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Dec 11, 2012
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P. T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman

It’s a damn shame that this is out of print, because this book is gorgeous, with 300+ pages of beautiful photos and good writing. (I got my copy for $8 off Amazon.) I took a couple of shitty phone pictures so you could see it.

The authors also did an illustrated biography of Lincoln which looks pretty great, too.

Thx to @mike_FTW, who mentioned it in Design is a Job

Jun 27, 2012
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Jun 25, 2012
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P.T. Barnum, The Art Of Money Getting (1880)

“Golden rules for making money.” The table of contents alone is awesome:

The art of money getting
Don’t mistake your vocation
Select the right location
Avoid debt
Persevere
Whatever you do, do it with all your might
Depend upon your own personal exertions
Use the best tools
Don’t get above your business
Learn something useful
Let hope predominate, but be not too visionary
Do not scatter your powers 
Be systematic
Read the newspapers
Beware of “outside operations”
Don’t indorse without security
Advertise your business
Be polite and kind to your customers
Be charitable
Don’t blab
Preserve your integrity
Like most prescriptive books (including my own) you could probably write a whole book simply stating the opposite, but there’s so much in this book I love, especially the very simple message of “living below your means” stated in the beginning, which is not stressed enough these days:


  True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer… live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of income.


Great read.

Files under: my reading year 2012

P.T. Barnum, The Art Of Money Getting (1880)

“Golden rules for making money.” The table of contents alone is awesome:

  • The art of money getting
  • Don’t mistake your vocation
  • Select the right location
  • Avoid debt
  • Persevere
  • Whatever you do, do it with all your might
  • Depend upon your own personal exertions
  • Use the best tools
  • Don’t get above your business
  • Learn something useful
  • Let hope predominate, but be not too visionary
  • Do not scatter your powers
  • Be systematic
  • Read the newspapers
  • Beware of “outside operations”
  • Don’t indorse without security
  • Advertise your business
  • Be polite and kind to your customers
  • Be charitable
  • Don’t blab
  • Preserve your integrity

Like most prescriptive books (including my own) you could probably write a whole book simply stating the opposite, but there’s so much in this book I love, especially the very simple message of “living below your means” stated in the beginning, which is not stressed enough these days:

True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer… live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of income.

Great read.

Files under: my reading year 2012

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