In his book, Wealth, is it Worth it , Mr. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chic-fil-A, has provided us with a wisdom he has accumulated over a lifetime. Truett does not present this as a researched treatise but rather as a series of vignettes which answers the question whether our efforts (or any effort) to accumulate wealth, is worth it. It is obvious from the beginning of the book; Truett’s Christian faith is the framework on which he answers this question. Throughout the book and illustrations, the answer seems to be a strongly qualified yes. The qualification to the question centers on the motive for obtaining the wealth and then, what will be done with it once someone has it. Truett also discusses the dangers of having it without any intention or plan to help others with that wealth. Either a person uses it to help others or the wealth ultimately erodes way at their humanity in one way or another. Truett also discusses other tangential subjects such as the virtue of hard work, whether it is worthwhile to grow a business and the circumstance for when debt can or should be used to accomplish such objectives. There was only one example that he gave where I questioned his conclusion. He talked about a former employee who wanted to leave Chick-fil-A because he was “burned out”. The employee was a long time manager. Truett asked him (the employee) how much time he was spending at the restaurant. The employee stated only about four hours per day. Truett concluded that had he spent more time at the restaurant, the employee would be more connected and would not be experiencing burn out. I am not sure this conclusion can or should have been drawn. Maybe the employee experienced burn out and then stopped going the restaurant as a result of the burnout? Again, this was only one of dozens of illustrations and conclusions that Truett discussed in the book. I think Truett is an awesome role model for anyone who is interested in having one. He has achieved that status and is now at a place in his life where he seemingly does not have to care what anyone thinks about him or his personal philosophy. It is my general impression that he does not even care that much about his legacy. He seems to be satisfied speaking what he believes to be truth and nothing more. I believe he is attempting to give the rest of us, a layman’s version of the owner’s manual, at least for this one chapter. Even if you don’t agree with his final conclusions, you will come away from the read with a renewed perspective concerning Christian charity and how anyone can and should apply it, with or without being wealthy. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the important questions in life! This book review was written by ChristianPF reader Wade Druin. Related Articles: Rethinking Netflix: Is it Worth it? The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create Wealth & Purpose Book Review Delayed gratification – Is it worth it? Is a college degree still worth it? Buying life insurance for your parents: Is it wise? Is it wrong? Government redistribution of wealth: Is it right? Financial Purity | Book Review This article was written by a Guest Author. If you would like to write a guest post for our personal finance blog , you can find out how here . As a thank you for subscribing to our newsletter you can download our quick eBook ” 25 Ways To Save Money in 2011 ” for FREE! The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
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