What exactly is it that separates the wealthy from the rest of us? This is an essential question that isn’t asked nearly often enough. On first considering the question, you may be tempted to give answers such as, “Having wealthy parents” or “Winning the lottery” or even “Working at a cushy, high-paying job.” Indeed, anyone in any of the aforementioned circumstances can count his or herself among the very lucky.
Unfortunately for these people, however, being lucky isn’t all it takes to become rich. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best-selling Rich Dad, Poor Dad books claims that being rich has more to do with how much money you hold on to than how much money you have coming in.
Kiyosaki’s father, the so-called “Poor Dad,” is a great example of a well educated man blessed with a great career who was nonetheless poor, because he couldn’t seem to keep any of the money he was earning.
The good news for you, is that becoming rich has less to do with external factors like your job or whether you were born a Rockefeller, which you can’t control, and more to do with internal factors which you can.
Whether you ever become rich or not is determined, in large part, by nothing more than how you think.
Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad” used a graph entitled the Cash Flow Quadrant to explain this principle, separating people into four groups. ‘E’s and ‘S’s, or employees and those who are self-employed, occupy one half of the graph. ‘B’s and ‘I’s, or businesspeople and investors were on the other. Robert Kiyosaki claimed that, in addition to representing the source of a person’s cash flow, these categories served as a window into how different type of people think about money.
Furthermore, Kiyosaki explains, individuals don’t land in one quadrant or another by a roll of the dice.
According to Kiyosaki, the people who fit into these four categories are fundamentally different in their thoughts and emotions, and these essential differences drive individuals to behave differently towards their money.
What’s more, Kiyosaki says, it is that emotional difference that determines to which quadrant a person is drawn. And, he says, you can always tell which quadrant a person is coming from simply by listening to what they say. If you hear a person talking primarily about their benefits and job security, then that person is coming from Kiyosaki’s E or employee quadrant. He also goes on to say that it is perfectly all right to live your life in the E quadrant if security is indeed the most important thing to you. But, he adds, the E quadrant is the most difficult quadrant from which to become rich.
Though the revelation that wealth simply depends on your attitude and personality may initially seem rather intimidating, you should take it as encouragement. Even if you don’t see yourself as a lucky person right now, rest assured that you can, if you have the drive, become wealthy.
Real estate is a great place to start for prospective investors; it’s what made “Rich Dad” rich in the first place! In order to become a real estate investor and start building your fortune, all you have to do is make a decision to stop working for a paycheck, and put your paycheck to work for you.