Recent Reads – Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity”

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Pretty flags out on my walk home from work. Not really relevant to this post but I liked the picture

Hello blog! It has certainly been a while and I am very sorry, truly. I’m not even sure why I have abandoned my blog for so long. Maybe it’s because I’ve failed drastically at reading for the last few weeks. I gave up on my last book and then my motivation to read evaporated alongside it.

I don’t think I’ve failed entirely though. ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ is a book I have recently read as an audio book on my way to work. Not my typical book of choice but I had been recommended it and decided to make my hour long commute-walk more productive.

Listening to a Non-Fiction book instead of reading it page by page worked marvelously for me. I had my doubts as I can often find myself daydreaming when I have my headphones in (yes this did occasionally happen), however I was pleasantly surprised at how much information I managed to retain.

I’m amazed at the range of reviews I’ve come across on Goodreads, it seems a lot of people loved it (like me) but a lot of people thought this book was darn right awful.

Kiyosaki writes in a story-like way; there is a clear beginning, middle and end. I thought this was a fab way to learn about a boring subject, just by making it a lot more personable by adding in additional background info*. Starting with his childhood, Kiyosaki explores how he became the person he is today, the influences his rich dad and poor dad had on him and the reasons behind his decision making. But as I mentioned earlier, sadly his ‘story-like’ style wasn’t appreciated by everyone. A lot of reviews wanted him to stop ‘wafting’ on and get to the point. Personally I liked hearing all about his background, it brought the points he was trying to make together and gave them more of a purpose.

‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ is only 3 hours long and I was gripped throughout. The main aim of the book is to give the reader a financial education. He looks at good debt and bad debt, how you can make your money work harder as well as basic financial knowledge he feels everyone ought to be taught as a child.

For anyone who has even the slightest hint of an interest in wanting to get more from their money then I would highly recommend this book.

*Okay, since writing this I have discovered that a lot of Kiyosaki’s ‘story’ is completely made up! Well..he had me fooled. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a good’n.

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