Since Sophia Amoruso is on of my new heroes, I took the recommendation from #GirlBoss and read The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason.
I love the simplicity of this book.
I tend to overthink things (I can hear everyone who knows me laughing right now and saying “Ya think?”) so it’s refreshing to have the message in this book stripped down to the basic concepts. This book was originally written in 1926, which was a simpler time for sure. But the book takes us back much further to the city of Babylon and stories of those most financially prosperous during that time. Without the complications of 401Ks, business write offs, college funds, etc. it is easier to convey the “Five Laws of Gold” as they are called in the book.
An abundance of wisdom lies in the pages of this book, so I would recommend reading it in its entirety. There is no magic formula to get rich quick. No new secret. Just timeless advice such as the following:
- Save no less than 10% of your income (off the top- before paying anyone else.)
- Not only save at least 10%, but invest some of that as well.
- Seek the advice of experts in the areas you wish to invest in.
- Do not invest in things you know nothing about (or give money to people who are starting a business they know nothing about.)
- Do not be fooled by “get rich quick” schemes; be patient.
Who is Cupcake Brown?
Cupcake Brown was the keynote speaker at the ProDoula Instilling Strength Conference , so I had the privilege of hearing much of her story in person, in her voice. I had never heard of her, or her book (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before how I apparently live under a rock!) Cupcake is an amazing woman and speaker, and naturally I bought the book!
A Piece of Cake
I’m not going to lie. This book was hard to read. Sometimes it was just too sad and I had to put it down. But it also spoke to my heart in a way that few books can. As I’m sure is true for many of you, addiction has touched my life. While I don’t personally struggle with addiction, it does not mean that my life is untouched by this cruel disease. Even so, my experiences (first hand or at the hand of those I love) don’t even compare to what this poor woman struggled through! It. Was. Hard. To. Read.
But it was POWERFUL. Really, really powerful.
While most of the book is written about her years using, Cupcake also writes of her journey through recovery. This was particularly beautiful and inspiring to me. I’ve had glimpses into 12 step programs (such as AA) but this book gave me a much clearer picture of how these programs work. This book (and Cupcake’s speech at conference) was full of great quotes. One in particular stood out to me. Perhaps it is a very common phrase in recovery programs, but I had not heard of it before reading A Piece Of Cake. Cupcake says:
“Always remember, the acronym for FEAR can mean one of two things: Fuck Everything And Run or Face Everything And Recover”
Whether you struggle with addiction or not, I think that many of you can relate to fear. I sure can. I totally get the feeling of wanting to give up and RUN. So this is my new mantra. It’s stuck with me since I read this book in the fall.
Go buy the book. Read the book. Hire Cupcake to speak at your next event. Be inspired!
Why be a #GirlBoss?
I believe this book came across my Facebook newsfeed because Erica Patterson at Yellow Jacket Social had just read it. Since she enjoyed it, I figured it was a must read. So off I went to grab the book by Sophia Amoruso (the book can be purchased here.) It is, indeed, a great book for any business woman out there who wants some motivation!