.

 

How do they do it?

It’s easy. They know the rules. Rules you can learn.

The Rules of Money.

 

100 “golden behaviors” for creating wealth,

making it grow, making it last.

Rules that work. Techniques you can begin using right this minute.

 

Rules for thinking wealthy

(How to make money your friend)

(How to stop procrastinating)

 

Practical rules for planning, saving, spending, investing

(and, yes...enjoying your journey to wealth)

 

Rules for uncovering hidden opportunities.

Handling risk. Negotiating. Minimizing taxes.

Even sharing your newfound wealth.

(If you so desire.)

 

Read The Rules. Learn ’em. Live ’em.

And reap the rewards.

One step at a time. Every day.

Starting today.

 

Contents

Acknowledgments  viii

Introduction  ix 

Part I   Thinking Wealthy  3 

Part II  Getting Wealthy  42 

Part III Getting Even Wealthier  139 

Part IV Staying Wealthy  181 

Part V  Sharing Your Wealth  203

 

About the Author

Richard Templar is author of several Prentice Hall international best-sellers, including The Rules of Work: The Unspoken Truth About Getting Ahead in Business; The Rules of Management: The Definitive Guide to Managerial Success; and The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132394103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132394109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OK, I don't know what's up with the other reviewer but I found this to be a pretty awesome and informative book. I've read a lot of personal finance books so yes some information will repeat itself. But this didn't really bother me I did find some other good bits. The other reviewer is nit picking and taking quite a few things completely out of context. And what was mention were not rules but were bits out of the chapters. The rules go something like this:

Rule 1: Anybody Can Make Money - It Isn't Selective or Discriminatory
Rule 2: Decide On Your Definition of Wealth
Rule 7: Understand That Wealth Is a Consequence, Not a Reward
Rule 9: Decide What You Want Money For
Rule 11: If You See as the Solution, You'll Find It Becomes the Problem
Rule 17: Don't Envy What Others Have
Rule 40: Pay Off Your Loans and Debts as a Priority
Rule 56: Pay Attention to the Details
Rule 59: Control Spending Impulses
Rule 63: Carry Out a Finance Health Check Regularly
Rule 70: Don't Try to Get Rich Too Quickly

The list goes on. The book is also wisely divided into 5 parts:
Part I: Thinking Wealthy - Rules 1-18
Part II: Getting Wealthy - Rules 19-62
Part III: Getting Even Wealthier - Rules 63-79
Part IV: Staying Wealthy - Rules 80-88
Part V: Sharing Your Wealth - Rules 89-100

I personally like the author writing style, it's not the funniest stuff on earth but he funny enough (at the appropriate moments of course) to keep you entertained and not bored with the book. Personally I dig this kind of writing. The book kind of reads like 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad', 'Who Moved My Cheese', and some other books that I just can't think of right now.
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This is the worst nonfiction book I have ever read. There is absolutely no useful information in here unless you are a complete idiot. If you are, (1) don't get yourself into debt, (2) put money aside to earn interest, and (3) don't waste money. That is all this book really says, repeated and reshaped in order to make 100 rules and to cover a couple hundred pages. Each rule also has a sentence repeated and emphasized in a gigantic font and all caps to drive the point home, except the sentence often sounds idiotic out of context.

Examples:

"A BALANCE SHEET HAS TO BALANCE."
"I WOULD COOK A THIN AND SICK-LOOKING CHICKEN WITH CHEAP WHITE WINE AND SHE WOULD PROVIDE LOBSTER AND CHAMPAGNE."
"I REALLY HOPE MY SONS DON'T READ THIS, OR I'LL BE CORNERED IN MY HOME LIKE A RAT"
"I'VE ALWAYS HAD MY DOUBTS--AND THIS IS ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE, ENTIRELY PERSONAL--ABOUT SUPPORTING A PENGUIN."

That's right, you get all of those gems plus 96 more, each surrounded by a box that fills up half of the page.

Besides the book being 90% filler, it feels rushed. The author must have been just writing whatever came to mind as he went even if he was repeating a previous point, without doing much editing, and he repeated himself a lot too. However to break up the monotony he did make sure to add plenty of bulleted items. Those had the added benefit of filling more space with very little writing! There were also some obvious typos and an entire paragraph that was duplicated that somehow nobody noticed.

Besides the book being 90% filler, it feels rushed. The author must have been just writing whatever came to mind as he went even if he was repeating a previous point, without doing much editing, and he repeated himself a lot too.
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This is an excellent book. It's nice & simple. Though I am very financially literate, we must remember that most people who have a poor or middle class upbringing (like I did) have no idea how money works. They just spend their lives working for money --- they never learn to have money work for them. They live under the old & false ideas that "it takes money to make money", "I will never be rich because I was not born rich", etc. Ha. Those are things negative people say, and they are not realistic. Anyone can become rich if are smart & try hard enough. Period. Take it from someone who is very successful in business & life already --- this book is good. It's nothing more than a list of 100 facts that people who are already financially successful already know, so for some people this will sound like a repeat of just common sense information. For other people it will be new & exciting information. If you are part of the latter group, I highly recommend you buy many more financial books in addition to this particular one so that you too can learn how to make your money work for you. Again remember that books like this, Rich Dad Poor Dad, etc are purely basic educational books on money which can still be very interesting to read...and most importantly these books will NOT show you step by step how to get rich, but they will function as guideposts to help you along the way.
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The staggering number of lottery tickets sold each year indicates that millions of people want to be wealthy but aren't necessarily willing to put in the required effort. Unless your lotto numbers come up or your father is a billionaire who hands you big bucks, instant prosperity is a fantasy. The road to riches actually is paved with hard work, long hours and a bit of luck. Moreover, says Richard Templar, wealthy people follow a basic set of principles that many other people tend to ignore. Templar's witty, informative and briskly written book outlines 100 catchy (and somewhat duplicative) rules as a framework for offering financial guidance. His advice may not get you a dinner invitation to Warren Buffett's house, but getAbstract believes it will help you understand what the rich do differently and how you can apply their rules for making money.
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