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Retire Young Retire Rich: How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever! (Rich Dad's (Paperback)) Paperback – July 31, 2012
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In this fifth addition to his highly successful "Rich Dad" series, Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) now focuses on the power of debt leveraging in order to work less and earn more. Beginning with the principle of changing attitudes about financial freedom, he explains the difference between earned income and passive or investment income, managing good debt that makes money for you, such as in real estate, the fundamental concern about 401(k) retirement plans that are too focused on stock market performance, and the need to create a long-term financial freedom plan and the emotional discipline to stick to it. Listeners will likely be captivated as they learn how to replicate his success, and the crisp narration by Jim Ward definitely makes this fact-filled collection of sound financial advice another hit for Kiyosaki. The solid, practical insight into how to put together a plan to financial freedom will require a commitment to changing lifestyles and personal attitudes about work and, of course, enough time left in life to allow the investments to succeed. Highly recommended for all public libraries, especially those that have not yet begun to add Kiyosaki's other super titles to their business and investment collections. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I just finished this book and am pleased to say that I completely disagree with anyone who says this is a "re-hash" of prior books or information. While Kiyosaki does recount some of the same stories and experiences as in prior books, it is critical to note that the purpose for doing so and the perspective from which the reader should view the story is very different.
I believe Kiyosaki's purpose in writing this book is to try to "get through" to many of the people who "don't get it" after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Cashflow Quadrant, or Rich Dad's Guide to Investing. He does this by focusing like a laser on two main ideas: The idea of "context" versus "content" and the power of leverage. These two themes permeate the book and if you read/listen with an open mind, and truly internalize what Kiyosaki is trying to communicate, you will realize that this book just may be the most important of the entire series.
Kiyosaki explains that the idea of becoming rich, or traversing the proverbial looking glass from the world of the poor and middle class to the world of the rich, is impossible to comprehend from a poor or middle class world view. A person's world view (where money is concerned) defines the limit of their potential. All of the "how tos" and "guide books" of what people did to become rich are worthless if your mind is unable to view the world of money in the proper perspective. He says it is like water being poured into a glass, where the water is "content" or "knowledge" and the glass is "context" or "perspective." Keep pouring water into a small vessel and it simply spills over and is lost. This book is designed to help people expand their context to the point where some of the content that is also described in this book becomes useful.
Kiyosaki attempts to bridge this gap by describing many of the different types of "leverages" that the rich use to get richer. Beginning with a description of how "good debt" can be leveraged to great effect (and contrasting and comparing how achieving the same investment objectives with equity is much much slower), Kiyosaki demonstrates how the use of different types of leverage results in "quantum" or "exponential" growth in income as opposed to "incremental" income growth. Among the other types of leverages discussed, Kiyosaki describes with great persuasiveness how the rich use leverage to earn money in the stock market by using options trading techniques.
In my own personal opinion, this is the most important book in the series because Kiyosaki makes it clear -- and this is the absolute truth from my own experience -- that the ONLY way to retire young and retire rich is to prepare your mind, your body, and your soul to imagine a world where there is no risk and where money can be conjured from thin air. If you believe this Otherworld is impossible, then it is. If you can imagine such a world, and take the time to look for it, then maybe you too can Retire Young and Retire Rich.
Two thumbs up, Five Stars, this book will have a dramatic, lasting impact on this writer. I am eternally indebted to Robert Kiyosaki for the knowledge he has shared in all of his books (as well as the Rich Dad Advisor Series books that I've read), and I believe that he has done the world a great service by selflessly sharing the lessons from his rich dad that led him into great wealth and financial freedom.
As an avid reader, I forgot my own rule of buying a book before falling for this POS:
1. First check the NEGATIVE reviews on both Goodreads (preferred) and Amazon (only for reference)
2. Then read the positive reviews
After this if I am still inclined to reading it, I buy the book. Because at least I had been warned and I made the choice MYSELF.
Now onto the book. It is full of 368 pages of repeated empty words. Empty words repeated 1000 times are still as void a blackhole. The latter at least has value in science.
So why did I fall for it? I have an excuse. An entrepreneur by the name of Mitchell Harper is someone whose articles about startups I enjoy reading and take heed of. He listed this book in his book list: https://medium.com/keep-learning-keep-growing/the-18-books-that-made-me-a-better-entrepreneur-father-and-husband-c29b6adb970
Harper's main argument for the book basically comes down to one word, leverage. (Read his other posts and you'll realize he is fond of leverage. Who doesn't.)
But the book does NOT tell you anything applicable about how to use leverage. Kiyosaki throws 21 chapters of baloney at you that delude you into believing that you can apply it. Once you get down to actually THINKING about HOW you would apply it in your own life, you realize you only learned one thing: use leverage.
There, I just saved you $11.99 (for Kindle version) with these 2 words.
Let me also bring to your attention to the fact that there are a lot of controversies surrounding Robert Kiyosaki. Google his name and his books. Let's just say that if you avoid MLM, you would avoid this guy and his books.
Lastly, you don't have to believe me. But if you waste time reading or even buying it and then realize it was a big mistake, you have no one else to blame but yourself. Don't make my mistake.