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Monday, December 14, 2015


I recently read Business Secrets from the Bible by Rabbi Daniel Lapin (2014). 

In this book, Rabbi Lapin outlines 40 "business secrets" that he believes are rooted in scripture.  He often references "ancient wisdom" as he makes the case that working for and attaining wealth is a good and holy thing. 

My biggest takeaways from the book:
  • Worthy work, and the money that flows toward it, is always premised on serving others. 
  • Faith drives both religion and commerce.
  • We are meant to work and commune others.
  • The greatest gift we can give is to do something good for another person's children.
  • We are ALL in business, serving customers (which is sometimes our employer).
  • Success is a direct function of self-discipline, integrity, and character.
  • Culture and language shape one another.
  • Time is inextricably tied to speech and music.
  • The two primary means of making money are creation and transport.
My favorite of his "business secrets":
  • Secret #7: Focus on other people's needs and desires, and you will never, ever be short of what you yourself desire and need.
  • Secret #9: We love the people whom we help more than we love those who help us. 
  • Secret #10: Life isn't about what you know - it's about who you are.
  • Secret #18: The importance of service is that you cannot lead if you cannot follow.
  • Secret #33: Don't live beyond your means - give beyond your means. 
My favorite quote:

"At the end of the day, what we know means nothing; it is who we are, what we do, that matters."  (p. 73)
A provocative read.  Thanks for the recommendation, TC/DC.    

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