Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Current Read

My DH and I just returned from a week long trip from California. While there, we spent some time with dear friends and had a great time. Some of our friends (and old neighbors) are Dick and Mimi Peery.

You will hear me talk about Dick and Mimi (like, "me me, you you") from time to time on this blog. They are some of my all time favorite people for many reasons, but one of them is because we learned great wealth building tools from them.
Let me tell you a little about Dick, he is one of the 10 richest men in the San Fransisco Bay Area (according to rumor among close friends). He is also listed in the Forbes 500. While we were living next to him, he and his business partner had a real estate deal go through that was worth $1 billion, yes $1 billion.

Now, I have to say, you would NEVER know that the Perry's are worth this much money. Yes, they do live in a very nice house, but not overdone for the area. They wear clothes that they get on sale (Dick was laughing because he bought Mimi a new sweatshirt on sale, and she was wearing it that night, she thought it was great). They have an oven that is 30 years old, but still works - sometimes, but hey, it still works. They DO NOT flaunt their money at all - which is another reason I love them.

While my DH and I were visiting with Dick and Mimi, I was telling them about all of the cool things we are doing with our budgeting and the skills we are teaching our kids. They got really excited about it. Dick was so excited about what we were doing that he gave us a copy of one of his favorite books, "The Richest Man in Babylon", by George S. Clayson. He said that it had been very influential in his life while he was building his fortune.
I was so excited to get my hands on this book, because I know that getting advice on how to build wealth is better than just getting handouts. If this book helped Dick, than I knew that it could help me.

I started reading it the next day, and WOW, it has so much great info!!! It is interesting to read, because it is written in story form. It is also fairly short. I am marking it up like crazy, rereading sections to make sure I am retaining the info, and then talking to DH about it to reinforce it one more time.

If you are looking for a path for financial soundness and success, I , along with Dick, highly recommend this book.
You can find it on There are actually two copies available from different publishing companies, one is $2.99 the other is $11.20. Remember the title is, "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George S. Clayson.

1 comment:

  1. I just read "Richest Man in Babylon" a few months ago and I agree, great book, very insightful! I love people like the friends you are talking about, I wish everyone with money could be that way!