RICH & LOST IN PROSPERIA, A TROPICAL TALE OF MARKET ECONOMICS
ISBN: 978-1936107-72-8, 1-936107-72-4
September 30, 2010
Mill City Press
Rating: 4 Cups
His island home of Prosperia is rich with artisans, musicians, and tourists, and Richy has come upon an idea to bring all of those together. He is excited to finally try his hand at being his own boss, but has no real idea how to get started.
Making money, and lots of it, is Losto’s main goal when he decides to go out on his own. With some advice from a friend and local businessman, Losto gets ready to launch into his first business venture.
Richy starts out slowly by borrowing a tent from a local artist, and soon learns that setting up shop is not quite as straight forward as he had anticipated. He needs help in understanding the ins and outs of the market, and is lucky enough to be referred to Professor Kerischu, a real guru in the world of economics. While Richy is treading carefully through his entrepreneurial enterprise, Losto is moving full steam ahead, and opens shop after shop by bringing in merchandise from a neighboring island. At first Losto makes a killing on his cheap imports, but as time passes his disillusionment with the tourist industry and the men he is in business with wears on him financially and emotionally.
If you can do what you love and love what you do and make money at it, you have really hit the jackpot, and this is made quite evident by the stories of these two young men. Richy’s friendship with the professor is like having a personal financial advisor, and he learns how to manage a business while doing something he loves. With Losto, we get to learn the pitfalls of moving too fast, and while you may see a quick return, the long term prospects are not nearly as satisfying. This book is a great resource for anyone who would like a better understanding of basic economics, and have it laid out in a fun, friendly, and easy to read manner.
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