How to get "Rich"
A flyby book club gold review!
This post is about a 20-minute read and took me about 20+ hours to produce.
It's one heck of a doozy!
As I hinted towards in The Lifeblood, a lot of this book is about the perils of being obsessed with money and why that shouldn't be our primary purpose in life. The author shares his story and what he would do otherwise if he had the chance to start over (both in life & in business). He lays out his successes and failures for us to analyze and pick apart.
A lot of it is written with a satirical undertone, and much of it is quite absurd and perhaps isn't meant to be taken seriously (or is it?). That being said, there are some very insightful nuggets of entrepreneurial wisdom in there, hidden behind all the comedy. The author was an entrepreneur, after all, that's how he got rich, that's how he would do it again, and that's what he's teaching here, because he just can't help it.
But he was also a poet, which, other than the glaringly obvious deeper meaning behind the text, makes parts of the book somewhat confusing and perhaps takes a few readings to extract the real meaning behind the words. That's what I've tried my best to do here. While this is primarily an entrepreneurship book, it’s also so much more.
I don't agree with a lot of the stuff in this book. Some of it made me quite annoyed and is downright cringe! And a lot of it is up for debate and challenge. Lots and lots of challenge. Maybe it's the "I know best” tone, or maybe it was all just satire, or poetry, hard to tell. Either way, it's another case of an author sharing how they did things, but that doesn't mean it's the only way, especially with how fast the world is evolving. You always have to think for yourself and make your own judgments and decisions. That's the real skill worth honing on. Regardless, there is no doubt some seriously valuable stuff in this book (and also some comedy gold), so it is definitely worth a read.
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A lot of the post is my own thoughts, mixed in with notes from the book, so it's more of a hybrid, or a prius style of post — that is, thoughts combined with a review. Hopefully, it's not too confusing, like the book.
In the end, though, I think this has turned out to be possibly one of the best posts in the book club so far. So, feel free to try out the FREE 7-day trial below if you aren't already a paid subscriber and are even a tiny bit intrigued. It might just change the trajectory of your life (or at minimum, the trajectory of your weekend! *wink*).
Well then, my friends, start your engines because, in a gold-plated nutshell, here's how to get "rich"! 💸
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