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How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital

The Four Rules You Must Break to Get Rich
Narrated by: Nathan Latka
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Business, Leadership
4.5 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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Instant Wall Street Journal Best Seller!

You don't need to be Ivy League educated, have money, be creative, or even have an idea to get rich. You just need to be willing to break the rules.

At 19, I founded a software company with $119 in my bank account. Five years later, it was valued at $10.5 million. I don't consider myself exceptionally brilliant. I just realized something few people know: You don't need lots of money or an original idea to get really rich. 

Now, I make more than $100,000 in passive income every month, while also running my own private equity firm and hosting The Top Entrepreneurs podcast, which has more than 10 million downloads. This book will show you how I went from college dropout to member of the New Rich. 

It's time to forget your grandfather's advice. I'll teach you how to be a modern opportunist - investor, entrepreneur, or side hustler - by breaking these four golden rules of the old guard: 

  1. Focus on one skill: Wrong. Don't cultivate one great skill to get ahead. In today's business world, success goes to the multitaskers. 
  2. Be unique: Wrong. The way to get rich is not by launching a new idea but by aggressively copying others and then adding your own twist. 
  3. Focus on one goal: Wrong. Focus instead on creating a system to produce the outcome you want, not just once, but over and over again. 
  4. Appeal to the masses: Wrong. The masses are broke ($4k average net worth in America?). Let others cut a trail through the jungle so you can peacefully walk in and capitalize on their hard work.

By rejecting these defunct rules and following my unconventional path, you can copy other people's ideas shamelessly, bootstrap a start-up with almost no funding, invest in small local businesses for huge payoffs, and reap all the benefits.

©2019 Nathan Latka (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Nathan challenges the old-school business rules most entrepreneurs take for gospel and teaches...how he used a totally different set of rules to build a fortune. Refreshing to see an author who is actually doing what he writes, and then sharing his real tactics. No BS 'theory', this book is for people who take action." (Tucker Max, CEO of Book in a Box and author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell)

"Just finished. That was damn good. I usually zip through books, but this one just kept sucking me in. I like that it was full of real stories with screenshots." (Andrew Warner, creator of Mixergy)

"I’m still in the glass-eating phase of my career, so I’m eager to copy others’ maps. This book is giving me loads of new ideas." (Sean Langhi, first-time founder)

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Feels like one big ad for Nathan's businesses

While there are some clever tips & tricks, this book just feels like one big ad for nathan's businesses. You can't listen more than 3 minutes before he plugs another one of his sites or tells you to go subscribe to his podcast. The first few chapters are just him bragging about stuff he has done with clickbait phrases like "learn how I got a company to PAY ME $15000 to take over their business" - but fails to mention the $100,000 in debt he had to take on until later in the book. There is lots of practical advice sprinkled into the book, but overall I was turned off by his ego and shameless plugs.

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I feel like I owe this guy more money after listening!

I read a lot of business books and most of them usually focuses more on the author’s philosophy than actual practical advice.

This book is not one of them! It literally got annoying having to pause and play so many times in order to take notes. That’s a good problem to have folks.

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basically the author's autobiography.

Nathan wrote this book for himself, not the reader. This is so granular and specific to his own experience. The title is also very misleading. I simply didnt enjoy this, or the thousand plus inserts about Nathan's own podcast.

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Guts, Some Glory

It takes guts to write a book and declare yourself an expert in any field. He did a good job of delivering his unique insight and his confidence showed through. The book has some good points here and there that I found useful. For example, he talks about creating systems to automate big ideas.

That said, I never understood the expression, "he has a face that you want to punch" until I read this book. I will have a different mentality than Mr. Latka when I'm in a place of financial freedom and influence.

I'm amazed that he has "systems for printing money" but still asks for discounts, and freebies. Also doing things on the cheap with certain expenditures. I don't want anything for free, and I'm willing to PAY whatever it takes for the things I want.

He talks from a place of abundance and affluence in one breath, then from a place of scarcity and lack with the next. This book is a reminder to myself to never take (money) advice from a millionaire. As coined by sales legion Grant Cardone. Thanks Nathan but I'll refer to Grant for the proper money mindset. I will come back to you for information about "systems" in the future though.

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The 4 Hour Work Week for 2020!

Nathan's book is filled with actionable strategies you can use the day you read them to grow your business and better your lifestyle. I've been looking for a 4HWW that is relevant in today's econony- I'm glad Nathan wrote it and I'm glad I found it!

*I'm already reading it a 2nd time through and find myself flipping through it to find the email screenshots he used to get deals closed so I can use them as templates.

Best book you'll read this year!

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must read if you live in 2019

He is very business oriented and perfectly translated that into social media era. Must read book regardless of your age

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Amazing

The things in this book work now - but won’t work forever. GET THIS BOOK NOW!!

@nathan - thanks for creating this. You didn’t need to, and we are all very thankful you did.

I also bought the hard copy to have all the email templates. So good.

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Insightful read, Highly recommended.

This book was chalked full of great tips and actionable details that many similiar books are lacking. The author gives many examples and tips on practical advise and tips he used to help him build wealth in a variety of income streams. The one critical point I can say I wish was more detail oriented was that I wish the section on deal flow in acquiring small businesses went further in depth to help the reader have some more ideas to work with for this strategy. The author mentioned a few, but mostly kept to his strengths which was software businesses. It would have been interesting to get some more ideas on acquiring small businesses that have hard assets and are not inherently internet based businesses. Overall it was an excellent book and the author did very well in including tips for actionable strategies to pursue today as opposed to the normal for these type of books that includes a lot of discussion on soft ideas such as following your passion. I highly recommend the book to individuals who are interested in diversifying their income streams starting from little to no personal capital.

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Don’t let outdated methods and false information hold you back any longer!

Nathan Latka provides a fresh perspective on how to build wealth by debunking common misunderstandings and false assumptions about how wealth is actually built in today’s economy. Nathan shares tips and secrets that millionaire influencers are utilizing to build their businesses as well as many other wealth hacks ranging from handling real estate to time management strategies used by billionaires. How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital is a great read to help you start off on the right foot and give you an insider’s guide on how to reach your financial goals faster than you thought possible.

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Unbelievable amount of detail

Woke up early to listen to this book, I’ve been excited since I ordered it! Got up and listened to it in its entirety to start my day! I can’t recommend this enough! So much great info and so many take always!

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