- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470485884
- ISBN-13: 978-0470485880
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 484 customer reviews
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Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money Hardcover – October 26, 2009
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"Life is business, and business is life.
Learn one, and you will have also learned the other."
In the few years since the first edition of Thou ShallProsper was published, much has changed from both an economicand financial standpoint. But the ups and downs we've experiencedhave helped prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's point that the more thingschange, the more we need to depend upon things that never do.
There's no better source for both practical and spiritualfinancial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in theancient Jewish faith and culture. Now, with the Second Editionof Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin returns to provide a clearpicture of how following an unwavering economic and philosophicvision of business and money—based on the establishedprinciples of Jewish tradition—can increase your potentialfor creating wealth.
While unprecedented events have changed the world we live in,the ten fundamental "commandments" outlined throughout these pages,which relate to both business and money, are as relevant as ever.By blending contemporary business stories and his own businessexperiences with the wisdom of the Torah and Talmudicprescriptions, Rabbi Lapin skillfully explains the essence of eachcommandment—which include Believe in the Dignity and Moralityof Business, Do Not Pursue Perfection, and Know YourMoney—and shows you how to use them to prosperfinancially.
Along the way, Rabbi Lapin also highlights new examples thatwill help you excel during difficult economic times and addressesimportant concepts such as "being in business for yourself";avoiding the trappings of a "wage slave"; changing with the times;learning to become a leader; and much more. So that you may applyeach principle to your life, Rabbi Lapin suggests engaging andaccessible action steps to start you immediately on the path toprosperity.
With the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper as yourguide, you'll quickly discover the powerful wealth-producingprinciples that lie at the root of Jewish success—and learnhow to apply them to your own endeavors. No matter what your faithor background, the insights found here will put you in a betterposition not only to maximize your potential, but also help thosearound you.
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Praise for the First Edition of Thou Shall Prosper
"Rabbi Daniel Lapin's wisdom has helped untold numbers ofpeople, including me, grow in our business, family, and spirituallives. In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin has done it again. Thisbook tells it like it is in a helpful, honest, hopeful, informativeway. He offers valid, useful information based on ancient wisdomand modern experience."—Zig Ziglar, author and motivationalteacher
"Thou Shall Prosper is a passionate, occasionally hortatoryavowal and practical road map to the making of 'dough' and thelife-affirming consequences of the honest pursuit of profit. Anunabashed manifesto for the twenty-first century, it seeks to steerthe reader toward a guilt-free appreciation of wealthaccumulation."—The Jewish Press
"No matter how successful or sophisticated you may be, thisremarkable work will enrich your understanding of the important,exciting process of building wealth."—Michael Medved,nationally syndicated radio host and author of Right Turns
"In this highly insightful and controversial new book, RabbiLapin unearths the golden nuggets of Jewish business genius. Byemphasizing the unique talents of the Jewish way of life, RabbiLapin demonstrates how Judaism's spiritual regimen can betranslated into tangible material rewards, with the bottom linebeing directly affected. A thoroughly engaging, enriching, andthought-provoking book."—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author ofKosher Sex and Judaism for Everyone
"I really enjoyed this book, and I heartily recommend it topeople of all faiths."—The Late Honorable Jack Kemp
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Lapin distills this ancient Jewish history and wisdom into ten key points listed below;
1. Believe in the Dignity and the Morality of Business
2. Extend the Network of Your Connectedness to Many People
3. Get To Know Yourself
4. Do Not Pursue Perfection
5. Lead Consistently and Constantly
6. Constantly Change the Changeable While Steadfastly Clinging to the Unchangeable
7. Learn to Foretell the Future
8. Know Your Money
9. Act Rich: Give Away 10 Percent of Your After Tax Income
10. Never Retire
This book is definitely a must read.
The entirety of its contents are beautifully written, and it is EXPANSIVE. It covers everything regarding finance, from getting the numbers straight, to attaining marketable skills, and even (especially) the spiritual aspects involved in bringing greater prosperity into the lives of you, your loved ones, and the market. It's all connected.
The one thing I would knock on this book is the font is pretty small and could benefit from a slightly larger font to make it easier to read. Certainly a publisher issue and not the authors.
Rabbi Lapin goes further explaining how his Jewish culture encourages both activities and ways of thinking that tend to lead to prosperity. He makes it accessible to 'outsiders' knowing that your success and the success of others will benefit the community. As part of the same world, the came country etc. your/their success will ultimately benefit him well beyond mere book sales.
I read it, enjoyed it, and recommend it to others. I may read it again, or at least review some sections later. If you are thinking about it then YES. Buy the book.