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Rich Dad's Before You Quit Your Job: 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business Paperback – September 14, 2005

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In this follow-up to his bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki offers little substance and much fluff, forcing readers to wade through business cliches and unattributed statistics in order to find the few rough nuggets of entrepreneurial wisdom that make this book worth the asking price. Fear, Kiyosaki writes, is what separates employees from entrepreneurs. The latter are employees who have faced down their fears about job security and drawing their next paycheck and are willing to fail in order to be free. Kiyosaki's other maxims are decidedly less striking. Lesson 8, "What Is the Job of the Business Leader?", depends upon a triangular "team-leadership-mission" diagram that is an amalgam of current business book gimmickry. The same is true of Lesson 6, "The Three Kinds of Money"-spiritual, competitive, cooperative-which offers nothing that hasn't appeared in other business titles. He states in Chapter 1 that statistics show 90 percent of all new businesses fail within five years, a questionable figure that appears to contradict U.S. Census and Small Business Administration statistics. (Kiyosaki also neglects to mention that many small businesses that close are successful at closure.) Largely due to Kiyosaki's bombastic style, this is an inspiring read, but it bears about as much resemblance to actual entrepreneurship as steamy romance novels do to actual relationships.
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About the Author

Born and bred in Hawaii Robert Kiyosaki co- founded an international education company that operated in 7 countries, teaching business to tens of thousands of graduates. Sharon Lechter is a wife, mother, accountant, consultant to the toy and publishing industries and a business owner.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rich Dad's
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; First Edition edition (September 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446696374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976354024
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad - the international runaway bestseller that has held a top spot on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years - is an investor, entrepreneur and educator whose perspectives on money and investing fly in the face of conventional wisdom. He has, virtually single-handedly, challenged and changed the way tens of millions, around the world, think about money.In communicating his point of view on why 'old' advice - get a good job, save money, get out of debt, invest for the long term, and diversify - is 'bad' (both obsolete and flawed) advice, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage.Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longest-running bestseller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher's Weekly - The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today - and was named "USA Today's #1 Money Book" two years in a row. It is the third longest-running 'how-to' best seller of all time.Translated into 51 languages and available in 109 countries, the Rich Dad series has sold over 27 million copies worldwide and has dominated best sellers lists across Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, Robert was inducted into Hall of Fame as one of that bookseller's Top 25 Authors. There are currently 26 books in the Rich Dad series.In 2006 Robert teamed up with Donald Trump to co-author Why We Want You To Be Rich - Two Men - One Message. It debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestsellers list.Robert writes a bi-weekly column - 'Why the Rich Are Getting Richer' - for Yahoo! Finance and a monthly column titled 'Rich Returns' for Entrepreneur magazine.Prior to writing Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert created the educational board game CASHFLOW 101 to teach individuals the financial and investment strategies that his rich dad spent years teaching him. It was those same strategies that allowed Robert to retire at age 47.Today there are more that 2,100 CASHFLOW Clubs - game groups independent of the Rich Dad Company - in cities throughout the world.Born and raised in Hawaii, Robert Kiyosaki is a fourth-generation Japanese-American. After graduating from college in New York, Robert joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as an officer and helicopter gunship pilot. Following the war, Robert went to work in sales for Xerox Corporation and, in 1977, started a company that brought the first nylon and Velcro 'surfer wallets' to market. He founded an international education company in 1985 that taught business and investing to tens of thousands of students throughout the world.  In 1994 Robert sold his business and, through his investments, was able to retire at the age of 47. During his short-lived retirement he wrote Rich Dad Poor Dad.

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Lin on April 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am amazed yet not surprised by the range of reviews. This is absolutely Robert's best book ever. I totally appreciated Sharon's input as she is a straight "A" student like me and I can identify with her intelligence. However I can also identify with Roberts academic weakness because I studied a highlly skilles E/S profession not Business so as far as business is concerned, I'm as dumb as he was in the beginning.

I have read Roberts first 3 books, listened to most of his CD's, Studied his Choose to be rich program and am presently enrolled in Coaching. Every time he starts any teaching he covers the basics so if you never read one of his other books you get an introduction to the concepts. Since the books each build on the other he refers you to the others for further details on some concepts. People like me who are serious about making the transition from employee and self employed to business owner and investor hungrily soak up every word out of Roberts mouth. I noticed that most negative reviewers admit to skimming over the book or just listening to the abridged CD. You missed the meat. I'm sorry for you. It's sad to see someone fight so hard for the right to stay the same.

I too find Robert repetitive at times but I use the opportunity to remind myself of old lessons and prepare myself for the new lesson to come. This new lesson usually stands on the foundation of the previous lesson hence why he must repeat it at least briefly.

On my own personal journey to Business owner and Investor I have found Robert's guidance on changing who you ARE and finding the WHY for your change before working on the HOW-TO PRICELESS!! People who want a GRQ (get rich quick) will never like Robert. They should stop buying his books and go elsewhere.
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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is another in the Rich Dad Poor Dad series. In it Kiyosaki explores what it takes to transition from employee to entrepreneur and from entrepreneur to business leader. He identifies and debunks the excuses people give for not acting on their dreams, He also identifies the roadblocks that people put in their own way by not thinking clearly about what it will really take to make an idea a profitable reality.

Among the vital lessons Kiyosaki wants us to learn are:

1. A successful entrepreneur finds the right idea, the right people to act on the idea, and the right money to leverage the whole project.

2. A successful entrepreneur operates from freedom and opportunity rather than security and resources.

3. The best time to answer the tough questions about starting a business -- is before you start the business -- not when you're in the middle of it. Some of these questions are:

a. How badly do I want my own business? Why?

b. How much will I extend myself to succeed?

c. Am I afraid to fail? If so, how can I make this a strength?

d. Am I willing to educate myself on the essential components of a successful business (defining and describing team, leadership, mission and understanding product, legal, systems, communications, and cash flow)?

4. Learn how to turn bad luck into good luck.

The book is filled with easy-to-understand, but sometimes hard-to-apply advice. But hard only in the sense that most of us do not like asking ourselves the hard questions -- and then acting on those answers. However, would-be entrepreneurs can accelerate their success by a thoughtful reading and application of this book and its principles.

Armchair Interviews highly recommends Before You Quit Your Job

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193 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Emmett C. Dempsey on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I will preface this with the fact that I skimmed through the book when I was at the bookstore. However, I came to the same conclusion that other reviewers have of Kiyosaki's last few books: He just rehashes the tenants of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" over and over.

I would flip randomly at a page and read a few paragraphs and swear I was reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". Things like "Don't Work for Money", "Become and Entrepreneur", etc. And he went into the different types of thinking...i.e. Cash Flow Quadrant rehash.

Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Kiyosaki and enjoy his message. I even met him in person one time and it was great. But is this what his "business" is? Just reselling millions of Americans on the hope that his books will help them? Other than his book/game empire, what is Kiyosaki's major business?? Anyways, just my two cents.
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Stephens on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have to chuckle when I read reviews like the 1 star reviewer who wrote "I bought this book and then I realized it was just like Rich Dad Poor Dad." My question to this 1 star reviewer is, did you really read either this book or Rich Dad Poor Dad or did you just skim over the free stuff here on

There are some similiarities of course, but the content is different, er, as those of us who actually read the book are aware.

Good love these professional bashers. They aren't doing very well in life but sure make reading the reviews on this board a very funny experience. I had to wait untill I could stop laughing before I could write this. Took me about 15 minutes and I got a real nice belly laugh out of it. So Mr. 1 star, thank you, you made my day! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
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