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I’m Fine With Being Rich and Clueless

by SMD 


It’s been a tough day to be a Rich Dad loving geek!

First, I got this email [see below] then, while checking my logs I found this comment on a story which says some guy removed me from his blogroll because I called myself a “Rich Dad loving geek”…uh, why did he add my site in the first place I wonder, since I’ve always used that tag line.

I mean I don’t post very often, I don’t really know anything, I’m not very original and my site’s design is kind of stale…all these would be good reasons to de-blogroll me, but because I’m a fan of Robert Kiyosaki…that seems kind of silly to me.

I don’t really feel any need to defend Robert Kiyosaki…I’m sure he’s heard it all before. As for me, all I can say is that I deeply appreciate what I learned from his books. I understand what his is trying to teach and I have applied it with great success to my financial and business affairs.

I also understand that his teachings are not for everyone. Most people are not willing to take full responsibility for their place in life because that would be, in most cases, too uncomfortable. From Robert Kiyosaki’s words I have been able to come to an understanding of the patterns in my mind that have kept me from creating wealth and enjoying money in my life.

I’ve seen my financial life transform dramatically as a result of the work I’ve done to apply Rich Dad’s ideas. Personally, I will read any book and learn from it. I believe there is at least some truth in everything and having a mind that focuses on finding and applying that grain of truth, is far more important to me than anything else.

It is a person’s way that has the real value in life and criticizing and ridiculing is just a waste to me. If you really find someone’s words worthy of attacking and fighting against, then a much more productive response would be to examine why those thoughts are offensive to you. Thoughts and ideas are completely neutral, it is us that make them “worthy” or “worthless” and it is nothing more than the orientation of one’s heart that turns cluelessness into riches, or riches into misery.

Reader Email:

I came across your site while searching for more information on Robert Kiyosaki.  You seem to be very passionate about  his writings, etc.  I read his Rich Dad book and found it to be an incredible waste of my time.  It was drivel, and I’m not alone in that fact.  I suggest you do a google search on Robert Kiyosaki and John T. Reed to see the latter’s page on Mr. Kiyosaki.

About me; I’m not Rich, but I am happy.  Like Mr. Kiyosaki, I’m a merchant-marine academy grad, and also work for XXXXXXX.  Unlike him, I don’t measure my wealth in dollars and cents.  I’m starting to believe that Robert Kiyosaki makes his money, maybe all of his money, by  convincing you that his techniques can make you rich, whatever that is.

But, I like your site and it sounds like you are someone  who is pursuing his dreams.  The world needs more of that.  But I think there’s got to be more to it than Rolex’s, titanium drivers and inside information.  I’m not saying turn to god or anything like that… but trust me that more money does not automatically equal more happiness.  After making some of the former, I’m choosing to find more of the latter.  Hope you do as well.

Good luck.

My reply:
Hi XXXX,

Thanks for the comments; it’s always nice to hear someone else’s opinion.

To me I’ve never looked to money for happiness. Happiness comes from a much deeper place than money could possible affect. Money is only good for surface comfort, which in my mind makes its pursuit very worthwhile.

I’ve never heard Robert Kiyosaki peddling happiness from money, but I have learned a lot from his books and my wealth has gone up as a result of applying his teachings. If you or others think his teachings are a waste of time, that’s perfectly fine with me.

A friend of mine said something really wise:
“Money is really worth making, but it is not worth living for.”

Take care,

Jon

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Comments

4 Responses to “I’m Fine With Being Rich and Clueless”

  1. Peter on June 13th, 2007 1:32 am

    My financial state improved dramatically as a result of reading the Rich Dad Series. I think the value one can derive from these books is more on broadening your horizons and seeing+thinking about things with a different perspective(Vision etc.). Anyway you should update more often Jon, I’ll put you on my blogroll if I ever get started on my blog instead of creating websites.

  2. GC on June 13th, 2007 1:32 am

    Some people really like Kiyosaki’s works, some people don’t think very highly of it and its great to have differing opinions and discussing them. In fact, if Kiyosaki were a stock, our differing opinions are exactly what makes a trade possible. I agree that there is really no need for ridicule. Take care,

  3. EMorgan on June 13th, 2007 1:32 am

    Jon, This person didn’t understand that it is not about money- it is about freedom. Money simply grants you a longer leash, more freedom to do the things that make you happy. Money is simply a means to an end- it isn’t the end. PS- I’m linking you to my blog!

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