The 2 greatest money books ever written

Oh boy, I bet it’s something by Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, right? ‘Cause those guys know all about money.

Or, if you know me already, you probably think it’s a Dave Ramsey book. Better guess, but still not right.

Nope, the two greatest books on money ever written are:

The Three Little Pigs


The Tortoise and the Hare.

But I will credit Dave Ramsey with the idea for the second one. He does a talk where he describes having lunch with a billionaire mentor of his and the best advice he got from him was to read the Tortoise and the Hare.

"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."

So what do these two fairy tales have to do with money?

Very simple. Build your financial life like a brick house, and the big bad wolf can huff and puff all he wants. He won’t blow your house in. takes longer to build a house of out of bricks than it does out of straw or sticks.

Or as we read in Proverbs 28:20...”A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Or my favorite shorter version, “Get Rich Slow”.

If you combine the two stories, the tortoise would have built his house out of bricks. The hare would have built his house of straw.

So who is the big bad wolf?

"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in."

Big bad wolves come disguised as things like

  • Pandemic shutdowns (I’m writing this in April of 2020, which will be a famous month in history.)

  • Job loss even during “normal” economic times

  • Natural disasters

  • Devastating medical diagnoses