Robert Kiyosaki

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Here is a millionaire who sincerely believes that “cash is trash.” Well, that’s not all that’s unique about business tycoon Robert Kiyosaki; among other accomplishments, Robert was an acknowledged gunship pilot and even fought in the Vietnam War for three years. He is a soldier, too!

Achievements

Why Robert Kiyosaki is Extraordinary

We’ve all been led to believe that it is destiny for the poor to get poorer and the rich to get richer. If we have it our way, we certainly don’t want to stay poor for the rest of our lives. So why do we submit to the old school of thought that demonizes wealth as if we can live without it?

Robert’s Rich Dad and Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki’s teachings about financial success negate the outdated and cliché method of accumulating wealth. Well-meaning parents hope to instil the importance of education in the minds of their children, as did Robert’s “Poor Dad,” hoping that degrees would lead to stable jobs for his beloved sons and daughters and allow them to live a comfortable life.

While Robert heeded his Poor Dad’s advice, his Rich Dad’s success also made a lasting impression, despite the latter man’s lack of education. Something seemed to be missing in the compulsory subjects taught at school; something that his Rich Dad learned on his own, which in turn led to his financial success.

His Quest for Success

In his quest to reconcile education with financial success, he attended a marine academy and earned the success-prerequisite education. Amidst the Vietnam War, Robert’s service in the Marine Corps was where he first applied his education - flying planes and participating in the war. After earning an Air Medal, Robert decided to look for stable employment in New York rather than return to his hometown in Hawaii.

Being a Xerox salesman did not make him any richer, however, and he decided to start his own business. His first entrepreneurial venture was in wallet manufacturing. Robert was among the first to introduce wallets with both nylon and Velcro adhesives. The “surfer” wallets were a novelty at the time, and were well-received by the market. Robert, though, was not quite ready for success; he was forced to close down his first business due to mismanagement.

Instead of returning to the more convenient life of a regular employee, Robert tried again. Metallic bands were becoming quite popular at the time, and so Robert considered licensing t–shirts for heavy metal artists. His second venture proved far more successful than his first, and it was with this business that he began investing in stocks.

Sadly, the metallic fever soon cooled down, and Robert was again left with little more than debt and indecision. Without a healthy business bringing in profit, Robert was forced to sell out his t–shirt licensing and live with his then-girlfriend, Kim, in the back of an old, cramped Toyota car.

Robert, an educated man and an Air Medal recipient, lived a vagabond’s life for several months before getting back on his feet to piece his dreams together. He never imagined that life would be so hard after all he had achieved; where was the promise of “a good life” that education so ardently guarantees? The lowest point in Robert’s life, however, was also his most profound. He had all the time he needed to reflect, as well as retrace his steps to determine what he did wrong.

The Rich Dad, Poor Dad Franchise

His musings gave birth to one of the bestselling books since 1997 [when it was released] - “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” It is said that he came rich not by the proceeds of the book, but by the lessons he learned through two consecutive bankruptcies and subsequent poverty.

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” simply put, gives great insight into how a multi–millionaire thinks. It was Robert’s way of getting back at poverty and ignorance by discussing and analysing the lessons he learned from impoverished life. Serving more than just a book to millions of readers, Robert’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” liberates them from the crooked and deceptive belief that education is all one needs to succeed.

Robert did not just get back what he lost; he multiplied it on a scale he never thought possible. Even through his struggles, he did not hoard his recipe for success. A generous heart is among Robert’s priceless wealth.

Top Reasons why Robert Kiyosaki is Extraordinary

  1. He retains his “cash is trash” belief, despite the wealth he has amassed
  2. He's the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” which has since become a successful franchise.
  3. He served in the military for 3 years and earned an Air Medal.
  4. Although his first two businesses failed, he persevered and later found success as an author and financial speaker.
  5. He is the creator of the games “Cashflow 101” and “Cashflow 102.”
  6. He was nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Experts category
  7. He currently owns over 1400 apartment housing units.
  8. “Rich Dad's Guide to Investing” reached #1 in the Top 10 Bestsellers lists of The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.
  9. Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant also reached #1 in each of the same Top 10 Best-Sellers Lists.
  10. He has purchased his own silver mine.

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