The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon's Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness

by Steven K Scott


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ISBN-13: 9780385516662
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/21/2006
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 74,681
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

STEVEN K. SCOTT, a writer, producer, director, and marketing entrepreneur, is the cofounder of American Telecast Corporation. Along with his partners, he has created more than a dozen businesses that have achieved billions of dollars in sales. He has authored five international bestsellers and is a popular national speaker on the subject of personal and professional achievement.

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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived

By Steven K. Scott

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Chapter One


How the Richest Man Who Ever Lived Can Make You Happier, More Successful, and Wealthier

Imagine going from a below-average wage to a personal income of more than $600,000 per month! Imagine losing nine jobs in your first six years after college, and then, on your tenth job, building more than a dozen multimillion-dollar businesses from scratch, achieving sales of billions of dollars. Imagine doing all of this by following specific steps taught by Solomon in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs. In a nutshell, that is my personal story. Now think about it:

Before: Earned less than half of the income of the average American wage earner.

After: Income rose from $18,000 per year to more than $7 million.

Before: Diagnosed a hopeless corporate failure with a success rate of 0 percent.

After: A twenty-nine-year career success rate of over 60 percent in an industry where the average success rate is under 1 percent.

And just as convincing to me is what happened when I acted contrary to Solomon's advice. On three occasions, I violated three of his warnings and lost millions of dollars through bad investment decisions. Had I followed Solomon's advice, I would not have lost a penny. Iignored his advice on relationships and watched one of the happiest marriages in America fall apart. Then, following Solomon's advice on relationships, my marriage was restored and today is happier than ever!

If following Solomon's advice had worked only a few times in the course of my life, we could call it coincidence. If ignoring his advice and warnings had resulted in a few minor setbacks, we could call it chance. But when following his advice has created such significant personal, business, and financial success year after year for me and for countless others, and failing to heed his warnings has caused heartbreaking personal and financial disasters, even the heartiest skeptic must admit what wise men and kings and queens the world over once acknowledged-that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived.

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, Solomon reveals "laws of living" that invisibly govern all aspects of life.

Every time you step on board an airliner, the physical laws of gravity and aerodynamics govern your ultimate destiny. If your pilot and the airplane operate in accordance with those laws, you will safely arrive at your destination. If for any reason whatsoever they do not operate in accordance with those laws, you will return to the ground, one way or another. It doesn't matter how you feel about these laws, whether you love them or hate them, whether you choose to ignore them or not; they still exist and they will govern your flight. Fortunately, pilots, aeronautical engineers, and aircraft designers fully understand these laws, and thus they are able to use them to great advantage. They are able to build and fly aircraft that move us quickly, safely, and comfortably to our destinations. If they were ignorant of these laws, no airplanes would be able to fly.

Just as there are physical laws that govern the universe, there are laws of living that are just as sure and true. It doesn't matter if you love them or hate them, they still exist, and they will govern your life. Solomon reveals these laws in the biblical Book of Proverbs, and more important, shows us how to use them to our advantage. The laws of gravity and aerodynamics have always existed, but until they were learned and understood, they kept the entire human race on the ground; once they were discovered, they became the very basis for achieving human flight.

The laws of living are as old as human life itself. Being ignorant of them only restricts your ability to achieve genuine happiness, fulfillment, purpose, and success. Many people act in accordance with some of these laws coincidentally, without knowing or understanding them, and they gain a level of success or happiness by doing so. But more often than not, ignorance of these laws creates insurmountable barriers to sustained success and fulfillment. On the other hand, those who learn these laws and how to use them in their flight through life will achieve a level of purpose, success, and happiness that others can only dream of. The purpose-driven life will become the purpose-accomplished life.

The Prayer of Solomon

Solomon was born around 974 B.C. and was installed as King of Israel by his father, David, shortly before David died. Solomon was twelve years old. Solomon was terrified of ruling Israel, afraid that he didn't have the wisdom to do so. According to the Old Testament, God appeared to Solomon and asked him what he wanted. Solomon answered, asking only for wisdom and knowledge so that he could rightly judge the great people of Israel (I Kings 3:9; II Chronicles 1:10). God then told Solomon that because he had not asked for riches, wealth, honor, the life of his enemies, nor a longer life for himself, He would give Solomon more wisdom, knowledge, riches, wealth, and honor than any king before him or any king that would come after him. What was promised was delivered. Solomon's wisdom, success, and wealth increased beyond imagination. In terms of wealth, some have suggested that in today's dollars, he may well have been a "trillionaire." In addition to his gold reserves worth hundreds of billions of dollars in today's market, he owned 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots, and kept 12,000 horsemen on his payroll. Rulers of nations throughout the world sought his advice, and paid dearly for it. However, by the middle of his life, he began to violate the laws of living, its principles and strategies that he so wisely articulated in the Book of Proverbs; as he did, his success and happiness vaporized. Fortunately for us, he recorded many of his laws for living in the Book of Proverbs.

Cracking the Solomon Code

Although each Proverb provides an obvious insight, often the real treasure of a Proverb is buried deep beneath its surface. Solomon implores us in chapter 2, verse 4, to search for wisdom and knowledge as we would search for silver or buried treasure. To do this, we must often look deeper beneath the surface, at the background of the Proverb, its context, and even nuances of the Hebrew words that make up the original text of Proverbs. In many cases, we can find added treasure by looking at the converse meaning of a Proverb. And last, but not least, we must look at the broader spirit of the Proverb and not just the narrow meaning of the literal statement. As we do this, we not only discover Solomon's laws for living, we find the silver and buried treasure he talked about-treasure that will last beyond our lifetime.

I'm not the only person who has achieved his impossible dreams by following Solomon's strategies. I love reading biographies of those who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments, both in modern times and throughout history. As I have studied their lives, I have discovered that their successes, too, were realized by actions and attitudes that reflected Solomon's teachings, even though some may have never read his writings. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison were all readers of Proverbs in their youth. But even in looking at the lives of modern icons such as Bill Gates, Sam Walton, Helen Keller, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey, we see that they have achieved their impossible dreams by doing the very things that Solomon advises each of us to do. I've also seen disasters befall men, companies, and nations when they acted contrary to Solomon's admonitions. Adolf Hitler was able to bewitch an entire nation because they ignored Solomon's warnings. America was caught off guard at Pearl Harbor. Recently, the executives of America's seventh-largest corporation drove it into the largest corporate bankruptcy in American history. All of these events were brought about by violating a handful of Solomon's admonitions.

What Can Solomon's Wisdom Do for You?

So what can Solomon's insights and teachings do for your career, your relationships, and your personal life? No matter what you think they can do, they can do infinitely more. Here are just a few of the rewards Solomon says you can look forward to when you follow his advice.

The Benefits of Solomon's Strategies
• Knowledge
• Discretion
• Good judgment
• Preservation and protection
• Success
• Better health
• Longer life
• Honor
• Financial abundance
• Favor of those in authority
• Commendation and promotions
• Financial independence
• Confidence
• Strength of character
• Courage
• Extraordinary achievement
• Personal fulfillment
• Great relationships
• A truly meaningful life
• Love and admiration of others
• Understanding
• True wisdom

Solomon gives us powerful strategies and life-changing tactics for achieving extraordinary outcomes.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that what you're about to read is simply a collection of general principles and poetic platitudes. Solomon was far too wise to waste his time and yours with such meaningless generalities. His writings provide precise steps that can be taken in your personal and professional life to produce astounding results. In this book, I focus on the strategies and steps articulated in the biblical Book of Proverbs that I have applied to the business, personal, and financial areas of my own life. After we examine Solomon's advice in each chapter, I will then offer some simple techniques that I have used to implement his advice in my daily life.

At the conclusion of each chapter, I've added a section called "Knowledge to Wisdom," with specific exercises to enable you to apply Solomon's advice in a practical and powerful way. Do this, and you will begin to experience a greater level of success and personal fulfillment than you have ever imagined. No matter how successful you may be right now, your future is about to get a whole lot better. Let the adventure begin!

CHAPTER 2The Key to Winning Every Race
Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings.
-Proverbs 22:29

Become the One in a Thousand Who Achieves Incredible Outcomes
In any endeavor we undertake, or any goal we pursue, we can experience outcomes that are incredible, great, good, okay, poor, terrible, or catastrophic. In my fifty-plus years, I have experienced all of these outcomes personally, professionally, and financially. Studying the lives of many of history's most successful people, I discovered that they, too, have experienced the gamut of these outcomes in one or more areas of their lives. But in the areas of their greatest achievements, without exception, they have achieved incredible outcomes. And every one of them achieved their incredible outcomes because they learned and utilized one simple, yet incredibly powerful, skill. This skill was their key to achieving their impossible dreams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Clara Barton, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg are just a few of the people who have used it. The fact is, whenever it is used, it ultimately produces incredible outcomes. Moreover, incredible outcomes are almost never achieved without it.

Unfortunately, less than one in a thousand people fully utilize it. The good news is that it is a skill that can be easily learned. And it can be used by anyone, regardless of their background, education, or IQ.

I'm talking about the skill of diligence. Most people think they understand what diligence means, but nothing could be further from the truth. When Solomon talks about diligence, he's talking about a trait that is as rare as a ten-carat diamond. The reason it's so rare is that true diligence runs contrary to human nature.

We all have traits that are part of the human condition. These traits produce our natural drives, inclinations, strengths, and weaknesses. Diligence, however, is not one of them. In fact, the trait common to all humans is our desire or drive for instant gratification. We want as much as we can get, as fast as we can get it, with as little effort as possible. That is our nature. We all have a natural inclination to follow the path of least resistance. Fortunately, despite our natural inclination, we can choose to follow a path of greater resistance and become diligent in the pursuit of any endeavor, project, or goal. And if you develop the kind of diligence that Solomon refers to, you can achieve incredible outcomes in any important area of your life.

Solomon's Concept of Diligence (It's Not What You Think)

My computer dictionary describes diligence as "a persistent and hard-working effort in doing something." I love the word "persistent"; persistence is certainly a part of diligence. "Hard-working," on the other hand, is not the most accurate term to use when trying to understand Solomon's meaning. I'd prefer to use the phrase "smart-working." If I need to cut down a tree and try to cut it down with a hammer, that would be hard-working, but it certainly would not be diligent. It could take me hours, even days, to chop down a tree with a hammer. On the other hand, if I use a chain saw I might cut that same tree down in minutes. I would not be working nearly as hard, but I'd be working a lot smarter. My computer software lists the following words as synonyms of diligence: meticulousness, conscientiousness, thoroughness, and carefulness. Although all of these qualities are important aspects of diligence, they do not fully convey Solomon's meaning.

To fully understand what Solomon meant by the word "diligent," we need to add those qualities to Solomon's words found in Proverbs 20:11: "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether it be right." The key words here are "pure" and "right." Solomon uses the word "pure" not just in the sense of a moral or ethical value, but rather about work in its purest form. It's more akin to a mining term than an ethical term.


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Table of Contents

1How the Richest Man Who Ever Lived Can Make You Happier, More Successful, and Wealthier1
2The Key to Winning Every Race9
3The Activity That Creates Extraordinary Success29
4Solomon's Power Secret for Turning Dreams into Reality41
5The Key That Opens Any Door51
6The Great Accelerator: The Key to Maximum Success in Minimum Time71
7The Happiness Secret95
8The Four Qualities That Make You Invaluable105
9Winning and Resolving Every Conflict121
10Turning Your Worst Enemy into Your Best Friend143
11Overcoming the Most Destructive Force in Relationships161
12Disarming the "Booby Traps" to Success177
13The Single Biggest Cause of Financial Loss193
14Defeating the Enemy of Happiness and Success209
15Solomon's Foundation for Success225
16Partnering with the Ultimate Mentor245

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is easily one of the top 3 books I've read. It has sound wisdom, great insight, incredible clarity and specific detail into how and why Solomon was the wisest and richest man ever. This book is not about getting rich, it's about getting wise. Anyone seeking personal growth on a higher level and anyone with a desire to expand their sphere of influence and success will love this book, it is an absolute must have. I would gladly rate this book among the top leadership books out there including those written by John Maxwell, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, and James Allen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will change your life for the better...Great positive book on God's golden rules. Easy to read, makes total sense of what we actually do daily but helps us be reminded to consider the Big Picture. You will be surprised of what great things you already do and how you can even make them a little bit better....easily..and feel better about yourself. The wisdom of the book and how to obtain it is very simple..and how God wants it. You are blessed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, and it is easy for everyone to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book summarizes all of the universal success principles but I think it's so neat that its source is the Source of all principles itself, the Bible. It is written in a very easy-to-read format and is worth several read-throughs!
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I initially saw Steven K. Scott promoting his book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon¿s Secrets to Success, Wealth and Happiness during a TV interview in 2006. I went back and forth whether to review this book for free through the Blogging for Books program, yet wanting to dive deeper into the book of Proverbs I decided to go for it. Initially I used the book for a topical bible study of our young adults, but after going through the first few chapters I found it quite repetitive and lacking the depth I was hoping for, so I used it as a catalyst for my study instead of using it for its content. Scott initially has some really great insights on how to find wisdom and understanding in Proverbs which I thought were very good, but I personally found myself more interested in his personal story than Solomon¿s supposed secrets he was offering to me as the reader. I really don¿t like to view the Bible as a how to be successful, wealthy and happy book and I¿m not saying that was the author¿s intent, but I just thought it was presented that way. For example here were some titles of the chapters: How the Richest Man Who Ever Lived Can Make You Happier, More Successful, and Wealthier The Key that Opens Any Door The Key to Maximum Success in Minimum Time Personally, I¿m just tired of the Bible being presented in this way and I could honestly do without sermons, books, cd¿s and dvd¿s being all about how ¿I¿ can be happier, richer and successful. The Christian life has so much more to offer us than what this temporary life has to offer.
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This is a easy to read practical book that will change your life. Follow the guidelines and experience Steve Scott has written out following the principals of the Book of Proverbs and you will be successful.
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