Book – The Rules of Money (Summary)
Author – Richard Templar
Genre – Self-help Book
Published in – 2007
When It comes to Money We have an inherent belief that it is good or bad and that wanting it is good or bad. That loving it is good or bad. That spending it is good or bad.
Money is one subject irrespective of our feeling about it, plays important role. There are as many opinions about money as there are people.
Richard explains the reason we all pursue and desire and fiercely protect money is because of what we can do with it.
The Rules of Money will help you figure out pre-requisite of money making like what rich means to you, how you intend getting there, and how long you expect it to take.
About the Author –
Richard Templar is a British Author. He is known for having written self-help, personal development and management books. In series of books like The rules of life, work, love, wealth, parenting, money and management are shared about 100 rules on the subject.
His style of writing is simple and effective. Books are designed in such a way that reader can read any chapter without having to read prior chapters. All rules are put in maximum one or two pages.
About the Book –
In The Rules of Money Richard Templar shares 107 ideas, which one can apply and get better with money.
The Rules are divided in 5 Parts. 1) Think Wealthy, 2) Getting Wealth, 3) Getting Even Wealthier, 4) Staying Wealthy, 5) Sharing Your Wealth.
Part I Think Wealthy –
If we believe even slightly subconsciously that money is bad, we undermine our own efforts unconsciously to make money.
Having said that only thinking good about is not enough and we do have to put in effort to make money. It’s like sports, the more we practice the better we get at it.
You’ve also got to know pretty intimately what you want, why you want it, how you think you are going to get it, what you are going to do with it after you’ve got it—stuff like that. No one said this was going to be easy.
Rule 1 – Anybody Can We Wealthy—You Just Need to Apply Yourself –
The lovely thing about money is that it really doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what color, race, creed or even who you think you are. As Henry ford puts it “Whether you think you can or you can not, You are right”.
Its imperative that we write down what do we think about money, what’s are inherent belief about it, how did we get it and whether they are serving us well.
Rule 2 – Decide on Your Definition of Wealth –This is one of the most important requirement, when embarking on the journey of getting good with money. Decide for yourself and yes it may take more than one sitting. It may change time to time as you life happens, which is OK.
But by all means, please define what is being enough is to you, not what others think is enough for you.
Richard, however suggests that we must keep our money goals to ourselves, as people with different views will try to talk you out of it. So discuss money matters only with someone from whom you’re looking for suggestions/guidance.
Rule 7 – Understand Your Money Beliefs and Where They Come From –
We get money beliefs set way early in our life and most of us let it affect our whole life. If you are not happy with your financial situation, it is imperative that you check your money beliefs.
There are high chances of derailing our own efforts for what we believe about it. Your belief should work for you not against you. As they say “what is right is, what works.”
Rule 18 – Don’t Envy What Others Have –
This is one of the biggest impediment to riches. We often look at successful people and write them off as lucky. We envy of what they got and completely ignore kind of efforts they put it.
Richard suggests that we should look in to efforts rich people are putting and learn from them. That’s the best gift we can give to ourselves.
Part II – Getting Wealthy –
Getting wealthy is all about taking hard honest look at our situation and resolve to act in accordance with way to wealth. Many of the Rules hare are behavioral and changing your behavior is never easy.
I like the suggestion Richard has to offer in this section – Some rules may seem simple and that is when you are supposed to ask “I may already know this—but do I do it?”
Rule 20 – Know Where You Are, Before You Start –Unless we know where we are, we can’t make a plan to how are we going to reach our destination. This is embarrassing to face especially when our money scene is not rosy. Yet we must face it, own it and put it down on paper.
Rule 29 – It Is Never Too Late To Start Getting Wealthy –
This one gives hope to everyone who have spent their ways to luxury in twenties, thirties thinking they have enough time to save, invest.
As the rule says once you realize and make up your mind, you can work out your plan and get to work on your way to riches. Though starting early has its own advantage of COMPOUNDING, one can always take a reality check anytime one wakes and begin.
Consolidating debts can help save more money and build corpus comparatively faster. Also, we need to be refrain from such debts at all cost.
Rule 45 –Don’t We Too Busy Earning A Living To Make Some Money –
Richard suggests that if you’re not meeting your financial goals from your primary work and also don’t have time for living a life outside work, You must consider how you make money. You may consider side hustle or convert your hobbies, other skills in money making projects.
Part III Getting Even Wealthier –
As they say when you have got a bit of money behind you, the whole thing gets a bit easier. Money begets money.
But seriously, after you have started to move toward prosperity it isn’t a good idea to sit back and start counting your loot. It’ll disappear faster that way than by any other means.
Rule 71 – Get Some Money Mentors –
You can only reach up to a limit alone and getting rich is no different. If you are looking to get wealthy, it is important to have mentors to guide you. As you set bigger goals, and your wealth expands you will need more advice to stay the course.
Rule 75 – Know Yourself—Solo, Duo, or Team Player –
This especially applies when you are about choosing work you love and starting on your own. Based on your preferences of working whether alone, with one partner or in team of multiple people, you can choose project so that you can love what you do and do it the way you want.
Rule 77 – Don’t Try to Get Rich Too Quickly –
There are no shortcut to riches. As much as becoming wealthy is process, attaining maturity and wisdom to sustain that wealth is also process, which we can learn with experience.
Part IV – Staying Wealthy –
As they say getting rich is one game, staying rich is another. Though we do get some wisdom working for riches, yet there are way too many things that surprise you how you manage your wealth.
Rule 89 – Don’t Spend It Before You’ve Got It –
This one is really simple, yet we often miss this one. We tend to increase our expenses before future income or growth is materialize
Rule 95 – Know When To Stop –
As we reach a level where we have our wealth and its constant growing at satisfactory rate, we press enough button and focus on other areas of life or at least prioritize other things in life. As we age our priority changes and having solid wealth allows choosing options with ease
Part V – Sharing Your Wealth –
If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” – Arab saying
I’m not talking do-gooding here. I’m talking sharing because sharing is a kind thing to do. It won’t buy you a ticket into heaven but it will help others.
Rule 96 – Use Your Wealth Wisely –
Richard suggests using our wealth wisely. As we grow rich, there are always people who we can help out. If you have set your goals using your inner compass you’ll not have difficulty parting your wealth for good cause.
Rule 100 – Know When/How to Say No—and Yes –
As you grow rich, there are people with expectation of help, loans, charity. You should know and set some rules and should not hesitate to say No if you are not convinced with request. You may consider reading the book The Art of Saying NO for ideas of how to say not gracefully.
The Rules of Money Recap –
- Check Your Money Beliefs
- Get reality check (Taking stock of your current financial situation)
- set objectives
- Make a plan (how to, time-line, kind of work)
- Spend less than you earn. ( Golden Rule) (Very simple, yet Mostly Ignored)
- Avoid debt, and pay-off fast if you got some.
- Once you get rich, learn to stay rich (Mind you these are two different game)
- Protect your wealth, and make sure it grows consistently ( Have Money Mentor)
- Share your wealth (Help less fortunate, the more you share your wealth wisely, the more it will multiply)
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The Rules of Money is an amazing book and will definitely of great help if you are looking to set your financial life in order. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to read and put these rules in motion.
Hope this summary helped you in some way in your financial matters. You may download The Rules of Money e-book from b-OK.asia if you are OK to read e-books.
Thank you for reading. Wish you a life full of Abundance.