Rich Dad Poor Dad Review

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Rich Dad Poor Dad Review

Today, I’m going to be doing a Rich Dad Poor Dad Review.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a book written by Robert T. Kiyosaki and published in 1997.

Honestly, it was on my to-read list for the longest time, but I never got to it until more recently. I’d like to thank one of my subscribers who encouraged me to read this book because she was really curious about my thoughts on it.

The first thing I asked myself was, “Why didn’t I read this book sooner?”

I could’ve been many millions or even billions of dollars richer! Ha, just kidding!

But all jokes aside, it surely would’ve made a HUGE difference to my life if I just read this book earlier! Well, better now than never, right?


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Rich Dad Poor Dad Book Review:

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Overall, my thoughts on Rich Dad Poor Dad are very positive because it’s a very inspiring book and I’m the type of person who loves inspiration! And you know what? Sometimes, we just need some inspiration to push us outside of our comfort zones.

The beginning of the book was my favorite because it started off with the story of Kiyosaki’s childhood and how he and his best friend, Mike, wanted to learn how to become rich! For his entire life, Kiyosaki observes the differences between his rich dad (Mike’s dad) and his poor dad (his biological dad).

In short, the book may not provide concrete personal finance tips, but it offers motivation and inspiration to get you thinking.

Not just that, but it will also change your mindset on how you view money. Kiyosaki emphasizes a huge difference between having money work for you versus you working hard for your money. 

And no, he doesn’t give you the typical advice of investing your savings into the markets and letting it grow over time. Though that is sound advice, Kiyosaki emphasizes more on “thinking big and bold! Don’t be a Chicken Little!”


My overall rating of Rich Dad Poor Dad:

With that said, I give Rich Dad Poor Dad an overall rating of 4.5/5. I admit there were a couple of parts where I wasn’t able to connect with the author (I mention these points later in the post). But, for the most part, I absolutely agree with his overall view. Not to mention, his passionate and encouraging voice made me love the book even more!



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The Rich Dad vs. Poor Dad:

As mentioned, the book tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two dads — one rich and one poor.

Poor Dad:

The poor is his biological father who is highly educated. His poor dad believes in pursuing a formal education (i.e. Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., etc.), getting into a high-paying company with nice benefits and working until retirement.

Rich Dad:

On the other hand, his rich dad (his best friend’s dad) believes in pursuing “financial literacy” through experience and self-learning.

His rich dad is not a fan of formal education, nor does he take the linear approach to make money (i.e. hourly wage, salary, etc.). His approach is non-linear, smart, and efficient.

Kiyosaki’s rich dad says it’s unfortunate that school doesn’t teach or train us on how we should manage our money to improve our lives.


Generally speaking, we were raised to believe that talking about money is a taboo. No one likes to talk about money. And that’s why most Americans don’t have enough savings to cover $1,000 in emergenciesYikes!


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If only we spent as little as 30 minutes per day reviewing our finances and becoming more financially literate, we’d be a million times better off!

Instead, we’re taught (by poor dad) that money is evil, that it’s the root cause of all problems, that it’s here to destroy your life, and that you don’t need much money to live. Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, I’ve heard enough of those excuses.

Rich dad would argue that money is a tool and it just magnifies who you are. It shouldn’t change a person. Instead, it should allow you to buy back time and improve your life.


Lifestyle inflation:

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The book reiterates that we’re just trained to go to school and focus on getting good grades within our field of study. Once that’s done, we hop on board with the masses and work for an employer who pays us a regular salary along with some other nice perks. That’s cool I suppose and we’re happy with that (for now)…


But that state of happiness doesn’t last very long.


Kiyosaki says humans by nature are greedy, emotional, and impatient.

So within time, when we get raises or a promotion, we end up spending more. The more we make, the more we spend. As a result, lifestyle inflation kicks in and we have nothing saved for in our assets column.

Rich dad says you either end up 1) offsetting your income with your expenses (in most cases, the poor), or 2) building up your liabilities column (usually the middle-class because they get themselves into debt so that they can buy more of what they think makes them happy).

It’s a never-ending paycheck to paycheck cycle and we eventually want more and more.

But what the masses don’t understand nor see is that they cannot sustain this inflated lifestyle because they’re working hard (and not smart) for their money.


Rich dad says the cycle typically goes like this:

Get paycheck —> spend —> eventually get promoted and paid more —> spend more (e.g. upgrade to bigger houses, cars, boats, vacations, etc.) —> no assets that generate income for you

And the end result?

Hm, I guess there is no end…

The masses become trapped in the “Rat Race” with no savings and no investments.

According to Bankrate, over 65% of Americans save little or nothing — and half could end up struggling in retirement.

If you really want to get out of the hamster wheel, consider these passive income ideas here. Honestly, anyone can start with NO experience. And no, you don’t need a college degree either!


Your home is not an asset. It is a liability.

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Speaking of savings and investments, Kiyosaki does not consider your primary residence as an asset. In his view, if your home carries a mortgage and does not generate any income, then it is not an asset but a liability. The same applies to your financed vehicles. In the end, he’s saying that you’re just borrowing to consume.

In my personal opinion, your house is considered an asset if:

1) it generates an income stream and/or

2) if you are set on selling it down the road and using that money to invest in growth and/or income-generating assets.


In some cases, people have their mortgage paid off but never plan to sell because they are set on living there forever. In this case, I personally wouldn’t consider this an investment either because again, it would only be used for consumption. Also, for the sake of simplicity, we will not assume any HELOCs or the use of debt to make money either.


Earning power comes with your knowledge — not your degree.

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In my personal experience, I was taught by my dad (another poor dad) to do what everyone else (i.e. the masses) does in order to succeed in life. By the way, my dad knows he’s poor and he calls himself poor all the time, so I have no shame writing this.

Unfortunately, I learned it the hard way and I honestly wish I was more “financially literate” earlier in my life. Like I said, I wish I was exposed to personal finance and self-development books when I was still in school. But, I only have myself to blame.


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So, here’s my advice to you.

No matter what financial stage you’re in, I strongly recommend you to beef up your education in “financial literacy” if you’re aspired to build wealth or become rich.

Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT stop learning once you’re done school. The day you graduate from University should be the beginning of your real learning journey — not the end. While you’re acquiring new knowledge, you also need to apply what you learned. Even if it means taking a little bit of risks sometimes.


Here’s what Robert Kiyosaki said in the book:

“Once we leave school, most of us know that it is not so much a matter of college degree or good grades that count. In the real world, outside the academics, something more than just grades is required. I have heard it called many things; guts, chutzpah, balls, audacity, bravado, cunning, daring, tenacity, and brilliance. This factor, whatever it is labelled, ultimately decides one’s future much more than school grades do.”


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5 reasons why you won’t be rich even when you’re financially literate.

Aside from the points I mentioned above, one of my favorite parts of Rich Dad Poor Dad was near the end when Kiyosaki writes:

“Once people have studied and become financially literate, they may still face roadblocks to becoming financially independent.”


Answer: People may still not be able to build wealth because of the following five reasons:

1. Fear (this one is my favorite which I discuss more in the next section)

2. Cynicism

3. Laziness

4. Bad habits

5. Arrogance


Rich Dad Poor Dad Quotes

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I was inspired by many of the quotes in Rich Dad Poor Dad.

This section, especially his point about fear, caught my attention because I can see that far too many people are “Chicken Little” about everything in life. This is especially true when it comes to losing money.

“For most people, the reason they don’t win financially is because the pain of losing money is far greater than the joy of being rich.”

People generally like to play it safe and that’s why they’ll never see gains.

Kiyosaki says you can play it safe and never lose a dime, but don’t expect to win either.

He went on saying that most people are afraid of losing, so they lose. Those who take risks aren’t afraid to lose because they know that in order to win, you have to lose. In other words, winners are not afraid of losing.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Failure inspires winners. Failure defeats losers.”

After finishing Rich Dad Poor Dad, this point was my biggest take away because I was able to relate to it. I admit that there are things I fear in life, but I’ve been diligently working on that to let it go.


Rich Dad Poor Dad Criticism

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Overall, the book got me very excited and I absolutely loved it!

But, there were parts of the book I just wasn’t so fond of. At times, I just didn’t feel like I was in sync with him (maybe I still have a poor mindset? haha).

For one, he is mainly biased towards real estate investing and small-cap stocks. Secondly, he’s not a fan of buying blue-chip stocks or funds (though he didn’t say it was a bad thing).

Now, I’m not against real estate investing nor small cap stocks (I actually have interest in both). But, he made it sound like it was child’s play!

In the book, Kiyosaki gave a lot of examples on his experience with real estate investing.

For example, he mentioned a real estate deal where he made $50,000 within five hours without putting in much effort. Like, come on! Both you and I know that the majority of people are not “sophisticated” investors, so they can’t relate to those type of examples.

My question to him was: So, how can I replicate your success? Where do I even start?

He also mentions that it’s the mind that sees opportunities, and not the eyes. I understand where he’s coming from in terms of the mind. But again, I just didn’t like how he made it sound so simple.


Don’t make negative statements about yourself. Instead, ask yourself open-ended questions.

Other than those personal examples that he gives, I still enjoyed the book very much. It will seriously motivate you to think outside of the box and ask: How can I become happy and rich? How do I escape this rat race?

Instead of thinking “I can’t,” he motivates you to think of your obstacles as open-ended questions.

For example, don’t think “I can’t afford this.” Instead, ask yourself “How can I afford this?”

By avoiding the negative talk and re-framing them into questions, your mind will naturally start looking for answers and opportunities on how to solve your problems.


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Rich Dad Poor Dad Review Summary

Rich Dad Poor Dad is not a guide to managing your personal finances, but it will motivate and inspire you to take action.

It also gives you a lot of insights on the key differences between having money work for you versus you working for your money. You need to know that the latter will NEVER make you rich even if you’re earning over $100 per hour.

In the book, you’ll also spot the huge differences in behaviors of the rich (i.e. rich dad) versus the poor and middle-class (i.e. poor dad).

Here’s a recap of some differences:

– formal education vs. self-education. Not to say that formal education is bad, but most people stop learning at that point.

– being able to distinguish an asset versus a liability

– asset column vs. debt column. Which column are you going to build?

– instant gratification vs. patience

– fear of losing vs. being unafraid of losing (i.e. joy of winning)

– negatively stating “I can’t afford this” instead of asking “How can I afford this?”


Honestly, there’s SO much more I want to talk about in this book, but that would become a 10,000-word post. It’s better for you to read the book and truly develop a rich mindset. There may be parts where you disagree with his views. For example, I couldn’t relate to a few of his examples that I mentioned above. But, you can still learn a lot from him and his book! From my experience and what I’ve seen, it’s important to not be arrogant or ignorant but to have an open mind.

“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.”


Don’t wait like I did. I honestly wish I read this book sooner than later.

You can click on the book to learn more from Amazon. Change your mindset about money today!

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Over to you — Readers, what do you think of this Rich Dad Poor Dad review? Have you read Rich Dad Poor Dad? Are you open-minded about the things he says? What do you think?


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  1. Nice post! I have read this book and think Kiyosaki has some good information. Also as you said it is motivating which is half the battle sometimes.

    I do think that he is better at selling his product then investing using OPM.

    I think using leverage to invest is perfectly fine. I just think that the message hits hardest with those just trying to get started and it comes off a little “over night millionaire” to me. When in reality it takes time and hard work to build a portfolio of stocks, bonds, real estate or Pokemon cards.

    Great review!

    1. Hey DM!

      Yes, Kiyosaki does speak in a way where it sounds like it’s somewhat easy. I know for me personally, it’s not easy. Sometimes, I actually wonder if I’m missing a point that they’re trying to say. Maybe it isn’t as difficult as I think (or most people think), but I am just too blind to see it (or maybe my mind isn’t open enough) haha.

      Still, I love his overall voice! I know he speaks with a lot of confidence and sometimes I need that push from someone.

      I was always the type who didn’t like people who come across as “too confident” because I used to see it as cocky. Mind you, I’m super passive, shy, reserved, and someone who lacks A LOT of confidence. But, I took it a step back and realized that I can learn a thing or two from those types of people. Though I’m not looking to become like that, I’m still going to keep an open mind about them.

      He may not be able to guide me step-by-step or spoon feed me, but he’ll be there to offer inspiration and make me think deeper! 😀

  2. Great post! This was one of the first books I read, and I liked the storytelling aspect of it, similar to The Wealthy Barber. I actually didn’t like Rich Dad Poor Dad too much as it sounded too schmoozy.

    Robert Kiyosaki has made his money through Rich Dad Poor Dad seminars and getting people to sign up for his courses for tens of thousands of dollars or to buy his game Cash Flow Quadrant (or whatever it was called, can’t remember that well it was many years ago when I read it). He’s a very good inspiration speaker though and motivator- I’ll give him that!

    1. Hey GYM!

      Oh yeah, that Cash Flow game! Haha, I still remember in the book, how a woman got angry with him because she didn’t see how that game was a reflection of her poor finances.

      I know this may sound bad, but I liked the part where he admitted to being the “best-seller” and not a “best writer.”

      He talked about how taking courses in sales/marketing has added value to his life and helped him. And when he recommended a course to a reporter who said she wanted to become a best-selling author like him, she got so angry at him. She said something along the lines: “I have a masters degree in English Literature. Why would I go to school to learn how to be a salesperson? I’m a professional.”

      Lol, I really like how he was bluntly honest on that part — he admits to being a bad writer but a “best-seller.”

      Coming from someone who dislikes sales type of people, I’m very shocked that I didn’t dislike that part of the book. I was really keeping my mind open throughout the entire book and starting to believe that what he says has some truth! But of course, I would never recommend selling anything that doesn’t add value to the consumer’s life!

  3. Very good review.

    I personally didn’t think much of this book when I did a review on my blog, but it has some interesting points. As you said, it seems a bit too easy for him (50K in five hours, sure…). And it’s really lacking in advices/tips and too biased towards real estate. It seems the only thing for him. It’s not really well written either, but at least he’s honest on that point. He’s a great speaker and sell, but a poor writer I think.

    1. Hello (Rich) Swiss — haha I still remember me giving you that name. But uh oh, you better hurry and buy before it gets taken 😉

      And yes, you’re right that it’s definitely not a book that will spoon feed people step-by-step on how to get out of a financial rut, or how to achieve financial independence by saving 50% plus of your income. But, the value comes from his motivational/inspirational speech and the overall story he tells. I personally enjoy reading books that make me think deeper and questioning myself!

      He may not be the best writer, but I loved how it was so easy to read because his choice of words were… well, easy haha! 😀

      I also have to give it to him where he explains, in his view, why your primary residence is not an asset but a liability. But, he wasn’t saying to not buy a house. I think he was speaking primarily those who upgrade to bigger houses (take on larger mortgages) and buy more stuff to fill their homes (borrow more through credit cards).

      His main takeaway is to always look at your asset column. Do whatever you can to beef up that column and avoid the liabilities (especially consumer debt)!

      1. I’m still waiting to get rich (or FI more likely) before buying the domain 😉

        I totally agree that he makes some good and strong points and that the books is easy to read!

    1. Thanks for those recommendations, Tom!

      I’ll look into Die Broke and Work Less Live More 🙂

      Millionaire Next Door is definitely one of my favorites too!

  4. This was a good and honest review. Rich Dad poor Dad was the first personal finance book i read, many eons ago.
    I think many of the lessons still hold true today.
    I do agree with you that he favors real estate investing more so than anything else.

    1. It seems like Rich Dad Poor Dad is everyone’s first book! Why is that???

      LOL, I’m wondering where have I been? That was definitely not my first book, but I always heard of and wanted to read it. Never got to it until this year.

  5. Very good review,
    I have read the book many years ago but have forgot most of it , it might be time to go back and read it again. Thanks for the review.

    1. Hey Steve!

      Definitely read it again! I think the main part that most people remember from the book is: “your primary residence is not an asset.” That point gets talked about a lot!

  6. Hey this was one of the first books I read that relates to money. It was really popular at the time it came out and it made me start to look at my finances in a different light.
    Kiyosaki has done many motivational talks in conferences around the world ever since and I believe he still is today. He doesn’t really provide a breakdown of managing your finances but he is a great motivator to look at it.
    Thanks for this review Panda!! To refresh my memory of the book, I’m going to look for it at home where it’s collecting dust.

    1. Hey Kris!

      I guess it’s time for a refresher, eh? 😀

      Looks like I just love books that inspire and motivate… not to mention, easy to read too 😉

      Btw, this is so random… but I can’t believe Kiyosaki is 71 years old today! :O

  7. Hey Panda! I admire you for always reading and staying on top of your game!How many books do you read a month?! I had to toss reading adult books out the window. Since I have to read so much for my day job, and write, read to my kiddo (and try and do the whole blog thing) it leaves not much room for much else!

    Oh I forgot – I do read books when we go on long car rides! I mostly bop over to a friend’s or neighbor’s house and snoop through their mystery or love novels…

    I forgot Mr. DS has a big collection of money topic books… and this one might be in it?! Again…you two are so alike!

    Great book review! What did you say you got in HS for English grades again?! Your teacher would def give you an A+ for this one!

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like because I was too preoccupied setting up the blog and learn about blogging (so in the same boat as you haha). But, I’m going to put more effort to read more. I think reading can really change a person’s life!

      Lol, and thanks for your kind words. You’re just being too nice. I would’ve likely failed this paper but that’s the best I’ve got. Oh well… at least, I’m passionate about what I say, that’s all that matters right? Lol…

  8. I bet real estate in the 80s and 90s was a lot easier than it was now when most houses were 50% of the cost of today!

    Great review – I need to read this one again, I read it back in 2012 before I was a complete finance nerd, and I think it would add a lot of value to my message 🙂

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey Erik!

      Nice to hear from you!

      Haha, it’s funny how you mention the 80s and 90s was easier. It sounds like something our kids’ kids will probably say about us… “the Millennials had it so easy.”

      But yes, I agree that real estate in general has gone up so much over the years especially with such low historical rates. Ah well… I’m sure there’s always opportunities elsewhere. As per Kiyosaki, we just gotta see it with our minds and not our eyes, lol. I’m still trying to digest that…

      Yes, it’s worth taking another read! You may find a hidden message that you didn’t catch back in 2012. At least that’s how I feel when I re-read things over and over again. Hehe!

      Thanks for dropping by! 😊

  9. This is very inspirational. I haven’t read the book, but I did learn a lot from you. Fear is one of the biggest reasons why we can’t build wealth. It is hindering us from pursuing dreams and taking risks.

    1. Hi Kyle!

      Yes, I really do believe that fear prevents us from opportunities! I’m learning to let it go… if you think about it, what’s the worst that could really happen?

      Thanks for dropping by!

  10. Hey Panda!

    Great review, and reminder of a good mindset. It’s very easy to fall into the rat race and forget you’re even there. I have not read the book, but I agree with most of these conclusions.

    I’ve found that the rat race can be exciting at first, but that luster quickly fades as you contemplate decades of cubicle land (unless you really love your job). Even highly-paid jobs can turn out to be unsatisfying.

    Thanks for the review, the book is moving up in my reading list!


    1. Hi Miguel!

      It is easy to fall into the rat race trap! I remember when I was in school, I said to myself “oh, I’ll be happy as long as I make $50,000 for the rest of my life.” I thought all there was to life is work and just spend whatever you make to pay bills. Boy, I was such a naive student (I also listened to my poor dad, lol). I actually didn’t think much about it at that time.

      Now, after going to work and seeing how the real world is, my mindset is totally different! I’m thinking there’s so much more to life than this work-and-consume cycle.

      And yes, I agree that we are happy initially but then it fades once we realize something is missing (unless you really love your job)! But, I don’t think I’ll ever understand that “I love my job” feeling lol.

      Definitely, take a read! It opened up my eyes even more! 🙄

  11. Hey, Panda! I had no desire to read this book, but after reading this post, I need to check it out! I read Your Money or Your Life and The Millionaire Next Door recently and didn’t think any other book was necessary haha. But it sounds like he lays out a lot of great ideas, especially on lifestyle inflation. That is my down fall!

  12. Hi Panda!
    I read this book many moons ago, didn’t remember much! I guess it didn’t have as much as an impact as the wealthy barber on me!
    Great review:)

  13. For some reason, I had it in my head that Rich Dad Poor Dad was just a book pushing MLMs. I don’t know why, maybe it has to do something with the author’s seminars?

    I think I’ll put it on my to-read list. Thanks for the review!

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