Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money
A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds
The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual fin...more
The First Commandment: Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business
“Making money is much harder to do if, deep down, you suspect it to be a morally reprehensible activity” (17).
The idea that making money is an inherently noble act is a definitive characteristic of Judaism and one ...more
Daniel Lapin's writing is not dry and boring. On the contrary, this book, while appea ...more
Lapin challenges ten ideas that many people seem to hold. Such as money is bad. Money ...more
The chapter about why you should give money awa ...more
The content was good, but he elaborated much on some topics and I lost track of the initial purpose or chapter name.
Here are just some of the principles I learned from the book:
- Business is about serving others well
- Getting paid for a job me ...more
I believe that hard work is a necessary ingredient for success, but it's not sufficient. A whole lot more is also necessary. Without hard work, you fail. No question.
That said, all the hard work in the world won't make you "prosper" in the lucre sense. You need great ideas, connections, and some grace, luck, or more along the way. Furthermore, if your family/cultural environment is not attuned to the value of work, education, self ...more
"Jewish tradition views a person's quest for profit and wealth to be inherently moral. How could it be otherwise? The wise King Solomon said, "The crown of the wise is their wealth" and Jews have always understood that sentence to mean God is happy with wise behavior and it ...more
Great book overall. A practical book filled with simple treasures of wisdom based on teachings of the Jewish faith, helping to deconstruct what teachings in the Jewish faith help make them more prosperous and successful in career than their numbers should allow. Intellectually s ...more
-Written by a baby boomer for baby boomers. There was always a shallowness to everything. He'd follow a Talmud quote with some observation about wanting to own a beach front property. Only a baby boomer could justify mixing religion and ...more
I enjoyed the first command that countered much of the current view that business is ...more
"Thou Shall Prosper is a passionate, occasionally hortatory avowal and practical road map to the making of 'do ...more
The title grabs most readers attention who would like to PROSPER and abide to the Ten Commandments (featured in the Old Testament in the Bible with Moses), and add MONEY in it, you surely want to read and see how you can do just that!
Even t ...more
Here's the gist: do you believe wealth is bad? Do you think that business people can't be holy and somehow businesses take advantage of the populace? Is your first thought when you see a large house or expensive car, "that person could have lived with less and gave the money away to needy." Do you view anyone driving or owning something nicer than you as having "too much"?
If you have had any of these thoughts, you have fall ...more
1) Jews constitute about 2% of the US population, one would be surprised to find that they disproportionately occupy a large portion in the Forbes 500 list. Lapin claims that the Jews' outlook on money that is hea ...more