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Review: How to be Rich

By Bigg Success Staff
04-07-08

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How to be Rich, by J. Paul Getty, is a fantastic book that should be a staple in every success library, especially if you’re an entrepreneur, and even more if you’re aspiring to own your own business.

J. Paul Getty was a billionaire when it was rare to see a “b” rather than an “m” at the beginning of that word. In his day, he was the “richest person in the world” according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

How to be Rich is Getty’s personal story, written by the man himself, about how he earned his fortune. We highly recommend this unique book by and about a unique man who shares his story, including some of the mistakes he made along the way.

Getty states that “rich” is a mindset, not a monetary figure. He believed that success came through perseverance, common sense, and hard work. He led by example – working alongside his oil-workers in the business that made him rich.

While most of the book is dedicated to succeeding in your own business, he also offers great advice on investing – in stocks, real estate, and even art.

Here’s the table of contents:

Part I – Becoming a Millionaire

  • How I Made My First Billion
  • You Can Make a Million Today
  • The Millionaire Mentality

Part II – How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying

  • What Makes an Executive?
  • The Force of Habit
  • Business Blunders and Booby Traps
  • The Psychology of Sound Personnel Management
  • Living with Labor
  • The Businessman at Bay
  • The Imp of the Impossible

Part III – The Value of Dissent, Culture and Nonconformity

  • The Vanishing Americans
  • The Educated Barbarians
  • The Homogenized Man

Part IV – The Art of Investment

  • The Wall Street Investor
  • A Real Approach to Real Estate
  • Fine Art: The Finest Investment

Part V – Of Money and Values

  • The Morals of Money
  • The Art of Individuality
  • A Sense of Values

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