Why Do So Many Chase the Internet Marketing Dream?

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I got to thinking that jobs suck......all of them......maybe for different reasons but they all suck. To me the exchange of money for my time does not seem to be a very good deal.

I love to read and I ran across two very good thought provoking books on the subject recently when testing out my new Kindle (what a great invention!) and this prompted more thought on the subject during the normal boring drive to work and my job.

Anyway one of these books suggested that the time money exchange only works if you work a chunk of time for repeat payments time after time.......now that blew my mind which is what a good book should do. You can read my full rant on the subject at the link in my signature.......but what books really changed your life by changing the way you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterGarety
    Even though I have read a lot of books, but here is TOP 5 that changed my thinking and changed my life:
    * Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    * The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
    * The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
    * Goals by Brian Tracy
    * Secret of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
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    • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
      Originally Posted by PeterGarety View Post

      Even though I have read a lot of books, but here is TOP 5 that changed my thinking and changed my life:
      * Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
      * The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
      * The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
      * Goals by Brian Tracy
      * Secret of The Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
      I will read these ebooks. Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author MIRENGE
      I love reading but and i have read so many books but i must say that the following two books have changed my life completely.
      1. Who moved my cheese.
      2. The richest man in Babylon.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    I will add to the above

    Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
    7 Steps to Freedom II by Ben Suarez
    Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got by Jay Abraham
    The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    The Empire Formula by Anik Singal. It has completely changed the way I looked at my IM career and now instead of trying to become rich, I'm trying to build a business.
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    • Profile picture of the author islandbreezes
      Originally Posted by Joe128139 View Post

      The Empire Formula by Anik Singal. It has completely changed the way I looked at my IM career and now instead of trying to become rich, I'm trying to build a business.
      this sounds like a great book I need to check out...
      Thanks for many of the other book suggestions!
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  • Profile picture of the author Slyknight
    Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

    one of these books suggested that the time money exchange only works if you work a chunk of time for repeat payments time after time.......now that blew my mind which is what a good book should do.......but what books really changed your life by changing the way you think?
    I thought this was common knowledge. I wouldn't think it's anything new if I were reading that book.

    Anyway, to answer your question in relation to the book's point...
    You are right. The "time money exchange" doesn't sound like an attractive deal. That is EXACTLY why many people chase the IM dream. In IM, we can set and forget. Meaning, after spending the initial time and efforts to build our sites, lists, SEO etc... it will require little daily efforts from our parts to keep earning from them. In order words, we'll be working less while make more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
      Freedom is what earners are after with any venture. You build and let the website work for you. Most fail, few succeed. But the chase is what is truly rewarding. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys freedom which can lead to happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
    "Rich Dad, Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki
    "The Cashflow Quadrant" by Robert Kiyosaki
    "Rich Dad's Guide to Investing" by Robert Kiyosaki
    "Built to Last: The Successful Habits of Visionary Companies" by Jim Collins and Jerry Poras
    "The E-Myth Revisited" by Michael Gerber
    "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
    "Rebel Without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez
    "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell
    "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Joe128139....never heard of that one so I will definitely check it out. Many thanks!

    Slyknight......agreed but over the past few years I have found that very few businesses are really "set and forget".....most really do take some amount of work and most people massively underestimate the amount of work required.
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    • Profile picture of the author Slyknight
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

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      Slyknight......agreed but over the past few years I have found that very few businesses are really "set and forget".....most really do take some amount of work and most people massively underestimate the amount of work required.
      They can always outsource the work. With the likes of Fiverr, odesk and elance, that's not as big a challenge considering the benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    OrangeBull....great choice of books there my friend......Outliers is an interesting one, I enjoyed it immensely and it was a best seller for very good reasons. The Rich Dad series is always a popular choice and I think people generally miss the point....the author has frequently been accused of telling a story but I don't think this matters. What really matters is the fundamental principles of the ideas presented, and these were very thought provoking.
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    • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

      OrangeBull....great choice of books there my friend......Outliers is an interesting one, I enjoyed it immensely and it was a best seller for very good reasons. The Rich Dad series is always a popular choice and I think people generally miss the point....the author has frequently been accused of telling a story but I don't think this matters. What really matters is the fundamental principles of the ideas presented, and these were very thought provoking.
      Any book that makes you think I should really only have sex with my girlfriend in the spring so that if we have children they are born in January or early February because the kids will have an advantage in school has definitely changed your thinking.

      A book that makes you realize there are four ways to make money, i.e. employment income, self-employment income, business income, and investment income, and a book that makes you realize that the easiest way to make money is to create it out of thin air by coming up with an idea that other people might invest in definitely changed my way of thinking.

      Then there is "The E-Myth" which teaches the value of creating a system, then of course "Built to Last" and it's "Good to Great" companion that show you some of the different kind of thinking that goes on at companies that become institutions which was impressive for me.

      Realizing that I'm a Maven who occassionally becomes a Connector certainly impacted my life back when I was helping with a few Presidential campaigns in the early part of the last decade, and realizing that one guy with a camera and $7 grand made from being a guinea pig for a medical lab could change his stars is always fun.

      I guess you could say I like those books for different reasons.
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      • Profile picture of the author imon32red
        Originally Posted by OrangeBull View Post


        Then there is "The E-Myth" which teaches the value of creating a system,
        I would have to say that E-Myth really helped me the most. I have owned several businesses in the past. Until I read the E-Myth though I would say that my businesses were just jobs. My current business runs almost on autopilot and pays all my bills. This has allowed me to concentrate my time starting two more businesses. Neither has made a dime yet but I have high expectations. I officially "open the doors" at the end of August.
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        • Profile picture of the author robsm69
          The reason most people chase the IM dream is due to a few things I beleive, freedom and passive income being the main two. And robert kyosaki has a lot of fantastic books out there.

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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    I will add

    1. 4 hour work week by Timothy Ferris
    2. The Millionaire Fastlane by M.J. Demarco
    3. Get Rich Click by Marc Ostrovsky

    All good reads
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    The Four Hour Work Week is another great choice entrepreneurjay - again the main reason I like it is that it present ideas that make you think....and these are the types of books that I enjoy. Timothy Ferris does a great job in presenting the idea of working from anywhere in the world that you like and I loved the idea of earning money in one country and spending it in another (cheaper cost of living) country.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    me too NETDAWG! There is something very satisfying about looking out of your window on a cold winters morning and watching all the wage slaves struggling into work..........
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    • Profile picture of the author Rockid
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

      watching all the wage slaves struggling into work..........
      can you picture a world where everyone is as smart as we are, no one toiling in the fields, factories and offices get empty.. everyone busy with internet marketing but just for 4 hours/week, then all go dancing tango in Argentina
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      • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
        Originally Posted by Rockid View Post

        can you picture a world where everyone is as smart as we are, no one toiling in the fields, factories and offices get empty.. everyone busy with internet marketing but just for 4 hours/week, then all go dancing tango in Argentina
        Our world wouldn't be able to function they way it is if every one was an entrepreneur. So, your idea would be a change for the worst.
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    • Profile picture of the author indalor1
      Hmm not too many books have made my stop and really think about my own points of view or values but 3 stick out clearly in my mind...

      Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
      Think and Grown Rich by Napoleon Hill
      4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris

      By far Ayn Rand's books have had the biggest impact on my way of thinking. Oh sure some of her ideas are kind of nuts but the basic premise of not letting someone else determine how much my mind is worth stands right there at the top of my beliefs. (heh I try to avoid affiliate programs as much as I can)
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  • Profile picture of the author Rockid
    hmm..

    only motivational reading, get-rich-now and "how to pretend I've got brain" on all lists

    why am i not surprised?

    BTW, nice idea to ask why so many chase the IM rabbit, in this forum
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Rockid......I disagree with you. A number of the books suggested are far from the "get rich now" type of books that you suggest.....you have no offers of alternatives?
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Rockid......nope......but then again most of the world will keep doing what they have always done through boredom, incompetence, lack of skills, fear and a host of other false assumptions. IM offers a way to do it differently but only for those who are driven to do so........
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    indalor1.....great answer. I've never heard of your first selection but will check it out...
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    *The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
    *The 4 hour workweek by Tim Ferris
    *From Mediocrity to Millions by Jay Abraham
    *I Had It All The Time by Alan Cohen

    P.S. The last book is not business related.
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  • Profile picture of the author Murlu
    I know this is going to sound silly but The Rum Diary is what did it for me by Hunter S. Thompson. It was the book that made me want to say F it and start traveling and living life on my own terms.

    From there, I started looking into how I could apply my use of computers and the net to let me do this. I ended up falling into freelance writing and blogging and so here I am today. I work on my own terms and just recently had the privilege of traveling to Japan and Thailand for 2 months.
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      Originally Posted by Murlu View Post

      I know this is going to sound silly but The Rum Diary is what did it for me by Hunter S. Thompson. It was the book that made me want to say F it and start traveling and living life on my own terms.

      From there, I started looking into how I could apply my use of computers and the net to let me do this. I ended up falling into freelance writing and blogging and so here I am today. I work on my own terms and just recently had the privilege of traveling to Japan and Thailand for 2 months.
      Your story is quite interesting. I googled Rum Diary just to see how it was applicable to this post. What I gotten out of your post is the path to success are many. Everybody got a story to tell. One must find theirs!

      Thanks sir
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    Chasing? I can't get IM to stop calling. I told her it was over between us.
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  • Profile picture of the author rekerlolz
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    Oh yeah ...I totally agree with OP - jobs do suck and the exchange of money for your time is pretty harsh .
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  • Profile picture of the author seosoldier
    Good thread. Enough people recommended "4 Hour Work Week" to make me put it on my list and maybe I'll get value from it. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author guitarjosh
      Originally Posted by seosoldier View Post

      Good thread. Enough people recommended "4 Hour Work Week" to make me put it on my list and maybe I'll get value from it. Thanks.
      4 hour work week was one on this list that didn't work for me. For me, it just had the feel of a guy that realized the success of 'Think and Grow Rich' and decided to put a new marketing spin on it... but it didn't ring nearly so true.

      'The Secret' was the same way. It tends to violate a lot of natural laws in suggesting that anything can be accomplished. Had me scratching my head a lot going..... "huh?" Looking in the mirror and repeating "I will grow rich" all day ain't gonna' make you rich.

      Think and Grow Rich is still the Best. There's a guy who's life study was what he wrote about it just feels honest and leaves the reader going "Wow".
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    *Psycho Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz (I keep this by my bed and have read it 100's of times)
    *Triggers - Joseph Sugarman (EXCELLENT Read - Couldn't put it down and HAD to send the author a thank you for that one)
    *Unleashing the Idea Virus - Seth Godin

    I do have to say that although there was a lot of good information in the '4 Hour Work Week', I didn't like many of the ideas of outsourcing EVERYTHING and depersonalizing yourself. If I am going to communicate with clients via any medium, I want them to know that they are getting a personalized response from me and that YES I care... sending out generic "I only check my email on Tuesday at noon when there is a 20% chance of showers, so I will get back with you someday after I finish my Pina Colada in the Bahamas" is just not my style.

    If you are new to any kind of marketing (especially if you are just starting your conversion from J.O.B. to pursue Online Consulting) then I recommend these three books be the FIRST books you read. Mindset is everything!

    *Psycho Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz (from above)
    *Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    *The Obvious Expert - Elsom Eldridge Jr. & Mark Eldridge
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    • Originally Posted by cherylwaller View Post

      *Psycho Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz (I keep this by my bed and have read it 100's of times)
      Just googled this and read the intro on Amazon, wow, looks like I'm going to have to request it from my local library...i couldn't stop reading, very interesting and thought provoking, thanks for sharing.
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    Maybe that's just me but I think that can sum it up for a lot of people.
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    • Profile picture of the author seosoldier
      Question: Why Do So Many Chase the Internet Marketing Dream?
      Answer: To make money from home.
      I think that is the reason, in a nutshell.

      The reasons why people want to make money from home are many:

      *to avoid having an ahole boss
      *to not have to drive to and from work
      *to be your own boss and take time off when you really want or need to
      *to make good $ when no one will hire them due to age or lack of formal education
      *to set one's own schedule
      *to not have to get up and shower, shave and put on work clothes (to work in one's pajamas)
      *to be able to watch kids while working
      *to be more in control of one's own income
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      • Profile picture of the author Jolia
        Originally Posted by seosoldier View Post

        Question: Why Do So Many Chase the Internet Marketing Dream?
        Answer: To make money from home.
        I think that is the reason, in a nutshell.

        The reasons why people want to make money from home are many:

        *to avoid having an ahole boss
        *to not have to drive to and from work
        *to be your own boss and take time off when you really want or need to
        *to make good $ when no one will hire them due to age or lack of formal education
        *to set one's own schedule
        *to not have to get up and shower, shave and put on work clothes (to work in one's pajamas)
        *to be able to watch kids while working
        *to be more in control of one's own income
        In other words, to gain time and financial freedom.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    to me there stil lseems to be 2 different schools of thought

    1) Build a big business, develope a system, manage employees etc. Make big money managing your business. Takes alot of time and effort to reach the end goal.

    2) Earn decent money but have all the free time in the world to enjoy as you want.

    A bit conflicting if you ask me...
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    hmm but anyone who has done this for a long while starts to realize it's actually not so bad to go to work and meet people, get out of the house etc...
    Originally Posted by seosoldier
    Question: Why Do So Many Chase the Internet Marketing Dream?
    Answer: To make money from home.
    I think that is the reason, in a nutshell.

    The reasons why people want to make money from home are many:

    *to avoid having an ahole boss
    *to not have to drive to and from work
    *to be your own boss and take time off when you really want or need to
    *to make good $ when no one will hire them due to age or lack of formal education
    *to set one's own schedule
    *to not have to get up and shower, shave and put on work clothes (to work in one's pajamas)
    *to be able to watch kids while working
    *to be more in control of one's own income
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    • Profile picture of the author jwenberg
      It's already been mentioned, but the 4 hour work week opened my eyes to internet marketing and trying to achieve the whole...well for lack of a better term, 4 hour work week. Now having some experience I know that it doesn't exist...or if it does...it's like winning the lottery. There has to be work involved.

      Some other good ones I've read are:
      The Secret,
      Think & Grow Rich - Probably my favorite
      As A Man Thinkith
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    • Profile picture of the author Itachi
      Because for peoples working 7+ hours per day for an "average" salary, having the ability to earn income from home is really priceless .. it's not necessary that peoples want to get rich or are lazy, i think it's mostly that peoples want more time for them..which is legitimate.

      I'll be honest here i think the normal "day jobs" or "offline jobs" or whatever you call it are a scam for the most part, for me it really compare to modern-day slavery(yea you're welcome to debate this with me i got arguments) when i see my parents that are working so hard, and so many hours per day, of course if your revenue is decent it's not that bad, what i mean peoples that are working 40 hours per week for a baddy salary .. that's scam for me because your time is worth way more than that, in other words you waste most of your life doing "work" for other peoples that profits mostly the bosses, investors, and higher-ups(pyramidal) but in the end of the day, whether you work hard or with your heart will not get your salary raised.

      In IM you get rewarded for your efforts, that's highly motivating to me .

      Hey and by the way this is not about communism or somthing like that ..a fair distribution of the benefits(made by the company you work for) is what it's about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amys101place
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    It was life-changing for me and ultimately led to me reading nearly all of the above named books and many more. There's definitely some very real truths to the Law of Attraction and I firmly believe that the more you help others, the more you prosper.. or "what goes around comes around".
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      Originally Posted by Amys101place View Post

      I'm really not one to pimp my blog on here so please don't think I'm trying to do that here, but I'd encourage anyone who hasn't heard 'The Strangest Secret' to listen to this. The Strangest Secret I've Ever Heard : Web-Design 101 Blog

      It was life-changing for me and ultimately led to me reading nearly all of the above named books and many more. There's definitely some very real truths to the Law of Attraction and I firmly believe that the more you help others, the more you prosper.. or "what goes around comes around".
      Great listen, Amy. I had never heard it before. Really great stuff! Definitely right along the lines of Think & Grow Rich. Glad you posted the link. Highly recommended!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    When I read the title of this post I thought it was a joke.

    The answer to this question is so obvious…
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert X
    I don't chase it,, it's a massive obsession! I couldn't stop even if i wanted to. I dream about it at night and I think of how to better it during the day. And I love every minute of it.!!!

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    I'm in agreeance with the seo soldier .Right now Im writing in my dressing gown and have been in it all day (hard at work!)
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's unfortunate that many do this, but the truth is too many people have been suckeed into get rich quick schemes, by products that are just too good to be true, and people especially newbies tend to believe the hype
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  • Profile picture of the author Damian Kitchen
    because we are sick of being dictated too buy Employers, thats why we chase the dream. self employment yeah baby !
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I think alot of people dream and then when they see how hard this is they throw it all away.

    But if you do take this online thing seriously and work hard anything can be yours. Whatever you dream you can acheive so they say!

    What alot of people dont realise and i think this is true, is that starting an online business is harder then a 9 - 5 job. But once its up and running its easier than anything. Most people cant get past the whole start up hump and give up. But the 2% of peopel that I believe do make it, never give up and keep studying and learn how to make their business better.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Thanks all for your comments to date ........I think my all time winner is.............

    "Get Out While You Can" by George Marshall...............BRILLIANT!
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    whoops......The Richest Man in Babylon? Just read it and its now my all time favourite!
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