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The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,521 ratings  ·  185 reviews
The Art of Money Getting was written by P. T. Barnum, who is widely known as an important historical entrepreneur as founder of the famous traveling circus, but in this publication Barnum shares his knowledge of business and teaches readers how to be successful in making money. This is an excellent book for individuals who are interested in learning from an important histo ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 24th 2007 by Fq Classics (first published 1880)
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Nadin Adel
Lovely book for a quick boost.
I Enjoyed listening to the golden rules while ironing!
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Plain talk and practical advice on securing capital, promissory notes, and a reliable team. Not one mention of his circus empire or political career.

Quotes :
“It is the eyes of others and not our own eyes that ruin us. If all the world were blind except myself I should not care for fine clothes or furniture.” - Benjamin Franklin

“The foundation of success in life is good health. That is the substratum fortune. It is also the basis of happiness.”

“To make money requires a clear brain.”

First things first. The title is an exaggeration of the content. You will not find any techniques or ideas for getting rich (assuming that's what you are looking to find); however, Barnum provides 20 rules for the development of character and for personal success.
In a nutshell: there are no shortcuts to wealth, aside from right vocation, good character, and perseverance - and don't forget to advertise.


"As a nation, Americans are too superficial - they are striving to get rich quickly, and
Mohamed Tohami
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
short book that contains universal and timeless principles of making money.

I like this part the most:

"Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience shows that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain
Catalin Negru
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Target audience: General public, people of all ages, except children.

About the author: Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on July 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut. He is an American writer and publisher. He was widely known as a philanthropist and a politician. At the age of 12, he displayed passionate about business by starting selling lottery tickets. He has written many books, and The Art of Getting Money is one of them. He was a great personality and personal purpose to place money in his own box.

Chris Huff
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid financial, business, and life advice.

I think the only negative critique I have of Barnum's book is simply that he somewhat dismisses the possibility of being in poverty (or at least not wealthy) merely out of happenstance. Barnum seems to believe that practicing good wisdom with money and business will inevitably lead to wealth. But this is certainly not always the case. And it really shouldn't even be the goal, anyway.

Nevertheless, even if he errs somewhat when it comes to the goal, he do
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read, and one that although it is from over 100 years ago... it still holds true. there is a lot of sage wisdom contained in this book - especially with pertaining to debt and why you shouldnt get yourself into it. it almost makes the book shine, given the current debt situation we find ourselves in.

perhaps a book like this - short and to the point with a lot of general advice on how to handle your money - should be something of required reading.
Dumitru Moraru
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Fortune always favors the brave and never helps a man who does not help himself"
Luke Bongers
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
a 100+ year old book on money making, still relevant as ever and nice to see it's full of encouraging positive morals and integrity while doing so.
Molly Murphy
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading P.T. Barnum's "The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money." Barnum mentions 20 different methods for making money, but one of my favorite parts about reading this book was that he mentions ways to keep the money you have made and how to continue being successful with it. I think the book acts as a guide for individual growth. Barnum creates a lot of interpretation for deeper meaning with some of the quotes he mentions, making the story more significant.

Although thi
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A college class introduced P.T. Barnum, America's Greatest Showman, to me and it was fun to discover that he had written this quaint little book with suggestions on how to make money. "Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business." Despite the age of this book, that and many other suggestions hold true today.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Marty by: Looked interesting on Free Book web site
Very short book published in 2005, as a free book or pamphlet. Good rule to live by including spending less than you make, to not partake of tobacco or alcohol, one is addictive and makes you look bad and you miss out on great foods to eat, and the other makes you thick in the head. Many other rules to live by. Barnum lived from 1810-1891, so this was published before the turn of the century.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a book that everyone should read, especially those who are going into business. It advises the reader to be a person of integrity, don't be greedy, advertise, sow and then you reap, and don't try quick methods of getting rich.
Ocean Gebhardt
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, soldi
Surprisingly sound and useful advice, considering who it's from. Also very concise.
Jared Rourke
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is written in the format of listing the golden rules for making money according to PT Barnum. There was a movie released recently called The Greatest Showman about PT Barnum’s success. Even though the book is written from the perspective of an earlier time, the terminology was not difficult to apply to today. Before the “rules” are laid out, the introduction makes it sound simple and easy to make money. It says it’s not difficult to make money and the road to wealth is plain. But it th ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum is a relatively short read that outlines 20 steps to having monetary success as well as business success. The book while it may have been written in 1880, still contains many tips that are great for anyone to follow even in 2018. It is easy to imagine how the title of the book might cause people to believe that the book talks about "How to make money quick and easy" but let me just that this book is far from it and actually discusses physically making mone ...more
Anna Stinnett
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Art of Money Getting is composed of the golden rules Barnum conveys to making money and how to personally be successful. His main point is that anyone can be successful if they are determined, have good habits, and understand the economy. He uses great nineteenth century examples as to how we can apply these rules to everyday life.

The rules Barnum brings up in this quick read are essential, but I did not discover anything surprising that I have not heard before. The book seemed more of a re
Alexis Rupert
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Money Making” written by P.T. Barnum, is a very noble, helpful and inspiring read, still until this day. Barnum is basically listing out the different ways he believes are helpful to not only getting but attaining money as well, while going into detail as how to do such. The way he gets his point across in the book is surprisingly relatable, often telling stories that almost anyone can relate to.
His main point in regards to obtaining money is that t
Katie Ryder
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum is a quick read, outlining 20 steps and pointers on how to grow one’s wealth and business. Despite being written in 1880, many of the tips hold up in the modern economy. The title may imply that this is a financial planning or get rich quick kind of book, but it is actually much more broad and accessible to the general population. No talk of stocks and Roth IRAs, simply a set of rules to take into account when trying to grow a business or accumulate wealth ...more
Thomas Orbash
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum is a great guide that should be read by every young spender. The book offers many explanations on how to spend the money you have, and how to do so efficiently and effectively in order to live the spender's best life. The explanations are then followed with examples, which makes the multiple topics easier to understand and more relatable to the readers.

The first thing that stuck out to me in the text was a paragraph saying that people often save money just
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money by P.T. Barnum is a helpful guide on how to get money. The book is all about how people should save, acquire, and keep money rather than lose it. The beginning of the book states that most people believe they know enough about the economy and money to be successful and wealthy on their own but there are many things which they don’t know.
Throughout the story, the author uses examples and situations to get his point across and is able to do
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Money Getting is a piece by P.T. Barnum, originally published in the late 19th century, specifically in 1880. Barnum was considered “one of the greatest showman on Earth”, and that exemplifying characteristic does not stop with his book. The Art of Money Getting is divided into 20 distinct chapters or I should say “guidelines” on how to make money and more importantly, how to keep it.

Barnum uses real world examples to back up his headlines/guidelines for each chapter. For example, one
Aleksandr Lazarev
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not bad, but useless

Select Right Field of work for you
Select Right Location for Carrier
Avoid debt...
Pay as you go ?? Invest ?
Stay strong, and be positive, Brave!
Do every job Good
Don’t postpone tasks
Know your business well
Never do business with unlucky men or place ( there is problem with this guy its hard to see)
There is no such thing as luck - there are always reasons.
Use Good Tools ( people)
If employee asks for increase, let him know he is not unrepeatable
Road to Learning is road to Wea
Daniel Downie
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed P.T Barnum's, "The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money". He was known as being the greatest showman on earth for his wacky, weird, and outrageous shows he performed. P.T Barnum, I believe, was clever by making his fortune not with his hands but with his brain tricks he performed that affected everyone in his audience. For example, one trick was with the monkey he dressed up as a mermaid. This weird visual called people to his shows and they paid for wanting t ...more
Kezia Padmadjaja
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Art of Money Making is a good and easy read. It was written by P.T Barnum, an American showman and businessman, in 1880. After his bankruptcy, he started giving lectures about the art of money making, which helped him earned income to help recover from bankruptcy.

The book’s overarching idea is essentially written in the title, and he gives us just that. It is about how to make money and what steps are necessary to succeed. For example, he mentions that we need to learn something useful and
Nguyen Huu Anh Vu
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
If you had watch "The Greatest Showman," you should know who P. T. Barnum is by now. This little book is written by the very man himself.
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The book is short (can be completed in under 2 hours), old (published in 1880) but the advice is still true to this day. Some highlights:

- "You must have a ship at sea in order to be able to burn two candles at once" ("Have a ship" = Got to work and earn money, "two candles" = enough light source to read book a
Cole Ramirez
This book won't make you rich, but there are worse ways to spend an hour. Quick read with a few good nuggets.

-Spend less than you make
-Avoid debt, particularly consumer debt
-Don't worry about what other people buy, possess, or desire
-Don't be a drunk
-Save and earn interest on your money
-Don't be lazy
-Don't start a business on borrowed money
-Be systematic and disciplined
-Focus on one job at a time (avoid "too many irons in the fire")
-Read the newspaper
-Don't lend money frivolously
-Give with int
Jacqueline Stapleton
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Art of Money Getting lays out 20 tips on how to make money and keep it. The book lays out rules for people to follow if they want to be successful in business and keep their fortune. P. T. Barnum's main point was that if people were diligent with their work and didn't live above their means then they would most likely be successful and turn a profit. He felt that the root cause of the problem was that people falsely believed that they understood economics when really they didn't. I liked how ...more
And just like that my life was changed.
It easy to begin my list of regrets. The chief: not reading this book sooner.
I wish prodigiously that I had read this book sooner or had something bold to help me address poor behavior. Actually often times, the truth is nearby its just that we refuse it. Well, I will refuse the truth no longer.
There is nothing new or revolutionary in this book. All of the principles here you have *likely* heard before. Many references are from the bible ( proverbs) whic
Josiah Richardson
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
P. T. Barnum, half the duo of Barnum and Bailey's circus, lays out some practial advice for making (and not losing) money. Much of what he said was dated, but some things were still applicable such as:

• Don't go into debt in order to make an investment.

• Be aware of the markets and trends of any particular investment, and realize that 5 years worth of trends don't dictate the next 5 weeks.

• Don't cosign. On anything. For anybody.

• All investments contain risk. If they didn't, there would be no p
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Phineas Taylor Barnum was a showman and entertainer, best remembered for promoting such celebrated hoaxes as the Feejee Mermaid and for founding what later became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
“WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT Work at it, if necessary, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now. The old proverb is full of truth and meaning, "Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well." Many a man acquires a fortune by doing his business thoroughly, while his neighbor remains poor for life, because he only half does it. Ambition, energy, industry, perseverance, are indispensable requisites for success in business. Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” 35 likes
“Be cautious and bold.” 23 likes
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