Friday, 18 May 2012

"I made a million, today. What did you do?"

The Bookshop Guru

A book review of “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
“If a man be lucky, there is no foretelling the possible extent of his good fortune. Pitch him into the Euphrates and like as not he will swim out with a pearl in his hand,” a Babylonian Proverb

Have you heard about The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason first published in 1926, it’s a story that maybe you should read? When I first read this story I was just a young boy, but it still fascinates me now.

My grandfather had given a copy to me to read, and after I finished reading it, I can remember him asking me what I had learnt. I can also remember what I said in reply.

I explained to my granddad, that I understood the wisdom of saving, and how Arkad the richest man in Babylon acquired his wealth, and that he had spent much of his time teaching others how to become wiser, and I guess wealthier?

You might consider that Arkad was lucky in his life that he was able to accumulate such wealth, but you would be wrong in your thinking. He had a simple philosophy save ten per cent of what you earn and invest, and this is what he did. Every day he taught to the crowd who would gather to listen that his fortune didn’t depend on lady luck, but on wise investment of one’s earnings.

Those bankers that lost billions for their banks recently, and had to be bailed out by governments around the world, should read the story about Arkad, but I guess they would be too busy spending their bonuses. I find it difficult to multi-task as well. Even computers cannot multi-task it just appears so. It's magic!

I wrote an article some moons ago called “Adding Alpha - Do computers have the alpha edge” that discussed how investment banks and institutions in today’s cyber space currently rely heavily on ‘algo trading’ to make money trading in stocks, shares, commodities, currencies, etc. Algo trading is a term used to describe the algorithmic software which is used to gain that alpha edge against an increasing frenetic trading market where milliseconds can mean millions in buy and sell decisions in veiled trading markets.

In a previous life, a trader once said to me “… I made a million, today. What did you do?” I replied, “I’ve fixed the computer.” 

Anyhow, my grandfather said you need to read it again, because you have missed the most important point. This is what I did. Essentially, it’s easy to miss the opportunities that come our way that is the moral of the story. 

It wasn’t until I understood the importance of critical thinking that I really appreciated the truth in this book. When we make assumptions, we often make the wrong ones. Read " How to Pass a Degree with Confidence" and invest in your future.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Hey, Chuck. Did you bring any spending money? Viva la vida loca.

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