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Kam Williams Special to The Skanner News
Published: 13 October 2011

Author Ash Cash

"Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom" by Ash Cash
1 Brick Publishing, 242 pages
Paperback, $ 9.99
ISBN: 978-0-983-44860-0

 "If you are looking for a quick fix to your current financial issues, then this isn't the right book for you… this book was written to dispel the myth that hard work alone can send you on a path to financial freedom. It was written to correct the lie that money is the answer to all problems. Lastly, it was written to teach you how important the mind is in reaching your goals. … Successful people know that money doesn't make one financially free; they realize it's what they do with that money that makes it so."
-- Excerpted from the Introduction of "Mind Right, Money Right"

Given the frightening trajectory of the economy and the staggering unemployment numbers, the time is ripe for a self-help book with some decent financial advice. "Mind Right, Money Right" fits the bill, despite its being a derivative work ostensibly based on the seven tried-and-true investment principles originally delineated in "The Richest Man in Babylon," a classic from 1926 that this critic read many moons ago.

Written by business consultant and motivational speaker Ash Cash, this opus rehashes most of the "The Richest Man" advice, while adding a few fresh ideas of its own for good measure. Plus, the author breaks it all down in a fashion to make the material readily accessible to an African American audience by employing a few Ebonics-laden literary flourishes here and there.

But don't be deceived by chapter headings like "The Chitlin' Circuit," "Can't Knock the Hustle" and "Mo Money, Mo Problems." The words of wisdom disseminated here are fundamental financial notions followed for ages by success stories like billionaire Warren Buffett. Among Ash's 10 laws are such basic money-building concepts as "Budget Your Expenses," "Own Property," "Pay Yourself Before Your Bills" and "Make Your Money Work for You."

Part pep talk, part sage strategy, "Mind Right, Money Right" charts a plausible course to put almost anyone on a path to prosperity. Of course, it will ultimately be up to the reader to roll up his or her sleeves and do the necessary work. Relying on layman's terms, this how-to tome chronicles a conservative approach designed to lead to the sort of satisfying career, comfortable life and nice nest egg envisioned by anybody in search of the American Dream.

A proven, get-rich-gradually scheme for patient people. 
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