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Rich Dad Poor Dad [Kindle Edition]

Robert T. Kiyosaki
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Book Description

Anyone stuck in the rat-race of living paycheck to paycheck, enslaved by the house mortgage and bills, will appreciate this breath of fresh air. Learn about the methods that have created more than a few millionaires. This is the first abridged miniature edition of Rich Dad Poor Dad. The full-length edition has sold millions as a New York Times bestseller. As proven by the runaway success of The Secret and like titles, changing one’s thinking to influence one’s fortune sells big, and forms the basis of rich dad’s advice. Learn to think like a rich dad and let your money work for you!


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Personal-finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective through exposure to a pair of disparate influences: his own highly educated but fiscally unstable father, and the multimillionaire eighth-grade dropout father of his closest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his "poor dad" (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, were never quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his "rich dad" (that "the poor and the middle class work for money," but "the rich have money work for them"). Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter, lays out his the philosophy behind his relationship with money. Although Kiyosaki can take a frustratingly long time to make his points, his book nonetheless compellingly advocates for the type of "financial literacy" that's never taught in schools. Based on the principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results than even the best of traditional jobs, it explains how those assets might be acquired so that the jobs can eventually be shed. --Howard Rothman

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Reissuing a self-published best seller.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Plata Publishing; 1 edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XZR63M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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599 of 618 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent points from a self-promoter October 15, 2004
Format:Paperback
When he isn't engaged in his nearly incessant showboating, Kiyosaki actually gets down to some practical, all be it general, guidance on how to think about money:

* Probably the greatest insight is how to think about assets and liabilities. A million accountants scream in anguish, but a primary residence, with a large mortgage, high taxes and high fixed costs to top it off, is not an "asset" for Kiyosaki because it doesn't produce a positive cash flow. Instead, he lists several items, such as rental property, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, business partnerships with limited involvement, promissory notes and royalties (p. 89), that generate money and should be invested in.

* Don't get into large debt positions for non-necessities. Buy your luxury items for cash (p. 176). This is part of any sound financial planning and is taken to its logical endpoint by the authors of "The Millionaire Next Door."

* Watch out for the tax effect of your sales of real estate. In this sense, the book is out of date, since the tax laws were changed in the late 90s to permit up to $250,000 in capital gains ($500,000 for married couples) from the sale of a primary residence be exempt from federal tax, under certain circumstances. No longer must you rely on the 1031 "trading up" provision he describes, at least not exclusively.

* Fear can be utilized as a great motivator to act, as opposed to fear causing you to be a deer in the headlights of life.

However, before we all run off to leverage real estate to become gentlepeople of leisure, let's try to remember a few things.

* This book is written for one reason: to be earn the author money.
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3,721 of 4,090 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money or time October 15, 2000
Format:Paperback
I know this book was a best-seller and has a 4.5 star average on Amazon. This does not make it good, and I will explain why.
First, most people focus on his inspiration and pointing out that you need to save money instead of spending it. To put it bluntly, "Duh." To be more constructive, there are much better books on this subject - for instance, "Your Money or Your Life." It's easy to spout platitudes about why you should save, but Kiyosaki doesn't tell you how.
Second, his real estate advice. Kiyosaki emphasizes making money in real estate, since it seems clear that is how he made his fortune. But he does a terrible job explaining that as well. People have lost fortunes in real estate; Donald Trump went from being a billionaire to losing most of his empire. It isn't easy. Kiyosaki himself says that winners learn from their failures; where are his failures?
Perhaps he should refer people to other books about real estate, but one of the books he recommends was written by a man who had a half-million dollars in tax liens filed against him and declared bankruptcy - all before "Rich Dad" was written. That isn't exactly the kind of advice I was looking for!
Third, experts in the fields he talks about generally agree that his advice is bad. A review by an experienced real estate professional is here: [...] His advice on making money via IPOs is completely wrong; you can't invest that little money so close to the IPO filing for such a large discount. It just isn't done that way.
Fourth, his emphasis on making money. I like money, don't get me wrong. Like most people reading this review, I'd like to be a millionaire. But, I think, there is an underlying current of meanness in Kiyosaki's book.
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1,022 of 1,125 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring to some, misleading and dangerous to most April 26, 2005
By Student
Format:Paperback
For the most part, it seems that people either love or hate the book and now having read it, I think I understand why. Most likely it seems that it depends on your personal situation and knowledge prior to reading the book.

I think that if you were someone who was just making ends meet, using all of your salary to support your lifestyle (in Kiyosakian parlance, buying "liabilities") and doing little to save and invest (buying "assets"), I can see that this book might serve as a wake up call and can inspire and motivate people to look for ways to possibly change their situation. Furthermore, the book's various claims, (however misleading or unrealistic as I point out below) plays right into such people's desires to learn the "secret of success" of the rich that if only they knew, they could quit (or abandon their plans) to go to school, quit their jobs and just invest and live off of investments the rest of their lives without working.

OTOH, if like many of us, you were making a good salary WORKING but spending responsibly (i.e. limiting "liabilities) and meanwhile trying to invest aggressively as much as we know how to do based on our unique circumstances and preferences (buying "assets"), the book really provides no substance and stretches credibility. For us, you don't need inspiration and what specific info the book provides is either dated, incorrect, or misleading. Also for many of us, we didn't read it realizing ahead of time that it was entirely a motivational book rather than a "methods" book since the title alludes to "methods" that that rich possess that we of humbler backgrounds lack.

This book makes fantastic claims.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected!
Published 4 hours ago by Courtney Paterno
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
I definitely recommend this book. I love the way he writes and express his point of views. Also great ideas of how to start living better.
Published 18 hours ago by M. Moreira
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invitation to Break Free
To me, this book is frightening. While many in education and the world encourage finding a secure job and working for money, Kiyosaki invites us to break out of this mindset and... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Ammonalma321
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch
I can't believe how looking at money as employees will make you want to keep them and make them work for you. This book changed my life and was very clear and easy to understand
Published 1 day ago by Andrew Aquino
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, concise
I love how Robert clearly explained how we are programmed to be employees. I also like his discussion at to how fear motivates us to pick seemingly safe financial choices, but I... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ann Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is amazing. I learned so much from this. Actually, I'm not poor anymore.
Published 2 days ago by German Bobadilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and follow
Easy to read and follow. As most investment books, this has mostly the same information. Either way, still a great read.
Published 2 days ago by AG368
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Knowledge Share
i wish i read this 14 years ago. this book is the real deal in generating multiple streams of income.
Published 2 days ago by AdriellaAnderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of the greatest books on learning to manage your finances!
Published 4 days ago by Dakota Wessel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
Great little read. Nice and short and simple. Something to start off with and explore.
Published 4 days ago by Jay
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