Great short read. About 70 pages.
Barnum goes on about virtues of economy, focus, advertising, getting security for endorsing loans, avoiding speculation, and general virtues that will make a person successful in business.
I made a number of highlights. Just nice short points to think about, and takes about an hour in all to read.
It's free for Kindle -- I'd recommend it. The English is a bit older which can be tricky to work through at times, but it's worth it.
Really loving this so far. Read about half last night. It reminds me a lot of that book where the stockyard boss wrote letters to his son.
I actually have it on Kindle, but it is even better on Audible. The one I just linked cost .71 cents with a membership, and $1.37 without a membership. It is like listening to some wise old grandfather (one I didn't have). Great recommendation Sebastian.
Y'know, everyone thinks they have good intentions. Have you ever met anyone who said, "I'm here to break stuff and screw the world up"? No, of course not.
I'm thinking you don't actually need good intentions to do good works. Actually, good intentions by themselves don't seem to accomplish much of anything.
Here's the top three virtues I'd look for in someone to actually achieve good things.
Strength is the virtue that's required for all other virtues. If you're not internally strong, you get easily swayed by opinions, social pressure, culture, and things like that. It's hard to hold on to virtues if you're not strong when you're in the crowd.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Remember me to one who lives there