The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son
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...more
One of his b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
I’m not going to rate it because I am not the target audience being a woman already close to official retirement age.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
John Soforic has written these guidelines for his son, to teach hi ...more
Soforic also challenges many modern stigmas and popular ideas about the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more