Advices from Babylon for Those with Financial Problems

If you are having financial problems or want to have an idea about finance, the first book you should read is The Richest Man in Babylon. Below you can find some summary of the recommendations given in the book.

So let’s start.

You must secure your source of income for your future. Look at the old people, remember that after a while you will be one of them. Invest your savings very carefully so they don’t get lost. Save money so your family can meet their needs when you leave this world. If you make small payments regularly, you will be able to provide such protection. A frugal person would never delay putting aside a large amount for such a clever reason. Consult knowledgeable people for ideas. Listen to the advice of people whose business is related to money. 

Although advice is given for free, it is important to pay attention to what advice is sought from whom. The cost of seeking advice from someone with no experience in savings may be to lose all savings.

A small safe return is always better than risk. High interest rates can cause you to lose all your money. Stay away from them. 

Wealth also grows from a small seed, like a tree. The first money saved is the seed of the wealth tree. The sooner this seed is planted, the sooner the tree of wealth begins to grow. If this tree is fed with regular accumulation, it will have a shade to lie under with pleasure as soon as possible.

Enjoy life while you’re here. Do not force yourself too hard or try to save too much. If you can only keep a tenth of what you earn, be satisfied with that. Do not be stingy while spending. Life is beautiful and full of things to enjoy.

It is necessary to spend only nine tenths of what is earned and accumulate the rest.

Personally, when I started using nine-tenths of my earnings, I didn’t feel like I had less money than before. And soon my money seemed to get more and more. Undoubtedly, the person who does not spend all of his earnings will get money more easily after a while. On the other hand, money escapes from one whose wallet is empty.

What do you desire most? Is it the fulfillment of all your wishes every day, jewelry, better clothes, better food, things that go as easy as they come? Or do you want more permanent things like gold, property, trade, income generating investments? The dollars that come out of your wallet allow you to get the first set of things, and what you leave in your wallet allows you to access the second set.

It is necessary to eliminate unnecessary expenses by making budget planning, so that you do not spend more than nine tenths of the money earned.

What we define as “necessary expenses” increases according to our income as long as we do not make the opposite effort. Do not confuse your desires with real necessary expenses. Each of us desires more than our earnings can deliver. Even if we use all the money we earn to meet our desires, we still have unmet desires. Man’s desires never end. Desires are usually instant pleasures, whereas accumulation helps for a lifetime.

We should make our money work for us. We should increase our savings with investment. 

The first principle of a good investment is the security of the capital. Is it okay to aim for a bigger profit if your capital is likely to be lost? Obviously not. Don’t let your desires to get rich quick get you on the wrong track.

When investing with the money you have saved, take precautions and do not trust yourself. It is much better to take the opinion and advice of those who are used to using money to make a profit. Such recommendations are free and their value is the amount you are willing to invest. Because it will save you from losing that amount of money.

One of the remedies for a weak wallet is to not let your wallet empty after it is full. Only invest your money in ways that your capital is safe and you can get it back whenever you want. Consult the knowledgeable and experienced people for ideas. Their knowledge and experience prevents you from making precarious investments.

Have your own house in a neighborhood where you can pay the mortgage instead of sitting in a rental.

Someone who acts by the rules of wealth should think about the upcoming retirement days, must make fundraising plans and her investment must be safe for years. She should arrange them in such a way that she can easily access the money when she needs to use it.

Look to create an income now for your old age and for your family’s needs.

Generalized goals cannot go beyond weak wishes. A man’s desire to be rich doesn’t make much sense. But a man’s desire to have five grams of gold is a tangible goal, and therefore it is likely to be achieved. After obtaining five grams of gold, he can find 10 grams of gold, 20 grams of gold, and a thousand grams of gold with similar methods, and then he will be rich. By trying to achieve a small goal, he learns to secure a large amount. 

Wealth happens this way: first with small quantities, then more can be achieved with large quantities. Goals must be clear and defined. If goals are too much, too complex, or too difficult to achieve, they will not serve their purpose.

Work by nurturing your own strengths, become wiser, gain more skills, and respect yourself. Thus, you can gain the confidence you need to achieve your carefully shaped goals and increase your earnings.

The wealth that comes quickly disappears in the same way. Wealth that comes slowly brings pleasure and satisfaction to its owner, because it is the product of knowledge and persistent purpose.

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