Review of P.T. Barnum's "Art of Money Getting" or "Golden Rules for Making Money":
This little 43-page book takes you back to the basics of making money and makes several references to the Law of
Attraction, one thing we talk about every chance we get on this site. The other neat thing about it, is that you
can do a Google Search on the title and read the book online, free of charge ... ;o)
The problem for most of us, is that we don't know where to start - what we really want. P.T. Barnum takes you
through process you need to think through, from start to finish, to be successful and make money.
Here's are some excerpts from his book, that really "hit the nail on the head" ... ;o):
"Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only to set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper
means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done. But
however easy it may be found to make money, I have no doubt many of my hearers will agree it is the most difficult
thing in the world to keep it. The road to wealth is, as Dr. Franklin truly says, 'as plain as the road to the
"Work at it, if necessary, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never
deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now. The old proverb is full of truth and meaning,
'Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.' Many a man acquires a fortune by doing his business
thoroughly, while his neighbor remains poor for life, because he only half does it. Ambition, energy, industry,
perseverance, are indispensable requisites for success in business.
Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself. It won't do to spend your time
like Mr. Micawber, in waiting for something to 'turn up.' To such men one of two things usually 'turns up:' the
poor-house or the jail; for idleness breeds bad habits, and clothes a man in rags. The poor spendthrift vagabond
says to a rich man:"
"Many persons are always kept poor, because they are too visionary. Every project looks to them like certain
success, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, always 'under the
harrow.' The plan of "counting the chickens before they are hatched" is an error of ancient date, but it does not
seem to improve by age."
And we talk about focus? Check this out ... ;o)
"Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience
shows that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it
can be clinched. When a man's undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting
improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once. Many
a fortune has slipped through a man's fingers because he was engaged in too many occupations at a time. There is
good sense in the old caution against having too many irons in the fire at once."
I could go on here, but you are going to have to read a little of the book yourself, to learn more ... ;o)
Once you figure out what you really and truly want, you'll be on the right track, to getting what you really and
P.T. Barnum's "Art of Money Getting" or "Golden Rules for Making Money" (written in 1880), is takes you back to
the basics of making money and more. The following is the table of contents for the book:
- Chapter 1 - The Art
- Chapter 2 - Don't Miss Your Vocation
- Chapter 3 - Select The Right Location
- Chapter 4 - Avoid Debt
- Chapter 5 - Persevere
- Chapter 6 - Whatever You Do, Do It With All Your Might
- Chapter 7 - Depend On Your Own Personal Exertions
- Chapter 8 - Use The Best Tools
- Chapter 9 - Don't Get Above Your Business
- Chapter 10 - Learn Something Useful
- Chapter 11 - Let Hope Predominate, But Be Not Too Visionary
- Chapter 12 - Do Not Scatter Your Powers
- Chapter 13 - By Systematic
- Chapter 14 - Read The Newspapers
- Chapter 15 - Beware of "Outside Operations"
- Chapter 16 - Don't Endorse Without Security
- Chapter 17 - Advertise Your Business
- Chapter 18 - Be Polite And Kind To Your Customers
- Chapter 19 - Be Charitable
- Chapter 20 - Don't Blab
- Chapter 21 - Preserve Your Integrity
In order to become successful at whatever you want to do, you are going to do something - take action. P.T.
Barnum talks about the process you need to go/think through, everything from not worrying about keeping up with the
Jones' to preserving your integrity, to make it happen.