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The Way to Wealth

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The first American book on personal finance, "The Way to Wealth" by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to "Poor Richard's Almanack, " this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning ...more
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Applewood Books (first published 1758)
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Vaishali Joglekar
An interesting read from Colonial America's Renaissance man. Franklin frequently quotes his alias, Poor Richard. He also laments high taxes under the crown (then 10% ). Some wonderful, noteworthy quotes:

"Lost time can never be found again."
"One today is worth two tomorrows."
"Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour."
"Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee."
"If you would have a faithful servant, and one you'd like, serve yourself."
"A fat kitchen makes a lean will."
"Wise men
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Cagliostro
Mar 26, 2013 Cagliostro rated it it was amazing
Ο Δρόμος προς τον Πλούτο αποτελεί ένα εξαισιο δείγμα πρακτικής σοφίας που ξεχειλίζει απο την βαθιά κατανόηση της ζωής που προσφέρει η αεικίνητη παρατήρηση συνδυαζόμενη με την άσβεστη δίψα για γνώση. Ειδική αναφορά οφείλω να κάνω για την επιστολή στην Δεσποινίδα Στιβενσον (16-5-1760) η οποία αποτελεί μια άρτια παιδαγωγική συμβουλή,ικανή να προσφέρει έμπνευση και μια εναρκτήρια μέθοδο για την αναζήτηση της γνώσης σε κάθε νεοκοπο μελετητή.Αν και πολλά από τα ζητήματα που θίγονται ηχούν γνώριμα στα ...more
Joe Moses
Jun 30, 2014 Joe Moses rated it it was ok
Hodgepodge of ideological advice which Franklin synthesized from his Poor Richard's Almanack arranged as a type of sermon from "Father Abraham". Certainly contains some witty adages and timeless truisms on prudence, temperance, and diligence, but overall its philosophy is a secularized "Calvinist work ethic" which was common in colonial times - a valuing of frugality and hard work as a means to social status and success in order to prove one's salvation. Although the modern "American work ethic" ...more
Tien Phat Nguyen
Jan 02, 2014 Tien Phat Nguyen rated it really liked it
Benjamin Franklin is undoubtedly one of the wisest man in his generation. This little book compose only a few pages, but deliver the wisdom of Ben about the rules to be wealthy. Even though these principles may seem simple and familiar, they are actually very much valuable, as this is the lessons learned by someone who was a genius in his ages.
My only regret is that I was unable to understand all the proverbs Ben used in this book. I will definitely re-read it to gain a deeper understanding of t
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José Oroño
May 23, 2016 José Oroño rated it really liked it
It isn't everyday that you get financial advice from one of America's founding fathers.

I approached this book with low-expectations, ready for outdated advice tainted by the culture and values of Benjamin's era, but ended up enjoying it a quite a bit while it lasted. The advice is sound, and would probably pass for that of a modern book on personal finance if the latter were to, you know, be written competently.

Almost every paragraph has something quotable in it and ,as anyone who knows my readi
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Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"...rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt." ~ Benjamin Franklin, "The Way to Wealth.", p. 5.

I actually heard of this book through a friend on Goodreads and can you believe it is only 6 pages? If you can't read 6 pages then there is no hope for you.

Although written in 1758, it has many valuable treasures. I must say that some of the language in this book is hard to read. However, persevere through the text and I guarantee that you will find counsel that will improve your life, especially
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Octavio Sánchez
Apr 14, 2016 Octavio Sánchez rated it it was amazing
Starting to following American founding fathers work, has been a incredible journey, first thoughts are they were not as I expect because most of them are experts in their fields of knowledge, other ability that they posses is that they true natural leather with extreme causes of what they were doing.
After finished this book I realize that I were finished read Poor Richard's Almanack first, Father Abraham relates a several steps for announce how the people of America should manage their wealth,
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Brian Cox
Aug 02, 2015 Brian Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great investment in yourself.

Easy and enjoyable to read. Filled with wisdom. I'm excited to start focusing on the thirteen virtues and applying them to my daily life.
Miguel Limeres
Apr 12, 2015 Miguel Limeres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clean,straight

Straight forward, simple to follow,should be a most to read for high school students during summer session, it should explain more the benefits of saving
Senthil
Dec 04, 2014 Senthil rated it it was amazing
Best book on personal finance and success. After reading this I have decided that I am not going to read any other book on self-help/personal finance/success in my life time.
Alfred
May 01, 2016 Alfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teaches values and principles to live by that will improve work ethic.
Felix
May 07, 2016 Felix rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, read2016
There is no doubt to the fact that Benjamin Franklin was a wise and wealthy man. This is quite evident in his works as an author, statesman, politician and inventor. In this short book, he uses great aphorisms and witty one liners to drill into the mind of the reader the importance of hard work and avoiding debt. Using the pseudonym Richard Saunders, Franklin states a bunch of truisms that should be common sense but are quite often not. This is a great book to help individuals stay focused and i ...more
Steven Swenson
Dec 21, 2012 Steven Swenson rated it liked it
Interesting, some economic theory expressed that predates or is contemporaneous to Adam Smith. Main usable point was on saving and reduction of unnecessary expenses. Some hint made on capital leverage through investing 'A man can gain the use of a hundred pounds for the cost of 6 pounds' and the importance of credit. But Mr. Franklin never gives an example of this use.

He does give examples of the misuses of credit and the dragging nature of the debt thus created and the destruction of credit an
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Gunderhaegg
Sep 14, 2014 Gunderhaegg rated it liked it
Oh, Poor Richard! This fine little collections of snippets of wisdom may not carry the gravest that they did in the middle of the 18th century, but they are in some sense as true today. Who won't smile after reading, "Sloth, like Rust, consumes faster than Labour wears." or "Industry need not wish." or For Age and Want, save while you may; No Morning Sun lasts a whole Day."? ... and it's only fourteen pages long.
Brad
Sep 09, 2014 Brad rated it did not like it
All it is is a bunch of truisms about working hard and pinching pennies. The kind of shit that should just be common sense. It pretty much forms the backbone of modern Republican philosophy: If you work hard you will be rewarded, if you're poor it's because you're lazy.
Josh Meares
A somewhat pretentious recap of Poor Richard's Almanack. There are some nuggets of wisdom in here, no doubt. But it feels like an old-fashioned compilation episode from a pretty okay tv series. Much more interesting to read the original Almanack.
Marco
Mar 18, 2015 Marco rated it liked it
Se avete letto la sua autobiografia sarete già familiari a ciò che Franklin predica: frugalità, lavoro duro e bando dello svago (anche se poi leggendo biografie che non siano "auto" si nota un certo contrasto, soprattutto in termini di donne).

Ho adorato la produttività per anni, finché mi sono trovato a vederla come guscio vuoto. Fare è essenziale, non dico il contrario, ma non deve essere un diavolo sulla spalla che ci spinge a fare-fare-fare perché l'uomo deve fare-fare-fare.

Incredibilmente ul
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Alexandros
Αρκετά ετεροχρονισμένες σκέψεις αλλά αν κανείς τις προσαρμόσει στη σύγχρονη πραγματικότητα, μπορεί να αντλήσει πολύτιμες ιδέες και αρχές που αφορούν τη δημιουργία και κυρίως τη διατήρηση πλούτου.
Rahell Omer
Jun 07, 2016 Rahell Omer rated it it was ok
How the hell did I find/read this book? It was more like a time-management book for me from a very old grand pa =D

"Wouldn't you be ashamed if your master found you idle....."
Jon
Jan 01, 2015 Jon rated it it was amazing
Takes about fifteen minutes to read, and well worth it! Sound financial advice from one of the Founding Fathers.
Dilowa Dilowa
Jul 22, 2014 Dilowa Dilowa rated it liked it
Good, very brief.
Good Quotes:
"Lost time can never be found again."
"One today is worth two tomorrows."
Theigbobandit
Apr 25, 2016 Theigbobandit rated it it was amazing
Just the way I like my books - no fluff, short and filled with memorable actionable points.
Sean Franklin
Mar 06, 2016 Sean Franklin rated it it was amazing
Great read, principals still apply. Nothing is more valuable than time..
so why waste it?
Connie Tinoco
Jul 16, 2014 Connie Tinoco rated it really liked it
Really good advice- this is going to sound odd but it felt like I was reading Proverbs...
Mariah Nti
Feb 11, 2016 Mariah Nti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Simple easy read

Worth every penny. You will save money with this simple and insightful book!!! Happy to have read it ! Buy it yourself
Fermin Quant
Nov 25, 2015 Fermin Quant rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with an excellent array of tips for life and wealth.
Nathik
Oct 30, 2015 Nathik rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A very short collection of poor richard's almanack quotations.
Perry
Sep 25, 2014 Perry rated it liked it
seems like this is where a lot of Buffett & Munger's quotes came from
Marrick
Sep 25, 2014 Marrick rated it it was amazing
Time honored principles for gaining and growing wealth.
Esteban
Dec 22, 2015 Esteban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless, and packed full of valuable lessons.
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Benjamin Franklin was a writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, a Founding Father, an inventor, and publisher. He helped with the founding of the United States of America and changed the world with his discoveries about electricity. His writings such as Poor Richards' Almanac have provided wisdom for 17 years to the colonies.
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