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If You Want to Be Rich and Happy, Don't Go to School?: Ensuring Lifetime Security for Yourself.. Paperback – September 1, 1994

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Robert Kiyosaki's work in education is powerful profound and life-changing. I salute his efforts and recommend him highly.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Aslan Publishing; Revised edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944031595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944031599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,012 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 Amazon.com 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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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Reader on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
The author confirms my own beliefs about American society, the education system, and what I should do for myself at this point in my life. I also believe that children should be taught the same principles, especially since getting bad grades in no way reflects the true worth of a person.

The American education system is fine for those who can make the grade and stick with their chosen field for life and be happy doing it. In reality, many people don't fit the mold, industries change, and people change. We are so brain washed into schooling ourselves as the only was to make a decent happy living. This and the over importance of grades separating winners and losers is bad for the individual and society, as Mr. Kiyosaki points out.

The bottom line is taking control of your own financial destiny. Education *is* an option, but not the *only* option.

The book is not intended to be a how to get rich book, but a point of view that readers will benefit from. Some of the points are obvious and could be more direct, however I recommend the book for those who feel that getting more education is the only route to go in this society, and for those who want to protect their self-esteem or their kid's.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading "If You Want To Be Rich and Happy, Don't Go To School", I was reminded of what I knew all along; all school does is train you be a good employee. Schools are basically gloried recruiting agencies for employers.
We're always told to get good grades right. But when I go to the bank for a loan my banker has never asked to see my report card. He does do a credit check and a debt to income ratio and checked my assets.
All school teaches is how much more there is to know. Most of my high school friends who went to college and on to the great dream of "get a good education so you can get a good job" are updating their resumes looking for their third or fourth jobs--just in the last five years.
I also know a couple that are in their late 40's and had to move in with their parents because they can't make it.
I think education is great as long as it is put in perspective. It does not equate wealth. The real education that will make you wealthy is what Kiyosaki teaches. And Kiyosaki knows first hand. He saw what going to school and getting a great education did to his real, but Poor Dad. It drove him broke, unhappy and to an early death.
Schools and teachers should not look at Kiyosaki's books, this one or the others as opposition, but as a wake up call. The current educational system is not cutting it. Just look at allof the :highly educated people" who are out of work or working at jobs at 1/2 or less than their highest salaries. I rest my case.
"If You Want to Be Rich & Happy, Don't Go to School?" needs to be read by parents and children, school teaches, business executives and anyone who is in the "E" Quadrant and thinks that is a good place to be. Or thinks that is the place they need to be.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on August 7, 2001
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This book was decent but its really repetitive. He seems to drag on forever making the book a bad read. Good concepts which are also reinterated in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Rich Dad is also a much better book. Don't waste your time buying this one, just get to Rich Dad instead.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michaela on May 26, 2001
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I have read all of Kiysaki's books and played the game (loved them all!!!) and each time my mind expanded that much more. 'If you want to be Rich and Happy - Don't go to School' was the first book of Robert's I ever read, and its impact on me has been significant. As I write I am in the process of changing my chosen career path (I am currently at University studying to be a teacher - for the last 2-and-a-half years) because I agree so fervently with Kiysaki's observations about the school education system - he only put into words what I have felt for a long time and dared to question. All my University colleagues don't want to bother messing with the 'system', the 'system' is going to provide a secure job for them as well as reasonable pay. If you are a parent especially you will value this book. If you are a teacher or educator of young people, please read this book. To wrap up I would caution anyone who does read this insightful, ahead-of-its-time book that your mind will be opened and you won't be able to think of education as our society knows it in the same way again. Enjoy!!!!!!! I know you will! (P.S. If you could recreate the education system, what would you do or how would you go about it? email me: mcila@yahoo.com)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2002
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As tots, we were all told, get good grades through elementary school, then grade school, then high school and finally, through college and we will get good jobs as a result of a good education--ENT!!!Take a look at how people with "good educations" are doing today. Hello!On the other hand, RTK doesn't say to drop out of school or that formal eduacation is totally useless. Just that the skills we need to succeed are in taught in school.I believe we school have a spelling class and then a goal setting class. A math class and then a attitude class etc. Teach from the earliest ages and then when these kids get out of school they will really kick some butt!Formal education only gives you the bare bones, barely survival skills. Take a look at people who have had their salaries cut in half or even worse can't find work at all despite their great edcation.RTK my hat goes off to you for having the guts to dispel a common American myth and huge misconception.
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