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Wealth: Is It Worth It?

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Truett Cathy has experienced poverty and plenty. Though the founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc., prefers times of plenty, he hopes never to forget the lessons he learned growing up poor. No overnight success story, Cathy worked with his wife, Jeannette, for 21 years behind the counter of their single mom-and-pop restaurant before he opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant at the ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 16th 2011 by Looking Glass Books, Inc (first published October 1st 2010)
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Tim Maurer
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually had the opportunity to interview Truett Cathy, the 90-something founder of Chick-Fil-a when this book came out. And while he's not an author, the subject matter--and in particular, his take on it--is truly profound. It could change the way you look at life and money and especially wealth. While Mr. Cathy has a tendency to sermonize, it feels like a loving grandfather, not a self-righteous preacher. Additionally, it's not only his own thoughts that carry weight--he includes the wisdom ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
This felt like a combination of Facebook statuses. Very scattered and choppy. Didn’t really have much value or substance within the short paragraph length sections/chapters. Extremely hard to relate to.
Clifford  Onehundredd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wealth is it Worth it was definitely worth reading...found it in the library because prior to this book I was reading books on riches and wealth etc. when I came across it I didn't think I'd be that enthusiastic about it but after reading it I was really refreshed. S Truett Cathy wealthy man of Chic-Fil-A restaurant teaches moral values and actually teaches about integrity when it comes to money and he gives you the pros and cons of achieving wealth & riches. I especially love how he includes Go ...more
Scott Wozniak
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Very short, simple book with an important idea: it's not about the money. Significance and satisfaction aren't about money. You can have a lot of money and none of them or vice versa.

(Note: I read this a long while ago and just noticed that I hadn't marked down that this was already something finished.)
Jonathan Gregory
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Great advice from a wise man. The book is too short though and could be formatted better. Everything reads like a new paragraph in the same chapter but is formatted like a new section every other page.

The answer to Cathy’s question is essentially yes if you are charitable.
Brandon Wiles
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
You can summarize this book as “wealth is worth it if:” then insert each of the chapters after that statement.
It was a good and quick read and it was cool to hear that these millionaires aren’t selfish with their money.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good business principles recounted by a businessman with strong values. Not very memorable.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about Truett Cathy in his own words.

An uplifting book about what it means to have true wealth. I highly recommend this book to everyone, rich or poor.
Nex Juice
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book, written by the founder of Chick-Fil-A, explores the good and bad sides of wealth. His argument is that it is only worth having wealth if you obtain it the “right” way, and you manage it well. Part of his idea of managing it well is giving away at least 10% of all your earnings to charity. I used to be a Christian, I used to tithe. I’m no longer religious, but I still like the idea of giving that amount of my income to others who need it more than I do. I’m very picky with charitable o ...more
John Gardner
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Honey and Locusts.

Truett Cathy is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. The founder of Chick-Fil-A has certainly proven that he knows how to make a business work while holding firm to his convictions. His ventures in philanthropy and community service have been likewise successful, and he has established a name for himself as a leader of leaders. When Truett Cathy speaks, people listen!

His latest book is a collection of short stories — you can think of it as Cathy's version of t
Tim Chavel
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
S. Truett Cathy, the author of this book, has taught Sunday School in the town I grew up in Jonesboro, GA, for many years. Several of my high school classmates work for the corporate office in GA. I have admired Mr. Cathy for many years. He is not only a great business man but also a great Christian man. This book is his philosophy of wealth. I feel his thoughts are very close to that of the Bible. This is an easy read book. As you will see below there are quotes from lots of people. I trust you ...more
Trevor Acy
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Trevor by: Dave Ramsey
Chick-Fil-A was the first place I earned a paycheck. In high school I took a position on the marketing team at a recently opened CFA in Flowood, MS. There I learned about a Christian business model (CFA is closed on Sundays), was taught the importance of respecting customers and making them happy instead of just selling your product, was introduced to humility by dressing up in a giant cow suit, and even built my relationship with incredible woman I so luckily call my girlfriend today. So when T ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an inspiring book. I would recommend it to anyone who runs a company, has a job, manages money, or those who are looking for their calling in life.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was offered by my church as part of a series on wealth. It is a tiny (but expensive) book full of short one page stories and anecdotes. I was very disappointed! The stories are good, but this is step one to writing a book... Not the final product! The author, who admittedly is not an author, needed to take all of these random thoughts and stories and gather them into a larger, more developed book! I found myself wondering if anyone other than a super rich, semi-famous person showed up ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: by-billionaires
"Love what you do, and you'll never work another day in your life." ~ S. Truett Cathy

Written by the founder of Chick-Fil-A a popular chicken sandwich fast food chain mainly known in the United States.

Truett raises the question of "Wealth Is It It Worth It?" He shares why wealth is not worth it if it is to please self, but is well worth it if is used to meet the needs of others in intelligent ways.
Martha Weaver
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was an easy read with great stories from a man who worked extremely hard and with integrity to build his business and life. We all could learn from his wisdom and I hope more people will be as humble as he is about their wealth and be more willing to share it with those in need. Inspirational for sure!!
Spencer Jackson
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Truett Cathy's experiences are something to marvel. Humble upbringing where he lived in government housing projects to many years spent working to run his single restaurant. Many years later he starts and grows Chik-fil-a. A man of faith and strong character who has seen first hand the power can have, both good and evil. A short, interesting read with many nuggets to take away. ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this book was an interesting read although I was put off by the design of the book and thought it quite cheeky. I quite agree with the general point of view that its worth it if is used for the benefit of humanity. An interesting point for me was the honest and willingness to share some of his life experiences in a frank way.
"Money is a claim check on other people's products or services."

"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get."

"If a man can sleep at night not worrying about how he'll pay his bills, he is a wealthy man."

Bottom line: wealth is good if you give it away.

Good, quick read.

Darrin Holst
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A short, inspiring read by and about Truett Cathy...founder of Chick-fil-a. Nothing ground breaking here, but I'm glad I read it. Proof that the tortoise always wins the race. The world needs more people like Truett Cathy. ...more
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Short read. Not particularly exciting but good moral info.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the example that Truett Cathy sets for all people with wealth. Good book.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The question S. Truett Cathy poses is one that haunts me all the time. EVERYONE who has ever had a dollar in their pocket needs to read this. You'll live with WAY more peace and purpose. ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great simple biblical based advice.
Ann Gustafson
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quick and easy read about acquiring wealth for the right reasons.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This is my third Truitt Cathy book. I like this one best because of the other contributors that he references in the book.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Surprised at how much I enjoyed this one.
Kristine Rocha
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Great story with valuable lessons about money.
Hope Squires
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick read with a different (and welcome) approach to dealing with wealth.
Brandon Carlson
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Quick read. Lot's of old fashioned good advice. ...more
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Samuel Truett Cathy was an American businessman, investor, author, and philanthropist. He founded the fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A.

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