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The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son

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A Financial Classic between Father and Son. . .

The Wealthy Gardener is an intimate classic on money and success because it was written by a financially independent father for his ambitious son.

The father and son met weekly to discuss lessons on prosperity. A parable was used to clarify financial insights and maintain the son’s interest. This private education between t

Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published September 22nd 2018
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Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read any personal wealth self-help, then this could be a somewhat useful introduction, with some classic quotes and simple definitions. Overall though, this was a mash-up that didn't work. For any of the genres it's trying to be--wisdom parable, basic money advice, etc.-- there are much better options out there. The Gardener is just not a believable character in all sorts of ways, but what matters most here is how a lot of what he says about prosperity is obvious BS.

One of his b
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.’ Anonymous

Pennsylvania author John Soforic offers one of the most heartfelt and practical guides to gaining wealth as a gift to his son. John’s current wealth was not inherited or the result of a grand fluke but instead the result of earning an ordinary income while starting and managing several small businesses. ‘These businesses were average, rural, common, and regular operations with steady cash flows. It was an uphill
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on wealth

This is one of the best books I’ve read on wealth—and on living a complete and fulfilling life. Very impressive.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Frustratingly long, but some good lessons

Overall, I felt it was worth reading.

The premise is reasonable: a seemingly successful and financially independent man is looking to pass his life lessons onto his son, so that his son will enjoy life in the same way the father did.

What then follows are many, many...many, many life principles. Some of them are quite insightful, but many of them are simply characteristics that I don’t feel were particularly unique or insightful. Yes, it is good to be fru
Kresimir Mudrovcic
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A greatly written book I must say, there is a nice story, a lot of life lessons on prosperity. The book is easy to read and engaging and these life lessons can be used by anyone.
The only BIG downside of this book is the author's point of view which is a bit extreme and is focused ONLY on wealth and hard work while sacrificing all other parts of life (friends, relationships, happiness...) It is only about attaining wealth. It would be a pure 5* book if only it had a more balanced view on attainin
Cheryl McDonald
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because I garden; and, who doesn't want to be wealthy! However, this book was more than I could ever have imagined!

From front to back it was a combination of life lessons, storytelling, and heartfelt reality. This is a book to keep and refer back to whenever life throws a curve ball. It even has indexes in the back for quick reference.

I am glad that this author chose to share it with everyone, and not just his son.

Kaylee Bangs
Jun 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I’m a sucker for personal finance books , but this was so much more than that. This book highlighted the mindset needed behind gaining wealth. It also touched on spirituality and purpose behind everything we do in our lives. I will definitely be keeping this on my bookshelf to reference.

My main complaint about the book was that it was very strictly male focused. It was a book written by a father to his son( which should’ve clued me in by the cover page alone) however I still
Bryan Finnegan
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soforic did a wonderful product

If you enjoy philosophy, finances, learning and mentoring others, I highly recommend The Wealthy Gardner.

Soforic's use of metaphors is poetic and his presentation style was unique and thoughtful. Highly refined simple analogies to share with others. Greatly appreciated his parental guidance and will no doubt provide his work to my young adult children. I hope they are as rewarded as Jimmy was by The Wealthy Gardner's wisdom.

Well done Soforic, well done indeed.
Jul 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the audiobook version of this from my library. I’m a gardener as my day job and looking to start my own business in the near future, so garden metaphors are always something that resonate deeply with me. I listened to this while I worked and it really inspired me. I purchased his small book of quotes because I found myself wanting to write them all down but couldn’t. I think I’ll have to revisit a paperback version of this at some point in the future because there were a lot of ...more
This book is found on many lists of personal favorite books so I checked it out. It’s advice from a father to his son about finances and success in life often told in a sort of parable form.
I’m not going to rate it because I am not the target audience being a woman already close to official retirement age.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will challenge you to the point it pisses you off for a few days until your pity party is over and you get going and get over yourself.

My 👂 heard ⤵️

total financial freedom
prosperity is financial comfort... life without money worries
many things are indeed more important than money but overcoming the money problem allows us to focus on these important things without money and time we yield little power over life
is the price of success worth the rewards?
the lack of money leads to fear re
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book about intentional and purposeful living. We are all the same in what we are but made different by what we do or do not do. Really inspiring.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm often reading non-fiction books about money, but this book was different. It is written in a fictional format where the characters are developed. In reading this book, one gets to know and love these characters. Furthermore, you'll want to keep reading to learn what happens in their lives. The wealthy gardener is always teaching the people in his life things about money, investing, saving, hard work, and purpose. And as he teaches them, he also teaches you. The ending has quite a twist. Phen ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son by John Soforic is a unique cliffhanger from the start.

The author combines intriguing parables on the life lessons of prosperity with nonfiction. This is not a book on ‘how to get rich quick.’ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Booktasters. It is a manual packed with tenets of wisdom for a lifetime's financial dignity. Soforic reveals a deep scope of financial literacy that def
Michelle R Wilson
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book

This book was better than rich Dad poor Dad. I'm going to remained it to friends and add it to my lending library.
Robert Jere
May 03, 2022 rated it it was ok
I stopped reading the book half way through. I understand that there are people who find this kind of stuff interesting, but I am not one of them. I decided to give it a go because it was on the reading list for my bookclub.
The first third of the the book is your regular "prosperity gospel" stuff. After that it got into talking about how "certitude" can make you rich. That was too much for me.
My issue with this book is not necessarily that it is not for me, it is much more than that. I have re
Deanna Shanti
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Soforic has truly written a gem of a book. He is right up there with some of my absolute favorite authors-Neale Donald Walsch, Mike Dooley, Deepak Chopra, and Paulo Coelho.

The author uses fiction and reality to weave a story about wealth creation and management. The characters in the fictional parts are realistic and engaging, and the story is interesting. The characters in the author's true life parts of the book are no less interesting.

I believe this book should be read by everyone. It is
Ruth Lee
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had the feeling that a book found you instead of the other way around? I felt that way a few chapters into The Wealthy Gardener. When I wasn’t reading, I found myself thinking about the life lessons each chapter illustrated. I highlighted relevant quotes from the great thinkers and common people that Soforic used, and stories that I wanted to remember. Before long I realized that I was highlighting most of the book.
John Soforic has written these guidelines for his son, to teach hi
Eva Prestamo
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In The Wealthy Gardener, John Soforic takes his readers through a fiction and non-fiction journey of attaining financial freedom. In it, he ties in lessons on wealth and finance with other valuable topics such as the perks of frugality, the importance of developing personal meaningful relationships, one's duty to give back to the community, using time wisely, the meaning of life and death, and many other quandaries of life.

Soforic also challenges many modern stigmas and popular ideas about the
Stephanie M.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Half fiction - half non-fiction The Wealthy Gardener pulls you into a world filled with the most important life lessons around wealth and wealth creation, which can of course be applied to any area of your life.

The Wealthy Gardener takes you on a unforgettable journey of learning absent of preaching as he does.

Practical, and most importantly, real world habits and skills that can be learned and implemented in an average persons life.

Many nuggets of wisdom fill the pages of this well thought o
Tahseen Nakavi
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wealthy Gardener is written by John Soforic. It is a book filled with important lessons and stories on life that will inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals. This book, in modern lingo, would be classified as “woke”. It sheds light on how we are slaves to our jobs and about how our own thoughts and insecurities are our biggest hurdles.

By his own admission, the author is trying to engage his son in many lessons on wealth but never “wanted to preach at him”. This book is an interestin
Mike Morgenstein
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read many self help books, and maybe even more books about wealth and prosperity. Some by the biggest, baddest, famous, and brilliant authors such as Brian Tracy, Gary Vaynerchuck, Grant Cardone, MJ Demarco, Stephen Covey, etc. And I don't mean any disrespect whatsoever in saying this because some of their books are great, and have and will continue to influence me, but as far as overall impact goes, none comes close to the book written by first time author John Soforic The Wealthy Gardener ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been a really long listen. I believe this is among the longest audiobook I have completed to this day and it was worth every minute.

Whenever I listened to this audiobook, I made sure I had my notepad open on my laptop or that I had pen and paper so that I could take notes. Every word and life lessons have so much value in it and I believe this book has transformed the way I see prosperity. It has also provided me different lessons which I should apply to my life.

There are books that tell
Violet Stone
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was bought for me to read. I won't say that I've never thought of pursuing wealth but I liked how this book phrases it as "financial freedom". Not being concerned on how you're going to pay next month's bills.

A lot of the advice in here is things many people already know. Cut costs, put money in savings, get out of debt, live frugal. All of these together help bring in wealth. Your outgoing can't be higher than your income.

I also liked how this book took potentially boring topics and p
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I ever read. I have always had a drive to work hard because I understood I could not count on anyone but myself for survival. Early into the book, I found company, validation, and clarity regarding my decades-long struggle. The author told wonderful heart-warming mini-stories throughout, which I would love to read more of. Halfway through the book there is a section with mini lessons. Those only a few pages long each, I only read a couple a day for a while because t ...more
Terry Koressel
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
How I wish every young person under the age of 30 would read The Wealthy Gardner. We would live in a better World. The Wealthy Gardner, weaving through parable and lecture, makes a powerful case for living a purposeful life devoted to pursuing one's passions and financial freedom. John Soforic does a masterful job explaining that the deliberate pursuit of wealth is a noble endeavor....a responsible life objective....if one's goals are financial freedom, the pursuit of one's passions, protection ...more
Ken Lenoir
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book! There is a lot of emotion out into this book and it draws out many good emotions. My eyes were wet a lot of the time reading it!

It's like a modern day think and grow rich in a lot of ways. Not very much tactical advice on growing wealth but the things and thoughts that precede the accumulation of wealth.

One of my big takeaways was "impact hours" - focused hours toward goals. It helped me channel my attention into specific hours toward achieving goals, a useful distinctio
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The audio book is much better!!!

Meditate daily- focus on gratitude, dreams,
plan life in 5 year increments
“Make it a point to do 1 thing that you don’t want to do” Mark Twain
Brian Tracy- “do the most undesirable daily task FIRST”.
Things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do- “take the first step” = make it a point to do the morning meeting
We don’t get what we WANT out of life, we get what we are willing to accept. = Raise the bar
It is our duty to be ALL we can be
Fortitude- look up defini
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three months ago, I found this book because of booktaster .When I read this book ,I got a new precious knowledge of self -reliance .It guides us to manage time , money and education wisely.Moreover, how to create an opportunity and not missing the opportunity we get .I really recommend this book is effective for people who are far away from parents .For me,It means that it is the collection of latters from parents for behalves .It can stop the crazy idea of doing teenager in the wrong time.The b ...more
d dejesus
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone with a heart will be impacted deeply

The Wealthy Gardner loved Jimmy and mentored him with wisdom from his life experiences. I have highlights all throughout this book. The financial trouble shooting links at the end are well organized. I was compelled to skip to the end to find out how he would bless Jimmy as their relationship grew to be like family. I feel blessed to have gained so much knowledge & immediately, when I began tracking my goals and hours, I saw change. Anyone, without the
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