Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki originally came out in 1997, yet it felt more relevant than ever as I read it in the summer of 2019.

The USA that Kiyosaki describes, where most people suffer because they never learned financial literacy at home or in school, still exists today and may be even more apparent as income inequality continues to rise.Although Kiyosaki uses the terms “rich” and “poor”, he does not say it’s a matter of making a million dollars every year. It’s about having money work for you, as opposed to working for money.

I found this book surprisingly refreshing and insightful because it showed me that we do not have to feel like money rules our lives. We do not have to live check-to-check or in debt. But it starts with our mindset and relationship to money. This book served as a great starting point for me to widen my perspective, practice resourcefulness, develop financial discipline, and of course, make money work for me. Here are some of my quotes and notes from the book:

The rich don’t work for money. They make money work for them and work for learning, freedom, impact, etc.Money is a means to an end not an end in and of itself\”A job is a short term solution for a long term problem”

Life is a game that constantly gives feedback we could learn from if we pay attention\”Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die”
My future self will appreciate my present self for investing in stocks, personal development, and generally delayed gratification
“Profit is made when I buy not when I sell”
“I can’t afford it” is a sign of mental laziness. Instead, ask, “How can I afford it?”
“My poor dad would also say,’I’m not interested in money,’ or ‘Money doesn’t matter. ‘ My rich dad always said, ‘Money is power.’

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