Easy to understand and simple to apply, The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth is one of the most powerful books ever written about money. This book will change your life.
When Richard Paul Evans was twelve, his father, a building contractor, shattered both his legs. With no insurance, no income, and eight children, the family was destitute. At that difficult time young Evans was introduced to a kind multimillionaire who taught him the five secrets of wealth. Today, Evans credits those lessons not just with bringing him wealth and success but with bringing him freedom and opportunity in a world where financial slavery is ubiquitous.
In his signature motivational voice, Evans interweaves those influential lessons with personal stories from everyday people. He explains that money should not be the preoccupation of our lives. Rather, if we follow the five principles, we will be free to focus on God, family, and relationships -- the true nourishments of life.
Wise and compelling, The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth can be read in a single sitting and will leave you with a new view of what it means to be rich -- and convinced that you, too, can build wealth. The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth is endorsed by financial consultants, churches, schools, and marriage counselors.
You cannot afford to be without this book.
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January 09, 2006
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Excerpt from The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth by Richard Paul Evans
When the student is ready the teacher shall appear.
-- CHINESE PROVERB
When I was twelve years old, my father, a building contractor, fell through a stairwell on a construction site and shattered the bones in both of his legs. He had no disability insurance and no medical insurance, and so the financial result was nothing short of catastrophic. I come from a large family, and with eight children, money was always tight; but as my father lay in bed, unable to work for nearly a year, we were in the direst of circumstances. We were forced to sell our home and move into a three-bedroom duplex. We lived off food storage and, to some degree, the generosity of those around us.
During this difficult time, I had a life-changing experience. One of our neighbors, a very successful businessman and financial adviser, invited the youth in our area to a lecture at the neighborhood Christian church. He wanted to teach us about money.
We were confident that he knew something about the subject. He owned a professional basketball team, drove an expensive car, and owned buildings and businesses all over the West.
He was also a self-made millionaire. He came from Ashton, Idaho, a tiny farm town with only two thousand residents -- "if," he told us, "you count the dogs and chickens." He was born during the Great Depression, and like so many others at that time, his family was destitute. They rented two rooms in the back of someone else's house. They had no running water, and in the freezing northern Idaho climate, the only heat source was the small stove they cooked with. He learned to work as soon as he could walk, toiling as a common laborer picking potatoes on the area farms alongside the migrant workers. He had come a long way since then. He was the wealthiest man I knew.
The first thing he did that day was to pull a hundred-dollar bill from his wallet and hold it up in front of us. I stared at it in wonder. I had never seen one before. He asked, "Is money evil "
Even though it was an evil we all wanted, sitting in the confines of a church we all quickly agreed that it was.
"The Bible," said a teenage girl piously, "says that money is the root of all evil."
He smiled. "You are referring to the New Testament scripture in 1 Timothy, chapter 6, verse 10," he replied. "And it does not say that. It says that the love of money is the root of all evil. There's a big difference. In fact, just one chapter earlier in Timothy, the apostle Paul says that if 'any provide not for his own, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.' How can you provide for your own without money
"How about the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus told us to be like the Good Samaritan, yet how many of you here today could afford to pay for a stranger's hospital treatment and housing for a week The Samaritan was able to help because he had the financial means to do so. Without it he could only have offered minor assistance.