The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for making Money

The Art of Money Getting, or Golden Rules for making Money

by P.T. Barnum

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Overview

P. T. Barnum, the great American showman of the 19th century, wrote this short book about making and keeping money. He certainly had life experiences that qualify him for the subject--he started a small newspaper in his twenties, bought and transformed a museum into a showplace for curiosities, built a circus empire that gave performances in America and Europe, promoted a performing tour of a singer, fell into debt in the 1850s and pulled himself out by lecture tours, was a mayor, and founded a hospital.

Excerpts:

"Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only to set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done. But however easy it may be found to make money, I have no doubt many of my hearers will agree it is the most difficult thing in the world to keep it. ... True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go."

"Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation. Yet we see many who have mistaken their calling..."

His advice is indicated by the chapter titles:

DON'T MISTAKE YOUR VOCATION,

SELECT THE RIGHT LOCATION,

AVOID DEBT,

PERSEVERE,

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT,

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,

"DON'T READ THE OTHER SIDE",

BE POLITE AND KIND TO YOUR CUSTOMERS,

BE CHARITABLE,

DON'T BLAB,

PRESERVE YOUR INTEGRITY.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016705446
Publisher: Tower Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 843 KB

About the Author

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 � April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession� and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers." Barnum is widely but erroneously credited with coining the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute." Barnum became a small-business owner in his early twenties, and founded a weekly newspaper, before moving to New York City in 1834. He embarked on an entertainment career, first with a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater," and soon after by purchasing Scudder's American Museum, which he renamed after himself. Barnum used the museum as a platform to promote hoaxes and human curiosities. The circus business was the source of much of his enduring fame. He established "P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome," a traveling circus, menagerie and museum of "freaks," which adopted many names over the years. Barnum wrote several books, including Life of P.T. Barnum (1854), The Humbugs of the World (1865), Struggles and Triumphs (1869), and The Art of Money-Getting (1880). One of Barnum's more successful methods of self-promotion was mass publication of his autobiography. Barnum eventually gave up his copyright to allow other printers to sell inexpensive editions. At the end of the 19th century the number of copies printed was second only to the New Testament in North America. (Source: Wikipedia)
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