P.T. Barnum, author of "The Art of Getting Money"

Greatest Showman P.T. Barnum wrote a book to share 21 sensible resolutions behind his circus business antics.

Twenty-one  golden rules for making money were coined by ‘the Greatest Showman’ P.T. Barnum. How many of them still work 150 years after he wrote them? I would add a 22nd point and put it first: i.e. Get an Education and never stop reading what better brains have written. Being humbled and stimulated by becoming aware of how much you don’t know will help you make better decisions on Barnum’s points that involve judgment. #3 is the most vital, important point. #9 is essential but not at the expense of not reading “for play” all the free classics available electronically through the Gutenberg project so you will be nobody’s fool.

  1. Don’t mistake your vocation
  2. Select the right location
  3. Avoid debt
  4. Persevere
  5. Whatever you do, do it with all your might
  6. Depend upon your own personal exertions
  7. Use the Best Tools
  8. Don’t get above your business. By living up to the motto ‘Excelsior’ (higher) there is no such word as ‘fail’.
  9. Learn something useful
  10. Let hope predominate, but don’t be too visionary
  11. Do not scatter your powers
  12. Be systematic
  13. Read the newspapers
  14. Beware of  ‘outside operations’ (get-rich-quick schemes)
  15. Don’t endorse without security
  16. Advertise your business
  17. “Don’t read the other side”
  18. Be polite and kind to your customers
  19. Be charitable
  20. Don’t blab
  21. Preserve your integrity.
  22. Never stop getting an education. He would have found a way to get a college scholarship. Google online to find out more and spend your time applying. MV

Have a Happy, Prosperous New Year with Abundant Reading & Writing

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