For richer or for poorer

Getting Over My Bias

Let me be honest: I have a bias.

I had never liked a book that to me seemed to compare parents, as it was entitled Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  I always rolled my eyes at it 1) because it was a trend, and I do not lemming (yes, I made that into a verb) and 2) it seemed to compare parents by their wealth.

When a conference speaker initially mentioned Robert Kiyosaki during her talk, my eyes were programmed to roll.  I needn’t have done that.

I should have read his writings that day.

But I wasn’t motivated enough then.

Fast forward three weeks.  I turned a year older. Now, legacy is a loaded, urgent word. It’s joined hands, I suppose, with my biological clock.

I have an urgency to equip my children with tools that work.  Birthdays, and today, tornado threats have a way of making things more dramatic.  Plus, I see now that every decision I make has consequences that stretch into my children’s lives.

I sense for many reasons the financial plan that worked in my twenties, may not work now. When on a hunt for financial tools that matter, I found and read a Kiyosaki book geared toward my children. It’s entitled Rich Kid, Smart Kid.

And my sense of urgency has never been greater.

Lasting Lessons for Your Progeny

Reading about Kiyosaki’s wealth philosophy, which he cleverly discusses through father-son dialogue, I saw a huge potential for change in how I approach constructs of wealth.  In doing so, I might perhaps arm my children with greater potential as well.  The first phrase opened my eyes; the rest energized me.

  • employee mindset
  • parental strategy
  • financial field trips
  • real-life report card

These forced me to think about not what I say to my children, but how what I say is demonstrating what I believe.

How can I craft lessons out of spontaneous conversations?

How can I set up true experiences to demonstrate the importance of financial know-how?

Is an asset truly an asset?

Possibly, most importantly, was his gentle way of challenging my definition of assets.  I do not want to spoil the surprise.  It will blow your mind,, especially if you have a middle class situation.

I am excited to be able to refer Rich Kid, Smart Kid to you.  I do not know how it will affect you, but I know you will be energized as a parent, and a teacher.


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