Many years ago, I read George S. Clason's classic book, The Richest Man in Babylon. I recently rediscovered this book and was impressed anew with it common sense and wisdom. Here are the Five Laws of Gold, principles that form the core of the book's message:
- Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man whosoever will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.
- Gold laboreth diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds for it profitable employment, multiplying even as the flocks of the field.
- Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling.
- Gold slippeth away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes with which he is not familiar or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep.
- Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trust it to his own experience and romantic desires in investment.
George S. Clason (The Richest Man in Babylon)