For months, one of my closest friends, confidants, and advisors, Brittany Maul kept pushing me to read this book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I kept telling her I was going to but I never did. Finally, toward the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012, I was in a book buying mood so I decided I would purposefully purchase some books about topics I was either curious or passionate about: motivating people, marketing, and finances. I was passionate about the first two but I was only curious about finances. I didn’t know that much about money. I just knew that it was good for you. Kind of like vegetables or telling the truth. I didn’t know why it was good for you, I just knew it was. But I digress; I went on iBooks and purchased my 3 books. The one on finance was the one that B. Maul had suggested I read. It was only $10 so I figured I had nothing but a Sam Adams 6-Pack to lose but I had a ton to gain. I had no clue how right I was.
Rich Dad Poor Dad is changing the way I think about my financial life. I’m writing this post on Thursday at 5:30 PM. I have 220 pages to go. I’ve been up since 4:30AM but I bet I won’t go to sleep before I finish this book tonight. That $10 is nothing in comparison to what I know I’m going to get from reading this. Shoot, halfway through the book, I’ve learned more about money than I was ever taught by my parents. And it’s not because they weren’t trying to teach me. They didn’t know. Just like most of your parents don’t know. And most of their parents didn’t know. The school system doesn’t teach you how to be an employer. It teaches you to be an employee. It teaches you to work for your employer, your government, and your bank. His explanations of assets, liabilities, income, and expenses surpass anything I was ever taught in my accounting classes or at a bank. Kiyosaki doesn’t give solutions. He gives you ways to think about your problems so that you can break the cycle of ignorance and build wealth for generations to come through intelligence.
I really wish I could tell you everything I learned so far from Robert Kiyosaki’s rich and poor dads but I won’t ruin the book for you. Just know that, if you want to mature quickly financially, you need to read this book. That’s not me saying you will get rich quick. That’s me saying you will grow so that you can develop wealth. Don’t be poor minded. Think rich. Be rich. Buy this book.