A young entrepreneur shares how the bestselling ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ author changed her whole family’s life—and how meeting him in person changed hers.
It was my mother who introduced me to Robert Kiyosaki. I was in college when she urged me to read his first book, Rich Dad Poor Dad. I was a budding business student then.
My mother, the CEO of our logistics company, seriously took Mr. Kiyosaki’s lessons to heart. She created a business plan that more or less revolved around Rich Dad’s teachings. To this day, our family has been running both a logistics and a real estate company well, all thanks to Mr. Kiyosaki.
It’s amazing how a book can change a whole family’s life. The man absolutely has no idea how much he has done so—a small family from this distant part of the world, very much inspired by every single word that he’d written.
Just imagine how thrilled I was when I finally got a chance to meet him in person, 15 years after I first picked up his book. He was in Manila during the recent National Achievers 2015 congress.
My group and I managed to have a photo taken with him; he even tapped my sister’s shoulder when he came to our table. But instead of saying something like, “Your books are such blessings,” or “Our family has a real estate company thanks to you,” we all found ourselves speechless.
Here are just some of the important life and business lessons I’ve learned from him during his Manila visit.
1. Study hard.
Mr. Kiyosaki insists on seeking new information that will help you get rich. Learn economics, real estate, or even how to sell.
2. Make mistakes.
People who don’t make mistakes don’t learn anything. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes then stand up again. Failure is part of the process.
3. Savers are losers.
With the looming global economic crisis, it’s best not to put your cash in the bank, but on assets.
4. Teach to learn.
When you strive to teach, you will have the motivation to gain more knowledge and skills.
5. Have a great team.
Surround yourself with people who can help you and your business grow.
6. Live a rich life.
Life is too short to live below your means.
7. Buy more assets.
Your assets should be able to pay for your liabilities, like that Ferrari you’ve been pining for.
8. Seek opportunities everywhere.
There are a million ways to make a million. Know how to make money. Yes, even during a market crash.
9. Be calm and be at peace.
You make your best decisions when you are not being overwhelmed by your emotions.
10. Give back.
You get rich by being generous.
Heidi Aquende is an entrepreneur, editorial/commercial photographer, a wife and a mother. She is the general manager of 3PL Service Provider Inc., a logistics company based in Pasig City. She is also the owner of Camera Cart Studio, a creative space rental on Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.