A beloved scam artist if ever there was one, P. T. Barnum regales listeners with his savvy secrets. More than mere hucksterism, however, The Art of Money Getting is perhaps the most enduring self-help guide in the genre’s history, offering sage business advice that remains applicable over a century after its publication. Barnum dispenses practical tips for staying out of debt, choosing one’s career path, and avoiding unnecessary expenditures. Without resorting to carnival barking, performer Jim Roberts captures Barnum’s showmanly quirks, as he entertains listeners with old-world anecdotes and humorous cautionary tales. For all the theatrics and spectacle associated with Barnum, The Art of Money Getting remains a sound, sensible dictum for modern-day working people.
The "rules" are illustrated by homespun stories. While some of these of this may seem like common sense, it is the kind of common sense that Wall Street, the government and many ordinary people seem to have forgetten about in recent years. This is a small book but one that could have large consequences for your financial future.
(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
Yes! I have listened to it fives times already. It is a great book on life lessons.
The very first thing he brought up was that the man who earns 20 pounds per year and spends 20 pounds and 6 pence is miserable while the man who earns 20 pounds and spends but 19 pounds and 6 pence is among the happiest of men.
Spend less than you earn, don't borrow money for food or clothes, don't have dealings with an unlucky man. Tony Romo is a nice fellow but he is unlucky and the Cowboys need to let him move on.
This book needs to be listened to by every young man and woman setting out into the world. It should be taught in high school.
The title and cover art are somewhat misleading. This is the sound wisdom and common sense of a smart and effective and fulfilled person, wrapped in quintessentially American packaging and values. It is not rocket science, but myself, being raised to be one of the low level ticket-holders in Barnum's audiences, i.e., an impulsive consumer with poor self-regulation, it took me decades of squandered life and stumbling down blind alleys to puzzle out what is so plainly set forth right here. This little manual has been essentially plagiarized in countless iterations as self-help books, and one could save an awful lot of trouble by going straight here and giving it a good listening-to. Money is simply one superficial symbol for living a fulfilling and wholesome life, and Barnum understood this deeply and well. He extols the virtues of eating simple fruit and drinking water, and notices the fools rushing past these things for unhealthy and wasteful pursuits (for example, tobacco consumption and addiction). The person who simply sees the surface of this misses so much. At this laughably low price, a young person internalizing these lessons would get a lifelong multiple thousand percent return on the investment.
This book was written in the 1880's but its information is still relevant today. No its not a get rich quick book. But it is an hour and a half of classic financial wisdom. At a cost of $0.95 I recommend it to anyone.
Some wise words and useful principles to follow that are as true today as when the book was written.
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