I try to read my favorite business book of all time at least once a month. Luckily it’s only 30 pages.
Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth was first published in 1758 as a preface to Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. It’s a summary of his previously published thoughts on how to succeed in business (and, I’d say, life).
It’s chock full of astute observations such as:
Creditors have better memories than debtors
If you want to be wealthy, think of saving as well as earning
A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees
If you want to know the value of money, go try to borrow some
Buy what you do not need, and soon you will sell your necessities
It’s easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it
Experience keeps an expensive school, but fools will learn in no other
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things
Keep your shop and your shop will keep you
...and so on.
And if you’ve ever wondered where “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” and “There are no gains without pains” came from, now you know.