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The Business School Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Robert the Businessman

Following the war, Robert worked for the Xerox Corporation in sales. In 1977, he started a company that brought the first nylon Velcro 'surfer wallets' to market. And in 1985 he founded an international education company that taught business and investing to tens of thousands of students throughout the world.

In 1994 Robert sold his business and retired at the age of 47.

Robert the Best-Selling Author

During his short-lived retirement, Robert , in collaboration with co-author Sharon Lechter, a C.P.A. and his business partner, wrote the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Soon after he wrote Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant, Rich Dad's Guide to Investing and Rich Kid, Smart Kid -- all of which earned spots on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times,, and others.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Kiyosaki (March 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0446774251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446774253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,305 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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197 of 198 people found the following review helpful By P. Adams on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was my introduction to Robert Kiyosaki and one that I've read several times over. Here's why:
Robert Kiyosaki doesn't say he's never been INVOLVED with networking, he has. What he says is he didn't make his fortune from network marketing. There's a big difference. Remember that when reading other reviews.
Robert explains to the reader how his opinion of networking changed (pg. 24) when, in the early 1990's, a well-respected and financially successful friend told Robert he was involved in network marketing. With Roberts past disinterest in networking, Robert didn't understand why a man who just completed over a billion dollars in commercial real estate transaction would be involved in network marketing.
This friend, Bill, went on to explain to Robert exactly what value he found in networking. This was the beginning of the turn-around. Now a financial success, Robert was able to investigate network marketing and clearly see all the true value it has to the motivated individuals. This is why he claims to be "unbiased".
Is this book the only thing you should study if you're considering network marketing? No way! Robert does point out that not all companies are good and among the good ones, not all organizations are good. Take your time and investigate all you can. If someone says you NEED to get started right away, walk away! If it's critical for you to get in today, how will you succeed tomorrow? Take your time.
Another thing Robert mentions in this book is the need to investigate the educational system. Many people claim to have a great training program, but, in actuality it's nothing more than a recommended reading list. If they have conference calls, dial in. If they have seminars, attend one.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Justin Belkin on August 2, 2004
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Perhaps best known for his financial education products, Robert Kiyosaki wrote this latest book to praise the benefits of owning a network marketing business. Although Kiyosaki made his wealth traditionally, without the help of a network marketing business, he believes that these businesses are the wave of the future because they embody the new Information Age economy. He believes these businesses are a good way to begin your journey to become rich.

Kiyosaki begins by reviewing the several ways that one may become rich. However, the path offered by his Rich Dad may be the most realistic and also hold the greatest profit potential. Rich Dad's path to success is simple, "build a business first, reinvest in the business second, buy real estate third, and only then buy luxuries paid for by your assets" (98). Most people fail because they lack the discipline and perseverance needed to follow through with the plan. This behavior often characterizes those who lack emotional intelligence. A successful person possesses analytic, financial, and emotion intelligence. Such a person succeeds by understanding that success is accelerated through the process of "rejection and correction."

Kiyosaki prefers network marketing businesses because there exists very few barriers to entry. Those who succeed in network marketing are able to combine their ability to sell and lead with their love for teaching. Kiyosaki writes, "Your job is to clone or duplicate someone just like you" (58). This is what ultimately determines the success of any network marketing business.

When convincing others of the value of a starting a "personal franchise," more commonly known as a network marketing business, be sure to cover several important areas.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Larry Hehn on April 7, 2004
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At last, a book about "network marketing" that is more than just a bunch of sugary hype. Right from the start, Kiyosaki acknowledges that the network marketing business is not for everyone. He also admits that the industry has had (and will continue to have) a fringe population of greedy and/or crooked hucksters that drive the rest of us crazy and close many minds to its true benefits.
For someone exploring a network marketing opportunity for the first time, this book gives a solid, realistic foundation from which you can chart your course. For all those who have dived into multiple network marketing opportunities looking to make millions in a matter of weeks, and those who have dabbled for a couple of months, grown discouraged and quit, this book is a much-needed wake up call.
The title tells it all -- network marketing is not a "get rich quick" vehicle. Rather, it is a business school where the ultimate goal is personal growth. In this second edition, Kiyosaki presents eleven "hidden values" of a network marketing business. This is the ideal tool to help you look beyond the hype, see the network marketing opportunity for what it really is, and set realistic expectations for your personal success.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Zayas on July 3, 2006
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If you asked the average person on the street what he or she thought of network marketing businesses, you'd hear, "They're scams!" or, "They're pyramid schemes." In "The Business School for People Who Like Helping People," Robert Kiyosaki, a self-made millionaire, defends (reputable, effective) networking marketing businesses. Mind you, Kiyosaki has researched and participated in these business but never made significant money in any of them. This is not a book written by a network marketing giant like Billy Florence or Orrin Woodward. Rather, it's written from a more objective source. Kiyosaki describes the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional training the best network marketing businesses provide to their participants/business owners. He argues, quite convincingly, that good network marketing businesses teach people how to think correctly about wealth and how to become wealthy. Obviously not everyone in such a business becomes wealthy, but Kiyosaki defends the system or the concept, not the success rate of any set of individuals in such a system.

If you are a business owner in a networking marketing business, this book is a must-read. It will give you lots of information and arguments to help you handle objections you'll get in showing your plan or in follow-through meetings. More importantly, it will reinforce your belief in your business which has probably already been attacked or challenged (mostly by folks that know little or nothing about creating wealth.)

If you're a skeptic, the average person that thinks network marketing is a "scam," the book will show you a contrary position from an objective point of view. Is it ever a bad thing to see both sides of an issue?
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