Financial Freedom

I just barely finished reading "The Richest Man in Babylon" tonight and absolutely LOVED it! Did you catch that capitalization? Not only did I read the book, I actually STUDIED it. Again, capitalization. I marked important thing with a highlighter, then I underlined parts that were even more important, THEN I even put a star in the margin if I REALLY wanted to remember it. Caps?! You see, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge and it is VERY well written. Not just from the content, but also from the writing language. I thought the author did a masterful job.

Lately I've also been listening a bit to some Dave Ramsey seminars about money, that I got from a friend, and have learned a lot of the same principles that are included in "The Richest Man in Babylon." What does that tell you? It tells you that those money principles have been around for a VERY long time, even back to Babylon! One of my favorite quotes from the Dave Ramsey stuff is about making it so "you happen to your money, instead of your money happening to you.” Also referred to in tRMiB. Some time soon I'll write down some of my favorite quotes from that wonderful book.

It seems to me that life isn't about things happening to you and me, but rather that it should be you and me happening to things; especially in money matters. There are too many wonderful moments in life to have them overshadowed by the threat of increasing debt.

I would highly recommend tRMiB to anyone who reads this blog. I then would HIGHERLY recommend that you apply what you've read. Life without application isn't life at all. It is merely existence.


So let me just say that I'm really not a fan of "exercising." I'm not a big fan of going to the gym to run and get no where. I would much rather play some sort of sport for one hour three times a week. Now that would be my work out. I mean think about all the different kinds of sporty activities that you can engage in ... tennis, frisbee golf aka folf, indoor or outdoor soccer, around the world ping pong, lyman tipsh, softball, and a plethora of others. Now if only I could find the time to play?!