The Richest Man in Babylon Introduction

What do you do when there’s more month than money? When there are more bills to be paid, but the checking account is at (or below) zero?  When you don’t feel like the richest man? When there are more groceries to be bought? Or the time when your budget was looking good, but then the car needed a new water pump, and things all started to fall apart? 1

Financial Principles Are Universal

Like the law of gravity, financial principles are universal and unchanging.  As you travel down the road of life, your ambition and desires seem to be thwarted by the shortage of money, the method by which earthly success is measured.

Most People Have Financial Struggles

You are not all alone in this struggle.   It is not much fun being financially uncomfortable and having to worry about making ends meet day after day; week after week; and month after month.  The fact is that if you want to bring your dreams and desires to fulfillment, you must know how to be successful with money.

George S. Clason wrote the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. Originally a series of separate informational pamphlets distributed by banks and insurance companies, the pamphlets were bound together and published in book form by Clason in 1926.

Clason Uses Stories to Teach Financial Principles

There are many things we can learn on our own and should strive to make ourselves well-rounded.  Clason takes a creative, yet simple story-telling approach teaching the reader the basics and the foundation of how to conservatively build wealth over time and become financially successful.

Ancient Babylon Is the Setting

The story takes place in Babylon some 6,000 years ago where the significance of financial wealth, gold, in this case, was very important. Today, we live in a society that only seems to put more and more importance on money. I hope that you are driven and motivated by your own definitions of success, but our culture as a whole still has a long way to go to eat healthier, enhance our current work skills, or learn to make more money, we must take the initiative to invest in ourselves.   When we become smarter and wiser our ability to earn more also increases.

Using Clason’s Richest Man Lessons Can End Financial Worries

Perhaps our country wouldn’t be where it is today if we had all heeded the lessons of fundamental personal finance and investment that George Clason laid out for us almost 100 years ago.  If used today, these timeless principles can help guide you away from the rut you are in and enable you to start to take control of your finances and create better long-term financial habits to put an end to your money worries.

Do not wait.  Go to part one of the series entitled “The Man Who Desired Gold.”

### Larry Marvin
LifeCrafter – Money $ense

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