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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 Shall Prosper was published, much has changed from both an economic and financial standpoint. But the ups and downs we've experienced have helped prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's point that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon things that never do.
There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and culture. Now, with the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin returns to provide a clear picture of how following an unwavering economic and philosophic vision of business and money—based on the established principles of Jewish tradition—can increase your potential for 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 business experiences with the wisdom of the Torah and Talmudic prescriptions, Rabbi Lapin skillfully explains the essence of each commandment—which include Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business, Do Not Pursue Perfection, and Know Your Money—and shows you how to use them to prosper financially.
Along the way, Rabbi Lapin also highlights new examples that will help you excel during difficult economic times and addresses important 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 apply each principle to your life, Rabbi Lapin suggests engaging and accessible action steps to start you immediately on the path to prosperity.
With the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper as your guide, you'll quickly discover the powerful wealth-producing principles that lie at the root of Jewish success—and learn how to apply them to your own endeavors. No matter what your faith or background, the insights found here will put you in a better position not only to maximize your potential, but also help those around you.
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Praise for the First Edition of Thou Shall Prosper
"Rabbi Daniel Lapin's wisdom has helped untold numbers of people, including me, grow in our business, family, and spiritual lives. In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin has done it again. This book tells it like it is in a helpful, honest, hopeful, informative way. He offers valid, useful information based on ancient wisdom and modern experience."—Zig Ziglar, author and motivational teacher
"Thou Shall Prosper is a passionate, occasionally hortatory avowal and practical road map to the making of 'dough' and the life-affirming consequences of the honest pursuit of profit. An unabashed manifesto for the twenty-first century, it seeks to steer the reader toward a guilt-free appreciation of wealth accumulation."—The Jewish Press
"No matter how successful or sophisticated you may be, this remarkable 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, Rabbi Lapin unearths the golden nuggets of Jewish business genius. By emphasizing the unique talents of the Jewish way of life, Rabbi Lapin demonstrates how Judaism's spiritual regimen can be translated into tangible material rewards, with the bottom line being directly affected. A thoroughly engaging, enriching, and thought-provoking book."—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of Kosher Sex and Judaism for Everyone
"I really enjoyed this book, and I heartily recommend it to people 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 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.
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.