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Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! [Paperback]

Robert T. Kiyosaki , Sharon L. Lechter
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Rich Dad's Guide to Investing is a guide to understanding the real earning power of money by learning some of the investing secrets of the wealthy.

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The rich are different from the rest of us, if for no other reason than U.S. tax and securities laws allow them to invest in ways that keep us from catching up to them. That's why 90 percent of all corporate shares of stock are owned by 10 percent of the people. Kiyosaki believes it's possible for anyone to move up into that 10 percent, but it takes a different view of investing than most people have: it takes a plan to be a successful investor. And a plan is more than simply buying and selling, or collecting "assets" that bring in no cash and are thus more akin to liabilities. The way most people invest, "they might as well be pushing a wheelbarrow in a circle," he writes. A plan is "mechanical, automatic, and boring," a formula for success that has worked historically for most of those who've used it. Kiyosaki's "rich dad" (actually, the father of his best friend) tells him the simplest analogy is the game Monopoly: buy four green houses, trade them for one red hotel, and repeat until you become rich.

The overall message of Rich Dad's Guide to Investing is that this is an abundant world, full of opportunity for the sophisticated investor. However, it sometimes takes a while to find this point. Much of the book is told in dialogues between young Kiyosaki and his rich dad, and these conversations can ramble. There are rewards for the careful reader--for example, in the middle of a section on the basic rules of investing, Kiyosaki's rich dad compares investor education to toilet training: difficult at first but eventually automatic. But getting to these inspired metaphors means wading through a lot of repetitive dialogue. It's a bit ironic that someone who advocates investor discipline should show so little as a writer. But by the end of the book, even the rambling starts to make sense. By the hundredth time you read that the rich don't work for money, and that you don't need money to make money, both concepts start to make sense. It still looks difficult to apply these ideas, but Rich Dad's Guide to Investing certainly makes the case that they'll work for anyone bold and smart enough to practice them. --Lou Schuler


'RICH DAD, POOR DAD is a starting point for anyone looking to gain control of their financial future' -- USA Today

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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars repetitive Aug. 13 2003
By A Customer
while i find kiyosaki's (RK) earlier 2 books (rich dad/poor dad and CF quadrant) very motivating and helpful in changing my mindset, i am finding his message repetitive. there is nothing substantially new in this book. pleasant fun inspiring reading, but bottom line: vague generalities, nothing that can specifically be used, other the motivational stuff. it's kind of like crack, it's a hard habit to get off reading his stuff, but, in the end, i think his advice is awfully dangerous stuff. i became rather skeptical of what he was writing when he started strongly pushing multilevel marketing (MLM) towards the end of CFQ, truly slimy stuff that MLM. looking into this guy's story some more, i'm learning that this guy's book only started taking off when Amway started pushing it, thus he feels he owes them something. then there's all this stuff about the rich dad being a fake. people who have looked into the story can't figure out who he is. he has said rich dad died, then changed his story that he is still alive and in hiding. people in hawaii have tried to figure out who rich dad is, but basically it seems that either the guy is a figment of RK's imagination, or the accomplishments of "rich dad" have been widely overstated. RK also tried to pass it off that rich dad was a "composite" of several people he knew. after that, i lost all respect for this guy, he's really just another Carleton Sheets. people who have tried to research RK's real estate dealings (all supposed to be on the public record) state that his records can't be found, and RK's answers to specific seem to be extremely evasive. his statements in his books about his real estate deals seem to be very exaggerated, possibly completely fictional. this guy is a quack, his books are how he makes his money now. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have a read a number of the negative reviews and I think I understand their criticism, so I wanted to give my perspective and why this book is so important to me. What Kyosaki brings front and center in this book is the fact that the way an investor looks at a business (he creates) is as a vehicle to generate income using OTHER people's assets. The CEOs of the last three startups I worked for pitched ideas to OTHER investors and VCs which then gave them MONEY to start the business. They took some of that money as a salary, some as dividends and used this money to invest in. The power in this is that they didn't work really hard for someone else, save their money and invest, they took other investor's (and some of their own) money hired other people to work for them and invested the dividends and salary.
Additionally, he makes clear that there is risk in investing, but the best way to reduce this risk is to increase what he calls your financial intelligence. What he means by this is the knowledge and wisdom about the whatever investment vehicle you are using that you will gain by reading about it, taking advise from experts in the field (seminars, classes) and probably most important doing it making mistakes and learning from those mistakes.
He makes it clear in the book what his rich dad told him: "most people will try these things, not do very well and give up", "the best advise to give the average investor to be more successful is not to be average", "focus less about having the best product or service or idea and instead focus on having the best SELLING . . ."
He also states in several places very valuable pieces of information that gave me insight into how he thinks and works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have read many books on investing and picked the ears of mnay successful investors as well as so called experts. But aside from Peter Lynch's excellent books, I have never found so much powerful information as I did in Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.
Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter have produced another winner right where Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant left off. This is must reading for investors who want to make money, not just circulate it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a little redundant Oct. 11 2006
Although Kiyosaki's books are more "mind-altering" than "how to" type books, the third book in the Rich Dad Poor Dad series goes over some of the same concepts and ideas covered in earlier and later books. The Cashflow Quadrant, the contrasts between his two dads, etc-. Moreover, he uses too many metaphors and analogies, i.e. the 3 "e"s of successful invesors, the 7 investor controls, the Business Triangle, and so forth...

In general, although Kiyosaki's books are a good place to start looking with regard to becoming indepently wealthy, but may be too simplistic or may lack direction for those ready to proceed to the next stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Create the millionaire mindset June 30 2004
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According to the quote on the back of this book by Sharon Lechter;
"We can all have three types of financial plans; one is to be secure, one to be comfortable, and one is to be rich. RICH DAD'S GUIDE TO INVESTING is an inside look at an entrepreneur's financial plan to be rich."
I found the advice in this great book to be a lifesaver during the recent Clinton Bear Market and The Clinton Recession. While I saw many people lose money, massive amounts of money, I was able to shift assets into other investments and even securities and continue to make money while everybody was screaming BEAR MARKET.
I heard a statistic that during the 1987 stock market crash, while many lost their their fortunes, some became millionaires that very day. WHY? HOW? It certaintly wasn't from following conventional advice.
Kiyosaki is controversial. He is unconventional and that is great. If in fact everybody accepted his ideas, then I would be worried.
Rich Dad's Guide To Investing is a great book for anyone who thinks like an entrepreneur - who has or wants to create the millionaire mindset.
This book allows you to look inside the mind of a millionaire. But more than that, to look inside the philosophy of not just one rich man, but the philosophy and mindset of what creates millionaires.
Chapter 37- How a Sophisticated Investor Thinks is alone worth the price of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! Could use a bit more detail
I thoroughly enjoy reading Robert's books. I've read about 6 of them so far. The only part of this book I wish there was more of was details and "how-tos". Read more
Published 19 days ago by Alex Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars It is not a practical book.
If you are looking for a book to teach you practical steps about investing then this book is not for you. In my opinion this book is a more elaborated version of rich dad poor dad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tahmina
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life
Incredible.... there are always parts of a book novel etc where you may learn a thing or two but this entire experience has been amazing. Don't spend more money than you have to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Punksual
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from mistakes
It tells you how rich investors think, what they buy to make sure their money works for them. You’ll see how to reduce risk of your investments through financial literacy, and how... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PERFECT4GIFT
1.0 out of 5 stars Am I only one with Brains here
This book was such a waste of time. The only reason I read this book because I got it for free and I am still regretting reading it.

There is no secrets. Read more
Published on March 26 2011 by JustSaying
1.0 out of 5 stars CONSPIRACY OF HIS OWN
Yes RK is a highly motivational speaker and can stimulate the rest of us to seek to improve our financial IQ...we just should not leave it all to him. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2009 by Vesting Vixen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice that really works
If you were one of those 80 million Americans who lost over a trillion dollars following your stock brokers or convential advice, then you will love this book. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
I am a fan of Robert Kiyosaki. On the book shelf next to me is his CD and workbook course titled "Choose To Be Rich" (produced by Time Life) bought at a live lecture in... Read more
Published on July 4 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too fluffy
As with his other books, Kiyosaki discusses investing by recounting discussions with his "Rich Dad", amoung others, from his past. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too fluffy
As with his other books, Kiyosaki discusses investing by recounting discussions with his "Rich Dad", amoung others, from his past. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by "skennedy124"
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