When I was a member of Toast Masters, I read a small book called Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks. Essentially, it was about three teenage brothers who conveyed stories from personal experience of common financial worries and insecurities that many Americans face and provided simple steps to achieve success. These young men have spent their childhood performing household chores and yard work such as pulling weeds for a couple extra bucks, while at the same time developing and presenting marketing plans, practicing entrepreneur skills, and investing in their future. That is where the title of the book comes from. The title is ironic due to the fact that these boys started out as teenagers doing petty chores to earn several extra bucks and went to become exceptionally successful business men earning millions of dollars.
Firstly, these three brothers have outlined and underscored the basis to becoming wealthy through easy-to-follow guidelines for such things as budget worksheets, work ethics, and tithing. By practicing these strategies and techniques, they claim you’ll start seeing an increase in prosperity in your life.
In addition, I found the book to be very informative. It instructs people how to use credit cards responsibly, what to do when in debt and how to get out of it. It also tells us how we can more efficiently account for our income and the proper ways to make investments and manage our money. These self-motivated boys supply us with realistic and sensible information meant to aid us in becoming prosperous in life. I believe the best advice I learned from this book, is to create high standards to live by, to set goals, to write a personal business plan, and most importantly, to believe in yourself.
In conclusion, “Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks” can be summarized as a book intended to educate its readers on the topics of business, industry, markets, finance, investments, and above all, self motivation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or wants to have an entrepreneur mentality. A memorable quote from this book which sums up what the three brothers have to say is, “You have a brain, so use it.”