Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Rich Dad, Poor Dad {Book Talk}

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I am an avid reader, and I love all kinds of books. Lately, I have not had the time to read the books I enjoy reading because of all of the literature I have to scour through for my dissertation (I know, crazy, right!?!?) When meeting with my professor one day, he recommended two books to me. I hurriedly jotted down the titles because I honestly think he recommended these same two books to me during a previous discussion with him. I figured, hey, if he is telling me for the second time to read these books, they must really be worth it. 

When I got home that afternoon, I looked them up on Amazon. Neither of these books were about my degree or my dissertation topic. I smiled. Yes, a reason to read something else other than other dissertations and peer reviewed articles. I couldn't press the "submit order" button (budget buster, yikes) quick enough! They both arrived two days later. 

The first recommended book I chose to read was Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki. What an excellent read! I couldn't put it down. I read it in two days. It was an easy read, but it was packed with common sense and advice on how to make your money work for you....not you working for money. 

It all made so much sense, and it shed a new light on how I began to view my job, my commitments, and my time. (I will not spoil the book because it is such a good one.) If you decide to read the book, or if you have already read it, I would love to hear your take-aways from the book. For those who have not read it, I encourage you to do so. 

After I read it, I began thinking about my previous conversations with my professor. Had I said something that made him think I needed financial advice (although, most of us do, or at least we need reminders)? Had I indicated I wanted to quit my job and figure out a way to make money work for me (surely not because I am in school to earn an advanced degree)? I believe all things happen for a reason. The reason he suggested I read the book was simply because I needed it, whether he knew it or not. 

The other book he recommended will be discusses in another Book Talk post. Happy Reading!

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