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Sun Tzu the Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy

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~ SUN TZU THE ART OF MAKING MONEY BRINGS THE CLASSIC "SUN TZU THE ART OF WAR" ALIVE AND READY FOR THOSE WHO ARE PREPARED FOR A WAR AGAINST THEIR DEBT ~

Utilizing the ancient knowledge from one of history's greatest minds - Sun Tzu - this book will teach you the hidden secrets of how to become truly successful and wealthy by showing you the art of making money.

Using these strategies I was ...

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Overview

** Now a #1 AMAZON INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER! **

** SET TO BE THE HOTTEST READ OF 2013 **

~ SUN TZU THE ART OF MAKING MONEY BRINGS THE CLASSIC "SUN TZU THE ART OF WAR" ALIVE AND READY FOR THOSE WHO ARE PREPARED FOR A WAR AGAINST THEIR DEBT ~

Utilizing the ancient knowledge from one of history's greatest minds - Sun Tzu - this book will teach you the hidden secrets of how to become truly successful and wealthy by showing you the art of making money.

Using these strategies I was able to increase the money in my brokerage account by 975% in less than 6 years and I was able to start a successful business with less than $100. Money is either flowing into your pocket or out of it - the direction is determined by what you know about money.

Ask yourself the following questions...

Are you happy with your current financial situation?

Are you happy with your current job or career prospects?

Are you happy with your current level of success?

Do you make enough money?

If yes, then maybe you have already bought and read this book and know the art of making money.

If not, then this book will help get you there. Learn the secrets of how to improve your financial situation, improve your job and career prospects, boost your level of success, and start making the money you deserve.

Making money is not something that happens by chance, or is just for the lucky few. There is a science to it. That science is The Art of Making Money.

Start earning what you are really worth.

Read Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money and become a master of your own financial destiny. Let the lesson begin today. Let this book help you find your way.

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Using the principles of Sun Tzu, the ancient general and military tactician, Cheung draws parallels between military and financial strategies. Selected excerpts and quotes attributed to Sun Tzu provide the basis of Cheung's suggested strategies for financial success. Just as a military leader must observe the cycles of heaven and Earth, so should the financial planner observe economic cycles and plan accordingly. The end result is a presentation of conventional wisdoms offered from an unconventional point of view which briefly covers a wide range of some well-known, basic financial skills: Don't spend more than you earn; don't accumulate debt; try to do work that you love; invest wisely and plan ahead for retirement. Some strategies relate to personal finances, such as building individual savings, choosing individual investments, and completing a personal analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). Other strategies are used to discuss finances at a higher level, such as getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of business competitors and using them to an advantage. Some of the relationships between Sun Tzu's principles and finance aren't clearly made; for instance, Sun Tzu advised that "All conflicts are based on deception," but for Cheung, deception "often involves possessing an asset your competition lacks and using it in surprising ways." Examples include the protection of intellectual property and proprietary information, which might better be categorized as defense against industrial piracy rather than deceit. Other pieces of advice drawn from war-based parallels may not sit well with everyone, such as the section devoted to the use of spies and the advice to cultivate relationships with a competitor's administrative assistants in order to gain access to information and the competitor's leadership. While the generally sound strategies follow tried-and-true methods for achieving success, the challenge is often in the details, which are sometimes left unaddressed. Diversifying skills is always good advice, but the suggestion to "go back to school…or begin a new career" may come across as blithe and superficial to someone who can't pay for classes. Perhaps too mercenary for some, but when implemented properly, the mostly sound principles can lead to financial stability and success.
Kirkus Reviews
Using the principles of Sun Tzu, the ancient general and military tactician, Cheung draws parallels between military and financial strategies. Selected excerpts and quotes attributed to Sun Tzu provide the basis of Cheung's suggested strategies for financial success. Just as a military leader must observe the cycles of heaven and Earth, so should the financial planner observe economic cycles and plan accordingly. The end result is a presentation of conventional wisdoms offered from an unconventional point of view which briefly covers a wide range of some well-known, basic financial skills: Don't spend more than you earn; don't accumulate debt; try to do work that you love; invest wisely and plan ahead for retirement. Some strategies relate to personal finances, such as building individual savings, choosing individual investments, and completing a personal analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). Other strategies are used to discuss finances at a higher level, such as getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of business competitors and using them to an advantage. Some of the relationships between Sun Tzu's principles and finance aren't clearly made; for instance, Sun Tzu advised that "All conflicts are based on deception," but for Cheung, deception "often involves possessing an asset your competition lacks and using it in surprising ways." Examples include the protection of intellectual property and proprietary information, which might better be categorized as defense against industrial piracy rather than deceit. Other pieces of advice drawn from war-based parallels may not sit well with everyone, such as the section devoted to the use of spies and the advice to cultivate relationships with a competitor's administrative assistants in order to gain access to information and the competitor's leadership. While the generally sound strategies follow tried-and-true methods for achieving success, the challenge is often in the details, which are sometimes left unaddressed. Diversifying skills is always good advice, but the suggestion to "go back to school…or begin a new career" may come across as blithe and superficial to someone who can't pay for classes. Perhaps too mercenary for some, but when implemented properly, the mostly sound principles can lead to financial stability and success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480089006
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Let me start by saying that I am no good with my finances. I ten

    Let me start by saying that I am no good with my finances. I tend to spend on a whim and live for the moment. But my Mum bought this book for me, and reluctantly I got stuck in.
    Sceptical as I was, I read the first page and found that I actually liked the author [which is a big deal if you are explaining a subject to me that made no sense to begin with]. His application of a method that was never intended for finance [“The Art of War”] agreed with me and by the end of this ‘easy to read’ and more importantly, understand book – I had a solid plan of action to attack my spending habits and combat my debt.
    I am now confident and optimistic about my finances and my future. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone and everyone.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    .I only have a few books related to self-help in regards to mone

    .I only have a few books related to self-help in regards to money on my bookshelves, as I tend to only chose those that I feel have something new to say, and revolutionise my thinking in the area. The reason this rates as the best is the reason why I have avoided others; its accessibility and its novel approach. The language is not patronising nor is it technical, it has encapsulated that difficult sphere of being accessible to all, expert and novice alike.
    In the current financial climate, the recession and our financial world has become akin to a war zone. Businesses are being shut down left, right and centre and people are getting poorer as opposed to being able to grasp back what they have once owned. Cheung looks to Sun Tzu’s strategies for War and incorporates these into a fascinating and comprehensive read.
    My main motivation in reading this book was that, as well as being a fan of the Sun Tzu Art of War book, for years I have been aiming to start a business and as the plan came into being as did the recession. I have argued myself away from my dream of my own business on a number of occasions due to low self-esteem at being able to succeed in this climate; however this book has provided me with the confidence that in being more proactive in my planning, as in a military operation, I can succeed, by remembering simple principles. Thus this book has become to me my Bible through setting up my business.


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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    After reading Sun Tzu: The Art of Making Money, I can honestly r

    After reading Sun Tzu: The Art of Making Money, I can honestly report that this inspirational, thought-provoking book has left me enlightened to current business philosophical ideas. The book focuses around an invigorating and holistic style of writing. The writer begins with a key piece of advice taken from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, and applying a business interpretation, converts this into relatable examples and sound financial advice. This book covers a plethora of business and social methods from self-improvement to task management. The book makes extensive use of simple, memorable acronyms to explain complex military ideas in a logical fashion. 
    To summarise my review, this book is most definitely worth a read, whether you are an existing business executive or just somebody in debt trying to get your finances back on track – this book can and will teach you, whilst guiding you back to financial success. 

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money is a captivating, inspiring and

    Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money is a captivating, inspiring and enlightening read that takes inspirational quotes and ideas from The Art of War and uses them in a modern day financial context. Unlike many of the patronizing ‘get rich quick’ books that plague the virtual book shelves today, this book offers a unique way of thinking, providing readers with tactics which were once applied to the battlefield, helping them see their potential for financial growth and greatness.
    The fact that the author backs up all of his points with helpful explanations and relatable examples makes the book accessible to a much wider audience. Whether you are looking to get yourself out of debt, improve your career prospects or achieve financial wealth, The Art of Making Money will provide you with indispensable knowledge and the motivation to challenge yourself.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    I don't really 'do' book reviews and so for me to actually sign

    I don't really 'do' book reviews and so for me to actually sign up to a website just to leave one, you know there must be something special.
    Sun Tzu is a pretty famous name to many people and I have read several passages and quotes from his work, never have I thought to apply it to financials though! This book has so many clever points in it that I had to grab a pen and paper to write parts down that I wanted to apply straight away. Never have I read a book that has made me think 'Oh, I need to change that' or 'That could help me if I just put that into place'. Since reading this I have already made several changes with my business and personal finances. 

    Michael Cheung has created a 'self help' book that gives some truly incredible strategies for dealing with these tough economic times. There are things that may seem glaringly obvious once you've read the book and others which will come as a complete surprise.
    Michael Cheung has put together a very clever piece of writing that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is having troubles with their finances, those who run a business or anyone who wants to have a better grasp of their money.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    When I first got hold of this book, I thought it will take me lo

    When I first got hold of this book, I thought it will take me longer to read, since the majority of self-help books always lose me somewhere between the trite advice and the patronizing tone, that never really motivates me to get things done. But not this book! I read it from cover to cover in less than 12 hours and I will definitely come back to it! Why? Because I rarely find a book that translates ancient treatises and events so well and manages to apply them to our modern everyday life. Michael Cheung, however, has managed to do that perfectly in “Sun Tzu The Art Of Making Money: Strategies for getting through a tough economy”! 
    Keeping in mind the fact, that all prestigious military academies and schools are studying Sun Tzu’s brilliant tactics, I believe, it was about time for the business to turn to the wisdom of this insightful military general from ancient China. Since, in itself, business is sometimes no different than war (especially in times of recession), it should come as no surprise that Sun Tzu’s piece of advice comes really handy when faced with debts, changing economy and competition.

    “Sometimes people see what they want to see. They look for and find evidence to fit their beliefs and remain blind to all other options because they refuse to even consider them.” There is always place for improvement and this book will definitely open your eyes for new opportunities, methods and profitable strategies. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    This book was such an enjoyable read - I was a little sceptical

    This book was such an enjoyable read - I was a little sceptical about reading a book like this as I am choosy about the self-help books I read, so I figured it was definitely worth a try. And it is! It teaches you how to apply the military tactics of Sun Tzu to your own financial standing point, which is so much more refreshing and interesting than your standard self-help guide. Whether you're already in debt, or whether it's something that concerns you within this tough economic climate, it crams so much useful and relevant information and tips within its pages in a unique way. 

    Some self-help style books can sometimes sound a little condescending, but this is not only well-written and informative, it’s a genuinely enjoyable read and is actually very relevant, teaching us that our future is determined by the actions we take now. 

    I’ll definitely also be reading The Art of War now, too. Thanks, Michael Cheung!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    It¿s not often that I even pick up, let alone read anything that

    It’s not often that I even pick up, let alone read anything that I deem might be a ‘self-help’ book. I usually deplore the patronising tone, the often glaring errors and omissions and the way that none of the ‘advice’ ever seems to be able to translate to my life. So when I was recommended ‘Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy’, by a friend I was decidedly doubtful. However for some reason I decided that I would just give it a quick flick through, and I’m so glad that I did!

    Michael Cheung takes, what at first seems the somewhat crazy, premise of mapping some of the basic principles from the legendary ‘The Art of War’ and applying them to the current financial world, and really makes it work. This book is short, snappy and really makes you think about your own situation and then gives you, proper, real, practical examples, thoughts and ideas on how you can improve it. I wasn’t in an awful financial situation before, but I’m definitely in a better one now!

    I found this book inspirational yet really truly practical, and that is why I’m awarding my first ever 5 stars for a non-fiction book.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    In a world of self help books for personal finance and financial

    In a world of self help books for personal finance and financial how-to guides, Sun Tzu the Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy
     sticks out like a brilliant diamond in a mound of coal. I would say this book isn’t a “get out of debt” type book, more of a “how to change your life and start
    achieving your dreams through financial discipline” book. Michael Cheung teaches and guides us through the necessary steps to achieve financial freedom.
    This is so much more than a great advice piece. It’s a handbook that should be referenced often. He points out what we are doing wrong that many of us
    wouldn’t even think of and how to change our spending and saving habits. But how he does these things is the really cool part.

    Mr. Cheung actually takes Sun Tzu’s military tactics and applies them to our every day financial lives. It’s brilliant! He talks about the five components
    (Moral Law, Heaven, Earth, The Commander, Method and Discipline), he gives us a diagram of the Pyramid of Wealth to follow, and he gives examples
    of how to use all of this information in different life styles. Throughout the entire book he breaks down these aspects and really motivates us with
    how simple it all really is. By the time I was done reading it I had so many, “oh man that’s so simple why wasn’t I already doing that?” moments.
    My favorite part though was getting to really take a step back using Mr. Cheung’s logic, and really see where I was going wrong and how I can get my
    financial life back on track. 

    Sun Tzu the Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting through a Tough Economy is great for everyone. You don’t have to be in financial ruin or on the
    brink of it to find this book helpful. You can either start this book as a how to get out of the debt hole and stay out or you can use it as a how to tweak
    your already awesome budget to be more awesome. I give this book two very big thumbs up and I know you will too.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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         In the forward to his book ¿Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money

         In the forward to his book “Sun Tzu The Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy,” author Michael Cheung
    introduces the reader to Sun Tzu, “a general who lived in northeastern China around 2,500 years ago and was a master of military tactics.
     Such was his genius that his military tactics and thoughts eventually were put into writing so they could be passed down to other
    generations to come.”  Cheung connects Sun Tzu’s proverbial wisdom with the realm of personal finance through rephrasing of sound
    tenets and then gives good examples of practical (and not so practical) application.
          Cheung follows a logical progression in his outline for good financial management, exhorting the reader early on to “Think with
    your head and your heart as ultimate power is achieved when bother are in alignment with your goals. When you are fully committed and
    your head and heart are in alignment, then you can become unstoppable.”  Recurring themes with Cheung’s applications, as with the
    ancient admonitions of Sun Tzu are, “Stop and listen to other people and pay attention to changes in the world around you. Consider
    which of your current skills need to be updated and if you need to acquire new skills,” and “Don’t sell yourself short. You are capable of
    doing great things, things that you never have believed were possible. Look at each day and recreate it anew. Do not strive for ordinary or
    second best, but strive for the best within you.”  Cheung’s simple style of setting forth sound principles for effective financial management
    lends itself to introspection and thoughtful study.
             This is a book that once read through, will function as a practical handbook for reference and reflection as to functioning in
    general and specific arenas of financial management.  Some of the best advice set forth is, “You can’t anticipate and compensate for
    every possible mistake you may make or each surprise obstacle that may appear in your way, but you can focus on taking one step at a
    time toward your ultimate goal.”  Good advice and a good reference book.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    This is an undeniably insightful and enlightening read. Using th

    This is an undeniably insightful and enlightening read. Using the strategies he learned from the Chinese General Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Michael Cheung applies this knowledge to our modern economy. This does not have the dry, didactic tone of many books on the economy, nor the patronizingly simple get-rich-quick ideas of other money-making books. Instead it is a clear and concise explanation of how to succeed and what pitfalls to avoid.

    The opening pages alone demonstrate the perfect mind-set for anyone looking to make more out of the skills that they have. Although this is a short book, Cheung somehow manages to cover all bases, from avoiding exhaustion and depression to knowing how and when to tackle your competitor. He makes it clear that if you want to succeed in the world of money then you will have to make sacrifices, supporting the future rather than funding present whims. He emphasises that the best results come from a project that you can commit to with your head and your heart, showing that a passion is only worthwhile if you can find a niche or demand for it.

    While reading this book I found myself considering my own situation, how I could improve it and where I want it to ultimately lead. Cheung’s writing is effective in both creating understanding and inspiration. Each strategy is clarified with a real life example, ensuring that the reader is not left behind or unclear on any point. A good non-fiction writer is not someone who merely teaches a lesson, it is someone who demonstrates their point of view and makes you apply it to your own life, allowing you to reap the rewards. Cheung has certainly done this and I would recommend The Art of Making Money to anyone who is thinking about starting a new venture, feeling unfulfilled in their current situation or simply looking for more ways to succeed.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    Financial advice can sometimes come from the most unlikely of sources

    I have read The Art of War (link to the book) and have seen the principles applied to many business strategy and management, but have never read of The Art of War being applied to money management. Michael Cheung’s book, Sun Tzu & The Art of Making Money actually shows that the esoteric (but highly insightful) can be applied to how you manage your money. In this book, the author selects certain sections of the book and discusses how it can be applied to business, finance, and life. Overall, the book does a decent job of demonstrating that money and money-related issues can be gleaned from the classic book in a clear and concise manner that readers should easily relate to. For me, the strongest example of this can be found on page 20, where the author provides excellent examples how to use SMART goals in a way that is consistent with the Art of War’s philosophy. Instead of using the same language that I’ve seen countless authors use in describing how to use SMART, Michal Cheung’s discussions on Sun Tzu’s verse allows for a more concrete and realistic discussion about goal-planning. This is one of the book’s strongest points. There are only really two problems with this great book, which I believe can be fixed with a little more polishing, organization and focus. The book’s title suggests that the book will be focused on money-making opportunities and strategies, like how to save or invest money. While this is a part of the book, the book covers a much broader range of topics than jobs, or business. It is actually more of a book about decision-making and how to approach situations. The other thing that needs polishing is the organization. Rather than simply choosing certain verses and providing commentary on them, the author should focus more on providing organization around themes instead of choosing verses and making commentary. That would make it more user-friendly. Also, some sections of the book are weak and need more detail. For example, on page 13, examples are given of a person’s career as an example of a principle from the Art of War, but no solution is provided. Readers who are coming to this book are looking for solutions and answers on how they can apply the insight gleaned from the author; therefore the content needs to be geared for that purpose. Other than that, I believe this is a good book to peruse and come back to as you work with issues and strategies involving financial and business decisions in my life. I am adding it to my personal collection of books to review from time to time in order to keep my life and business on the best course I know how. After reading it, I have a new found-respect for The Art of War and what it can add to my life. I particularly recommend this book for two groups of people: 1. Readers of business strategy books who are looking for additional principles to guide their business and financial strategies 2. Fans of the Art of War (and similar books) who want to explore an additional dimension of the Art of War

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    Posted January 15, 2013

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