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  1. Talent was the name of a coin in ancient times and those who had a lot of talent, or money, then-just as it is now-were indeed the ones who saved and invested gainfully. Before making a long journey, the Bible says, a rich man called three of his servants and "unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one."

    He that received the five talents went and traded with the same, and gained another five talents. And likewise, he that had received two, also gained another two. But he that received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

    After a long time the master of those three men returned, and reckoned with them. He that had received five talents came and showed another five talents, saying, "My lord, you delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained five talents more."
    The master said unto him,"Well done...I will make thee ruler over many things." The master was also pleased with the man who had doubled his two talents. "Well done... I will make thee too ruler of many things." These two men would now lead a more joyous life. They were talented!

    Then the man who had received the one talent came to his master and said, "Lord, I was afraid and went and hid thy talent in the earth: here take what is yours." The master answered and told him, "You wicked and slothful servant... you ought to have put my money to the exchangers and at my return I should have received it with interest."

    Obviously, this man had no talent. "Take therefore the talent from him and give it unto him which hath ten talents," the master then ordered. "And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness."
    -MATTHEW 25: 14-30 in the Bible.

    Learning lesson from this story I purchased the bestseller "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.- My first investment towards investing.
    What was your first investment towards investing?

  2. 20 Comments:

    1. Dave said...

      My first investment was in buying a notepad to create a budget in so I would stop spending needlessly. Once that was done, the rest fell into place.

    2. Sandy said...

      I let my husband take care of it. Liked your post today...


    3. My first investment was buying a pc through interest free loan ;)
      It helped me not only in online trading :)
      Nice post

    4. Meenu said...

      Wonderful post! I just loved it.
      My first investment towards investing is knowledge. I need have gained that reading ur post .. thanks for this wonderful post .
      Well as for money , nothing much from my side as my parents handle my money I do not think of it at least for some time ……

    5. Sunil said...

      Yes!! Now I remember, a notepad was my first investment too.

      Thanks a lot. Hope my wife would also be interested in numbers & account keeping. :D

      Free loan??? that sounds interesting.:D

      Thank you dear. :)
      As i'm about to enter the professional world I want to be self dependent in financial matters.

    6. Stacey said...

      Good evening Sunil,
      What an interesting post and very thought provoking.
      Mine are a few things but recently a computer, ok I have not financially gained anything, but I have gained knowledge, does this count Sunil? I think in some ways if you have got knowledge then you are on the best path leading in the right direction(if that makes sense) ...

    7. krystyna said...

      Hi Sunil!
      My first investment was education. Good school, practice, good books and looking how masters working.

      Very smart post and good example.

      Good luck and blessings!

    8. Sam said...

      My investment would be purchasing an electricity inverter so that I can sleep properly at night, go back to the office fresh the next day, work hard and get promoted for a better pay!! :P

    9. Megha said...

      My first investment was(is) my time towards my PhD. It's going to be a few years before I reap any benefits. :-). By the way I'm putting a link to your blog on my blog. I hope that's okay.

    10. Sunil said...

      Knowledge is the greatest gain dear.
      In the end everything boils down to knowledge.
      Have a nice time.

      Thank you dear.

      Hahaha. You are definitely an intelligent investor. :D

      Ph.d! Now that really is an intelligent investment & it definitely requires loads of Grey matter. :d

      Take Care!

    11. Hmmm investment!I am still a long shot away from it :)

      Nice post!

    12. Wondrful post though investment is a long lost dream yet, great to meet you here

    13. gunj said...

      my first investmnt ummmm....i guess were a few gud books as well!!

    14. krystyna said...

      Happy Earth Day!

    15. Sandy said...

      Good Luck!!!! On those exams tomorrow!!!


    16. pink ginger said...

      Hi Sunil, to learn / read about how to invest at your young age, you're on the right track.

      A wise investor needs knowledge, info, planning and must be willing to take some risk.

      I would like to recommend you a very good book - "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
      Everyone should read this book.

    17. My dear friend, first of all ‘all the best for your exams’!
      I am pretty sure you are already making your marks ….and shall come up with flying colors (amen)

    18. S.Ghosh said...

      hi sunil,
      thats a very intelligent post i admit and so your step toward it ....

    19. Siladitya said...

      Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

      and theme from an earlier book?

      Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003

      CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.

      Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.

      Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.

      Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.

      Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007

      Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.

    20. Haiku Poems said...

      I very much appreciated ur blog about comments on every book.
      Haiku Poems

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