Review and Quotes from “Thou Shall Prosper” by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

ThouShallProsperThis book offers 10 commandments for making money. The fact that Dave Ramsey had taken the time to read and write a forward for the book was the premise for battling through the poorly written and slow introductory chapters; however, I am glad I kept going. The book ended up being a very worthwhile real and brought on considerable thought to how I think about the business opportunities in my life.

The 10 commandments offered are:

  1. Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business
  2. Extend the Network of You Connectedness to Many People
  3. Get to Know Yourself
  4. Do Not Pursue Perfection
  5. Lead Consistently and Constantly
  6. Constantly Change the Changeable, While Steadfastly Clinging to the Unchangeable
  7. Learn to Foretell the Future (this is when the book really started showing it’s worth for me)
  8. Know Your Money
  9. Act Rich: Give Away 10 Percent of You After-Tax Income
  10. Never Retire

A few quotes that I highlighted during my reading include:

  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
  • The more that things change, the more we need to depend upon those things that never change.
  • People’s bodies perform better when their brains and souls are on board with the program.
  • You body knows what is in your mind and responds accordingly.
  • Once you admin a lie of a slander into your ears, you can never totally rid yourself of its effects.
  • You may think that you can remain uninfluenced by the things that you hear, but it just isn’t so.
  • Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake. – Vladimir Putin
  • The way to get all the things that you want is to give enough other people the things that they want.
  • One mark of a fine person is demanding far more of yourself than you do of others.
  • If you really are to succeed in business, it won’t be because people think you are smart; it will be because people like you.
  • It becomes a little easier to follow your head rather than you heart when you become cognizant of the tug-of-war between the two impulses.
  • When one sets aside bodily demands, one is not depriving the ‘person,’ since the true person may not desire things which the body craves.
  • Before you can hope to lead others, you must acquire the strength to lead yourself.
  • To whatever extent you have the ability to control your environment, that is the extent to which you possess power.
  • People with high self-esteem tend to have low self-control.
  • Self-esteem is what you try to gain when you haven’t achieved anything and thus don’t deserve any self-respect.
  • Wealth is considered to be the consequence of a life well lived, in the company and companionship of others doing the same, rather than a purpose of life in itself.
  • If who you are and what you do fail to bring the success you desire, it is not sufficient to merely do different things; you also need to become a different person.
  • Ethical Capitalism rest on a system of interlocking obligations rather than on one of rights.
  • A quick glance at reality reveals that business creates wealth, it doesn’t redistribute it. By contrast, governments have no capacity to create wealth, but they can and do redistribute it.
  • I sometimes think of it as the “Mother Teresa syndrome.” Meaning no disrespect to the Nobel Prize-winning saint of Calcutta, greater business advances in India would eventually make her efforts less necessary. Although she undoubtedly mitigated the suffering of many unfortunates, business and industry have the capacity to eradicate many of the causes of that suffering. Surely, wiping out malnutrition and disease are as praiseworthy as catering the the victims of it.
  • It is difficult for a successful businessperson in the U.S. system to remain self-centered. It is precisely a preoccupation with the needs of others that characterizes the entrepreneur.
  • One can learn to lead, but one cannot really learn to become a leader.
  • Your actions can change your feelings.
  • One of the most important distinctions you need to learn to make is between those things in your life that should be constant and unchangeable and the kind of change you should welcome.
  • The only way a company can survive over time is for it to adapt to change by destroying creatively on a large scale.
  • Sometimes there is a choice between two undesirable alternatives.
  • We must be comfortable with the idea that even positive change will most times have negative components.
  • The present is no more than an experiential mechanism by means of which human can convert the future into the past. The present is not so much time as it is action. The present is the activity I am currently engaged in during every instant, with the purpose of turning the infinitely malleable future into a better past.
  • Wisdom is seeing tomorrow’s consequences of today’s events. – Babylonian Talmud, tractate Tamid
  • No one can see the future clearly when one’s emotions are involved.
  • Identifying patterns has much to do with what is thought of as intelligence.
  • “Faith” is having the ability to see the yet invisible as clearly as if it were present in the material form right before your eyes.
  • Thoughts can cause the release of hormones that can bind to DNA, turning genes “on” or “off”.
  • When you sell, you are not really selling soap, fur coats, or perfume, you are selling satisfaction.
  • Human beings at work are more than just bodies. They are bodies plus the sum of their creative energy.
  • Money is a numeric analog for how you run your life and what you have done for others. Money is a metaphor for the strength of you human relationships.
  • Knowledge can add value.
  • The secrets of the human soul lay beneath one’s everyday consciousness and that physical health was as dependent on the spiritual condition of the soul as it was on the chemical balance of the body.
  • You mind is a strange entity; it tends to believe things it hears your own mouth say.
  • Because death is quite incompatible with creativity, it is impossible for anyone to die while occupied in creative endeavor.People who maintain close relationships live longer and more healthily.
  • Great works are not performed by strength but by perseverance. – Samuel Johnson
  • Smart leaders realize that the human being is the only creature on the planet with the capacity to create value that vastly exceeds its own needs.
  • Numbers should not need too many words to explain them, You give me the numbers, and I’ll figure out the story.

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