Lessons from the Carnegie Library

In my little town there is a wonderful Carnegie Library. It is still one of the nicest buildings in town. During a 40 year period between 1883 and 1929 the Carnegie fortune built over 2500 libraries around the world, most of them in the US.  These libraries did exactly what Andrew Carnegie, the man who gave away hundreds of millions of dollars to build them, wanted. He wanted lasting good to come of his money. When the last Carnegie library was built over half of the libraries in the US were built in whole or in part with his money. 

As a teenager living in Seattle in the 1960s I spent many hours in a Carnegie library there. It opened hundreds of doors to me. I learned far more at Carnegie’s library than I did during the same period in school. 

I do not know how many of these libraries are left. I hope that most of them are. They continue to provide sources of knowledge and entertainment to many people. 

Andrew Carnegie came to the US a very poor little boy. He became a steel magnate and became the richest man in the world. During the last decades of his life he busied himself with giving away most of that fortune. 

Happily Carnegie’s legacy lives on in many ways. The institutions he founded and paid for still serve us. Perhaps as important the idea that the rich have a duty to use their wealth for the common good has not died. To name a few Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have given away hundreds of billions of dollars to help other people. 

Thank you Andrew Carnegie for your generosity and your foresight. I think that each time I walk into your library in my town. 

Such is what can be done with True Wealth.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.