“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most.” – Theodore Parker
Rich Dad, Poor Dad was one of the books that has the biggest influence in my life. It didn’t only inspire me to control my finances, but it also changed my perception of things. Kiyosaki can be seen as an iconoclast, what he says makes sense but goes head-to-head with our traditional ideals. It was my first book on finance and that was all it took to sprout my interest in personal development, business and finance.
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” starts off talking about Kiyosaki’s childhood and how he met his Rich Dad. He has two dads, his real dad and rich dad (his best friend’s father). His real dad, a highly educated, high-ranking education officer gave his son advise on life: “go to school, get good grades, and then find a safe secure job”. Whereas his rich dad, who dropped out in elementary school, offered him advise to: “go to school, graduate, build businesses and become a successful investor”. Both dads had conflicting thoughts on the subject of finances, Kiyosaki eventually chose to follow his rich dad’s path as he saw how both dads ended up: His educated dad ended up in debt, had little time for his children during his working years, didn’t have enough funds to retire on; his rich dad built a business empire in Hawaii, spent lots of time with his children, left his wealth to his children, owned lots of properties.
The book simplifies finances in a story-telling way… too simplified, in fact, that some people do not agree with Robert Kiyosaki. It’s a book meant to inspire, not a how-to book. All in all, if the book opened up your mind to an alternate way of living, or make you aware of another possibility, then it has helped. It has for me, and I highly recommend you get a copy.