I listened to Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki, with Sharon L. Lechter C.P.A., yesterday. I’m probably one of the last people in the U.S. to listen to/read this book. (maybe not) I remember hearing about this book, quite often, a number of years back but, due to the hype the book caused, I really had no desire to listen to it. This is a character..flaw?…of mine that I have no idea where it came from and am certain has caused me to miss out on a few opportunities over the years. This is one of those times, though I don’t think the opportunity has been missed, though having listened to it sooner may have changed where I am at today. Again, maybe not.
After listening to the audiobook, I believe anyone, at any age, can utilize the information provided in the book to better their financial situation, whether they are at the level I am at or much, much higher up on the dollar scale. From my understanding, the key to changing your financial situation starts with changing how you think about money. That then needs to be backed by learning about money and how to make money work for you, as opposed to you working for money. It also requires facing your money fears and making the decision about what you want money to do for you; do you want security or do you want to be financially independent, or somewhere in-between? What you choose will determine what actions you need to take to achieve that goal. Laziness will not get you to your financial goals, unless you just want to survive, have a few luxuries, bought on credit, that will be a financial drain, or at least leave less money in your bank account/pocket.
I won’t pretend to have gathered all the information I need to make myself rich, or at least significantly improve my finances. Well, maybe I actually have. At least the root of it. Part of what Kiyosaki says in the book is that you first have to educate yourself about money. Ok. I can do that. Since Kiyosaki wrote other books to help with this, I immediately hopped on the Pierce County Library catalog website and did a search for some of the books. I found and put a hold on Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing. Its downloading now.
I also did a search on Amazon for some of his other books. At this point, I see two more of his books that I want to listen to: Rich Dad’s Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter About Your Money and Retire Young, Retire Rich: How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever!. There are other ones Kiyosaki has written about investing in real estate, and I may want to listen to those, eventually, but I believe that is a step for later. For now, I need to get a better grasp on my understanding finances better.
Tomorrow is Christmas eve and I am a little excited about it, for the first time in 6 years. I’ll be wrapping the gifts I picked up for the kids at my friend’s house on the farm. Lance and I have been invited to his sister’s house tomorrow evening. This means that we absolutely must change the wheel bearing tomorrow during the day since we will need to be hopping on the freeway to drive up to the Kirkland area. Since tomorrow starts our 5 days off, there is nothing standing in the way of that happening, other than ourselves. Since it’s not a job I can complete by myself ( I just don’t have the strength to accomplish some of the steps), the fact that Lance is looking forward to going to his sister’s means he won’t be avoiding the task. Yay! That is an early Christmas gift for me!!
Well, I’m going to go get ready for work. We have a 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath house to clean today. I’m praying it’s not a monster clean. I also need to clean off my keyboard because I have been eating a candy cane while writing, which has made my fingers sticky, and this of course has made some of the keys sticky. Great breakfast, I know, but I had an eggnog latte this morning and the candy cane just seemed like the right way to go. I will perhaps rethink this in the future due to the resulting stickiness of the keyboard. 🙂 Enjoy your day!!