Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ton of money? Sure would! But how?
Here’s Donald Trump‘s seven suggestions:
#1 Dress for success; #2 Be disarming; #3 Do your own investing; #4 Don’t be reluctant to “screw” anybody who crosses you; #5 Trust gut instincts; #6 Prepare for the worst but hope for the best; #7 Pay attention to details.
Hmmm…. that sounds a lot more like Donald Trump describing his own brash attitude, rather than actual advice for sensible people on how to get rich. In fact, this list would indicate that most of Trump’s success comes from his “gut” feelings and the ability to impress people.
How about some real advice from somebody who actually knew what he was talking about. The richest and wisest man that ever lived was King Solomon (reigned 970 B.C – 930 B.C.). Solomon (also called Jedidiah) was given divine enlightenment on how the world works and used that gift to amass vast riches for himself (1 Kings 3:12-14).
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
30:9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.
5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
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That’s not all that Solomon wrote about the topic but it gives us a good idea what wealth creation truly entails. Getting wealth isn’t a certainty, or even a particularly important goal; but avoiding poverty sure is. The most important factor in getting rich is to be engaged in consistent hard work. Honesty and generosity and hard labour and diligence are all necessary. Also good companions and God’s blessing and a good reputation. But financial ruin is a constant threat to fend off. Sleep and a good meal are the rewards of hard labour, but leisure living and pleasure seeking bring poverty.