How to Enrich Your Reality With Robert Kiyosaki
How to Enrich Your Reality With Robert Kiyosaki
Ever since I interviewed him for my Money Revealed docuseries, Robert Kiyosaki has shared a wealth of financial knowledge with me that I have been able to pass on to you…
And it just keeps coming.
Robert’s goal is to show people that anyone can get rich and live their own version of the American dream no matter where they’re starting out.
Today, Robert talks to us about how we can “expand our reality” and allow ourselves to find the ideas that are going to ensure our fiscal success.
Let’s get right into it…
Dr. Patrick Gentempo
The Fastest Way to Get Rich
Soon after publishing Rich Kid Smart Kid, the fourth book in the Rich Dad series, a review of the book appeared in a prominent newspaper. Almost all of the media reporting on the Rich Dad series has been extremely favorable. They have been more than fair, as well as objective, in their reviews of my books.
This particular newspaper article on Rich Kid Smart Kid did not start out the same way. This journalist began the review with an attack on my inability to write. He more or less said that I needed to go back to school and take writing lessons.
The irony is that I openly disclose in the book that I failed high school English twice because of my inability to write. Being labeled stupid and a failure at the age of 15 because I was a poor writer was a very painful event in my life.
Since then I never have claimed to be a writer. Writing could be my weakest skill and the reason I had such a tough time in school. The fourth book in the Rich Dad series is about how I overcame my inability to read and write and still graduate from college.
Rich Kid Smart Kid is about finding and developing your child’s unique genius, as well as the need to develop their financial survival skills. So the journalist’s critique was not on content, but on my writing skills, the same problem I had all through school.
The journalist ended the review by throwing out one comment he thought was favorable and would make the article balanced and objective. He wrote, “This book will help your child be more employable.”
Now, I found the criticism of my writing skills justified. But to put in his article that my book’s only socially redeeming factor was that it made your child more employable was so far off the mark that I became offended. I doubted if the reporter had even read the book.
The book, like all of the others I’ve written, is not about making your child more employable. It is about making your child more unemployable. If you want to retire rich, you need to think about how to become less employable, not more employable. Again, the difference is found in mental realities.
How to Become Unemployable
In summarizing the importance of mental leverage, I restate that your reality is simply what you think is real. Or as commonly stated, your perception is your reality. When asked, “Is it hard to change one’s reality?” I reply with, “It depends.”
For me, it was a personal struggle to shed my poor dad’s reality of what he thought was the smart thing to do and adopt my rich dad’s ideas on what he thought was smart. In many ways, changing one’s reality from a middle-class or poor reality to a rich reality may be like learning to eat with your left hand after you have spent years eating with your right. While it is not hard to do, and anyone can do it if they persevere, it may not be the easiest thing to do, either.
The fastest way to become rich is to change your realities faster. That may be easier said than done for most people, because I have observed that most would rather remain within the comfort of their realities, even if it is a reality of financial struggle and constriction.
Rich dad said, “Most people would rather live within their means than expand their means.” He believed most people would rather be comfortable working hard all their lives than be uncomfortable for a few years working hard at changing their realities and taking the rest of their lives off.
Using the metaphor of switching from right hand to left hand, most people would rather be poor eating with their right hand than become rich by learning to eat with their left hand. In many ways, that is what a change in mental reality requires.
Content, Context and Capacity
Although my rich dad did not use the words “content” and “context” very often, choosing instead to use the word “reality,” he did use the word “capacity” regularly.
He would say, “Not only does a poor person have a poor reality, but having a poor reality means that person has very little capacity to allow money to stay with them.”
He meant that when people say such things as, “I’ll never be rich,” “I can’t afford it” or “Investing is risky,” it diminishes their capacity to be rich. He said, “When a person with a poor or middle-class reality suddenly comes into money, they often do not have the mental and emotional capacity to handle the sudden abundance of money, so the money overflows and runs away.”
That’s why you so often hear people say, “Money just slips through my fingers.” Or “No matter how much I make, I’m short of money at the end of the month.” Or “I’ll invest when I have some extra money.”
Occasionally I will use the example rich dad used to drive his message on context home to his son and me. Rich dad would take an empty water glass and then pour water from a large, full pitcher into the glass. It would not be long before the water would overflow the smaller water glass and continue to overflow as long as he poured.
Rich dad would say, “There is plenty of money in the world. If you want to be rich, you need to first expand your reality [context] in order to hold onto your share of that abundance.”
I use this same graphic example to explain the relationship among content, context and capacity. I first start pouring water in a one-ounce jigger and then a small water glass and then a larger water glass. It is a simple demonstration to illustrate the differences in capacity to hold onto money between the poor, middle class and rich.
How to Expand Your Capacity
When asked, “How do I begin to expand my reality or context?” I reply with, “By watching your ideas.”
I also remind people of one of rich dad’s favorite sayings, “Money is just an idea.” I answer by imparting the same advice my rich dad passed on to me. Rich dad said, “Cynics and fools are twins on opposite sides of reality and possibility.”
He went on to say, “A fool will believe any far-fetched scheme, and a cynic will criticize anything outside their reality.”
He finished his explanation by saying, “A cynic’s reality does not let anything new in, and a fool’s reality does not have the ability to keep foolish ideas out. If you want to be abundant and rich, you need to have an open mind, a flexible reality and the skills to turn new ideas into real and profitable ventures.”
My rich dad would have said it this way:
If you want a faster way to get rich, you need to have a mind open to new ideas and have the skills to take on possibilities greater than your current abilities. In order to do that, you must have a reality that can change, expand and grow quickly. To try to get rich with a poor person’s reality or a reality that comes from lack and limitation is a mission impossible.