The Rules of Money. Expanded Edition

How to Make It and How to Hold on to It

Richard Templar

1. Wealth. 2. Finance, Personal. 3. Money. 4. Success.
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There’s an old saying “Money, money, money—it’s all they can think about.”
Unlikely to be true of course, given that hardly anybody thinks about money
itself (unless they happen to be a coin collector). The reason we all pursue and
desire and fiercely protect money is because of what we can do with it.
And no, of course money can’t buy you love or happiness. Although it can buy a
good deal of pleasure—and remove a lot of unhappiness. But it can buy you
plenty of other things. Over the years I’ve identified the ten things which people
most seem to want to spend their money on:
1 Security: A home of your own and enough money in the bank to support
you in the way you want, plus a bit in hand for emergencies, and a big
enough pension to ensure a comfortable retirement.
2 Comfort: A warm and spacious house, a big car, someone to clean or mow
the lawns or do the laundry or mind the kids, and good quality medical care
whenever you want it.
3 Luxuries: Exotic vacationss, fine wines, meals at top-class restaurants,
expensive clothes, the best seats at sports events or opera or whatever you enjoy.
4 Mobility: First-class train seats and plane tickets, trips on cruise ships,
chauffeur-driven cars wherever you are in the world.
5 Status: Prestigious invitations, access to important people and exclusive
clubs, and perhaps even gratifying deference from others.
6 Influence: As a generous donor of substantial sums, you can make sure that
your views and wishes are listened to and taken seriously.
7 Freedom: Not being dependent on employers, bosses, creditors, clients,
customers. Not being a slave to the calendar, diary, or clock. Knowing you
won’t have to be a burden on your children.
8 Leisure: Time to do the things you want, go where you want, meet who you
want, when you want.
9 Popularity: Being able to entertain friends, acquaintances, and contacts
frequently and generously does wonders for your social life.
10 Philanthropy: Being able to make regular and substantial donations gives
you the satisfaction of helping people, supporting organizations, and furthering
causes you believe in.
Seems a reasonable enough list to me. And whether it’s some or all those things
that you’d like more of, you need to know how to go about generating greater
wealth—which means you need to know what it is that separates the wealthy
from the not-so-wealthy. So, what you need to know is what principles, and what
behaviors the rich have, that you don’t (yet). Some of them you will realize that
you know, but don’t do. None of this is actually rocket science; it’s about
understanding and then doing. I’ve studied a lot of wealthy people, and it’s clear
to me that there are some fundamental common principles followed by almost
all. The bulk of the Rules in this book fall into that category. Then there are also
some principles which some rich people swear by, but not all. I’ve included
some of those too for good measure, just in case you too are one of the people
they do the trick for.
Security, comfort, luxuries, mobility, status, influence, freedom, leisure,
popularity, philanthropy—that’s all some people think about. They may not be
everything; they may not even guarantee a happy life, but they’re a pretty good
basis to build happiness on.
I’ve tried to set out in this book the most important Rules that can help you
achieve these ten things. All of them purport to be about accumulating money,
and of course in a sense they are, but at heart they’re about money only as a
means to an end. A means to achieve those ten ends.
Of course I don’t claim that these hundred or so Rules are the only means to
these particular ends. You may encounter others along the way that you find
helpful. If so, please do feel free to share them. You can email me at
Richard Templar

Table of Contents
Part I Thinking Wealthy
1 Anybody Can Be Wealthy—You Just Need to Apply Yourself
2 Decide on Your Definition of Wealth
3 Set Your Objectives
4 Keep It Under Your Hat
5 Most People Are Too Lazy to Be Wealthy
6 Get a Reality Check
7 Understand Your Money Beliefs and Where They Come From
8 Understand That Wealth Is a Consequence, Not a Reward
9 Decide What You Want Money For
10 Understand That Money Begets Money
11 Calculate the Net Return
12 If You See Money as the Solution, You’ll Find It Becomes the Problem
13 You Can Make Lots of Money, You Can Enjoy Your Job, and You Can
Sleep Nights
14 Don’t Make Money by Being Bad
15 Money and Happiness—Understand Their Relationship
16 Know the Difference Between Price and Value
17 Know How the Wealthy Think
18 Don’t Envy What Others Have
19 It’s Harder to Manage Yourself Than It Is to Manage Your Money
Part II Getting Wealthy
20 You’ve Got to Know Where You Are Before You Start
21 You’ve Got to Have a Plan
22 Get Your Finances Under Control
23 Insurance Pays Someone, and Odds Are It’s Not You
24 Only by Looking Wealthy Can You Become Wealthy
25 Speculate to Accumulate (No, This Isn’t Gambling)
26 Decide Your Attitude to Risk
27 Think Through the Alternatives to Taking a Risk
28 If You Don’t Trust Someone, Don’t Do Business With Them
29 It’s Never Too Late to Start Getting Wealthy
30 Start Saving Young (or Teach Your Kids This One If It’s Too Late for You)
31 Understand That Your Financial Needs Change at Different Stages of Your
32 You Have to Work Hard to Get Rich Enough Not to Have to Work Hard
33 Learn the Art of Deal Making
34 Learn the Art of Negotiating
35 Small Economies Won’t Make You Wealthy but They Will Make You
36 Real Wealth Comes from Deals Not Fees
37 Understand That Working for Others Won’t Necessarily Make You Rich—
but It Might
38 Don’t Waste Time Procrastinating—Make Money Decisions Quickly
39 Work as If You Didn’t Need the Money
40 Spend Less Than You Earn
41 Don’t Borrow Money—Unless You Really, Really Have To
42 Consider Consolidating Debts
43 Cultivate a Skill and It’ll Repay You Over and Over Again
44 Pay Off Your Loans and Debts as a Priority
45 Don’t Be Too Busy Earning a Living to Make Some Money
46 Save in Big Chunks—or Should You?
47 Don’t Rent; Buy
48 Understand What Investing Really Means
49 Build a Bit of Capital, Then Invest It Wisely
50 Understand That Property, in the Long Run, Will Not Outpace Shares
51 Master the Art of Selling
52 See Yourself as Others Do
53 Don’t Believe You Can Always Win
54 Don’t Pick Stocks Yourself If You Don’t Know What You’re Doing
55 Understand How the Stock Market Really Works
56 Only Buy Shares (or Anything) You Can Understand
57 Use Your Head
58 By All Means, Use the Investment Professionals (but Don’t Be Used by
59 If You Are Going to Get Financial Advice, Pay for It
60 Don’t Fiddle
61 Think Long Term
62 Have a Set Time of Day to Work on Your Wealth Strategy
63 Pay Attention to Detail
64 Create New Income Streams
65 Learn to Play “What If?”
66 Control Spending Impulses
67 Don’t Answer Ads That Promise Get-Rich-Quick Schemes—It Won’t Be
You Who Gets Rich Quick
68 There Are No Secrets
69 Don’t Just Read This—Do Something
Part III Get Even Wealthier
70 Carry Out a Finance Health Check Regularly
71 Get Some Money Mentors
72 Play Your Hunches
73 Don’t Sit Back
74 Get Someone to Do the Stuff You Can’t
75 Know Yourself—Solo, Duo, or Team Player
76 Look for the Hidden Asset/Opportunity
77 Don’t Try to Get Rich Too Quickly
78 Always Ask What’s In It for Them
79 Make Your Money Work for You
80 Know When to Let Go of Investments
81 Know Your Own Style
82 Know Why You Should Be Able to Read a Balance Sheet—and How
83 Be One Step Ahead of Your Tax Collector
84 Learn How to Make Your Assets Work for You
85 Don’t Ever Believe You’re Only Worth What You Are Being Paid
86 Don’t Follow the Same Route as Everyone Else
Part IV Staying Wealthy
87 Shop for Quality
88 Check the Small Print
89 Don’t Spend It Before You’ve Got It
90 Put Something Aside for Your Old Age—No, More Than That!
91 Put Something Aside for Emergencies/Rainy Days—the Contingency Fund
92 You Paid What for It? How to Shop Around
93 Never Borrow Money from Friends or Family (but You Can Allow Them to
94 Don’t Surrender Equity
95 Know When to Stop
Part V Sharing Your Wealth
96 Use Your Wealth Wisely
97 Never Lend Money to Friends or Family Unless You Are Prepared to Write
It Off
98 Don’t Lend, Take Equities
99 You Really, Really Can’t Take It with You
100 Know When/How to Say No—and Yes
101 Find Ways to Give People Money Without Them Feeling They Are in Your
102 Don’t Over-Protect Your Children from the Valuable Experience of Poverty
103 Know How to Choose Charities/Good Causes
104 Spend Your Own Money Because No One Will Spend It as Wisely as You
105 Take Responsibility Before You Take Advice
106 Once You’ve Got It, Don’t Flaunt It
107 What’s Next? Pacts with the Devil?

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