Updated on 04.05.07

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Beginnings

Trent Hamm

Rich Dad, Poor DadWell, it had to happen sometime. After stirring up a hornet’s nest the last time I discussed Robert Kiyosaki, it somewhat became inevitable that I would review his very well known personal finance book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This book has been inspirational to many people, but the book seems to have produced as many critics as champions. What’s really inside those covers? Let’s dig in.

The remainder of the book is a section entitled “Beginnings,” which seems from the title to indicate that it will discuss how to begin applying these lessons to your life. Instead, the section mostly is filled with some very weak personal productivity tips. Here’s what is inside.

Overcoming Obstacles One might have expected that this section would include getting yourself financially prepared to actually take action and accomplish the investments that the book discusses, but the obstacles discussed here are all psychological. That’s not to say that overcoming fear, cynicism, laziness, and arrogance aren’t worthwhile goals, but a person can be quite humble and still not be in a position to take advantage of the lessons presented earlier.

Getting Started This is another chapter heading that holds promise, but ends up going in a direction that doesn’t really lead to accumulation of assets. In essence, this is a chapter on personal productivity with a touch of the same rule of attraction nonsense found in The Secret. There are some good points in the chapter that are great for life management (take things one day at a time, for instance), but then the positive direction is ruined by statements that imply that your life has basically three choices: you either waste your money on consumer goods, you put your money in the bank and earn “nothing,” or you get rich in some vague, unspecified way. The point is to convince you that you…

Still Want More? At last, some tangible things: read books and take classes to educate yourself! Ask questions! Do something! These are all great tips, but I felt really uncomfortable realizing that the first direct, clear applicable tip found in the book came near the end – and it was to read more books.

The book ended with a very brief section that outlined another unbelievably good financial situation. Tomorrow, I’m going to give a buy or don’t buy recommendation for Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad is the twenty-second of fifty-two books in The Simple Dollar’s series 52 Personal Finance Books in 52 Weeks.

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  1. I think the Rich Dad/Poor Dad series provides a good base for setting your mindset likes those of other millionaires. Other than that, the “how” is lacking in their books.


  2. In my opinion, the rich dad series provided a great way for the reader to get in the mindset of other millionaires. Where it lacked was the “how”.


  3. plonkee says:

    One of the things I remember from the last chapters was that it seemed to be trying to get me to buy the next book, or RK’s board game.

  4. !wanda says:

    Trent, I’ve been noticing quite a few unfinished sentences in your posts lately. I hope that starting a new blog still leaves you enough time to proof your posts.

  5. Bobby says:

    I don’t think they are unfinished, he is setting up the beginning of the next paragraph.

    Now then…I wonder what the recommendation will be???

  6. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    Bobby got it. I added an ellipsis to make the transition more clear.

  7. !wanda says:

    OK, sorry. The ellipsis helps a lot.

  8. tom says:

    I read your posts via the RSS feed and I don’t keep up every day. It would be really helpful if you labeled these multi-part posts as Part 1, Part 2, etc. Since you repeat the opening paragraph in each one, it can be a little confusing if someone’s not reading from oldest post forward but instead scanning the feed for interesting titles.

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