You have heard of some extraordinarily wealthy people who may have started out honestly enough, but somewhere along the way, turned to unethical and illegal means to achieve great wealth, in many cases hurting a great many people.
- Jeffrey Skilling, Enron’s former chief executive, was sentenced in October 2006 to more than 24 years in prison role in company’s collapse.
- John Rigas, founder of cable television company Adelphia Communications, convicted in 2004 of charges including securities and bank fraud. He is currently serving 12 years in prison. He was indicted in 2008 on additional charges of tax evasion.
- Timothy J. Rigas, Adelphia’s former CFO, convicted of same charges as his father and serving 17 years. He too was indicted on tax evasion charges in 2008.
- Bernard Ebbers, former chief of WorldCom, imprisoned in September 2006 on 25-year sentence for role in $11 billion accounting fraud that toppled his telecommunications company.
- Dennis Kozlowski, CEO of Tyco International, convicted in June 2005 and serving 8 1/3 to 25 years on charges including conspiracy, grand larceny and securities fraud.
- Bernard Madoff is serving 150 years in federal prison for turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars.
The book, WEALTH VIRTUES by James Ward, explains the ability for everyone to achieve wealth using something that the above folks failed to use – Virtues, specifically, the Thirteen Virtues of Benjamin Franklin.
Regardless of your income and current debt, WEALTH VIRTUES helps you attain wealth by
- Providing a cyclic path for increasing wealth called the Cycle of Positive Wealth©
- using Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues as a guide to help you stay on the path, and most importantly,
- redefining wealth as the ability to acquire more money than you spend, and save more money than you owe.
Many in the rogue’s gallery above may have used a cyclic path like the one described in WEALTH VIRTUES, and may have used their own definition of wealth as a goal. What they ultimately failed to do was to maintain any practice of virtue. For all they had gained in the past, their only real personal wealth now is what they have in their jail cells.
Real Wealth, the kind you help to define for yourself starts with the knowledge that the practice of virtues in your life will help you not only attain wealth, but keep it.
WEALTH VIRTUES by James Ward can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, as well as other online outlets including the Resource Store at WealthVirtues.com.
Ten percent of the author’s earnings will be donated to First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need.
Written by James Ward
Category: Personal Finance
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Paperback 160 pages
Retail Price: $11.95
Visit http://WealthVirtues.com for more information on the book, as well as useful tools and other recommended reading.
About the Author:
James Ward is wealthy. Not “John D. Rockefeller wealthy”, but rather has more money flowing in than flowing out. He is or has been a successful computer scientist, Coast Guardsman, Army Officer, analyst, musician, graphic designer, skier, manager for a defense contractor, business owner, and a writer. He is also a successful investor, but lives well within his means. As the owner of Poor Richard Web Press, he helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals succeed with their Internet marketing goals. He also helps other writers with free online marketing tools at BiblioScribe.com, and is a contributor to First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need. Although his savings and investments continue to grow from the continual practice of Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues while following the Cycle of Positive Wealth©, he realizes that his only true and most valuable treasure is his family.
Inquiries about the book can be sent to WealthVirtues@PRWP.com