Outlining 10 fundamental “commandments” relating to business and money, Thou Shall Prosper explores the economic and philosophic vision of business that has been part of the Jewish culture for centuries. Rabbi Daniel Lapin explains the essence of each "commandment" and shows you how to use this knowledge to financially prosper. This book is one of Dave’s all-time favorite money books, so he was thrilled to write the foreword for the latest edition. Here's what he has to say about it:
"I didn’t grow up as a rich kid, but I did grow up as a business kid. My father had this fantastic entrepreneurial attitude, and he taught me about goal setting, hard work and focused intensity. I remember going up to him one summer when I was 12 and saying, 'Dad, I need some money.'
"He replied, 'You’re 12 years old. You don’t need money, what you need is a job!'
"So, I got to learn about cutting grass that summer. More than that, I learned about setting goals, marketing and determination. I printed up business cards and built up quite the little enterprise.
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"The most important business lesson my dad taught me was that money comes from work. Don’t talk to me about what you deserve or what you’re entitled to. No one is going to hand you anything. This has been true since the beginning of time: You’ve got to leave the cave, kill something, and drag it home. Then it’s yours.
"I’m grateful to my dad for teaching me that lesson from an early age, especially since it’s an attitude I don’t see much anymore. Thomas Edison said it pretty well: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” More and more, it seems like people want wealth, but they don’t want to work for it. They need a shot in the arm, a call back to the virtue, ethics, morality and importance of business.
"And that, my friend, is why I love this book.
"I didn’t know of Rabbi Lapin until a friend gave me a copy of Thou Shall Prosper in a men’s Bible study group a couple of years ago. I had never heard of the book before, but I flipped through it and later read it in detail with the study group. I was completely blown away. It is definitely one of the top financial books I have ever read—and I’ve read a lot of them.
"Lapin admits that he’s not a 'star of finance,' and that’s part of the brilliance of the book. When you read a book written by someone like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, you have to recognize that these aren’t really “regular people.” Chances are you don’t have a Bill Gates living next door to you. All the stars have to line up to have that kind of success, and you get someone like that once in a blue moon.
"Thou Shall Prosper is about regular people. Whether you’re a part-time coffee clerk or a big-time corporate CEO, Lapin shows you a whole new mindset about work and about money. Did you catch that? Work and money. Most people never realize the two are connected!" Read more from Dave.
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Excerpted from Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money 2nd edition by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Copyright (2010) by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Published by John Wiley & Sons. Used with permission.