Source: The richest man in babylon – GEORGE S. CLASON
I will tell you these things you wish to know because I am becoming an old man, and an old tongue loves to wag. And when youth comes to age for advice he receives the wisdom of years. But too often does youth think that age knows only the wisdom of days that are gone, and therefore profits not. But remember this, the sun that shines today is the sun that shone when thy father was born, and will still be shining when thy last grandchild shall pass into the darkness.
The wisdom of age is like the fixed stars that shine so unchanged that the sailor may depend upon them to steer his course.
I found the road to wealth when I decided that a part of all I earned was mine to keep. And so will you.
You may ask, “Is that all?” That was sufficient to change the heart of a sheep herder into the heart of a money lender.
You may demand, “But all I earn is mine to keep, is it not?”
Far from it. Do you not pay the garment-maker? Do you not pay the sandal-maker? Do you not pay for the things you eat? Can you live without spending? What have you to show for your earnings of the past month? What for the past year? Fool! You pay to everyone but yourself. Dullard, you labor for others. As well be a slave and work for your master gives you to eat and wear. If you did keep for yourself one-tenth of all you earn, how much would you have in ten years?
You may answer, “As much as I earn in one year.”
You speak but half the truth. Every gold piece you save is a slave to work for you. Every copper it earns is its child that also can earn for you. If you would become wealthy, then what you save must earn, and its children must earn, that all may help to give to you the abundance you crave.
Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade.
We make a living by what we get (donation)
When you give (money), you are abundance =)