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Dedication
I dedicate this book, The Business of the 21st Century, to the millions of you who are
at a crossroads in life—who are affected by the current economic crisis and feeling
helpless as to what you can do to secure your financial future. I want you to know
that these are, despite what they may seem, the best times to take control of your
future. I have spent my life educating people on how to attain financial freedom, and
I know that this book, like the others in my Rich Dad series, will provide you with
insight needed to create—and sustain—wealth for years to come. Once you learn
the truth of how money works and the business opportunities available to you in the
21st century, you will be able to begin building the life you desire.
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Contents
Acknowledgments ...................................................................................................x
Introduction ...........................................................................................................xi
Part One: Take Control of Your Future
1. The Rules Have Changed ................................................................................ 3
2. The Silver Lining ............................................................................................. 9
3. Where Do You Live? ..................................................................................... 15
4. Your Core Financial Values ........................................................................... 19
5. The Mindset of an Entrepreneur ................................................................... 23
6. It’s Time to Take Control! ............................................................................ 27
Part Two: One Business—Eight Wealth-Building Assets
7. My Years in the Business ............................................................................... 33
8. It’s Not About Income: It’s About Assets That Generate Income .................. 39
9. Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education .................................................. 43
10. Asset #2: A Profitable Path of Personal Development .................................... 49
11. Asset #3: A Circle of Friends Who Share Your Dreams and Values ............... 55
12. Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network ................................................. 59
13. Asset #5: A Duplicable, Fully Scalable Business ............................................. 65
14. Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills ....................................................... 71
15. Asset #7: A Mechanism for Genuine Wealth Creation .................................. 77
16. Asset #8: Big Dreams and the Capacity to Live Them ................................... 83
17. A Business Where Women Excel ................................................................... 87
Part Three: Your Future Starts Now
18. Choose Wisely ............................................................................................... 97
19. What It Takes .............................................................................................. 103
20. Living the Life.............................................................................................. 111
21. The Business of the 21st Century ................................................................ 115
About the Authors ............................................................................................. 119
Rich Dad’s Resources ......................................................................................... 122
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Acknowledgments
I would like to thank my wife, Kim, for her continued love and support, as well as
my Rich Dad family who has helped me get the message of financial education out
to millions of people around the globe.
I would also like to thank John Fleming for his invaluable insight on network
marketing, and Stuart Johnson, Reed Bilbray, and the staff at VideoPlus for their
assistance in putting this book together.
Lastly, I would like to thank John David Mann and J.M. Emmert for bringing their
crafts and passions to this project.
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Introduction
The economy is in tatters; your job is in trouble—if you still have a job. And
you know what? I’ve been saying it for years.
It took a global financial meltdown for most to hear it. But this book isn’t about
how or why everything has gone to hell in a handbasket. It’s about why this bad news
turns out to be very good news—if you know what to do about it.
I learned about business from two people: my father, who was a very well-
educated, highly placed government employee, and my best friend’s father, who was
an eighth-grade dropout and self-made millionaire. My real father suffered financial
problems his entire life and died with little to show for all the long years of hard
work; my best friend’s dad became one of the richest men in Hawaii.
I thought of these two men as my “poor dad” and my “rich dad.” I loved and
admired my real dad very much, and vowed that I would help as many people
as possible avoid suffering the kinds of indignities and failures that plagued
his path.
After I left home, I had all kinds of experiences. I served in the Marines as
a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. I went to work for Xerox, starting out as their
worst salesperson and leaving four years later as their best. After leaving Xerox,
I developed several multimillion-dollar international businesses and was able to
retire at the age of 47 to pursue my passion—to teach others how to build wealth
and live the lives they dream of living, instead of settling for mediocrity and
sullen resignation.
In 1997, I wrote about my experiences in a little book. I must have touched
a chord with at least a few readers: Rich Dad Poor Dad shot to the top of the New
York Times best-seller list and stayed there for more than four years, and has been
described as “the best-selling business book of all time.”
Since then, I’ve put out a whole series of Rich Dad books, and although each one
has a slightly different focus, they all deliver the exact same message as that first book,
and it’s the message at the heart of this book you now hold in your hands:
Take responsibility for your finances—or get used to taking orders for the rest
of your life. You’re either a master of money or a slave to it. Your choice.
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I was incredibly fortunate in my life to have experiences and mentors that
showed me how to build genuine wealth. As a result, I was able to retire completely
from any need to work ever again. Up until that time, I was working to build my
family’s future. Since then, I’ve been working to help build yours.
For the past ten years, I have devoted my life to finding the most effective and
practical ways to help people transform their lives in the 21st century by learning
how to build genuine wealth. Through our Rich Dad books, my partners and I have
written about many different types and forms of enterprise and investment. But
during these years of intensive research, I have come across one business model in
particular that I believe holds the greatest promise for the largest number of people
to get control of their financial lives, their futures, and their destinies.
One more thing. When I say genuine wealth, I’m not talking about money alone.
Money is part of it, but it’s not the whole. Building genuine wealth is as much about
the builder as it is about the built.
In this book, I’m going to show you why you need to build your own business,
and exactly what kind of business. But this isn’t just about changing the type of
business you’re working with; it’s also about changing you. I can show you how to
find what you need to grow the perfect business for you, but for your business to
grow, you will have to grow as well.
Welcome to the business of the 21st century.
PART ONE
Take Control of Your Future
Why you need to have
a business of your own
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CHAPTER 1
The Rules Have Changed
We live in troubled times. The last few years have brought us a steady parade of fear
and panic in the headlines, boardrooms, and kitchen tables across America. Globalization,
outsourcing, downsizing, foreclosures, subprime mortgages and credit default swaps, ponzi
schemes, Wall Street fiascoes, recession … it’s just one piece of bad news after another.
During the first few months of 2009, U.S. company layoffs reached about a quarter-
million per month. As I write this in late 2009, unemployment is at 10.2 percent and
still rising, and underemployment (where your job stays in place but your hours and pay
are drastically cut back) is even worse. The rampant decline in gainful employment is a
ravaging epidemic to which few are immune. From executives and middle managers to
administration employees and blue-collar workers, from bankers to retail clerks, all are at
risk. Even the healthcare industry, until recently considered a job-safe zone, is trimming
away significant chunks of its workforce.
In the fall of 2008, a lot of people’s retirement portfolios suddenly lost half their
value—or more. Real estate crashed. What people thought were their solid, reliable
assets turned out to be about as solid as water vapor. Job security is gone, a thing of
the past. In a 2009 USA Today survey, 60 percent of Americans polled said they see
today’s economic situation as the biggest crisis in their lifetime.
Of course, you already know all this. But here’s what you may not know: None
of this is really news. Sure, it took a major economic crisis for people to start waking
up to the fact that their livelihoods were at risk. But your income didn’t become at
risk overnight—it was always at risk.
Most of the U.S. population has been living for years on the knife-edge precipice
between solvency and ruin, relying on the next paycheck or two to meet each
In a 2009 USA Today survey, 60 percent of Americans
polled said they see today’s economic situation as the
biggest crisis in their lifetime.
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month’s expenses, typically with only a very thin cushion of cash savings—or more
often, no cushion at all. That paycheck is called “trading your time for money,” and
during a recession, it is the least reliable source of income there is. Why? Because
when the number of employed people starts dropping, there is less disposable income
in circulation to pay for your time.
I Told You So
Not to be an I-told-you-so, but … I told you so.
I’ve been saying this for years: There is no longer such a thing as a safe and
secure job. Corporate America is a 20th-century dinosaur, trembling on the edge of
extinction, and the only way for you to have a genuinely secure future is for you to
take control of that future.
Here’s what I wrote in 2001, in a book titled The Business School for People Who
Like Helping People:
In my opinion, the United States and many Western nations have a financial
disaster coming, caused by our educational system’s failure to adequately provide a
realistic financial education program for students.
That same year, in an interview for Nightingale-Conant, I said:
If you think mutual funds are going to be there for you, if you want to bet your
life on the ups and downs of the stock market, that’s your retirement you’re betting
on. What happens if the stock market goes up and then comes crashing down again
when you’re 85 years old? You have no control. I’m not saying mutual funds are bad.
I’m just saying they’re not safe and they’re not smart, and I wouldn’t bet my financial
future on them.
Never before in the history of the world have so many people bet their retirement
on the stock market. That is insane. Do you think Social Security is going to be there
to take care of you? Then you also believe in the Easter Bunny.
And in an interview I did in March 2005, I said this:
The No. 1 strength of a paper asset is its liquidity—and that is also its No. 1
weakness. We all know there’s going to be another market crash and we’re going to be
wiped out again. Why would you do that?
So what just happened? There was another market crash and many people got
wiped out again. Why? Because our habits and mindset caught up with us.
In 1971, the American economy went off the gold standard. This happened
without the approval of Congress, by the way, but the important thing is that it
happened. Why is that significant? Because it cleared the way for us to start printing
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The number of people living officially below the poverty
line is rising rapidly. The number of people who are
working beyond the age of 65 is increasing.
more and more money, as much as we liked, without it being tied to any actual,
hard, real value.
This shift away from reality opened the gates for the biggest economic boom in
history. Over the next three and a half decades, the American middle class exploded.
As the dollar devalued and the on-the-books value of real estate and other assets
inflated, ordinary people became millionaires. Suddenly credit was available to
anyone, anytime, anywhere, and credit cards began popping up like mushrooms after
a spring rain. To pay off those credit cards, Americans started using their homes as
ATMs, refinancing and borrowing, borrowing and refinancing.
After all, real estate always keeps going up in value, right?
Wrong. By 2007 we had pumped as much hot air into this financial balloon as
it could take—and the fantasy came crashing down to earth again. And it wasn’t just
Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns that collapsed. Millions lost their 401(k)s, their
pensions, and their jobs.
In the 1950s, when General Motors was the most powerful corporation in
America, the press picked up a statement by GM’s president and turned it into a
slogan that carried for decades: “As GM goes, so goes the nation.” Well, folks, that
may not be all good news, because where GM went in 2009 was into bankruptcy,
and by that same summer, the state of California was paying its bills with IOUs
instead of cash.
Right now, the percentage of Americans who own their homes is dropping.
Mortgage foreclosures are at an all-time high. The number of middle-class families is
dropping. Savings accounts are smaller, if they exist at all, and family debt is greater.
The number of people living officially below the poverty line is rising rapidly. The
number of people who are working beyond the age of 65 is increasing. The number
of new bankruptcies is going through the roof. And many Americans do not have
enough to retire—not even close.
Has all this bad news got your attention? Sure it has, and you’re not alone.
Americans everywhere have finally stopped rolling over and hitting the Snooze button.
Great! Now you’re awake to what’s going on, and it isn’t pretty. So let’s take a deeper
look and see what it really means—and what there is you can do about it.
It’s a New Century
When I was a kid, my parents taught me the same formula for success that you
probably learned: Go to school, study hard, and get good grades so you can get a
secure, high-paying job with benefits—and your job will take care of you.
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But that’s Industrial-Age thinking, and we’re not in the Industrial Age
anymore. Your job is not going to take care of you. The government will not take
care of you. Nobody’s going to take care of you. It’s a new century, and the rules
have changed.
My parents believed in job security, company pensions, Social Security, and
Medicare. These are all worn-out, obsolete ideas left over from an age gone by.
Today job security is a joke, and the very idea of lifetime employment with a
single company—an ideal so proudly championed by IBM in its heyday—is as
anachronistic as a manual typewriter.
Many thought their 401(k) retirement plans were safe. Hey, they were backed by
blue-chip stocks and mutual funds, what could go wrong? As it turned out, everything
could go wrong. The reason these once-sacred cows no longer give any milk is that
they are all obsolete: pensions, job security, retirement security—it’s all Industrial-
Age thinking. We’re in the Information Age now, and we need to use Information-
Age thinking.
Fortunately, people are starting to listen and learn. It’s a shame that it takes
suffering and hardship to bring the lesson home, but at least the lessons are hitting
home. Every time we experience a major crisis—the dot-com bust, the economic
aftermath of 9/11, the financial panic of ’08, and recession of ’09—more people
realize that the old safety nets just won’t hold up anymore.
The corporate myth is over. If you’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder,
have you ever stopped to notice the view? What view, you ask? The rear end of the
person in front of you. That’s what you get to look forward to. If that’s the way you
want to view the rest of your life, then this book probably isn’t for you. But if you
are sick and tired of looking at someone else’s behind, then read on.
Don’t Be Fooled Again
As I write this, unemployment is still on the rise. By the time you read these
words, who knows? The situation may have changed. Don’t be fooled. When
employment and real estate values turn around and credit loosens up again, as they
inevitably will, don’t be lulled into that same-old sense of false security that got you
and the rest of the world into this mess in the first place.
In the summer of 2008, gas prices were soaring over $4 a gallon. SUV sales sank
like a stone, and suddenly everyone was on the small-car-and-hybrid bandwagon. But
look what happened next. By 2009, gas prices had fallen back down below $2—and
so help me, people started buying SUVs again!
What?! Do we really think fuel prices are going to stay nice and low? That gas
prices are down for good now, and therefore gas-guzzlers make perfect sense to buy?
Can we really be that shortsighted? (I’m trying to be nice here. The word I was going
to use was “stupid.”)
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. We aren’t just fooled once; we let ourselves
be fooled over and over again. We all grew up hearing the fable of the ant and the
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grasshopper, but the overwhelming majority of us keep living with the foresight of
a grasshopper anyway.
Don’t be distracted by the headlines. There is always some idiotic buzz going
on that tries to pull your attention away from the serious business of building your
life. It’s just noise. Whether it’s terrorism, recession, or the latest election-cycle
scandals, it’s got nothing to do with what you need to be doing today to build
your future.
During the Great Depression, there were people who made fortunes. And during
the greatest boom times, like the real estate surge of the ’80s, there were millions
and millions of people who neglected to take charge of their future—who ignored
everything I’m going to share with you in this book—and ended up struggling or
broke. Most of them, in fact, are still struggling or broke today.
The economy is not the issue. The issue is you.
Are you angry at the corruption in the corporate world? At Wall Street and the
big banks that let this happen? At the government for not doing enough, or for doing
too much, or for doing too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right
things? Are you angry at yourself for not taking control sooner?
Life is tough. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Moaning and
groaning won’t secure your future. Neither will blaming Wall Street, the big bankers,
corporate America, or the government.
If you want a solid future, you need to create it. You can take charge of your future
only when you take control of your income source. You need your own business.
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CHAPTER 2
The Silver Lining
On July 13, 2009, TIME magazine ran a piece on page 2 they called “10
Questions for Robert Kiyosaki.” One of the questions asked of me was this: “Are
there opportunities to create new companies in this turbulent economy?”
“Are you kidding?!” was my first thought. Here is how I answered:
This is the best time. When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
Entrepreneurs don’t really care if the market’s up or down. They’re creating better
products and better processes. So when somebody says, “Oh, there’s less opportunity
now,” it’s because they’re losers.
You’ve heard an awful lot of bad news about the economy. Ready for the good
news? Actually, the bad news is the good news. I’ll tell you the same thing I told
TIME magazine: A recession is the best time to start your own business. When the
economy slows down, entrepreneurialism heats up like a stoked-up wood stove on a
cold winter night.
Q: What do the Microsoft and Disney empires have in common, besides the
fact that they are both hugely successful billion-dollar businesses that have become
household names?
A: They were both launched during a recession.
In fact, more than half the corporations that make up the Dow Jones Industrial
Average got their starts during a recession.
Why? Simple: In times of economic uncertainty, people get creative. They break
out of their comfort zones and take initiative to help make ends meet. It’s a matter
of good, old-fashioned American entrepreneurialism at its best. When the going gets
tough, the tough get going.
For one thing, the market for new opportunity is ripe during tough economic
times. Five years ago, when housing values were soaring and credit was available
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everywhere, nobody was hungry. People’s bellies were full, they felt safe, and few
were looking for any alternative means of income. Employees weren’t worried
about the financial stability of their employers or whether a pink slip might be in
their future.
But now that layoffs are rampant and everyone is worried about what the future
holds, millions of people are soberly reevaluating their finances and realizing that if
they want to have a secure future they can count on, they’re going to have to come
up with a Plan B. People today are hungrier than ever to earn extra money, and
because of that, they are more receptive and more inclined to open their minds to
new avenues.
In fact, this was true even before the recent economic meltdown. Ever since
the ’80s, and especially since the turn of the century, the drive to control our own
economic futures has been building. Here’s what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
said in a 2007 report titled Work, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in 21st Century
America: “Millions of Americans are embracing entrepreneurship by running their
own small businesses.”
Now, I’m no economist, but I know someone who is: Paul Zane Pilzer.
Paul is a whiz kid, was Citibank’s youngest-ever vice president, and left the
banking world to make millions going into business for himself. He’s had a few New
York Times best-sellers, predicted the Savings & Loan crisis before it happened, and
served as an economic advisor in two presidential administrations. He’s someone
worth listening to.
Paul talks about a 180-degree shift in cultural values around the nature of career
paths, with the conventional corporate-employee career structure giving way to the
entrepreneurial path.
“The traditional wisdom in the second half of the 20th century,” says Paul, “was
to go to school, get a good education, and go to work for a large company. The
idea of going into business for yourself was most often regarded as risky. Admirable,
perhaps, but risky … and maybe a little crazy. Today it’s completely the other
way around.”
Paul’s right. That U.S. Chamber of Commerce report I mentioned also refers
to a Gallup poll finding that 61 percent of Americans say they would prefer to
be their own boss. Another poll, this one by the Fresno research firm Decipher,
found that 72 percent of all adult Americans would rather work for themselves
than for a job, and 67 percent think about quitting their jobs “regularly”
or “constantly.”
72 percent of all adult Americans would rather work for
themselves than for a job, and 67 percent think about
quitting their jobs “regularly” or “constantly.”
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And it’s not just about making a living; it’s also about the quality of how we’re
living. People are waking up to the fact that they want more control over their lives.
They want to be more connected to their families, be in charge of their own time,
work from their homes, determine their own destinies. In that Decipher study, 84
percent of respondents said they would be more passionate about their work if they
owned their own business. The No. 1 reason they gave for wanting to work for
themselves? “To be more passionate about my work life.”
What’s happening is that the 20th-century myth of job security, with its promise
that the path to a long, happy, fulfilling life is to find a job working for someone else,
is crumbling before our eyes.
The Employment Mythology
Most of us are so brainwashed by our circumstances that we think of employment
as normal. But far from being historically “normal,” the whole concept of being an
employee is actually a fairly recent phenomenon.
During the Agrarian Age, most people were entrepreneurs. Yes, they were
farmers who worked the king’s lands, but they were not the king’s employees.
They didn’t receive a paycheck from the king. In fact, it was the other way around:
The farmer paid the king a tax for the right to use his land. These farmers actually
made their living as small-business entrepreneurs. They were butchers, bakers, and
candlestick makers who passed on their trade through the family lineage in what
have come down to us as common last names: Smith, for the village blacksmith;
Baker, for bakery owners; Farmer, because their family’s business was farming;
Taylor, derived from the tailor’s profession; and Cooper, the old term for the
barrel-maker’s trade.
It was not until the Industrial Age that a new demand began growing: the
demand for employees. In response, the government took over the task of mass
education, adopting the Prussian system, which is what most Western school systems
in the world are still modeled after today.
Have you ever wondered where the idea of retirement at age 65 came from?
I’ll tell you where: Otto von Bismarck, the president of Prussia, in 1889. Actually,
Bismarck’s plan kicked in at age 70, not 65, but it hardly matters. Promising their
old folks a guaranteed pension after age 65 was not much of an economic risk for
Bismarck’s government: At the time, the life expectancy of the average Prussian
was about 45. Today, so many are living well into their 80s and 90s that the same
promise might well bankrupt the federal government within the next generation.
When you research the philosophy behind Prussian education, you will find that
the purpose was to produce soldiers and employees, people who would follow orders
and do as they were told. The Prussian system is for mass-producing employees.
In America in the ’60s and ’70s, companies like IBM made “employment for
life” the gold standard of job security. But employment at IBM hit its peak in 1985,
and the whole concept of the solid, reliable corporate career has been in decline ever
since.
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“As GM goes, so goes the nation…”
Here we are, half a century later, and things aren’t going so well for GM. Does
that mean America is doomed? No, but here’s what is doomed: the myth of corporate
security and the forty-year plan.
Entrepreneurial Fever
I’m not saying employment is a bad thing. I’m just saying it’s only one way of
generating income, and one that is extremely limited. What’s happening right now
is that people are waking up to this fact. These people—including you—are realizing
that the only way they’re going to have what they really want in life is by setting foot
on the path of the entrepreneur.
And by the way, I’m not the only one who sees this. You may or may not
have heard of Muhammad Yunus, author of Banker to the Poor, but the Nobel
Committee in Oslo, Norway, has heard of him. They gave him the Nobel Peace
Prize in 2006 for his concept of microcredit for Third World entrepreneurs. “All
people are entrepreneurs,” says Yunus, “but many don’t have the opportunity to
find that out.”
He said that before the economy started tanking in ’07 and ’08, and in the
wake of all the financial bad news, more and more people are actively seeking the
opportunity to do exactly what Mr. Yunus is talking about.
Entrepreneurial fever has been kicking into high gear, because when the
economy slows down, entrepreneurial activity heats up. In fact, entrepreneurs flourish
in down times. In times of uncertainty, we look for other ways to generate income.
When we know we can’t rely on employers, we begin to look to ourselves. We start
thinking maybe it’s time to break out of our comfort zones and get creative to help
make ends meet.
A U.S. Federal Reserve survey shows that the average household net worth for
entrepreneurs is five times that of conventional employees. That means entrepreneurs
are five times more likely to come out of this downturn unscathed and even stronger
than before, because they’ve created their own strong economy.
A recent survey found that most U.S. voters view entrepreneurship as the key to
solving the current economic crisis. “History has repeatedly demonstrated that new
companies and entrepreneurship are the way to bolster a flagging economy,” said the
survey’s executive director.
No kidding.
Entrepreneurial fever has been kicking into high gear, because
when the economy slows down, entrepreneurial activity heats
up. In fact, entrepreneurs flourish in down times.
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Maybe those “most U.S. voters” who say they believe that will actually get off
their duffs and do something about it. It’s possible, though I’m not holding my
breath. But right now, the flagging economy that I’m most interested in seeing
bolstered by entrepreneurship is yours.
These may be economic hard times for the majority, but for some entrepreneurs—
the ones who are open-minded enough to understand what I’m going to explain in
the next few chapters—these are times pregnant with economic potential. Not only
is now the time to have your own business, but in fact, there has never been a better
time than right now, today.
As I said, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And if that’s true—
which it is—then that leaves just two questions.
First: Are you willing to be tough?
And if your answer is “yes,” then question No. 2 is, Get going doing what?
I can’t answer that first question for you, but I know exactly how to answer the
second one. Answering that question is what this book is all about.
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CHAPTER 3
Where Do You Live?
So you’ve been working hard for years, climbing the ladder. Maybe you’re still
near the bottom of the ladder, or maybe you even got near the top. Where you are
on the ladder doesn’t really matter. What matters is the question that you may have
forgotten to stop and ask before putting in all that time and effort climbing: Where
is this ladder planted?
As Stephen R. Covey points out, it doesn’t matter how fast or high you climb
on the ladder if it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
The purpose of this chapter is for you to stop climbing for a minute and see
where your ladder is planted. And, if you’re not happy where it is, to find out where
you might want to move it.
How Do You Make the Money You Make?
Most people assume that their financial standing is defined by how much they
earn, how much they’re worth, or some combination of both. And there’s no doubt
that this has some bearing. Forbes magazine defines “rich” as a person who earns in
excess of $1 million per year (about $83,333 per month, or just under $20,000 a
week), and “poor” as someone who earns less than $25,000 a year.
But even more important than the quantity of money you make is the quality of
money you make. In other words, not just how much you make, but how you make
it—where it comes from. There are actually four distinct sources of cashflow. Each
is quite different from the other, and each defines and determines a very different
lifestyle, regardless of the amount of cash you earn.
After publishing Rich Dad Poor Dad, I wrote a book to
explain these four different income worlds. Many people have
said that this book, Cashflow Quadrant, is the most important
writing I’ve done because it goes right to the heart of the crucial
issues involved for people who are ready to make true changes
in their lives.
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The cashflow quadrant represents the different methods by which a cash income
is generated. For example, an employee earns money by holding a job and working
for someone else or a company. The self-employed are people who earn money
working for themselves, either as solo operators or through their own small business.
A business owner owns a large business (typically defined as 500 employees or more)
that generates money. Investors earn money from their various investments—in other
words, money generating more money.
E = Employee
S = Self-employed or Small-business owner
B = Business owner
I = Investor
Which quadrant do you live in? In other words, from which quadrant do you
receive the majority of the income on which you live?
The E Quadrant
The overwhelming majority of us learn, live, love, and leave this life entirely
within the E quadrant. Our educational system and culture train us, from the cradle
to the grave, in how to live in the world of the E quadrant.
The operating philosophy for this world is what my poor dad—my real father—
taught me, and what you probably learned, too, when you were growing up: Go to school,
study hard and get good grades, and get a good job with benefits at a great company.
The S Quadrant
Driven by the urge for more freedom and self-determination, a lot of people
migrate from the E quadrant to the S quadrant. This is the place where people go to
“strike out on their own” and pursue the American Dream.
The S quadrant includes a huge range of earning power, all the way from the
teenage freelance baby sitter or landscaper just starting out in life to the highly paid
private-practice lawyer, consultant, or public speaker.
But whether you’re earning $8 an hour or $80,000 a year, the S quadrant is typically
a trap. You may have thought you were “firing your boss,” but what really happened is
that you just changed bosses. You are still an employee. The only difference is that when
you want to blame your boss for your problems, that boss is you.
The S quadrant can be a thankless and difficult place to live. Everyone picks on you
here. The government picks on you—you spend one full day a week just in tax compliance.
Your employees pick on you, your customers pick on you, and your family picks on you
because you never take any time off. How can you? If you do, you lose ground. You have
no free time because if you take time off, the business doesn’t earn money.
In a very real way, the S stands for slavery: You don’t really own your business;
your business owns you.
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The B Quadrant
The B quadrant is where people go to create big businesses. The difference
between an S business and a B business is that you work for your S business, but
your B business works for you.
I have many B businesses, including my manufacturing business, my real estate
business, mining companies, and others.
Those who live and work in the B quadrant make themselves recession-proof,
because they control the source of their own income.
The I Quadrant
This is not rocket science. My rich dad taught me to live in the I quadrant by
playing Monopoly, and we all know how that works: four green houses, one red
hotel; four green houses, one red hotel.
Changing Jobs Is Not Changing Quadrants
Now let me explain why it’s so important to understand these different quadrants.
How often have you heard someone complain about their job, then decide to make a
change, only to end up a few years later with the same old complaints?
I keep working harder and harder, but I’m just not getting ahead.
Every time I get a raise, it gets eaten up by taxes and higher expenses.
I’d rather be doing [fill in the blank], but I can’t afford to go back to school
and learn a whole-new profession at this stage of my life.
This job stinks! My boss stinks! Life stinks! (etc.)
These and dozens of others like them are all statements that reveal a person who
is trapped—trapped not in a certain job, but in an entire quadrant. The problem is,
most of the time when people do get up the initiative to actually make a change in
their lives, all they do is change jobs. What they need to do is change quadrants.
Breaking away from those typical job structures and
creating your own stream of income puts you in the best
position to weather an economic storm, simply because
you are no longer dependent on a boss or on the economy
to determine your annual income. Now you determine it.
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The left-hand side—the E and S quadrants—is where most people live. That’s
where we are brought up and trained to live. “Get good grades, so you can get a good
job,” we’re told. But your grades don’t matter in the B quadrant. Your banker doesn’t
ask to see your report card; he wants to see your financial statement.
Breaking away from those typical job structures and creating your own stream of
income puts you in the best position to weather an economic storm, simply because
you are no longer dependent on a boss or on the economy to determine your annual
income. Now you determine it.
At least 80 percent of the population lives in the left-hand side of this picture.
The E quadrant, especially, is where we are taught we will find safety and security.
On the other hand, the right-hand side—the B and I quadrants—is where freedom
resides. If you want to live on that side, then you can make it happen. But if you
want the relative safety of the left-hand side, then maybe what I have to share here is
not for you. That’s a decision only you can make.
Which quadrant do you live in?
Which quadrant do you want to live in?
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CHAPTER 4
Your Core Financial Values
The four quadrants are not just four different business structures. It’s even more
about four different mindsets. Which quadrant you choose to earn your primary
income from has less to do with external circumstances—your education, training,
the economy, what appear to be the available opportunities around you—and
much more to do with who you are at your core: your strengths, weaknesses, and
central interests.
It is a matter of your core financial values. It is these core differences that attract
us to or repel us from the different quadrants.
This is important to grasp because it means that shifting from the E or S
quadrant over to the B quadrant isn’t as simple as filling out a change-of-address
form at the post office. You not only change what you do, but in a very real way, you
also change who you are. Or at least, how you think.
Some people may love being employees, while others hate it. Some people love
owning companies, but do not want to run them. Certain people love investing, while
others see only the risk of losing money. Most of us are a little of each of these characters.
It is also important to note that you can be rich or poor in all of the four quadrants. There
are people who earn millions and people who go bankrupt in each of the quadrants. Living
in any one quadrant does not in itself necessarily guarantee financial success.
You can tell which quadrant people are living in by listening to their words.
When I was 9 years old, I began sitting in with my rich dad when he interviewed
people for possible hiring. From these interviews, I learned to listen for people’s core
values—values that my rich dad said came from their souls.
Here are some key phrases that emerge from each quadrant, along with a
snapshot of the core values of each.
security
independence
wealth-building
financial freedom
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E Quadrant Values
“I am looking for a safe, secure job with good pay and excellent benefits.”
For someone living in the E quadrant, the core value is security.
You might be the top-earning vice president of a company yet still share the
same core values as the company’s janitor, who earns a tenth of your salary. A person
in the E quadrant, regardless if he is the janitor or the president, often thinks or
says words such as, “I am looking for a safe, secure job with benefits.” Or, “How
much do we get for overtime?” Or, “How many paid holidays do we have?”
When I’m having a conversation with someone in the E quadrant and I talk about
how much I love starting my own businesses, he may say, “Yeah, but isn’t that risky?”
We each see life from our own core values. What is exciting for me is frightening to
someone else. This is why, when I’m in the company of people who live in the E and
S quadrants, I usually talk about the weather, sports, or what is on television.
S Quadrant Values
“If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
For people in the S quadrant, the core value is independence. They want the
freedom to do what they want. When a person says, “I’m going to quit my job and
go out on my own,” the path taken is from the E quadrant to the S quadrant.
People found in the S quadrant are small-business owners, mom and pop
businesses, specialists, and consultants. For example, I have a friend who installs big-
screen televisions, phone systems, and security systems in rich people’s homes. He
has a staff of three and is happy to be the boss of just three people. He is a hard-core,
hardworking S. Commissioned salespeople, such as real estate agents and insurance
brokers, are in the S quadrant. The S quadrant is also filled with professional people,
such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants who do not belong to a large medical, legal,
or accounting firm.
People living in the S quadrant often take great pride in the work of their
own hands or brains. If they had a theme song, it would be either, “Nobody Does
It Better” or “My Way.” Yet, behind the façade of independence, you will often
find a lack of trust at the core of this person’s approach to business—which also
means his approach to life, because how we view our business tends to be how we
view everything.
An S is often paid by commission or by the amount of time spent on a job. For
example, an S may be heard saying words such as, “My commission is 6 percent
of the total purchase price.” Or, “I charge $100 an hour.” Or, “My fee is cost plus
10 percent.”
Whenever I meet someone from the E or S quadrant who is having difficulty
making the transition to the B quadrant, I usually see a person with great technical
or management skills but little leadership ability. My rich dad used to say, “If you’re
the leader of the team and you’re also the smartest person on the team, your team is
in trouble.” People in the S quadrant often don’t work too well with teams; they may
even have a bit of an ego problem.
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To make the jump from S to B quadrant, what is needed is a quantum jump
not in technical skills, but in leadership skills. As I’ve said many times before, in the
real world, the A students often go to work for the C students—and the B students
work for the government.
If you’ve ever heard yourself saying, “If you want something done right, do it
yourself,” or if you tend to think that way, it might be a good time to take a good
long look at that philosophy.
B Quadrant Values
“I’m looking for the best people to join my team.”
For people in the B quadrant, the core value is wealth-building.
People who start from nothing and build great B quadrant businesses are often
people with powerful life missions, who value a great team and efficient teamwork
and want to serve and work with as many people as possible.
While a person in the S quadrant wants to be the best in his or her field, a B
quadrant person wants to build a team out of other people who are the best in their
fields. Henry Ford surrounded himself with people smarter than he was. While an S
quadrant businessperson is often the smartest or most talented person in the room,
this is often not true for a B quadrant businessperson.
When you own a B quadrant business, you will often deal with people who are
much smarter, more experienced, and more capable than you are. My rich dad had
no formal education, but I watched him deal with bankers, lawyers, accountants,
investment advisors, and experts, many of whom had advanced degrees. In raising
money for his businesses, he often dealt with people who were far richer than he was.
If he had lived by the motto, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” he
would have ended up a complete failure.
When it comes to being paid, a true B quadrant person can leave his or her
business and still get paid. In most cases, if someone in the S quadrant stops working,
the income stops also. Therefore, a question you may want to ask yourself now is, “If I
stop working today, how much income continues to come in?” If your income stops in
six months or less, then, chances are, you are in the E or S quadrants. A person in the
B or I quadrants can stop working for years and the money will continue to come in.
I Quadrant Values
“What’s my return on investment?”
What people in the I quadrant value most is financial freedom. The investor loves
the idea of his money working instead of him working.
Investors invest in many things. They may invest in gold coins, real estate,
businesses, or paper assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
If your income comes from company or government retirement plans, rather
than your own personal investing knowledge, then that is income from the E
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quadrant. In other words, your boss or the business is still paying its bill for your
years of service.
Words an investor might be heard saying are, “I’m receiving a 20 percent return
on my assets,” or, “Show me the company’s financials,” or, “How much deferred
maintenance is on the property?”
Different Quadrants, Different Investors
In today’s world, we all need to be investors. However, our school systems
do not teach us much about investing. Oh, I know that some schools teach stock
picking, but to me, that is not investing; that’s gambling.
Years ago, my rich dad pointed out to me that most employees invest in mutual
funds or savings. He also said, “Just because you’re successful in one quadrant, such
as the E, S, or B, does not mean you will be successful in the I quadrant. Doctors are
often the worst investors.”
My rich dad also pointed out to me that different quadrants invest in different
ways. For example, a person in the S quadrant might be heard saying, “I don’t
invest in real estate because I don’t want to fix toilets.” A person in the B quadrant
addressing the same investment challenge might say, “I want to hire a good property-
management company to fix my toilets at night.” In other words, an S quadrant
investor will think he has to do the property maintenance on his own, and a B
quadrant investor will hire another company to do the property maintenance for
him. Different people, different mindsets; different quadrants, different values.
By now, you’ve probably figured out where I’m going with this. It comes down
to a pretty simple thing: If you want to get rich, you’re going to have to move. You
don’t need a new job; you need a new address.
If you want control over your life and destiny, if you want real freedom—the
freedom to call your shots, set your schedule, spend time with your family and with
yourself, doing the things you love to do—if you want to live the life you were
designed to live—no holds barred, a life of passion and excitement and fulfillment—
in short, if you want to be rich and live rich, then it’s time to pack up your stuff
and move.
It’s time to leave the left side of the chart and move over to the B and
I quadrants.
If you want to get rich, you’re going to have to move. You
don’t need a new job; you need a new address.
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CHAPTER 5
The Mindset of an Entrepreneur
After finishing college, I enrolled in a traditional business school to pursue my
MBA so I could be a trained and educated entrepreneur. I lasted nine months before
dropping out. Needless to say, I did not receive my MBA upon leaving.
These days, business schools often invite me to come speak to their students in
classes on entrepreneurship. I probably don’t need to point out that I sometimes find
this ironic.
Common questions these students ask me are, “How do I find investors?” and
“How do I raise capital?” I understand the questions, because they haunted me when
I left the security of a traditional job and became an entrepreneur myself. I had no
money, and no one wanted to invest with me. The big venture-capital firms were
not knocking on my door.
So what do I tell these business-school students? I tell them, “You just do it. You
do it because you have to do it. If you don’t, you are out of business.
“Today, even though I have enough money, all I do is raise capital. For an
entrepreneur, that is Job No. 1. We raise capital from three groups of people:
customers, investors, and employees. Your job as an entrepreneur is to get your
customers to buy your products. If you can get customers to give you money by
buying your products, your investors will give you lots of money. And if you have
employees, your job is to get them to produce and make you at least ten times more
money than you pay them. If you can’t get your employees to produce at least ten
times more than you pay them, you’re out of business, and if you’re out of business,
you don’t need to raise any more money.”
You do not have to raise the capital to create your
business, because that has already been done for you.
But you do have to build your business!
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This is not the answer most MBA students are looking for. Most are looking
for the magic formula, the secret recipe, the quick business plan to riches. This
doesn’t seem to be the answer their instructors are hoping I’ll give, either, because
I notice them squirming when I say this stuff. Why? Because while they teach
entrepreneurship, most of them are not themselves entrepreneurs, which is why
they have a steady teaching job with a steady paycheck and are hoping for tenure.
My point is not that you have to raise money. In fact, in the business model I’m going
to share with you in this book, you do not have to raise the capital to create your business,
because that has already been done for you. But you do have to build your business!
My point is that this is what defines an entrepreneur: You make things happen.
You pull yourself out of the rows of passenger seats, walk to the head of the bus, and
get behind the wheel of your life.
What Does It Take to Be an Entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurs are the richest people on earth. We know the names of the famous
entrepreneurs: Richard Branson and Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs,
Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner. But most wealthy entrepreneurs are people you
and I will never hear of, because they don’t command media attention; they just
quietly live rich lives.
I often hear people debate the question, “Are entrepreneurs born or can they
be developed?” Some think it takes a special person or a certain magic to be an
entrepreneur. To me, being an entrepreneur is not that big a deal; you just do it.
Let me give you an example. There’s a teenager in my neighborhood who has a
thriving baby-sitting business and hires her junior-high classmates to work for her.
She is an entrepreneur. Another young boy has a handyman business after school.
He is an entrepreneur. Most kids have no fear, while for most adults, that’s all they
do have.
Today, there are millions of people who dream of quitting their jobs and
becoming entrepreneurs, running their own businesses. The problem is, for most
people, their dream is just a dream. So the question is, why do so many fail to go for
their dream of becoming an entrepreneur?
I have a friend who is a brilliant hairstylist. When it comes to making women
look beautiful, he is a magician. For years, he’s talked about opening his own salon.
He has big plans, but sadly, he still remains small, running a single chair in a large
salon, constantly at odds with the owner.
Another friend has a wife who became tired of being a flight attendant. Two
years ago, she quit her job and went to school to become a hairstylist. A month ago,
It takes courage to discover, develop and donate
your genius to the world.
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she had a grand opening for her salon. It is a spectacular environment and she has
attracted some of the best hairstylists to work there.
When the first friend heard about her salon, he said, “How can she open a salon?
She has no talent. She is not gifted. She wasn’t trained in New York like I was. And
besides, she doesn’t have any experience. I give her a year and she’s going to fail.”
Maybe she will fail: Statistics show that 90 percent of all businesses fail in the
first five years. On the other hand, maybe she won’t. The point is that she’s doing it.
She has grasped the impact that courage has in shaping our lives. It takes courage to
discover, develop and donate your genius to the world.
Of U.S. lottery winners who win in excess of $3 million each, 80 percent are
bankrupt within three years. Why? Because money alone does not make you rich.
These people may add numbers to their checking accounts, but the mere numbers
do not make them rich, because they do not change how they think.
Your mind is infinite. It’s your doubts that are limiting. Ayn Rand, the author
of Atlas Shrugged, said, “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.” So if you
are ready to change your life, I’m going to introduce you to an environment that will
allow your brain to think—and you to grow richer.
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
When I was a kid, my real dad often told me go to school and get good grades
so I could get a safe, secure job. He was programming me for the E quadrant.
My mother would urge me to consider becoming a doctor or lawyer. “That way
you’ll always have a profession to fall back on.” She was programming me for the S
quadrant. My rich dad told me that if I wanted to grow up to become rich, I should
become a business owner and an investor. He was programming me for the B and
I quadrants.
When I returned from Vietnam, I had to make up my mind which advice I
would listen to. You are faced with the same choice.
One reason you want to create your own business is to get your dignity back.
Don’t underestimate the importance of this reason. The world is full of bullies
and small-minded people, and whether they are your boss, your manager, your
neighbor, or even your friend, you don’t want them pushing you around anymore.
You want to take control of your life. You want to have the courage not to care
when other people bully you around; you want to have the freedom to think and act
for yourself.
A Maserati Mind
Now let’s ask that question again: Where do you live? Now you can appreciate
what shifting from one cashflow quadrant to another means. It’s not just a different
structure. It’s a different approach to life.
Yes, it’s about the business, but at the same time, it’s not really about the
business—that’s only the external form. Putting a horse farmer behind the wheel of
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a Maserati doesn’t make him a racing car driver. He needs the skills, the training,
and, most important, the mindset of a racing car driver.
The same is true of your financial life. You need to adopt the mindset of an
entrepreneur. That mindset comes down to this: An entrepreneur is self-determining.
You make things happen, which means you don’t get to blame anyone or anything
outside yourself.
Not that you’re going to have to do it all yourself from the ground up, like I
did with my businesses. No, one of the beauties of the business of the 21st century is
that all the groundwork of the business is already done for you—and you get to have
experienced leaders committed to your success to guide you.
But make no mistake: If it’s going to happen for you, you are going to be the
one who makes it happen. And for that to happen, you need to have the mindset of
an entrepreneur. If you don’t, then no matter how good the business is or how great
your teachers are, the business is going to have a tough time getting results.
The business model we’ll explore in Part Two of this book is a Maserati, but you
are the one behind the wheel. First and foremost, it’s about you. Are you prepared to
take the wheel? Do you have what it takes?
One of the beauties of the business of the
21st century is that all the groundwork of the business
is already done for you.
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CHAPTER 6
It’s Time to Take Control!
It was 1985 and my wife, Kim, and I were homeless. We were unemployed and
had little money left from savings; our credit cards were exhausted and we lived in
an old brown Toyota with reclining seats that served as beds. At the end of a week of
sleeping in our car, the harsh reality of who we were, what we were doing, and where
we were headed began to sink in.
After a friend realized our desperate situation, she offered us a room in her
basement. When friends and family were informed of our plight, the first question
was always, “Why don’t you just get a job?” At first we attempted to explain, but we
had a hard time clarifying our reasons to our well-meaning inquisitors. When you’re
talking to someone who values having a job, it is difficult to explain why you might
not want a job.
We occasionally earned a few dollars doing a few odd jobs here and there. But we
did that only to keep food in our stomachs and gas in our house—I mean, our car.
I must admit that during moments of deep personal doubt, the idea of a safe,
secure job with a paycheck was appealing. But because job security was not what we
were looking for, we kept pushing on, living day to day on the brink of the financial
abyss. We knew we could always find a safe, secure, high-paying job. Both of us were
college graduates with good job skills and a solid work ethic. But we weren’t going
for job security. We were going for financial freedom.
By 1989, we were millionaires.
I often hear people say, “It takes money to make money.” That’s B.S.—and I
don’t mean a Bachelor of Science degree! Our journey from homelessness to being
millionaires in four years, and then on to genuine financial freedom in another five
years, did not take money. We had no money when we started—in fact, we were in
debt—and nobody gave us anything along the way, either.
It also does not take a good formal education. A college education is important
for traditional professions, but not for people looking to build wealth.
If it doesn’t take money to make money, and it doesn’t take a formal education
to learn how to become financially free, then what does it take? It takes a dream, a
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lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, and an understanding of which
sector of the cashflow quadrant you’re operating in.
Hard Work Will Not Make You Rich
There is this strange idea in our culture that says, “If you work really hard, you’ll
be okay.” What a pile of baloney! And what’s so tragic about it is that most people
have been brainwashed to believe it, and they do believe it, even though we’re all
surrounded by tons of evidence to the contrary.
What evidence? Just look around you. Do you know anyone who has worked
really hard his entire life, only to end up living a life that hovers just above—or just
below—the indignity and heartbreak called “subsistence level”?
Of course you do. We all do. The world is full of people who work hard and are
most definitely not okay. And perhaps the worst part about it is that many of these
unfortunates come to the conclusion that it was their fault, their personal failing.
They did all the right things, right? But it still didn’t work. Maybe they just didn’t
try hard enough, or didn’t get the lucky breaks. Maybe they were just not cut out
for success.
Nonsense. The problem is that the hard-work myth is just that: a myth.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that building wealth and financial
freedom doesn’t take hard work; it does, and lots of it. I hope you’re not naïve
enough to believe the idiots who will tell you they can show a way to wealth that’s
easy, that’s quick, or that’s painless. Because if you are, I know a bridge you can buy
real cheap—and an entire system of subprime mortgages and credit-default swaps
that might be just right for you.
No, it takes hard work, all right. The question is, hard work doing what?
I can already hear you thinking, “Doing what?! Making money, of course!” But
not so fast, because here’s the cold, hard truth lurking behind that sad error of our
culture’s thinking:
Working hard at making money will never create wealth.
People who work for income work harder and harder, only to be taxed more and
more. Forget working hard at making money: All you’ll do is spend it, and then have
to work hard all over again.
You might be asking, “Okay, so what do I do?” You take control.
Take control of what? After all, most things in life you cannot control, no matter
how hard you try. You can’t control the market. You can’t control employees. You
can’t control the economy. What can you control? You can control the source of
your income.
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The Problem
Building a business is the way most of the very rich became rich. Bill Gates
built Microsoft; Michael Dell created Dell Computers in his dormitory room. Still,
historically, there have been very, very few people who have truly lived in the B
quadrant. The B quadrant is the best place to begin generating genuine wealth, but
at the same, there are some barriers to entry that have kept most people out.
For one thing, most people don’t have the cash it takes to start their own
business. Today it costs an average of $5 million to start your own business. And for
another thing, building your own business from scratch remains the riskiest of all
ways to become rich. The failure rate for new businesses is about 90 percent in the
first five years—and if your new venture fails, guess who just lost $5 million? In my
early years of starting businesses, I failed twice, and while it never pushed me into
bankruptcy (and I never got any government bailouts!), it did cost me millions of
dollars.
Typically when you start your own business, you have to make sure your rent,
utilities, and the rest of your overhead are paid, your employees are paid, and your
suppliers are paid, or you’re out of business. So guess who doesn’t get paid? You.
In the course of starting a new business—and I’m talking here about a successful
business—you can easily go five to ten years without taking a paycheck.
Remember Kim and me, sleeping in our beat-up Toyota? It wasn’t fun. We
could have taken jobs that would have immediately put a roof over our heads,
but as miserable as it was (and believe me, it was), we chose homelessness over
employment because we believed in our dream of being business owners and living
in the B quadrant.
Most people do not have the mental, emotional, physical, or financial stamina
to handle these conditions. It can be brutal, and usually is.
What About a Franchise?
A franchise takes a great part of the risk out of it. With an established franchise
like McDonald’s or Subway, your odds of success improve significantly, and a lot of
the groundwork is done for you. But you’re still stuck with problem No. 1: You have
to come up with the cash. The cost of purchasing one of the better-known franchises
can range from $100,000 to $1.5 million or even more, and that’s just for the rights
to the franchise. Then there are monthly payments to headquarters for training,
advertising, and support.
And even all this support is still no guarantee of great wealth. Many times a
person must continue to pay money to the franchisor or headquarters, even when his
or her personal franchise is losing money. Even if you are one of those who succeeds
at a franchise, chances are very good that you still won’t make any money yourself
for the first few years. And one in three franchises eventually go broke.
When my poor dad was 50 years old, he had the temerity to run for governor of
Hawaii—and the incumbent he was running against happened to be his boss. Not
only did he lose the election, but his boss fired him and told him he’d never work in
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Hawaii again. He took all his savings and used it to buy a popular franchise, one that
was billed as a “never-lose franchise.”
The franchise that couldn’t lose lost, and so did my dad. In fact, he
lost everything.
In theory, a franchise is a great idea, but in reality, it’s a gamble—and it’s a
gamble where you have to pony up a fortune just to sidle up to the table and play.
The Power of Passive Income
Have you ever used one of those spring-loaded water faucets that some public
restrooms install to save water? When you turn the water on, you have to hold the
faucet there, because when you let go, it bounces back to the off position.
Most people’s income source works just like that faucet: You get a little money
flowing, and then when you let go, it bounces back to off. You can never build
freedom that way. What you want is a money faucet that you can let go of once
you’ve turned it on, because it stays on by itself.
It’s not just about having income today, tomorrow, and next week; it’s about
securing your income in perpetuity. This is passive income, also known as residual
income: income that continues coming in, over and over, long after you finished
expending the effort and capital it took to create the source of the income.
Shifting yourself into the B quadrant is a strong step in that direction, but not all
businesses will create passive income. If you own a restaurant, you earn income only
when you prepare and sell a meal. If your business fixes air conditioners, you earn
income only when you provide that service. Even high-salaried doctors and lawyers
earn money only when they see patients or clients. If no patients or clients require
their knowledge and services in a particular week, the income faucet springs shut
again and there’s no money coming in that week.
What most people need is an avenue to create passive income. Knowing this,
Donald Trump and I teamed up to evaluate the many kinds of business structures
that can create passive income, and published our results in a book, We Want You
to Be Rich.
And by the way, that’s not just a book title. We do want you to be rich. Wealth
is not a zero-sum game; it’s not like if you become rich, then you’re taking it away
from me, or Donald, or anyone else. This is an astonishing and abundant world we
live in, and there is way more than enough energy, material, ingenuity, creativity, and
ambition to allow every human being on the planet to be wealthy.
So what did we discover? We found that one business model stood out from the
rest. This particular business model creates passive income, but requires relatively
little cash investment to start up. It has very low overhead, and can be operated on
a flexible part-time basis until it generates enough cash flow for the entrepreneur to
transition out of his current full-time job.
That business model is called network marketing, and it’s what the rest of this
book is all about.
PART TWO
One Business—Eight Wealth-Building Assets
Eight reasons network marketing
can secure your future
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CHAPTER 7
My Years in the Business
I need to start here with full disclosure: I’ve never really been “in” the business
of network marketing. I am not a distributor for or owner of a network marketing
company, have no financial interests in any network marketing company, and do not
promote any one specific company. But I have been very much in the business for
years as a champion and advocate of the network marketing business as a whole, and
in this chapter I want to tell you why.
I first encountered network marketing in 1975, when a friend invited me to a
presentation on a new business opportunity. Since I make it a habit to investigate
business and investment opportunities, I agreed to go, although I thought it was
a little strange that the business meeting was at a private home rather than in
an office.
I listened for three hours while he talked about the value of building your own
business instead of working at a job. I agreed with most of the points he made. At
the end of the evening, the friend asked me what I thought about what I’d heard.
“It’s interesting,” I replied, “but it’s not for me.”
I was already thoroughly involved in the process of building a business. Why
would I need to build a business with other people? And besides, it was network
marketing. I really had no idea what that meant, but I thought I knew what it meant,
and I was sure it held no value for me.
Soon after my first network marketing meeting, the sports wallet business that
I had started with two friends boomed. My two years of hard work started paying
off. Success, fame, and fortune seemed to pour down upon my two partners and me.
We had pledged we would all be millionaires by the age of 30, and through our hard
work and sacrifice, we had reached our goal. (And this was the 1970s, when a million
dollars was actually worth something.) Our company and products were written up
in such magazines as Surfer, Runner’s World, and Gentleman’s Quarterly. We were the
hot new thing in the sporting goods world, and business poured in from all over the
globe. I was an all-out success.
I never gave network marketing another thought—at least, not for the next decade.
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The Opening of a Mind
Over the years that followed, my mind began to open up. That incredibly
successful business failed a few years after it started. It was a humbling experience,
and a very positive one, because it caused me to look closer at the world around
me and to ask questions. More of what my rich dad had taught me began to sink
in, and my perspective grew. It was not long before I had built another successful
business, and then another, and then another—and unlike that first business,
these lasted.
During those years, I also became powerfully drawn to the idea of not only
becoming rich myself, but also finding ways to help others become rich. I came to
realize that while personal success is fulfilling, it’s much more fulfilling when you can
help many others create their own success as well.
For the next fifteen years, I kept hearing negative things about network marketing,
mostly from people I knew. Eventually, I decided to check it out for myself.
In the early 1990s, I ran into a friend named Bill who was a retired
multimillionaire. We got talking, and lo and behold, Bill told me that he was
involved in building a network marketing business!
Bill is a very sharp, very savvy guy. I knew he had just completed commercial
real estate projects worth over $1 billion. I asked him why on earth he was involved
in network marketing.
“For years,” he told me, “people have asked me for real estate investment
tips. They want to know if they can invest with me. But they can’t, because
most don’t have the $50,000 or $100,000 it takes to get into my level of real
estate investments.
“In fact, many of them have absolutely no money at all. Some are two paychecks
away from bankruptcy. So they look for these cheap, no-money-down deals that are
often very bad investments. In network marketing, I can actually help people make
the kind of money they need to do some serious investing. The more people I help
do that, the more investors I have!
“Besides,” he added, “I really love working with people who are hungry to learn
and grow. It’s a drag working with people who think they already know it all, which
is what often ends up happening in my real estate deals. The people I work with in
network marketing are genuinely excited about new ideas.”
After a few more minutes of conversation, I had to make a dash for the airport,
but over the next few months, we continued our dialogue, and as we did, my respect
for network marketing and what it represented grew.
I came to realize that while personal success is fulfilling,
it’s much more fulfilling when you can help many others
create their own success as well.
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In 1994, I started researching the industry in earnest. I went to every presentation
I heard about and listened closely to everything I heard. I studied the literature of
company after company, looked at their track records, and examined them closely,
the way I would do my due diligence on any business venture I was considering
investing in. I even joined a few companies, if I liked what I saw, just so I could learn
more about them and see what the experience was like from the inside.
Eventually, I began meeting some of these companies’ leaders, and I was stunned
to find that they were some of the most intelligent, kind, ethical, moral, spiritual, and
professional people I had met in all my years of business. Once I got over my own
prejudices and met people I respected and related to, I saw that I had found the heart
of the industry—and I was amazed at what I had found.
When I had first stumbled upon the concept in that first opportunity meeting
in 1975, my mind had been closed tight to the idea. Now, some twenty years later,
my view had completely changed.
People sometimes ask me, “Why do you recommend network marketing to people
as a way they can build wealth, when you did not become rich that way yourself?”
Actually, it is because I did not gain my fortune through network marketing that
I can be a bit more objective about the industry. I came to appreciate this business
as an outsider, and only after I had already built my own wealth and established my
own financial freedom.
All the same, if I had to do it all over again today and start from scratch,
rather than building an old-style business, I would start out by building a network
marketing business.
So What Exactly Is Network Marketing?
I said that I’ve never actually been involved in network marketing as a participant,
but I know someone who has, and I invited him to join me in these pages to share
some of his insights.
My friend John Fleming started out in life as an architect (he once worked
for the legendary Mies van der Rohe), and that’s one of the reasons I admire his
approach to network marketing: He brings that same passion for practical design and
functional construction to this business. He’s a man, in other words, who appreciates
the value of building structures that last.
John brings to these pages his nearly forty years of experience in network
marketing. He has owned and operated his own company and has held many
different executive positions in others, including a fifteen-year tenure at one of the
industry’s largest and most well-respected companies as a regional vice president and
then vice president of sales strategy, training, and development. He has also been
actively involved in the industry’s various trade groups; in 1997 the Direct Selling
Education Foundation awarded John with its highest honor, their Circle of Honor
Award. Today, John serves as publisher and editor in chief of Direct Selling News, a
respected trade publication serving direct selling and network marketing executives.
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Robert: John, for those readers who may not already know, what exactly is
network marketing, and what makes it tick?
John: Network marketing has been around in various forms since the middle of
the last century. The basic idea is as simple as it is brilliant: Instead of spending
tons of money on all sorts of professional agencies and marketing channels to
promote products or services, why not pay the people who love them most to
just tell others about them?
That’s exactly what a network marketing company does: They pay a
portion of every sales dollar received back out to their field of independent
representatives, who typically are also the products’ most committed and
enthusiastic consumers.
Robert: Let me play devil’s advocate for a moment. How can that really work?
I mean, can a bunch of ordinary people who are not skilled marketers really
compete and generate any serious level of sales?
John: Actually, that’s the beauty of it. As every marketing professional,
Hollywood producer, and corporate giant knows, the single most powerful form
of promotion in the world is personal word-of-mouth. That’s why television
commercials spend millions to hire actors to talk just like your mom, your spouse,
your best friend, or your kids: They are imitating personal word-of-mouth.
In network marketing, we use the real thing. The real power of the
model—what you talk about, Robert, as leverage—is that as a representative, you
aren’t paid commissions only on products used by the people you refer to the
company, but often on products bought by the people they refer, directly and
indirectly, that can really add up.
So, does it work? You know the answer to that one: Direct selling/network
marketing today does well over $110 billion in annual sales globally, which
makes it an economic bloc roughly the size of New Zealand, Pakistan, or the
Philippines. (I often describe this business model with both the terms “direct
selling” and “network marketing” because today, most direct selling companies
employ a network marketing focus. However, for the purposes of this book, I
will just use “network marketing” in my references.)
One reason that the total sales from network marketing keeps growing is that
it’s a true win-win. The company gets an amazing level of market penetration
and customer awareness that would be very tough and very expensive to get with
traditional marketing. And the independent rep has the opportunity to create
some very serious cash flow.
How? By harnessing the power of word-of-mouth—person-to-person
relationships—to build a substantial network that represents the company’s line
of products and/or services.
Robert, you talk about a B quadrant business being one that has at least
500 employees. In network marketing, you don’t hire employees, you sponsor
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individuals who are all independent representatives. But the same financial
dynamic applies: By the time your network of independent representatives grows
to be 300, 400, or 500 strong, you’ve got a serious organization that delivers
significant residual income.
What Others Say About Network Marketing
As John says, the model is powerful because it works—and we’re not the only
ones who say so, either.
Tom Peters, the legendary management expert and author of the classic
best-seller In Search of Excellence, describes network marketing as “the first truly
revolutionary shift in marketing since the advent of ‘modern’ marketing at Procter
and Gamble and Harvard Business School over fifty years ago.”
The emerging success of network marketing has been written about in such
journals as Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, TIME, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today,
The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Fifteen years ago, you couldn’t
have gotten a single one of these journals to give this business the time of day. Now,
look at what a recent issue of Fortune said about network marketing:
“An investor’s dream … the best-kept secret of the business world … an industry
with steady annual growth, healthy cash flows, high return on invested capital, and
long-term prospects for global expansion.”
Warren Buffett and Richard Branson couldn’t be more different. Buffett drives
a pickup and lives in Omaha; Branson flies his own airline and lives on his own
island in the British Virgin Islands. But they have three things in common. They are
both billionaires. They are both extremely practical men. And they have both owned
network marketing companies.
Does that tell you something?
Citigroup, Jockey, L’Oréal, Mars, Remington, and Unilever: Guess what they
all have in common? They’ve all put a toe in the network marketing water—in some
cases, right up to their hips.
Today, network marketing is recognized by many experts and accomplished
businesspeople as one of the fastest-growing business models in the world.
Today, network marketing is recognized by many
experts and accomplished businesspeople as one of the
fastest-growing business models in the world.
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CHAPTER 8
It’s Not About Income—
It’s About Assets That Generate Income
It’s no wonder so many people don’t understand the value of network marketing:
Many of those who are actually involved with it themselves don’t fully grasp the value
of what they hold in their hands.
When people go to hear network marketing presentations, often their main
question is, “If I join this business, how much income can I earn here?” And no
surprise, when you listen to people promote their network marketing business, often
that’s exactly what you will hear them talk about: how much you can earn on a per-
month basis.
The reason people want to know how much they can earn per month is
that they are thinking in terms of living in the E quadrant or S quadrant. They
are thinking about supplementing or replacing their current E quadrant or S
quadrant income.
But that’s not where the real value of network marketing lies.
The problem with earning income is that it’s an incredibly limited, linear
process. Work an hour, earn a dollar; work two hours, earn two dollars. It depends
on you, which means you can never stop. As I said before, it’s a trap. Most people
instinctively sense that, but they assume that the way out of the trap is to earn
more income. But earning more income doesn’t change the basic fact of being
tied to your income. In fact, often earning more income only serves to draw the
noose tighter.
The B and I quadrants are not about earning more income; they’re about
owning assets that generate income.
The Truth About Your House
The things that most people think of as assets are not assets at all; in fact,
they’re liabilities.
What defines whether something is an asset or a liability is cash flow, not
some abstraction of value. In other words, is it generating money that goes into
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your pocket, or is it taking money out of your pocket? Everything will either make
you money or cost you money. If it doesn’t make you money, it’s not an asset, it’s
a liability.
For years now, people have been using their houses as ATMs, borrowing
against them to scarf up cash they could use to pay off their credit cards, take
vacations, buy that SUV, whatever. Maybe you’ve done this yourself. If you have,
the reason you did is that you bought the conventional line that your house was
an asset, and not what it really is: a credit card with shingles and a driveway.
Let me explain what an asset is.
Most people are so confused about this that they have it backward. They run to
the dictionary and find that an asset is something that’s “worth something.” Well,
maybe. The problem is that tricky word, worth. Let me ask you a question:
What is your house worth?
Before you answer, let me ask you the same question a different way:
How much income does your house bring you, month in and month out?
Chances are good your answer is, “Well, none—in fact, I spend a good chunk
of change on it every month, in upkeep, repair, and so forth.”
Exactly. That’s because your house is not an asset; it’s a liability.
“But wait a minute,” you say, “my house is worth a couple hundred thousand!”
Oh, really? When? When you sell it, at some theoretical point in the future?
But then where would you live? Would you take the proceeds of your sale and buy
another house to live in? Of course. So where’s the worth, the actual discretionary
income that you can hold in your hands and use to buy or invest in anything you
like? It isn’t there: There isn’t any. Your house is not an asset; it’s a hole in the ground
into which you pour money.
How to Know Your Asset from a Hole in the Ground
Forget the dictionary definition for a moment. Let’s talk about the real world. An
asset is something that works for you, so you don’t have to work for the rest of your life.
My poor dad always said, “Work for a job.” My rich dad said, “Build assets.”
The powerful thing about living in the B quadrant is that when you build a
business, you are building an asset.
In our Rich Dad business, we have offices throughout the world. Whether I’m
working or sleeping or playing golf, the checks come in. That’s passive income:
residual income. While I won’t work hard for a job, I’ll work really hard to build an
asset, simply because I think like a rich person, not like a working-class person.
Because owning a business is owning an asset, when you build a network
marketing business, you’re not only learning critical life skills, you’re also building
a genuine asset for yourself. In a job, you earn income. In network marketing,
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instead of earning income, you build an asset—your business—and the asset
generates income.
I only invest in things that make me money. If it makes me money, it’s an asset;
if it takes money from me, it’s a liability. I have two Porsches. They’re liabilities. I
own them free and clear, but they’re not putting money in my pocket; they’re taking
money out of my pocket. It’s not rocket science.
For people who understand this, the No. 1 asset is usually a business, and the
No. 2 asset is typically real estate. And even with real estate, you have to understand
the difference between cash flow and capital gain. Most people don’t understand this
distinction. When they invest, they invest for capital gain. They’ll say, “My house
went up in value. My car went up in value.” That’s capital gain, not cash flow.
The purpose of owning real estate is to keep it as an asset, not to sell it for a
profit. If you buy a piece of real estate for $100,000 and then sell it for $200,000,
that’s not an asset; you just generated a $100,000 capital gain. You had to shoot the
asset to get that money. You’ve killed the asset. It’s like selling your cow for money.
I’d rather own the cow and sell the milk.
This is the biggest problem with having a job: A job is not an asset. You can’t
sell it on eBay; you can’t rent it out; you can’t take dividends from it. Why spend
decades, the best years of your life, working away to build something that is not an
asset? Or, to put it more accurately, to build someone else’s asset, but not your own?
Because make no mistake about it: When you work at a job, you are building an
asset—it’s just not your asset.
We’ve had this idea drilled into us that there is some sort of inherent value in
having a good job, but there is absolutely no value in it—zero. And to add insult to
injury, the income from your job is then taxed at a higher rate than any other form
of income. Talk about the deck being stacked against you! Yet that is the price some
people are willing to pay for the “safety and security” of the E quadrant.
Network Marketing Is Not About Selling Products
or Earning Income!
The biggest popular misconception about network marketing is that it’s a selling
business. But selling is just earning more income. The problem is, if you stop the
activity, the income stops.
A salesperson has a job. If you work behind the counter at a department store,
you’re in the E quadrant; if you’re in business for yourself, selling insurance or homes
or jewelry, you’re in the S quadrant. But either way, you have a job, and your job
is to sell.
That’s not going to build your wealth or your freedom.
What you want is not another job; you want another address, one over in the
B quadrant.
John: Robert, that’s exactly right. People often assume that being successful in
this business means being “great at sales.” But the point of network marketing
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is not to become great at selling your particular product or service, because no
matter how good you might be at doing that—and let’s be honest, if you’re like
most people, you don’t think you are very good at it—there’s only so much
income you can earn selling.
After all, there are so many hours in the day, right?
In network marketing, the whole point is not to sell a product but to build a
network, an army of people who are all representing that same product or service to
share with others.
The goal is not for you or any other individual to sell a lot of product; it’s for
a lot of people to be their own best customer, sell and service a reasonable number of
customers, and recruit and show a lot of other people how to do the same thing.
And here’s the reason you want to build that army of independent representatives:
Once you do, you know what you’ll have? An asset that generates income for you—
passive income.
In Chapter 13, I’ll ask John to explain more fully why network marketing is
not about selling or being a salesperson, and I hope you pay really close attention,
because this is a key point—one that most people just don’t get. For now, here’s the
key nail I want to hammer home: Network marketing is not about earning more income;
it’s about building an asset.
Actually, it’s about building eight assets, all at the same time. And in the next
chapters, we’ll take a look at each one in turn.
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CHAPTER 9
Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education
I have a confession to make: I am a slow reader. I do read a lot, it’s just that I
read very slowly, and I often have to read a book two or three times before I really
understand what I’m reading. What’s more, I am also a very poor writer; in fact, I
failed writing twice in high school.
So you want to know something ironic? This C student, who failed his writing
courses in school and who to this day is not a very good writer, has had seven books
on The New York Times best-seller list.
My point? Good grades aren’t everything.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not putting down education. I believe in education;
in fact, I believe in it with a passion. It’s just that the education I believe in most
is the education that truly teaches you what you need to learn to be successful in
your life.
When I recommend that people build their own network marketing business,
the No. 1 reason I always give is not for the many excellent, even life-changing
products you might represent. And it’s not for the money you can earn or the
financial freedom you can create.
Yes, the products are often excellent. And, yes, I put a great deal of value on
its ability to give you a real path to building wealth. But these are not the most
important benefits you gain from the experience. The No. 1 value you get from the
experience is a real-world business education.
Three Kinds of Education
If you want to be financially successful, there are three different types of
education you require: scholastic, professional, and financial education.
Scholastic education teaches you how to read, write, and do math. It is a very
important education, especially in today’s world. Personally, I did not do well with
this level of education. As I’ve said, I was a C student most of my life, simply because
I was not that interested in what I was being taught.
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Professional education teaches you how to work for money. In other words, it
prepares you for life in the E and S quadrants. During my youth, the smart kids went
on to become doctors, lawyers, and accountants. Others went to professional schools
that taught them to become medical assistants, plumbers, builders, electricians, and
automobile mechanics.
I didn’t excel here, either. Since I had not done well at scholastic education, I
was not encouraged to become a doctor, lawyer, or accountant. Instead, I became a
ship’s officer and then a helicopter pilot, flying for the Marine Corps in Vietnam.
By the time I was 23 years old, I had two professions, one as a ship’s officer and the
other as a pilot, but I never really used either of them to make money.
Financial education is where you learn to have money work for you rather than to
have you work for money. You might think you’d get a financial education in business
school, but by and large, that’s not what happens. What business schools generally do
is take the smartest kids and train them to be business executives for the rich. In other
words, they train their students for life in the upper echelon of the E quadrant—but
it’s still the E quadrant.
After I returned from Vietnam, I considered going back to school to get my
MBA, but my rich dad talked me out of it. He said, “If you get an MBA from a
traditional school, you are being trained to be an employee of the rich. If you want
to be rich yourself, you don’t need more scholastic education, you need a real-world
financial education.”
The Important Skills
Being an entrepreneur and building a B quadrant business is not easy. In fact, I
believe building a B quadrant business is one of the toughest challenges a person can
take on. The reason there are so many more people in the E and S quadrants is that
those quadrants are less demanding than the B quadrant. If it were easy, everyone
would be doing it.
If you are going to be successful in business, there are technical skills you need
to learn that you probably did not learn in school.
For example, the ability to get organized and set your own agenda.
This is bigger than it might sound. People who enter the arena of network
marketing sometimes experience a type of culture shock, because they are used to
being told what to do. You may work very, very hard in the E quadrant, yet have
absolutely no experience at setting goals, organizing a plan of action, setting your
agenda, managing your time, and executing a clear sequence of productive actions.
It’s shocking how many people do not have these basic skills. Shocking, but not
surprising. After all, in the E quadrant, you really don’t need them. But if you’re
entering the B quadrant, they are not an option. They are every bit as important as
skills like knowing how to balance a checkbook, write a financial plan, and read an
annual report.
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Tax Advantages—and the Lesson They Teach
People who are brand-new to network marketing are often quite surprised to
learn about the significant tax advantages that come from having your own home-
based business.
Most people have at least a vague idea that the rich enjoy all sorts of tax
advantages that they themselves do not, but since they have lived their entire lives
within the E quadrant, they typically have no concept of what those advantages are
or how they actually work. Therefore, people are often shocked to realize that they,
too, can enjoy those very same tax advantages and put significant amounts of money
in their pockets from the very first day of their new businesses.
With recent changes in tax policies and more insurance programs tailored for
small businesses and the self-employed, it’s easier than ever before to create your own
benefits package that rivals and even surpasses anything the standard big corporation
could offer. By starting a network marketing business in your spare time and keeping
your regular job, you begin to gain the tax advantages of the rich. A person with a
part-time business can take more tax deductions than employees can.
The above are just some examples of things you already spend money on that
may become legitimate tax deductions once you begin your own home-based network
marketing business. Note: This list is given here for illustration purposes only; for tax
advice on your own situation, you should consult your tax professional.
For example, you may be able to deduct car expenses, gasoline, some meals, and
entertainment. Obviously, you need to check with a CPA for exact rulings on your
situation. And when you do, you’ll find that the cost of that visit to your CPA is tax-
deductible, too! In other words, the government will actually give you a tax break for
the cost of getting professional advice on how to pay the government less in taxes.
My point in going into all this is not only to let you know about this significant
economic leverage that comes on Day One of your new business from tax savings.
One of the beauties of network marketing is that it
pulls away the veil of mystery and starts to show
you life in the B quadrant.
home
office
home
computer
internet
& telecom
travel,
dining,
hotel
personal
product
use
auto,
gas,
mileage
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More than that, I wanted to drive home this point: Most people have no clue what
it’s like to be in the B quadrant!
The reason most people are shocked when they learn about the tax advantages
available here is that, for the great majority of people, the B quadrant might as well
be the lost continent of Atlantis. One of the beauties of network marketing is that it
pulls away the veil of mystery and starts to show you life in the B quadrant.
Welcome to your real-world business education.
Life Skills
When it comes to creating business success, it’s not a simple matter of technical
skills. Even more important are the life skills it takes to successfully negotiate the B
quadrant. The key to long-term success in life is your education and skills, your life
experiences, and most of all, your personal character.
For example, I had to learn how to overcome my self-doubt, shyness, and fear of
rejection. Another personal-development skill I had to learn was how to pick myself
up after I failed and keep going. These are the personal traits a person must develop
if they are to be successful in a B quadrant business, regardless whether it is a network
marketing business, a franchise, or an entrepreneurial startup.
If you don’t learn these things in school, and you don’t learn them in the
workplace, and you were not taught them in your home while growing up, where
are you going to learn them? Where on earth will you find a business that will invest
the time in your education and personal development as well as help you actually
build your business?
In network marketing, that’s where.
John: It’s interesting, Robert, that you always cite the business education as the
No. 1 benefit you see in the business, and I think there’s a lot of merit to that
point. Often, people learn skills and develop aspects of themselves through their
experience in network marketing that they might otherwise never learn.
Network marketing teaches people how to overcome their fears, how to
communicate, how to understand the psychology of other people saying “No”
to them, and how to maintain persistence in the face of rejection and other real-
world challenges.
Here are some of the critical skills that the real-world education of network
marketing teaches:
· An attitude of success
· Dressing for success
· Overcoming personal fears, doubts, and lack of confidence
· Overcoming the fear of rejection
· Communication skills
· People skills
· Time-management skills
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· Accountability skills
· Practical goal-setting
· Money-management skills
· Investing skills
Good network marketing companies provide a solid program of training in
all these areas. And I agree: This kind of education is absolutely priceless.
In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a situation anywhere else where you
could pay good money to gain all this training—let alone a situation where they
pay you to learn it.
We have a common expression in network marketing, that it’s a business
“where you earn while you learn.” It’s a great saying, because it underlines this
key point about the business: You learn to do it by doing it, not by sitting in a
classroom for years hearing someone talk about doing it.
In network marketing, the training is more than theory; it’s experiential.
And regardless of whether or not you reach the top of the specific program
you’re in or make a great deal of money, the training itself is of tremendous value
for the rest of your life. Many people actually end up in other businesses where
they become very successful due to the business training and experience they first
received in their network marketing experience.
And that’s the real point here, and the biggest reason that I’ve been
recommending this business to people for a decade. When you join a good network
marketing company, they don’t just give you a track to run on, they also support you
in developing the skills and qualities you need to succeed.
Network marketing is a real-world business school for people who want to learn
the real-world skills of an entrepreneur, rather than the skills of an employee.
Network marketing is a real-world business school for
people who want to learn the real-world skills of an
entrepreneur, rather than the skills of an employee.
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CHAPTER 10
Asset #2: A Profitable Path
of Personal Development
I know what you’re probably saying. “Kiyosaki, have you gone soft?! What’s
all this touchy-feely talk about a ‘path of personal development’? I don’t need
an encounter group; I need to make ends meet. I want to build wealth, not
sing ‘Kumbaya’!”
Not so fast. I haven’t gone soft on you: I’m just being realistic. Becoming rich
is not about putting your lucky fifty-cent piece into the right slot machine. And you
are not simply looking at a new way to earn a supplemental income. You are actually
making a change in your core values. It’s not just about changing what you do; in a
very real sense, it’s about changing who you are.
My friend Donald Trump is worth billions today, but there was a time when he
lost it all during a real estate crash. He talks about the experience of being $9.2 billion
in debt: “I passed a beggar on the street and realized he was worth $9.2 billion more
than I was!” Yet, before long, Donald was back on top again. Why? Because of who
he is—or more accurately, who he had become.
I had a similar experience. By age 30, I was a millionaire. Two years later, my
company had gone broke. Losing a business was not a pleasant experience, but it was
a great education. I learned a lot in those few years—a lot about business, but even
more about myself.
After the crash, rich dad told me, “Money and success make you arrogant and
stupid. Now, with some poverty and humility behind you, you can become a student
again.” He was right. The lessons I learned from the experience proved over time
to be priceless. Building and then losing a worldwide business provided me with a
real-world education that ultimately made me rich. Even more important, it was an
education that set me free. And the most important things I learned in the course of
that education were not about business or money—they were about me.
Let me ask John a question about this, and if his answer is what I think it’s going
to be, you’ll see what I mean.
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Robert: John, obviously not everyone who goes into network marketing has the
same level of success. In your experience, what is the No. 1 reason that some
people fail to reach the level of success they hoped for in network marketing?
John: Success is defined differently by different people. What may be important
for one person may not be for another. Some people are satisfied with
supplementing their current level of income, while others are truly looking for
a business opportunity that can be transforming, in terms of income potential
and lifestyle goals. You have to define failure in a very broad sense. Being able to
earn $1,000 a month may be seen as failure for the person who was attempting
to build a significant business, but great success for the mother whose goal was
to significantly supplement the household income.
Regardless of the goal, we know that those who persist in network marketing
tend to get only better and better. In fact, the only way I believe people fail is
to quit.
But this needs a little but more detail to be fully accurate. It’s not simply
a matter of whether or not one quits the company—that is, resigns one’s
distributorship and formally declares, “I’m out.” The issue here is not about
quitting the business; it’s about quitting on yourself.
That’s exactly what I thought. It goes back to what I said at the very beginning
of this book: This isn’t just about changing the type of business you’re working
with; it’s also about changing you. I can show you the perfect business, but for your
business to grow, you will have to grow as well.
The Winner in You—and the Loser in You
There are two words for what John just described. One is quitter; the other
is loser.
Each of us has a winner and a loser inside of us. That includes me, too: There’s
a winner in me and a loser in me, and they often compete for air time. The reason
most people “just get by” instead of truly succeeding in life is that they let the loser
inside them dominate. I don’t. I insist that the winner win out.
How do you know when the loser is speaking up? “Oh, I can’t afford that.” “Oh,
that’s too risky.” Or, “What if I fail?” The winner is up for the risk, but the loser
thinks only of safety and security.
It’s ironic. The loser yaps and squawks about safety and security—and ends up
stuck in a career and a life that is never truly safe or secure. What’s safe about working
a forty-hour-a-week job for a corporation that will probably lay you off within the
next few years? Or sticking your meager earnings into a 401(k) that gets sucked up
by a mutual fund that tanks, or into a fund managed by a financial advisor who turns
out to be another Bernie Madoff?
Inside each of us is the winner and the loser, the rich guy and the poor guy, the
one who works out and the one who sits on the couch. That’s the battle. The reason
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you want to join a network marketing company is that they will support the rich
person inside of you to stand up and be counted. Your loser friends want you to stay
on the couch, they want you to play it safe and work your forty hours, because if you
do, then you won’t be challenging them to do anything different. Not your network
marketing sponsor. Your network marketing team wants to see you excel, to step
beyond what you’re used to doing, to go beyond your history and become the more
exceptional, extraordinary you, instead of remaining the ordinary you.
It’s easy to say, “I can’t afford that,” or, “It’s just too expensive,” or, “I just want
my benefits; I don’t want to have to work that hard or take those risks.” That’s the
loser speaking.
And you shouldn’t feel bad about that. We’ve all got one. I have one in me, and
lots of times he gets the upper hand—at least for a short time. Every morning, I make
that choice: Who got up this morning, the rich me or the poor me? The winner or
the loser? That’s our battle.
In fact, we each have an entire cast of characters inside us, a whole spectrum
of who we could potentially turn out to be. I wanted the person who was happily
married, who made a contribution to the planet, and who was spiritually inclined
for freedom.
Every time we let our fears, our doubts, or our low self-esteem win, the loser
emerges and holds sway. Learning to share your vision and tell a powerful, persuasive
story is learning how to override the loser inside you and allowing the winner to rise
to the surface. Learning how to tell a powerful story is learning how to show up as
the winner you are.
Most people don’t have the ability to keep going, to handle disappointment
and never lose sight of the vision of where they’re going. They simply haven’t been
trained in that skill. But that’s critically important. That’s the real skill of someone
who has mastered the B quadrant. That is thinking like an entrepreneur—and that’s
the single most important attribute you can learn from building your own network
marketing business.
It took me two full years, when I first went to work for Xerox Corporation, to
begin stepping into my power and letting the winner in me emerge. I was on the
brink of being fired at the end of those two years, but fortunately for me, that’s when
my self-confidence finally began to grow. My sales improved, and within another two
years, I was consistently No. 1 or No. 2 in my office.
Increasing my self-esteem was more important than my paycheck. Rebuilding
my self-confidence and my self-esteem has been priceless. And it has helped me
earn millions of dollars. For that, I will always be grateful to the Xerox Corporation
Network marketing gives you the opportunity to face your
fears, deal with them, overcome them, and bring out the
winner that you have living inside you.
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and the staff that taught me how to overcome my demons, doubts, and fears.
Today, I strongly recommend network marketing because the industry offers the
same opportunity to strengthen and rebuild your self-confidence that the Xerox
Corporation offered me.
Network marketing gives you the opportunity to face your fears, deal with them,
overcome them, and bring out the winner that you have living inside you.
And make no mistake about it—just because you join a network marketing
company and start building your business doesn’t mean you have left the loser
behind. It will take years to build up your genuine freedom. We talk a lot about
freedom in this country. But you don’t really have freedom until you have financial
freedom. And that takes time to create.
I was born with nothing, and I made and lost my fortune several times along the
way, so I know what it feels like to lose everything: It’s easy, in those difficult times,
for the loser to take over. There will be times when you will feel tested; when your
friends are telling you, “I told you so,” and your family members are whispering to
you, “Don’t you think it’d be better if you just put more energy into your little job
and let that network thing go?”
I promise you, there will be times when it will be so tempting to let the loser
run the show. Don’t do it.
Win!
Flight School
All caterpillars make cocoons before becoming butterflies. Flight school was my
cocoon. I entered as a college graduate and exited a pilot ready to go to Vietnam.
If I had gone to a civilian flight school, I doubt I would have been ready for war,
even though I was a pilot. What we had to learn as military pilots is far different
from what civilian pilots have to learn. The skills are different, the intensity of
training is different, and the reality of going to war at the end of the training makes
things different.
It took me nearly two years to get through basic flight school in Florida. I received
my wings, and then was transferred to advanced flight training at Camp Pendleton,
California. The training there escalated in its intensity: At Camp Pendleton, we were
trained to fight more than to fly.
After we had finished flight school and became pilots, we had one year to
prepare to go to Vietnam. We flew constantly, often under conditions that tested us
mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
About eight months into the program at Camp Pendleton, something changed
inside me. During one training flight, I finally became a pilot who was ready to
go to war. Up to that point, I was flying mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Some people call it “flying mechanically.” On that one training mission, I changed
spiritually. The mission was so intense and frightening that, suddenly, all my doubts
and fears were forced out of the way, and my human spirit took over. Flying had
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become a part of me. I felt at peace and at home inside the aircraft. The aircraft was
part of me. I was ready to go to Vietnam.
It was not that I had no fear. I still had the same fears about going to war—the
fear of dying or, even worse, of becoming crippled. The difference was that I was now
ready to go to war. My confidence in myself was greater than the fears.
My process of becoming a businessperson and investor followed much the
same process as becoming a pilot ready to go into battle. It took my failing twice in
business before I suddenly found that quality that is often called entrepreneurial spirit.
That is the spirit that keeps me on the B and I side of the cashflow quadrant map,
no matter how tough things get. I stay on the B and I side rather than slipping back
to the safety and comfort of the E and S side.
I would say it took me fifteen years to gain the confidence to feel comfortable in
the B quadrant. You’re luckier than I am: You don’t need to spend that long or go
through the failures and struggles I did. You can get that same kind of life-changing
education right here in your own flight school: network marketing.
How My Business Skills Changed My Life
Now that I’ve talked about military training and learning to fly under battle
conditions in the jungles of Vietnam, I want to tell you one more story about the
honing of character—this one not on the battlefield, but in the field of love.
If I had not gone through my own intense form of schooling to learn real-world
business skills, I doubt I would have been fortunate enough to marry the woman of
my dreams. But I did—and I did.
When I first met Kim, I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
I was speechless and completely terrified at the idea of going up to talk with her.
However, my business training had taught me to overcome my fear of failure and
rejection—and that training was about to pay off, big time. Instead of hiding in the
back of the room and staring at her from afar, which is exactly what I would have
done years earlier, I walked boldly forward and said, “Hi.”
Kim turned and flashed her beautiful smile—and I was in love. She was right
out of my dreams. But when I asked her out, she said, “No.”
An earlier Robert Kiyosaki might have slunk away and admitted defeat. But I
had been toughened by my business training: I collected my nerve and asked her out
again. Again she said, “No.” Now my self-confidence was bruised and my male ego
was fading, but I asked her out once again—and again the answer was “No.”
This went on for six months. Each time she said, “No,” I went into hiding to
lick my wounded ego. I was hurting inside. If I had not learned how to overcome
my own self-doubts, I could never have kept asking for six months—but I did. And
finally, one day, she said, “Yes.” We have been together ever since.
I tell this story not just because it’s a warm and fuzzy story of how Robert and
Kim went a-courting; I tell it because it makes a critical point: This is not just about
business and money. This is your life we’re talking about. How you earn your money
and build your career is how you earn your destiny and build your legacy.
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CHAPTER 11
Asset #3: A Circle of Friends
Who Share Your Dreams and Values
This may be tough to hear, but if you want to create a different economy in your
life, you may need to get new friends more than you need to get a new job. Why?
Because even though they love you, and even though they don’t mean to, the friends
you hang with right now might be holding you down.
You may have heard that your income tends to be about equal to the average
income of your five closest friends. And you’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Birds
of a feather flock together.” That also holds true for rich people, poor people, and
middle-class people. In other words, the rich network with the rich, the poor network
with other poor people, and the middle class hangs out with the middle class.
My rich dad often said, “If you want to become rich, you need to network with
those who are rich or who can help you become rich.”
Many people spend their lives hanging out and networking with people who
hold them back financially. In a network marketing business, you hang out with
people who are there to help you become richer. Ask yourself this: “Are the people
with whom I spend time dedicated to me becoming rich? Or are they more interested
in me continuing on as a hard worker?”
By the age of 15, I knew that I wanted to become financially free, and that one
way to do that was to learn how to network with people who could help me become
financially free. I decided I would seek the friendship of friends who were interested
in me becoming a rich person, rather than becoming a loyal employee working for
the rich.
This was a life-changing moment. It was not an easy decision, because at 15, I
had to be very careful about who I spent my time with and which teachers I would
listen to. If you are considering building your own business, you need to be acutely
aware of who you’re spending your time with and who your teachers are. It’s a
crucial consideration.
The hardest thing about leaving Xerox was that I had to let go of some
friendships. Most of my friends and family were in the E quadrant, and they had
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different values than I did. They valued security and a steady paycheck, and I valued
freedom and financial independence. This made my decision a painful experience,
but it was a necessary decision to make if I was going to grow.
You may well experience something similar in network marketing. You may
find that there are friends or family members who don’t understand or sympathize
with your decision to look into network marketing, or who may even actively try to
discourage you. You may have friends tell you that you’re nuts, you’re a sucker, or
you’re making a huge mistake. You may even lose friends. I hesitate to write that
sentence, because it sounds harsh. But that’s because it is harsh. It’s reality.
And mind you, this has nothing to do with network marketing itself. What’s
really going on here is that you are making a seismic shift in your life, from living in
the E or S quadrant to living in the B quadrant. This is not simply taking a different
job; it’s more like moving to a different country, changing your religion, or switching
political parties.
The English poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every
man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” He said that way back in 1623,
and it’s a thousand times truer in the incredibly interconnected world of today. You
can’t get rich in isolation; you are only as good as the community of people you hang
out with, talk with, work with, and play with.
John: That’s true everywhere in life, but it’s especially true and especially
relevant in network marketing, because when you build a network marketing
business, you actually build around yourself a powerful, brand-new community
of friends who are learning the same kinds of values and real-world business
skills you are.
This is also one of the great advantages of a network marketing business:
Rather than being surrounded by people who are competing with you for
that next promotion, here your business is filled with people who are just as
committed to your success as you are, because your success is what assures
their success. Chances are good that some of them will become your new
best friends.
In fact, according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), a significant
number of people who join network marketing companies and stick with them
rank the social network they belong to as an even higher priority than the income
they earn.
Network marketing not only provides a great business
education, it also provides a whole-new world of
friends—friends who are going in the same direction as
you are and share the same core values as you do.
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There you have it: Network marketing not only provides a great business
education, it also provides a whole-new world of friends—friends who are going in
the same direction as you are and share the same core values as you do.
To me, the kind of friendship John is talking about is every bit as priceless as
the best business training.
Today I have friends in all four quadrants, but my core friends—the ones I
really hang out with, the ones whose time means the most to me—are in the B and
I quadrants.
And by the way, those friends I left behind at Xerox? They are still great
friends today. They will always be great friends, because they were there for me at
a transitional phase of my life. But for me, it was time to move on. If it is time for
you to move on and the B quadrant is calling you, you may want to join a network
marketing business and begin to meet new friends.
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CHAPTER 12
Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network
One of the first things that intrigued me about this business model when I
started looking into it seriously in the 1990s was the simple fact that it used the word
network. I remembered that my rich dad really respected this term.
Thomas Edison was one of my rich dad’s heroes. People today often think of
Edison as the inventor of the light bulb, but this is not true. Edison did not invent
the light bulb; what he did do was improve it and perfect it. Even more important,
he figured how to turn it into a business.
After dropping out of school (because his teachers thought he wasn’t smart
enough to succeed there), Edison took a job selling candies and magazines on the
railroads. Soon, he began printing his own newspaper, and within a year, he had
hired a team of boys to sell candies along with his newspaper. He had gone from
employee to business owner.
Young Edison grew restless selling newspapers, and learned how to send and
receive Morse code so he could get a job as a telegraph operator. Soon he was one
of the best telegraph operators around—and this is where he learned the secret that
would make him a millionaire. As a telegraph operator, he saw what had transformed
the invention of the telegraph into such a success: It was the system of lines, poles,
skilled people, and relay stations. It was the power of a network.
While Edison is famous for tinkering with the light bulb and perfecting the
filament that made the bulb practical, Edison’s true stroke of genius was to create a
company that strung the electric lines that allowed the light bulb to penetrate society.
The company Edison founded would make him a multimillionaire. It was called
General Electric.
The power is not in the product; the power is in the
network. If you want to become rich, the best strategy is
to find a way to build a strong, viable, growing network.
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What made Edison’s business so revolutionary was not the light bulb itself, but
the system of electrical lines and relay stations that powered the light bulb. It was
the network.
My rich dad told me, “The richest people in the world build networks. Everyone
else looks for work.”
From the shipping magnates and railroad barons to Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and
Jeff Bezos, the great fortunes of the world have been made by those who figured out
how to build networks. Sam Walton didn’t manufacture goods for people; he built
the distribution network that delivers the goods. Bill Gates didn’t build computers;
he built the operating system that ran on those computers. Jeff Bezos didn’t go into
publishing books; he created the online network Amazon that delivers those books.
The power is not in the product; the power is in the network. If you want
to become rich, the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong, viable,
growing network.
Of course, most of us are not Thomas Edison, Sam Walton, or Bill Gates,
and never will be. Yes, there will be handfuls of remarkably creative pioneers in
every generation who create new multibillion-dollar networks from scratch, as these
men did, but it’s not a reasonable ambition for tens of thousands of people, let
alone millions.
That’s why network marketing is so brilliant. The companies that make up
the network marketing industry now offer millions of people just like yourself the
opportunity to build their own network rather than spend their lives working for
someone else’s network.
Metcalfe’s Law
Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and one of the creators of Ethernet, is
credited with creating an equation that defines the value of networks:
V = N
2
In other words, a network’s economic value equals the number of the network’s
users squared.
Putting Metcalfe’s Law in simpler terms, it means that as you add users, its value
increases geometrically.
Think of a network of telephones. If you have just one telephone, that single
telephone has no real economic value. (If you’re the only one with a phone, who
would you call?) The moment you add a phone, according to Metcalfe’s Law, the
economic value of the phone network is squared. The economic value of the network
would go from zero to two squared, or four. Add a third phone, and the economic
value of the network is now nine. In other words, the economic value of a network
goes up exponentially, not numerically.
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Networks Come to the Business World
The classic Industrial-Age business model operated much like an empire. It was
controlled by a strong central “government” that maintained its strongly centralized
identity no matter how big it grew.
In the 1950s, a new type of business emerged, one that maintained its coherence
not by controlling all its parts with a single central office, but instead by using the
model of a network. This idea was so revolutionary that many criticized it, and the
U.S. Congress came within eleven votes of declaring it illegal. But it survived its early
years, and today is responsible for more than 3 percent of American retail sales and is
thriving around the globe. Some of its more famous brands include Ace Hardware,
Subway, and, of course, the most famous of them all, McDonald’s.
That radical business model is called a franchise.
A franchise is a type of business network in which multiple business owners all
work off the same blueprint. In a very pragmatic sense, you could say they all share
the same values.
But franchising was just one step in the process of developing networks in the
business world. I’ll let John tell you what happened next.
John: Robert’s right. This isn’t just a question of paying a commission
differently, or shifting the responsibility of marketing to a different party. It’s
really an entirely different way of looking at business—one that reflects an
Information-Age economy through networking rather than an Industrial-Age
economy through centralized mass-advertising.
After franchising, the next step in the development of networked businesses
began in the 1960s and really got under way in the 1970s and ’80s. Instead of
a network of franchised businesses, this model built itself through a network of
franchised individuals. In a sense, you could call this a “personal franchise.”
Like the original franchise model, this new type of business also came under
a lot of criticism; yet, despite its critics, it has survived and thrived.
That model is called network marketing.
Robert: And, by the way, the truth about franchising is that as a franchise
owner, you are part of a network—but you don’t own the network; you own
only your particular business. As a network marketer, on the other hand …
John: As a network marketer, you not only build the network, but you actually
own your own network. And, as you put it, Robert, that gives you tremendous
financial leverage.
In other words, as a network marketer, you get to personally harness the power
of Metcalfe’s Law.
How? This doesn’t happen simply by affiliating with a network marketing
company. That’s like having a telephone when you are the only one with the
telephone. To harness the power of Metcalfe’s Law, you have to grow the network
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by duplicating yourself in someone else just like you: a partner. The moment there
are two of you, the economic value of your network is squared. When there are three
of you, the economic value of your network goes from four to nine. When the two
people you brought in also develop two more people each, the economic value of
your network begins to look like a rocket taking off for the moon. You are working
arithmetically, but your economic value is growing exponentially.
In plain language, Metcalfe’s Law means that a network acts as a lever: It allows
you to leverage your time and effort.
Archimedes, the engineer of ancient Greece credited with discovering the
principle of leverage, declared: “Give me a place to stand on, and I can move
the world.” To demonstrate the virtually limitless power of leverage, he set up an
elaborate system of ropes and pulleys, and attached this vast matrix of ropes to an
entire fleet of Greek warships. When everything was ready and the crowd watching
him grew silent, Archimedes grabbed this one wooden beam and pulled with all his
might—and the entire fleet of ships began moving in the water!
That’s the power of a network.
Through that matrix of ropes, Archimedes could perform a feat that would
normally take the combined strength of several thousand oarsmen. And what exactly
was that matrix of ropes? A network.
That’s the phenomenal force that makes rumors spread: One person tells three,
who each tell three, who each tell three, and pretty soon everyone in town knows
about it. That’s how fashion trends spread. And that’s the core strategy of a network
marketing business: harnessing the power of Metcalf’s Law to duplicate your efforts
through a network of people.
Network marketing is one of the fastest-growing business models in the world
today, yet most people still cannot see it. Why not? People might see the product—
the home-care or wellness products, or the telecom, financial, or legal services—but
they don’t realize that that isn’t really the business. The real business is not the
product, but the networks through which the product travels—not Edison’s light
bulb, but his electric grid.
People still don’t grasp the value of network marketing because it is invisible: It
is virtual, not material. You cannot see it with your eyes because there is very little
to see. It is a genuine Information-Age business model: To grasp its value, it’s not
enough to open your eyes; you need to open your mind. There are no golden arches,
no green mermaids beckoning you to come into their place of business. The business
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of network marketing has exploded throughout the world, yet the masses often still
do not see it.
Businesses such as General Motors and General Electric are Industrial-Age
businesses. Franchises—McDonald’s, Subway, The UPS Store, Ace Hardware, and
the rest—are transition businesses that sprang up to bridge the passage from the
Industrial Age into the Information Age. Network marketing businesses are genuine
Information-Age businesses, because they deal not with land and materials, factories
and employees, but with pure information.
As a network marketer, you might think your job is to demonstrate and sell a
product. It’s not. Your job is to communicate information, to tell a great story and
build a network.
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Asset #5: A Duplicable, Fully Scalable Business
Here’s a critical truth about network marketing that may surprise you: It is not
a business for those who are gifted in sales. I promised a few chapters back that John
would say more about this, and now’s the time.
Robert: John, would you agree that the most successful people in network
marketing are not necessarily the best natural salespeople?
John: Not only would I completely agree, but in fact, I would say that, in a way,
the opposite is true. For a “born salesman” to succeed in network marketing, often
the first thing he or she has to do is forget everything they know about selling.
Many of the most successful network marketers I’ve ever seen have been
coaches, moms, pastors, teachers—people who really enjoy telling stories and
helping others. Network marketing is about sharing information and personal
stories, and not about hard selling. It is also about caring about the success of
those you bring into the business.
Which is a good thing, by the way, because only one person in twenty is a
natural-born salesman anyway.
The key to success in sales is what you can do.
The key to success in network marketing is what you can duplicate.
Robert: Sometimes when I say that this business is not about sales, I get a
skeptical reaction. “Yeah, but aren’t you kind of splitting hairs? I mean, whether
you call it selling or sharing information, isn’t it pretty much semantics?”
John: No, it’s not semantics, and you’re not splitting hairs. And it’s that
duplication factor that really dramatically shows you the huge difference
between sales and network marketing.
Here’s what I would tell that person:
“If you are an amazing, uniquely skilled, superstar salesperson, then you can do
great in sales—and chances are good, you will do lousy in network marketing.”
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Why? Because while you might sell a lot of products, most people in your
network won’t be able to duplicate what you do. Consequently, your network
cannot grow, and it dies an early death.
Robert: Because you smothered it in the cradle.
John: That’s right, and I’ve seen it happen many times. I often watch talented
and creative people start out in network marketing and run into this brick wall
because they think that the way to be successful is to use their ingenuity, talent,
and unique skills to be amazing. But it’s not a question of what you can do; it’s
what you can do and then what others can do, too.
I have also seen companies make the mistake of too strongly recognizing
high levels of personal sales as opposed to placing more emphasis on showing
everyone how to duplicate their efforts in the performance of others. The ability
to duplicate is the magic key here, not the ability to be a top salesperson. When
network marketing companies fail to make this clear, they impair their ability
to continuously develop and energize their growth engine: the people who
duplicate themselves.
Robert: That’s fascinating, because when you talk about people who try to be
ingenious about it, you know what that is? That’s thinking like a person in the
S quadrant—not in the B quadrant. When you live in the S quadrant, then,
by all means, be brilliant and creative and unique! But in the B quadrant? Kiss
of death.
Henry Ford did not create an empire and change the face of the planet by
building a business model around his workers’ unique skills and talents.
Now, he could have hired craftsmen to hand-make his cars. They would
have been amazing cars—and he would have sold maybe a few hundred of them.
Instead, he designed a model where ordinary people could plug in their time and
effort and mass-produce millions of cars.
Ford thought like a person who lived smack in the B quadrant.
John: I wouldn’t have thought of putting it that way, but that’s exactly what it
is. And if you want to be successful in network marketing, that’s how you have
to think.
Again, what gives your network marketing business its real power is not
what you can do; it’s what you can duplicate. In other words, you want to build
your business in a way that virtually anyone else can readily copy. Why? Because
others copying what you do is exactly what you want to happen—what you need
to have happen. That’s what creates your success.
We’ll rejoin this discussion of duplication in a moment, but first I want to talk
a little about that term scalable.
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Information Tools for Infinite Scalability
Another way of saying what John is talking about, when he says the secret is
duplication, is this: The power of your business is in its scalability. A business that is
scalable simply means a business that can operate on any scale.
This is often the make-or-break issue with entrepreneurs. The world is full of
would-be entrepreneurs who create businesses that are wonderful, as long as they’re
operating on a scale so small that they can personally control every aspect of the
business. But there are very few entrepreneurs who grasp how to design their tiny
little business model so it can be multiplied and replicated many times over without
their direct participation.
This is the secret of Ray Kroc’s brilliance in creating the McDonald’s
phenomenon. He didn’t seek out an elite corps of especially talented restaurateurs
with high-level expertise to run his multiple operations. Instead, he designed the
expertise right into the operation.
That’s exactly what smart network marketing companies have done. Instead of
trying to recruit only the most highly skilled speakers, presenters, and salespeople,
they have designed the presenting into the system itself, in the form of information
tools—and as John explains it, that didn’t happen overnight.
John: In the early days of network marketing, its practitioners faced a thorny
challenge: While it is true that anyone can learn to give a presentation, it is not true
that just anyone can give an effective presentation. This meant that, while theoretically
“anyone” could be successful in this business, it often wasn’t that way in reality.
In the early days, the business really did rely on people with great
presentation skills, and a big part of learning the business was learning how to
make a great presentation. But just as with sales, very few people are ever going
to get truly skilled at making a polished, professional presentation. So this put a
serious limitation on the business’s ability to grow.
Robert: And that’s where presentation tools come into the picture.
John: That’s right. Years ago, people tried to do this with brochures and sales books,
and they had a degree of success. While the average person might not be able to
become a great presenter, he or she could walk a prospect through a brochure or
catalog. But brochures and booklets are simply not engaging enough to capture
someone’s interest in the way a great live presentation from a dynamic presenter can.
Over the past few decades, though, there has been a seismic shift in
presentation technology. The explosion of digital technology has leveled the
playing field. Digital tools—CDs, DVDs, and online media—have now made it
possible to recreate that fully engaging, dynamic quality of a live presentation.
I find it interesting that you’re calling this book The Business of the 21st
Century, Robert, because even though it has been around for decades, in a very
real way, this business model is just now coming into its real potential—and
what we’re talking about right now is one of the reasons why.
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Today, when you start your own network marketing business, you don’t
have to become an adept public speaker. In fact, trying to be one can actually
work against you, because again, that’s a highly specialized skill, and therefore
not very duplicable.
Instead of attempting to train yourself to become an expert speaker and
presenter, you simply use the business tools provided by your company to do the
presentations for you.
What’s more, these business tools are highly affordable, both because it is
in the companies’ interest to make them affordable, and also because technology
has now made it possible.
Low-cost, high-quality CDs, DVDs, and online presentations—often including
high-quality streaming audio and video—have made possible the dream of a truly
democratic and fully scalable network marketing operation, creating a business model
that has allowed millions to gain access and excel.
Do you realize what this means? It means that as you build your networking
business, you are building a fully scalable asset. In plain English, it means you can
grow a business as big as you want.
Before we go on, though, I have to play the devil’s advocate one more time.
Robert: John, I have to ask you the question I’ve heard skeptics ask when they
hear this point about being duplicable:
“So if you don’t really have to be a top salesperson, and you don’t have to
be an expert speaker or presenter, what do you do? Why does the company even
need you?”
John: You network. That’s why it’s called network marketing, and that’s why
the company needs you—and why they pay you.
As a network marketer, your job description, so to speak, is to connect
with people, invite them to experience the products you are excited about and
take a look at the information you have, and then follow up with them. Then,
once they’ve decided to join you in the business, you share with them your
enthusiasm, your experiences, and you help them learn to do what you have
learned to do. Here, again, there are digital tools that can take a huge amount of
the burden and expertise of training off your shoulders.
Your job is to build relationships, have conversations, explore possibilities, get
to know people, and help them get to understand what this business is all about.
invite present follow up train
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So there are parts of this business that a tool can do better than you can:
That’s the presentation, and to an extent, the training. And there are parts that
only you can uniquely do, and that’s the human connection part.
Here is the core idea: In network marketing, you are the messenger, not the message.
Gone are the days of carting around a heavy pack of products to sample, setting
up an entire retail store in your living room, or having to memorize long lists of
product features and financial statistics. This is the 21st century. In today’s network
marketing, the tools do all that. Your job is to connect and invite.
And by the way, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to be skilled. You absolutely
do. You need to develop the skills we looked at as part of Asset #1: the ability to have
self-confidence, withstand rejection, communicate, be a great storyteller, care about
people, coach people, and the rest.
But these are skills available to anyone. If you’ve ever helped build a soccer
league, PTA group, or chess club, ever been part of a political campaign or church
committee, ever coached Little League or formed your own band, then you know
what it’s like to build a network.
You don’t need highly skilled salespeople to duplicate what you do. You need
people who are willing to learn basic business and communication skills and grow
themselves personally into self-determining entrepreneurs and team-builders.
Very few people are truly skilled at sales. But practically anyone can become
skilled at networking, coaching, and team-building. Which means this business is
open for business to hundreds of millions of your neighbors. Which means you have
a readily duplicable, fully scalable business. Once you’ve grown it to five people and
then fifty, you’ve mastered the basic skills it takes to grow it to five hundred, five
thousand, and beyond.
Which brings us to leadership.
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Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills
When I was first researching the world of network marketing, I went to many
meetings and events where I heard dozens of people speaking from the front of the
room in their efforts to inspire others to find their own personal greatness.
As I listened to these individuals tell their stories of starting with nothing
and eventually becoming wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, I realized that this
business was doing for these people exactly what my rich dad told me to do: It wasn’t
simply teaching them the principles of business; it was shaping them into leaders.
While they seemed to be talking a lot about money, these people were really
inspiring others to get out of their shells, go beyond their fears, and go for their
dreams. To do that required leadership skills on the part of the speaker. The reason
it takes leadership is that while many people repeat the same overused words and
phrases about dreams, more time with family, and freedom, few people inspire enough
trust and inspiration to cause others to follow those words and phrases.
It’s not a matter of memorizing and repeating the right words; it’s developing the
ability to speak directly to other people’s spirits. This is a quality that goes beyond
words. This is genuine leadership.
You might think that leadership skills would be included as part of Asset #1,
“A Real-World Business Education,” or Asset #2, “A Profitable Path of Personal
Development.” That’s reasonable; you could make a case for both. But the truth is,
having the capacity to lead is a skill set so valuable, so powerful, and so rare that it is
genuinely an asset unto itself, and deserves its own chapter.
All the other business skills are important ingredients. Leadership is the force
that makes it all come together. Leadership is what builds great businesses.
Leadership is the force that makes it all come together.
Leadership is what builds great businesses.
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Speaking Directly to Spirit
I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, and John F. Kennedy was one of the greatest speakers
I have ever heard. When he told the nation in May 1961 that we were going to put a
man on the moon within the decade, our scientists really didn’t have a clue how we could
possibly accomplish such a thing. It was beyond ambitious; it was outrageous. And yet
we did it. Even though JFK was killed less than three years later, with three-quarters of
the decade left to go, his leadership was so compelling and so powerful that his vision
persisted after his death. Despite his assassination, despite the catastrophe of Vietnam,
despite the nation being rocked by riots and division and the presidential mantle passing
from JFK’s vice president to his former rival Richard Nixon in 1968, what did we do?
We put a man on the moon in 1969—sure enough, within the decade.
That’s leadership: the power to make things happen through the sheer force of
the vision you share. Genuine leaders can move mountains.
In Vietnam, I discovered that great leaders were not tough people who yelled and
screamed or were physically abusive. In the heat of battle, I found that great, brave
leaders were often quiet, yet when they spoke, they spoke to our souls and our spirits.
All great leaders have been master storytellers who were able to communicate the
vision in such a vivid way that others saw it, too. Look at Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mother
Teresa, Gandhi, Muhammad. They were all great leaders, which means they were
great storytellers.
Money does not go to the business with the best products or service. Money
flows to the business with the best leaders. A business that has forgotten how to tell
its own story is soon out of business, even if it has tons of inventory. When I find a
business that is struggling financially, it is often because the leader of that business
cannot communicate the company’s vision—he or she cannot tell the story. They
may be smart, but they are poor communicators.
The leadership skills you need to develop for the B quadrant are very different
from the management skills most often required for the E and S quadrants. Don’t get
me wrong: Management skills are important, but there is a vast difference between
management skills and leadership skills. Managers are not necessarily leaders, and
leaders are not necessarily managers.
I meet many people in the S quadrant, the specialists or small-business owners,
who would like to expand their businesses but cannot, for one reason: They lack
leadership skills. No one wants to follow them. Their employees do not trust them,
are not inspired by them. I have met many middle managers who fail to climb the
corporate ladder because they cannot communicate with others. The world is full of
lonely people who cannot seem to find the man or woman of their dreams, simply
because they fail to communicate what a good person they are.
Money does not go to the business with the best products or
service. Money flows to the business with the best leaders.
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Communication affects every aspect of life—and this is the No. 1 skill that
network marketing teaches.
Network marketing leaders sometimes describe themselves as “highly paid
storytellers.” In fact, they are among the most highly paid storytellers, and there’s a
very simple reason for this: They are among the best storytellers.
When I started attending network marketing business trainings, I got to meet highly
successful, real-world business owners who had started their businesses from scratch. Many
were great teachers because they were teaching from experience and not from theory. Sitting
through many of the business seminars, I often found myself nodding in agreement with
their straight talk about what it takes to survive on the streets of the real world of business.
After the seminars, I would often talk to the instructors. I was amazed at how much
money they made, not only from their businesses, but also from their investments.
Several made significantly more than many top CEOs in corporate America.
Yet, there was something else to these instructors that impressed me even more.
Although they were rich and certainly did not have to be leading these events, they
had a passion for teaching and helping their fellow human beings.
I began to realize that a network marketing business is based on the leaders pulling
people up, while a traditional corporate or government business is based on promoting
only a few and keeping the masses of employees content with a steady paycheck. These
instructors in the network marketing world were not saying, “If you don’t perform, you
lose your job.” Instead, they were saying, “Let me help you do better and better. As long
as you want to learn, I’ll be here to teach you. We’re on the same team.”
A Very Special Type of Leader
Many people have leadership qualities within them, but these qualities are never
brought out. They never have the opportunity. My rich dad understood this. One
reason he encouraged me to go into the Marine Corps and then on to Vietnam was
that it would develop my leadership skills.
But you don’t need to join the Marines to have the chance for the leader within you
to blossom. You can have that chance through network marketing. And the real beauty of
a network marketing leadership program is not simply the fact that it develops leadership,
but the particular type of leadership it brings out.
The military develops a type of leader who inspires men and women to defend their country.
The world of business develops a type of leader who builds teams to beat the competition.
Network marketing tends to develop the type of leader who influences others by being a great
teacher, teaching others to fulfill their life’s dreams by teaching others to go for their dreams.
Network marketing tends to develop the type of leader who
influences others by being a great teacher, teaching others to
fulfill their life’s dreams by teaching others to go for their dreams.
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Instead of beating the enemy or beating the competition, most network marketing
leaders simply inspire and teach others to find the financial bounty this world offers
without harm to others.
The opportunity to develop the capacity to lead is a value uniquely intrinsic to
network marketing. Sure, you could learn leadership in any other field. From the
military to government to corporate life, every sphere of life produces leaders, but not
very many. Genuine leadership is extremely rare—except in network marketing.
John has an interesting perspective on why this is so.
John: What is unique about network marketing is that it marries a broad
compensation structure to a field of people made up of 100 percent of volunteers.
You will not find a single network marketing distributor who punches a time
clock or has to show up for work. As independent representatives, no one is hired or
fired—everyone is there voluntarily. Nobody can tell you what to do; no one can give
you orders.
So why does it work? What’s the engine that drives the machine? The
answer comes in one word: leadership.
And the leadership you develop in your network marketing business will show
up in every other sphere of your life.
The Four Elements of Leadership
Traditional schools train you to be a good employee. They focus on one thing
only: your mental ability. If you can solve equations and do well on tests, then you’re
considered smart enough to run a company.
That’s ridiculous.
The reason I am a successful entrepreneur today is because of the training I
received in the Marines. Military schools prepare you to be a great leader by focusing
not only on your mind, but also on your emotional, physical, and spiritual abilities.
They teach you how to operate under extreme pressure.
I had the smarts to fly a helicopter in Vietnam, but I never would have made it
back without the development of my spirituality. If that had not been strong, then
fear (emotion) would have set in, and I would very likely have frozen up (physical)
at the controls of the gunship. Having these four elements—mental, emotional,
physical, and spiritual—working in harmony helped me make it through my
missions.
This also armed me with the
knowledge and understanding
it took to be a good leader
in the business world, because
these are exactly the same four
mental
emotional physical
spiritual
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elements of leadership required to be successful in business. Mind; spirit; body;
emotions:
If you cannot control these four aspects of yourself, then you will fail. And if you
are not able to help develop these four elements in your employees, and in so doing
help them to become effective leaders, then you will fail. It’s as simple as that.
Here’s another thing military schools teach you: Being on the front lines means
not caring about whether or not you are liked. Of course, we all want to be liked—but
to be a great leader, you have to set boundaries, monitor the behavior of your staff,
and take corrective action when necessary. Sometimes you’re going to tick people off.
Yes, it’s going to happen—there’s no way around it. But here is what’s also going to
happen: You are going to create the best team possible, one that understands what
you expect, and what you will and will not tolerate.
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CHAPTER 15
Asset #7: A Mechanism for
Genuine Wealth Creation
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of the three creators of the Declaration
of Independence, were great lifelong friends, although their friendship was not
without differences, even huge ones. They were temperamental opposites, and at one
point they became bitter political arch-rivals, diametrically opposed on many issues.
For years, our second and third presidents refused to speak with one another. But in
their later years they reconciled, and their lengthy correspondence is one of the great
treasures of American literature.
They died on the very same day, on July 4, 1826—fifty years to the day from
the signing of the Declaration of Independence that they had co-authored with
Benjamin Franklin.
There is one more curious fact about these two men: their relationship to wealth.
Jefferson was the classic Virginia aristocratic landowner, possessing an estate
encompassing thousands of acres. Adams was a Massachusetts barrister from a fairly
poor farm family, and lived his long life without ever having much in the way of
wealth. And yet, on the day of their death, Adams was worth about $100,000—and
Jefferson’s estate was about $100,000 in debt.
Jefferson had money and property, but it slipped through his fingers. Adams never had
much money, but though he lived simply, he had a firm grasp on how to build wealth.
One of the central reasons I’m writing this book is to make sure you grasp the
crucial difference between money and wealth. Why does the typical million-dollar
lottery winner end up broke within three years after earning his or her millions?
Because while they had a sudden windfall of money, they had no concept of wealth.
Wealth is not the same thing as money. Wealth is not
measured by the size of income. Wealth is measured in time.
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Wealth is not the same thing as money. Wealth is not measured by the size of
income. Wealth is measured in time. If all I have to my name is $1,000 in savings
and checking combined, and my living expenses are $100 a day, then my wealth
equals ten days. Wealth is the ability to survive so many number of days forward.
Ask yourself, “If I stop working today, how long could I survive financially?” Your
answer is equal to your wealth at this moment.
Actually, let’s deepen that definition. Wealth is measured by the richness of your
life experience today plus the number of days into the future that you have the capacity
to continue living at that level of experience.
One reason the rich get richer is that the rich work for a different kind of money.
They don’t work to generate income—they work to build wealth. There is a vast
difference between the two.
One of the most profound values of a network marketing business—and it is one
that the great majority of people who look at this business do not quite grasp—is that
it is an engine of personal wealth creation.
My Simple Four-Step Path to Financial Freedom
Kim and I were able to retire early in life without jobs, without government
assistance, and without any trading of stocks or any mutual funds. Why no trading
of stocks or mutual funds? Because we believed they were very risky investments. In
my opinion, mutual funds are some of the riskiest of all investments.
Kim and I used a simple four-step plan to retire young and rich. It took us
nine years, from 1985 to 1994, starting with nothing and retiring financially free—
without a single share of stock or mutual funds. It goes like this:
1) Build a business
2) Reinvest in your business
3) Invest in real estate
4) Let your assets buy luxuries
Let’s look at how this sequence works.
1) Build a Business
Building a business allows you to generate a lot of money. Furthermore, the tax
laws of the United States are very favorable to people who earn their income in the B
quadrant and punish people who earn their money in the E quadrant.
A business is like a child: It takes time to grow. While it can take less time,
and can certainly take more, getting a business off the ground typically takes about
five years.
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2) Reinvest in Your Business
The key to this process is that you don’t try to use your business as an income
source to live on. A lot of first-time network marketers make this mistake. As soon
as they start seeing an income stream develop from their new business, they use that
new income to expand their living expenses: buy a second car, buy a bigger house,
take expensive vacations, and so forth.
Why do people do this? It’s not because they’re idiots: I’ve seen very intelligent,
well-informed people follow this pattern. They do it for one reason and one reason
only: They are still living, breathing, and thinking in the E quadrant. If you want to
build wealth, you have to get your head out of the left-hand side of that diagram and
start thinking B and I.
First, keep your day job. Your goal is not to replace your job with your
business—that’s just treating your business like your new job. You’ll never build
wealth that way. Instead, once your new business is making some money, go right to
Step 2: Reinvest your new income in that business in order to grow it still further.
“But I don’t want to keep my day job—I hate working there! Isn’t that the whole
point? I want to stop working as an employee!”
Fair enough: You want to get out of the E quadrant and quit that job. Maybe
you hate your job. Or you may be like a lot of professionals I’ve met who actually
love what they do, but don’t love the fact that they have to keep doing it forty, fifty
or sixty hours a week. Whatever your reasons, here’s the blunt truth: If you suck all
the income out of your new business to burn on monthly living expenses, then you’re
not building a business; you’re just building yourself another job.
A true business owner never stops investing and reinvesting to build the business.
The reason so many people fail to achieve great wealth in any business is simply that
they fail to reinvest continually in the business.
So, what does that look like in network marketing?
John: A traditional business might reinvest by building a new warehouse,
spending money on national advertising, developing new product lines, or
buying new distribution channels. But as a network marketer, you don’t have
these expenses: The network marketing company itself makes these types of
investments for you.
How do you reinvest in your business, then? There are certainly places
where you can invest some money wisely: on training and educating yourself,
on travel to support your growing network in other cities, on promotional and
educational tools and resources to help nourish the business.
The reason so many people fail to achieve great
wealth in any business is simply that they fail to reinvest
continually in the business.
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For the most part, though, network marketing is a business whose major
capital investment is not your money but your time and effort.
Which means the better part of your networking income becomes available
to you to feed the serious process of building your wealth. But notice, I did say
“building your wealth,” not “squandering your wealth”!
Don’t make the mistake I’ve seen people make, and start spending every last
dollar from your new commission checks on a bigger car, bigger house, bigger
lifestyle. Don’t abuse your new business income by pouring it into bigger holes in
the ground.
Treat it with the respect it deserves. Invest it.
3) Invest in Real Estate
As your business income continues to grow, you begin using that supplemental
income to buy real estate.
You’ll notice there are no mutual funds, stock portfolios, or other paper assets in
this plan. That’s because even though they are the easiest assets to build (all you have
to do is buy them), trading in stocks and mutual funds is risky, profits made are taxed
at the capital gain rate, and investing takes financial education to lessen risk. The idea
here is to use your new supplemental money to build an income-generating asset.
There are many types of assets that can generate income, but the one I recommend
most often is real estate, for two principal reasons.
First, the tax laws are written in favor of business owners who invest in real estate.
Second, your banker loves to lend you money for real estate. Try asking your
banker for a thirty-year loan at 6.5 percent to buy mutual funds or stocks. They’ll
laugh you out of the bank.
People often ask me, “How can I buy real estate when I barely earn enough
money to pay the rent?” Good question; you can’t. Not, that is, until you have the
extra cash. That’s why this step comes after building a business and reinvesting in its
continued growth: so you have the extra cash.
But let me explain what I mean when I say, “Invest in real estate,” because many
people completely misunderstand how real estate works as an asset. Most people
think that the point of real estate is to buy a property at one price and then sell it
(either quickly, after some hasty improvements, or at a later time) for a higher price.
Wrong. That’s just buying a cow and then selling it for steaks. What you want to do
is buy a cow and keep it forever so you can sell its milk.
The purpose of buying real estate is not to sell it; the purpose of buying real
estate is to build an income-generating asset.
Learning how to do this takes time, education, experience, and money. As with
learning anything new, it’s difficult not to make some mistakes—and mistakes in real
estate (especially in property management) can be very expensive. Unless you have
the extra steady income and the tax advantages that come with a B quadrant business,
real estate is either too risky or too slow.
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The reason many people fail to become rich in real estate is that they don’t
have the cash it takes. The truth is, the best real estate deals are usually expensive.
If you don’t have much money, often the only real estate deals you can get are
deals that people with real money have passed on. The reason so many people
try looking for “no money down” investments is that they have nothing to put
down! Unless you are really experienced and have plenty of cash on hand to use
when you need it, putting nothing down could be the most expensive investment
of your life.
4) Let Your Assets Buy Luxuries
For many years, even long after we could have afforded to do more, Kim and I
continued to live in a small house with a monthly mortgage of about $400 and drove
average cars. Meanwhile, we were using whatever extra cash we generated to build
our business and invest in real estate.
Today we live in a large home and have six luxury cars between us—but we
didn’t buy that house or those cars. Our assets bought them; we just enjoy them.
When I say “luxury,” I don’t necessarily mean something extravagant or
ostentatious. I mean something that you want and enjoy, and that exists beyond
what you “need.”
I’ll give you an example. Think of anyone you know who works for a living but
does not love their job. If you told them—“Hey, you don’t like your job, you should
just quit!”—what would they say?
I’d love to—but I don’t have that luxury.
That’s right: For many people, simply not having their job is one of the very first
luxuries they want. How do you get that luxury? The same as any other: You let your
business and/or your real estate holdings buy it for you. For that to happen, you have
to build those assets to the point where they can buy it for you.
You see how it works?
You don’t use your income to buy yourself luxuries: You use your income to
build your assets—your business and real estate investments—and then, once they’re
sufficiently built to be able to do so, you let them buy your luxuries.
Which brings us to the matter of dreams.
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CHAPTER 16
Asset #8: Big Dreams and the
Capacity to Live Them
One of the most valuable things about network marketing companies is that
they stress the importance of going for your dreams. Notice, I didn’t say “the
importance of having dreams.” They don’t just want you to have dreams; they want
you to live those dreams.
What’s more, they encourage you to dream big. One of the most refreshing
things that happened to me when I started looking into network marketing was that
I found myself dreaming even bigger dreams than I already had.
Traditional businesses are often not too keen on you having big dreams. They
operate better if you have modest dreams: a brief summer vacation, maybe a small
time share, a hobby you enjoy, a good game of golf on a Sunday afternoon. That
kind of thing.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having such small dreams. All I’m
saying is, that’s a small life.
Growing up, I often heard my parents use the phrase, “We can’t afford it.” My
rich dad, however, forbade his son and me from saying those words, and insisted
instead that we ask ourselves, “How can I afford it?”
As small as the difference between those statements may seem, it makes all the
difference. That small shift in thinking, multiplied by the experiences, perceptions,
and decisions of a lifetime, will take you to a place that is millions of miles away from
where you would have landed without that shift.
When you make a habit of asking yourself, “How can I afford that?” you train
yourself to dream bigger and bigger dreams, and not only to have those dreams but to
believe that you can make them come true. Saying “I can’t afford that,” on the other
hand, snuffs out your dreams like a wet towel on a candle flame. There are already
plenty of other people in the world who try to smother your dreams, without you
adding your voice to the mix! Oh, they don’t mean to, perhaps, but well-meaning or
not, their words are deadly.
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“You can’t do that.”
“That’s too risky. Do you know how many people have failed trying to do that?”
“Don’t be silly. Where do you come up with such ideas?”
“If it’s such a good idea, wouldn’t someone else have already done it?”
“Oh, I tried that years ago. Let me tell you why it won’t work.”
These are dream-killing words, and I’ve noticed something interesting about the
people who say them: They are almost always people who have already given up on
their own dreams.
When Kim and I were broke, we told each other that when we had made over
$1 million, we would buy a big house. We did, and we loved being in the house, but
the house itself was not important to us, and even being able to afford the house was
not important to us. What was important was who we became in the process.
It is striving, learning, and doing your best to develop your personal power to be
able to afford the big house and who you become in the process that are important.
“People who dream small dreams,” my rich dad told me, “continue to live lives
as small people.”
Everyone has dreams, but not everyone dreams in the same way. My rich dad
taught me that there are five kinds of dreamers:
· Those who dream in the past
· Those who dream only small dreams
· Those who achieve a dream, and then live bored
· Those who dream big dreams, but with no plan on how to go about
achieving them, so end up with nothing
· Those who dream big, achieve those dreams, and go on to dream even
bigger dreams!
Those Who Dream in the Past
These are the people who believe that their greatest achievements are behind
them. They will regale you with stories of their college days, their army days, their
high-school football days, their life on the farm where they grew up; but try to engage
It is striving, learning, and doing your best to develop
your personal power to be able to afford the big house
and who you become in the process that are important.
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them in a conversation about the future, and they’ll probably just shake their heads
and say, “Ahh, the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket.”
A person who dreams in the past is a person whose life is over. They may not
be dead, but they are no longer truly alive—and the only way they can come back to
life is to rekindle a dream.
Those Who Dream Only Small Dreams
Some people limit themselves to dreaming only small dreams, because that’s the
only way they can feel confident they can achieve them. The ironic thing is that,
while they know they could achieve their small dreams, they often never do. Why
not? Who knows? Perhaps it’s because they know that if they did achieve them, they
would have nothing left to live for—unless they then challenged themselves to come
up with larger dreams.
In other words, they would rather live small than face the risks and thrill of living
large. Later in life, you’ll hear them say, “You know, I should have done that years
ago, but I just never got around to doing it.”
I once asked a man I had met, “If you had all the money in the world, where
would you travel?”
He replied, “I would fly to California to visit my sister. I haven’t seen her in
fourteen years, and I would love to see her, especially before her children get any
older. That would be my dream vacation.”
At the time, that trip would have cost him about $500. I pointed that out, and
asked why he had not yet taken the trip. He told me, “Oh, I will, I’m just too busy
right now.” In other words, this was the “dream vacation” that he would rather
dream about taking than actually wake up and take.
My rich dad told me that these dreamers are often the most dangerous.
“They live like turtles,” he said, “tucked away in their own quiet, padded room.
If you knock on the shell and peek in, they might lunge out and bite you.”
The lesson: Let dreaming turtles dream. Most aren’t going anywhere, and that
seems to be just fine with them.
Those Who Achieve a Dream, and Then Live Bored
A friend of mine once said to me, “Twenty years ago, I dreamed of becoming a
doctor. So I became a doctor. And I enjoy being a doctor, but now I’m bored with
life. Something is missing.”
Boredom usually is a sign that it’s time for a new dream. My rich dad told
me, “There are a lot of people who work in professions they dreamed of in high
school. The problem is, they’ve been out of high school for years. It’s time for a
new adventure.”
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Those Who Dream Big Dreams, But with No Plan on
How to Go About Achieving Them, So They End Up
with Nothing
I think we all know someone in this category. These people say, “I’ve just had a
major breakthrough. Let me tell you about my new plan.” Or, “This time things will
be different.” Or, “I’m turning over a new leaf.” Or, “I’m going to work harder, pay
off my bills, and invest.” Or, “I just heard of a new company coming to town, and it
is looking for someone with my qualifications. This could be my big break.”
My rich dad said, “People like this often try to achieve a lot, but they try to do it
on their own. But very few people achieve their dreams on their own. These people
should keep dreaming big, make a plan, and then find a team that will help them
make their dreams come true.”
Those Who Dream Big, Achieve Those Dreams, and Go On
to Dream Even Bigger Dreams!
I think that most of us would like to be this kind of person. I know I would.
Wouldn’t you?
My rich dad said it this way: “Big people have big dreams and small people
have small dreams. If you want to change who you are, begin by changing the size
of your dream.”
As you know, I’ve been broke—totally, flat-out broke, living in my car with my
bride. I know what it’s like. But broke is a temporary condition. Poor is different.
Poor is a state of mind. You can be broke and still be rich in spirit, rich in ambition,
rich in courage, rich in determination. It costs nothing to dream big, and it costs not
one cent more to dream huge. No matter how broke you might be, the only way you
will become poor is by giving up on your dreams.
The unique thing about the network marketing lifestyle is that you don’t frame
your dreams as something you reach only after forty years, or only for a few weeks
out of the calendar, or only on Sunday afternoons. When you start building your
network marketing business, you start living your dreams, albeit in small ways at
first, from Day One.
It is a shift in mindset, from “I can’t” to “I can”; from being at the mercy of
circumstance to being at the helm of your life; from being enslaved to being free.
In his conclusion to Walden, his meditation on the self-determined life,
Thoreau wrote:
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the
direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will
meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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CHAPTER 17
A Business Where Women Excel
by Kim Kiyosaki
By now, you’ve heard me refer to my wife, Kim, quite a few times; you’ve read about
how we met and how I pursued her, about our early struggles, our goals and our
strategies, and how our life together has turned out. Before closing this part of the book,
I thought it was high time you had the chance to hear from Kim directly. —R.K.
Robert has told you quite a bit about network marketing and the many ways
it can create great value for you. I want to tell you about one more: It is a powerful
business for women.
When you look at the basic statistical profile of the network marketing
community, one of the first things you notice is also one of the most remarkable: It
is populated by more than four times as many women as men.
You heard me right. According to the Direct Selling Association, of the fifteen
million people in the United States who are in network marketing, about 88 percent
are female. And while they do not provide a breakdown by gender of the more than
sixty-two million people in the business worldwide, the proportions on a global scale
are probably close to the same as in the States.
Why? Historically, one reason is that many households have started their
network marketing businesses as part-time ventures, and for families where the man
The supporting, coaching, nurturing relationship of a
network marketing sponsor to her growing network of
apprentice networkers is the kind of relationship and
interaction in which women excel.
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is the primary breadwinner, that has often meant it was the woman who engaged in
the part-time, stay-at-home business.
A parallel factor is the fact that it is a home-based business, which means that
building a network marketing business is uniquely compatible with the demands of
raising a family.
But I think it goes beyond these practical and historical circumstances.
Network marketing is, at its core, a relationship business. As Robert has explained,
it’s not a business that revolves around making sales; it is a business that revolves around
making connections. It’s about establishing relationships, coaching and training, and
teaching and mentoring. The actual day-to-day work of building a network is less like
carving out a sales territory than it is like building a community.
And the supporting, coaching, nurturing relationship of a network marketing
sponsor to her growing network of apprentice networkers is the kind of relationship
and interaction in which women excel.
Of course, none of this means that men can’t be successful in network marketing,
too. There are millions of men who are proving that every day. But the bottom line
of the business is simply this: It is a business model where women excel.
What Women Need
And it’s a good thing, too, because today’s women really need to learn how to
build their own wealth.
A young journalist approached me a few years ago and said, with obvious
passion, “We have to make women aware that they have to take charge of their
money. They cannot depend on someone else to do that for them!”
As we talked together, I soon learned where her passion was coming from.
It turned out her 54-year-old mother had recently moved in with her after going
through a divorce that had left her with basically nothing. She was now supporting
her mother as well as herself.
That was enough of a wake-up call in itself, but what had really shaken her up
was when she took a close look at her finances to see what resources she had to support
the two of them. She realized that if her steady paycheck were for any reason to stop
suddenly, the only thing she had to fall back on was about $7,000 in savings.
For a household of two, $7,000 wouldn’t go very far. She and her mom were
both a few thin paychecks away from poverty and even homelessness. No wonder she
was passionate about the subject of women taking control of their finances!
Fortunately for me, I am not in this young woman’s position. Robert and I are
financially set for the rest of our lives, regardless of what the economy does.
But even though I don’t have that sword hanging over my head, I am just as
passionately driven as this young woman was on the subject of women creating their
own financial independence.
The “how-to’s” of network marketing are no different for women as they are
for men. However, the driving reasons why women build their network marketing
businesses are often very different from those of their male counterparts.
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We know that we lead very different lives than our mothers did, but you may
be surprised at just how different. Here are six reasons why women need to get into
this game called wealth-building.
1) The Statistics
The statistics about women and money are startling. The following are U.S.
statistics, yet for other countries throughout the world, the statistics are very similar
or are trending in the same direction.
In the United States:
· 47 percent of women over the age of 50 are single; in other words, they are
financially responsible for themselves.
· Women's retirement income is less than that of men because as the primary
caretaker for the home, a woman is away from the work force an average
of 14.7 years, as compared to 1.6 years for men. Add this fact to the lower
salaries women still receive, and you have retirement benefits that are only
about one-quarter those of men. (National Center for Women and Retirement
Research—NCWRR)
· Women are expected to live an average of seven to ten years longer than men
(Ann Letteeresee, June 12, 2000), which means they must provide for those extra
years. However, married women who are baby boomers can expect to outlive
their husbands by fifteen to twenty years, on average.
· Of the elderly living in poverty, three out of four are women. (Morningstar
Fund Investor)
· Approximately seven out of ten women will at some time live in poverty.
What do these statistics tell us? That more and more women are not educated
or prepared to take care of themselves financially, especially as they grow older.
We’ve spent our entire lives taking care of our families, but have no ability to care
for ourselves in this vital way.
2) Avoiding Dependency
You don’t get into a marriage expecting a divorce. You don’t begin a new job
expecting to be laid off. But it happens, and today with more and more frequency.
Women, if you are depending on a husband, a boss, or anyone else for your financial
future, think twice. They may simply not be there. Too often, we may not even realize
just how dependent we are until we’re faced with our own personal wake-up call.
3) No Glass Ceiling
Along with all the challenges facing the corporate employee in this post-2008
world, women still face one additional, huge obstacle: the infamous “glass ceiling.”
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Yes, it’s true, even today: Because of our gender, women can move only so far up
the corporate ladder. And for women 50 or older, trying to re-enter the world of
corporate employment? You don’t even want to know.
In the world of network marketing, the very idea of a glass ceiling for women is
ludicrous. Your network marketing company doesn’t care if you’re female or male,
black or white, a college grad or a high-school dropout. It only cares about how
diligently and effectively you build your network—and as I pointed out, there are
four times as many women as there are men doing exactly that.
The key is your skills, education, and experience. There are no limits and no
ceilings, glass or otherwise, for women in the world of network marketing.
4) No Limits on Income
Because of the glass ceiling and the still-present wage inequality between men and
women in the job market, a woman is often limited in the amount of income she can
make. Studies show that women with the same education and experience as their male
counterparts earn about seventy-four cents for every dollar their male peers earn.
But a network marketing business is fully scalable. Regardless of gender, in
network marketing, the size of the income stream you can generate by building your
network is without limit.
5) Increased Self-Esteem
Personally, I think this is one of the greatest benefits and rewards to a network
marketing business—and it is one of the strongest reasons women become involved in the
business. It’s not unusual for a woman’s self-esteem to be linked to her ability to provide
for herself. Being dependent on anyone for your financial life can lead to a reduced sense
of self-worth. You may do things you otherwise would not do if money were no issue.
I’ve seen women’s self-esteem soar once they know how to make it on their own
financially. And when a woman’s self-esteem rises, the relationships around her tend
to improve. Higher self-esteem leads to greater success, which ultimately leads to the
greatest gift of all—freedom.
6) Control of Your Time
When it comes to devoting energy to building genuine wealth, one major
impediment women often have far more than men is the simple matter of time. This
is especially true for mothers who spend many hours taking care of children. I hear
from many women, “After I come home from work, I have to get dinner ready, help
my kids with their homework, and clean up the dishes. By the time everyone’s in bed
and I have a free moment to myself, I’m exhausted!”
As a network marketer, you are in control of your time. This business is something
you can do part time or full time. It is something you can do from your home, on the
phone and computer, in the evenings, weekends, anytime, anywhere. It is a business
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that can travel with you, that you can keep in your pocket, and that you can engage
in half-hour increments, if that’s what your schedule and circumstances dictate.
Wealth-Building Is a Necessity
These six reasons support why women so strongly need to learn how to build
their own wealth. The statistics prove how much times have changed for women and
point out that our need for real-life financial education is no longer a luxury; it’s a
necessity. Depending on someone else for your financial future is like rolling the dice.
The reward may be there in the end, but the risk is steep.
Glass ceilings and limits to income are what so many women have been fighting
against for ages. Both disappear in the world of network marketing. And then two
of the greatest gifts of all—a higher sense of self-worth and time to spend exactly as
you want—can be yours.
However, out of all these reasons I’ve just listed, I have no way of knowing
which speaks the most to you. You are not the “average woman”; you are you. And
the single most compelling reason for building your network marketing business is
one that only you can determine.
Create Your Wealth ... and Have Fun Doing It
Regardless of what that compelling reason is, you have to remember one more
thing when starting a network marketing business, and that is to have fun.
Yes, it’s great to think that you can earn an extra $100, $1,000, or even $10,000
a month, and that you can avoid dependency and have control of your time, but if
you are not having fun, it can quickly lead to that same rut many find themselves in
out in the corporate world. Simply put, you have to be passionate about what you
do; the lack of it will reflect in your bank account.
That’s why I think party plan businesses—a type of network marketing business
that revolves around in-home parties—are ideal for so many woman looking to
start their own businesses. Party plan businesses are the perfect opportunity to
spend time with family and friends in the comfort of your own home even while
you are creating a social network that will allow you to build wealth—and have
fun doing it.
An interesting fact about the party planning sector is that during turbulent
economic times, it continues to fare well. In fact, this is one reason the network
marketing industry as a whole is such a force to be reckoned with. Companies such as
Vorwerk (JAFRA Cosmetics), Mary Kay, Tupperware, Scentsy, Partylite, Stampin’
Up, Jewels by Park Lane, the Longaberger Company, and Southern Living at Home
are among sixty-four direct selling companies with an annual global wholesale
revenue of $100 million or more.
According to a September 2009 Direct Selling News report, Tastefully Simple, a
party plan company offering specialty food items, saw sales rise by 5 percent in 2008,
despite the recession. Another, Pampered Chef (which was purchased by billionaire
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Warren Buffett in 2002) saw a 5 percent increase in recruiting during that same
time period.
What’s the message here? Party plan companies offer a low-risk, highly
rewarding opportunity for any woman looking to take charge of her financial
future. I recommend it for stay-at-home moms looking to join the ranks of new
entrepreneurs, working women looking to supplement their paychecks, college
students hoping to earn a few extra dollars—any woman who wants to give herself
the opportunity to create wealth ... and have fun doing it.
Know What’s Important
On our very first date, Robert asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told
him I wanted to run my own business someday. He said, “I can help you with that.”
Within a month, we had a business going together.
But he also started talking to me about larger things, too—about spirituality,
and asking me about my life’s purpose. This was in the 1980s, when people were
workaholics and proud of it. By the ’90s, people began taking a closer look at their
lives and asking some harder questions. But it was really after 9/11 that people started
saying, “Whoa, wait a minute. Why am I running around like a hamster on a wheel?
What am I doing with my life? Where is it all going?”
I hear women all the time say they are too busy to get involved in a part-time
home-based business. I tell them, “Here’s the key to making your business successful:
You have to look at your life, really look at it, and ask yourself, ‘What is it that is so
meaningful to me that I have to have it in my life?’ ”
What is important enough to you that you’ll make the time and devote the effort
to building a business that generates its own income, and then use that income to
build wealth that will take care of you for the rest of your life? Because if you don’t
identify what that is, it’s just not going to happen.
Freedom is different for everyone; success is different for everyone. It’s personal,
and it should be personal. Numbers are abstract; whether it’s five thousand dollars or
one million dollars, it doesn’t really mean anything until you give it the meaning it
has in your own life.
Early in our marriage, Robert and I were both passionately committed to being
in business for ourselves, to not having other people tell us what to do, and to being
in control of our own financial destinies. That was so important to us that we were
willing to put up with just about any hardship to make it happen.
And it took years—really, about ten years.
At times, the stress of having no income was enormous. We had all sorts of
friends who were telling us we were crazy, that we should just go get regular jobs with
regular paychecks, but that was what we absolutely did not want to do.
Finally we decided we had to do something. Robert began teaching some
courses. I went to a friend who had a clothing line and asked her to let me market her
clothes. I went to hair salons and set up little mini-boutiques. There was no paycheck
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in it, no guarantees, only sales commissions—and in truth, I really made very little
in commissions. But it got me out there, doing something.
I learned that this is the essence of being an entrepreneur: You have to go out
there and make things happen. And the only way you are going to do that is if you
know what is really, truly important to you, and you realize that the only way you
are going to have that is to create it yourself.
PART THREE
Your Future Starts Now
What it will take to get your successful
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CHAPTER 18
Choose Wisely
So you’ve decided to do start your own network marketing business.
Congratulations! Now you face a choice. There are several thousand network marketing
companies in operation. Which one are you going to join? And how do you choose?
Newcomers to network marketing often make this choice by default, by simply
signing up with the first opportunity to come along. Now, it may well be that the
first company you hear about is a great company, and a wise choice for you. But it
should be an informed, educated choice that you make with care. This is your future
we’re talking about.
So how do you choose? On what criteria do you base your decision?
“Our company has the best compensation plan—you can make great money here!”
When I was investigating different network marketing companies, I often heard
this comment. The people anxious to show me their business opportunity would tell
me stories of people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from their
business. Because I have met people who really do make hundreds of thousands of
dollars a month from their network marketing business, I don’t doubt its massive
earning potential.
Yet I do not recommend looking into a network marketing business primarily
for the money.
“We have the best, most premium-quality products—products that have
changed people’s lives!”
I heard this a lot, too. Profound product benefits were probably the No. 2 reason
for joining that people gave me, money being No. 1. And again, I didn’t doubt it.
While I heard plenty of exaggeration and outright hype, I also found truly great
products, some of which I still consume or use today. In fact, exceptionally high-
quality products tend to be one of the hallmarks of network marketing.
Yet products are also not the most important benefit.
Let me repeat that:
When choosing a company to work with, the product is not the most
important consideration.
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I stress this because most people assume that the product is the most important
thing. It’s not. Remember, you’re not taking a job as a salesperson; you’re going
into business for yourself, and the business you are in is network-building. And when
you start looking around at different companies, the question foremost in your
mind needs to be, “Is this company going to help me learn how to become a master
network-builder?”
The No. 1 reason I recommend network marketing is for its system of real-world
business education and personal development.
A network marketing system is set up to make it possible for anyone to share in
the wealth. It is open to anyone who has drive, determination, and perseverance. It
does not care what your family name is or what college you went to (or if you went
to one at all), how much money you make today, what race or sex you are, how good-
looking you are, how popular you are, or even how smart you are.
Most network marketing companies care primarily about how much you are
willing to learn, to change, and to grow, and whether you have the guts to stick it
out through thick and thin while you learn to be a business owner.
Is this true of every single network marketing company out there? No. As
in anything, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly—and there are also the
truly great.
Not all network marketing companies really support education. There are some
that are just about hustle: They just want you to go sell for them, and don’t really care
about teaching you anything. They just want you to bring your friends and family
into the fold. If you run into one of those companies, I would be leery about getting
involved: They won’t contribute to your growth and may not be around long.
But the better companies out there will be totally dedicated to your business
education. They are committed to the long haul and place a priority on developing
your skills and your abilities. When you find a company like that, with leaders above
you who are willing to train you and help you become the businessperson you can
be, that’s a company to stay with.
Is the compensation plan important? Sure. Is the quality of the product line
critical? Of course. But far more than those things, what I really look at is how
dedicated the company is to developing you as a strong B quadrant individual—a
genuine wealth-building businessperson. That’s the most important thing about the
network marketing company you affiliate with: It really is your business school.
If you like what you hear from the initial presentation,
take some time to actually meet the people who do
the educating and training.
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Invest the time to look past the compensation and products and really peer into
the heart of the company: Is it truly interested in training and educating you? This
takes more time than just listening to a thirty-minute sales pitch, clicking through a
colorful Web site, and hearing about how much money people are making. To find
out how good a company’s education really is may require you to get off your couch
and look into its training, educational seminars, and events.
If you like what you hear from the initial presentation, take some time to actually
meet the people who do the educating and training.
And look carefully, because many network marketing companies say they have
great educational plans, but not all do. In some companies I looked into, the only
training they had was a recommended book list, and then they focused on training
you to recruit your friends and family into the business.
So take your time and look carefully, because there are quite a few network
marketing companies that do have excellent educational and training plans—in fact,
some of the best real-life business training I’ve seen anywhere.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself about a network marketing company.
· Who's running the ship?
· Does the company offer a proven plan of action?
· Does the company embrace both business skills and personal development as
a regular part of its educational and training programs?
· Does the company have a strong, high-quality, and highly marketable product
line that you can be passionate about?
Who’s Running the Ship?
Inexperienced people, who approach a new business with an E quadrant or S
quadrant perspective, often look at a company’s products, pay plan, or promotion
to judge the strength of the company. I skip over all that and look directly at the
principals—the people at the helm.
It’s not that the product and pay plan and everything else aren’t important.
But no company is perfect. Problems always happen. If you have the right people
running the ship, then whatever goes wrong, they’ll fix it. In fact, if you have great
people running the company, there’s no problem they can’t fix. But if you have the
wrong people at the helm, then when problems happen, there’s absolutely nothing
you can do about it.
You can’t judge a book by its cover; look beyond the promotional videos and
Web sites. Look at the principals. What are their backgrounds, their experience, their
track records, their character? Whether or not you get to know them personally or ever
work with them directly, they are the partners you’re getting into business with.
John: One thing I’d like to address here is the myth that eager promoters
sometimes spread: that in order to make “the big money,” you have to “get in
on the ground floor.” This is just not true.
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Robert: Not only is it not true, it’s plain stupid! The majority of business
startups fail within their first year or two, and that includes startup network
marketing corporations. Why would you want to risk your hard work,
time, and energy by investing all that in a company that doesn’t yet have a
track record?
John: There are strong, viable, excellent network marketing companies that
are 3 years old, and there are those that are 30 years old. It’s true that there is
something exciting and invigorating about being part of something that is still
young and in its fresh beginnings. But there is also a lot of power and credibility
that comes with being affiliated with a company that has been in business
for decades.
I would exercise due caution about committing yourself to a company that
has barely opened its doors. Yet, even here, there are exceptions; you may find a
new company that is just starting out, yet has such strong corporate credentials
that it merits serious consideration.
The point here is, do your due diligence: Find out what it is you’re looking at
and who you’re getting into business with.
Don’t be fooled by people telling you that the trick to getting rich is being with
a brand-new company, or a 5-year-old company, or a 35-year-old company. There is
no “trick.” There is no magic formula. What you want is a company that knows what
it’s doing and gives you clear signs that it’s going to be there for the long haul.
Does the Company Offer a Proven Plan of Action?
John: The most lucrative and viable network marketing opportunities will not
expect you to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they will offer plans of action to help
you create the success you’re after. For example, they will have a training guide
with suggested daily or weekly activities.
Some companies will offer business owners a personalized Web site to help
educate prospects or share products and opportunities. First-class, professional
presentation tools such as CDs, DVDs, podcasts, and print materials have
become standard fare for the typical network marketer’s toolbox.
Does the Company Embrace Both Business Skills and
Personal Development as a Regular Part of Its Educational
and Training Programs?
I’ve made it pretty clear that I hold the training and education you get as the
No. 1 value in your network marketing experience, even more than the income
stream you’re building. So make sure it’s there.
Make sure your company places a high value on regular training, both in
business skills and also in character development and personal growth. For decades,
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the leaders in this industry have known that it pays to provide their people a steady
diet of great inspirational and educational material. In the old days, it was books and
audiotapes. In the 21st century, it’s CDs, DVDs, podcasts, live teleconferences, and
webinars—and yes, books. Books never go out of style!
John: And live events, too. Even in the Internet age, there is something powerful
about being physically present at a live event, something that no other medium
can fully replace.
These days, the day-to-day business of building a network is typically
conducted over the phone and the Internet as much as it is face to face. But
you’ll still find that the better companies put a strong focus on their annual,
semiannual, quarterly, and/or monthly events. Why? For their educational,
training, and personal-development value.
And by the way, it’s not just the network marketing corporation itself who
will be involved in your training and education. You have a whole hierarchy
of people—from the person who actually enrolls you directly into the business
(often termed your “sponsor”) through their sponsor and all the way up the
chain of sponsorship (your “upline”), all the way to the corporate officers
themselves—and they all have a vested interested in seeing you grow, learn,
and succeed.
One of the beauties of the network marketing system is that it is set up to be
the exact opposite of the dog-eat-dog corporate environment, where even your best
friend may climb over you to get to the next rung on the ladder.
In network marketing, that kind of cutthroat competition doesn’t happen,
simply because your sponsor’s and upline’s success depends on your success. The
people who profit from your growth want you to grow!
Does the Company Have a Strong, High-Quality, and
Highly Marketable Product Line That You Can Be
Passionate About?
Even if it isn’t consideration No. 1, the company’s product offering is critically
important. Why? Because of one word: buzz.
Network marketing companies typically don’t do a lot of mass-media advertising.
You don’t often see billboards or TV ads for these products. Why not? Because they
use a completely different promotional model. Instead of putting their advertising
budgets into expensive mass media, they put their advertising budget into people
like you.
John: The lifeblood of a growing network is word-of-mouth—individual people
telling other people about their product or service and the opportunity they have
become a part of.
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Because of that, the products and services that typically do really well in the
network marketing model are those that people get excited about, those that
have a great story to them, those that have an intriguing ingredient or unique
history, those that provide the user especially powerful benefits, or those that are
the first of their kind—products or services that tell a unique story.
In a word: buzz.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not talking about hype. I’m talking about
genuine qualities and attributes. Your product has to be the real deal.
That said, it’s important to remember there is no one “best” product. There is
room for thousands of best products and services. To some extent, choosing a great
product is a highly subjective thing. Some people have a strong affinity for skincare
products, say, or nutrition, or technology.
Is there a strong market for the product? Is it something that will appeal to vast
numbers of people? Is it priced competitively?
Do you believe in the product’s value, and will you use it personally? Does it
have a great story to tell? When you are genuinely passionate about the product
you’re sharing with others, they’ll be more likely to become excited about it, too.
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What It Takes
So what does it take to build your own successful network marketing business?
First, let’s look at what it doesn’t take.
You Don’t Need an MBA or High-Powered Business Background
Remember the word duplicable. The strategies that work best in networking
are those that duplicate best. Network marketing does for a B quadrant business
model what Henry Ford did for the automobile industry: It reduces the process to
component parts that can be mass-produced.
John: A successful network marketing business is not a handcrafted masterpiece
made by one skilled pair of hands. It’s a symphony of simplicity crafted by
hundreds of thousands of hands.
You Don’t Have to Be “Great at Sales”
Again, one of the biggest misconceptions that people who are not actually in
network marketing often have about the business is that you need to be a “born
salesman” to be successful here.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, holding onto that idea will hurt you in
network marketing. Why? Because “great salesman” types cannot duplicate themselves.
John: Remember, this is not principally a sales business, but a teaching, team-
building, and leadership business. Your job is not to sell a lot of product, and it
isn’t even to teach a lot of people to sell a lot of product. It’s to lead, train, and
build people. It is first and foremost to build a network.
Robert: Making the sale is not the point; building the network is the point.
John: Exactly.
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You Don’t Need to Quit Your Job!
In fact, it’s vastly preferable not to quit your job when you’re starting out. For
one thing, building your own business is not like starting a new job, where you start
earning a paycheck the moment you show up for work. It’s going to take time to
build your network. Give it time.
John: And not only for financial reasons. Even if you could afford to quit your
job, many new networkers find that once they get their businesses going, being
connected to their co-workers can serve as a source for prospective partners or
referrals to prospective partners.
The great majority of network marketers build their businesses part-time. The
2008 National Salesforce Survey conducted by the Direct Selling Association showed
that only about one in eight network marketers worked twenty hours or more per
week on their business.
You Don’t Need to Be Rich or Take out a
Second Mortgage on Your Home
Most network marketing businesses require less than $500 in actual out-of-
pocket startup costs. Make no mistake about it: What you save in cash capital you
will make up for in sweat equity and passion. The major investment in most self-
owned businesses is investment of oneself, in the form of time, focus, and persistence.
But you don’t need a pile of cash to start.
John: Still, just because the capital investment is low does not mean it’s
nonexistent. This is a business, and you need to run it like a business. And that
means you will have monthly operating costs.
Typically, your monthly budget will be very modest: a monthly supply
of the product sampling, and the cost of contact and presentation tools, such
as those mentioned above (CDs, DVDs, Web sites, etc.), as well as ongoing
business-development and personal-development materials.
So, no, you don’t need a big cash stake to start, but you do need to budget
some reasonable monthly expenditures.
You Don’t Need to Be a Genius at Negotiation
or a Whiz at Numbers
You do need a burning desire and determination fueled by a strong dose of passion.
“You have to love what you do,” says my friend Donald Trump. “Without
passion, great success is hard to come by. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have tough times
if you aren’t passionate about what you’re doing.”
Those are a few of the things it doesn’t take to build a successful network
marketing business. Now let’s look at what it does take.
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It Takes Being Honest with Yourself
Building a B quadrant business is not an easy task. You need to ask yourself, “Do
I have what it takes? Am I willing to go beyond my comfort zone? Am I willing to
be led as well as to learn to lead? Is there a rich person inside of me, ready to come
out?” If the answer is “Yes,” then start looking for a network marketing business that
has a great training program.
John: I would also add this: Make sure you are clear on where you are and what
you would like to accomplish in your life. Having a vision for what you would
like to accomplish is essential.
Then, get clear on your expectations. Get clear on what it will take, in terms
of time put in each week, as well as money, skills, and resources. Get clear on
what actions you’ll need to take to make this business successful. Get clear on a
realistic time frame.
In the book I wrote with Donald Trump, Why We Want You to Be Rich,
Donald wrote:
“Network marketing requires an entrepreneurial spirit, and that means focus and
perseverance. I do not recommend network marketing to people who are not highly
self-motivated.”
Donald is absolutely right.
It Takes the Right Attitude
For me, becoming an entrepreneur is an ongoing process, one that I am still
involved in. I believe I will be an entrepreneur-in-training till the end. I love business,
and I love solving business problems. It is a process that brings me the kind of life I
want. So, although the process has been tough for me at times, it has been worth it.
One thought has kept me going; it was my glow in the dark, even in the darkest
of hours. I had a small piece of paper from a Chinese fortune cookie taped to the base
of an office phone at our surfer wallet company that read:
You can always quit. Why start now?
There were many phone calls that I had to handle that provided me with more
than enough reasons to quit. Yet, after hanging up the phone, I would glance at the
words of wisdom from the fortune cookie and say to myself, “As much as I want to
quit, I won’t quit today. I’ll quit tomorrow.”
The good thing is, tomorrow never came.
My rich dad used to say if getting rich were easy, everybody would be rich.
That’s why, when people ask what was the No. 1 thing that allowed me to become
rich, I say that I didn’t want anybody to tell me what to do. I wanted my freedom
so badly. I didn’t want job security. I wanted financial freedom. And that’s what
network marketing offers.
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If you like somebody telling you how much you can make and when you should
arrive and leave work, then a network marketing business is not for you.
It Takes Real Growth
A network marketing business can be a B quadrant business. But that doesn’t
necessarily mean it will be. That’s up to you.
Network marketing is the perfect vehicle for people who want to enter the world
of the B quadrant. While your income potential in the E and S quadrants is typically
limited to how much you as an individual can produce, in a network marketing
business, you can earn as much as your network generates. That means, once you
build a very large network, you can earn a massive amount of money.
However, simply joining a network marketing company does not make your
new venture a B quadrant business—not until it’s truly large.
John: The technical definition of a “big business” is one that encompasses 500
or more people. Again, those 500 are usually described as “employees,” but
the point is the numbers involved. When you build a network of 500 or more
independent representatives, what you have definitely fits the definition of a big,
or B quadrant, business. And a network marketing business system is designed
to expand to well over 500 people. It’s common for an individual’s network
organization to grow to several thousand or even tens of thousands, and it is not
unusual to see network organizations of hundreds of thousands.
Newcomers to the networking business often make the mistake of treating
their fledgling network’s income as “free money”—readily disposable income
from Day One. But when you have just 5, 10, 50, or even 100 or 200 people in
your network, your new business is still very much in the formative period. It is
not yet a big business.
Once your network grows beyond 500 people and is getting into the thousands,
you have a true B quadrant business that is generating passive income. It is not only
a viable network; it is an income-generating asset.
But this means that the interval from when you join your company up to the
point that you reach that 500-plus scale of business is a formative period, a time
of laying your foundation. Keep it in perspective. Keep your eye on the real goal:
wealth-building.
It Takes Time
If you have the idea that you can start a network marketing business and expect
to start making money right away, then you are still thinking like someone who lives
in the E or S quadrants. In fact, it is people in the E and S quadrants who are most
often sucked into the get-rich-quick schemes and scams of life.
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John: There is no such thing as a get-rich-quick method in network marketing.
While the activities of the business are simple, they require time and effort, the
foundation of passive income.
The DSA says that, on average, one in ten contacts will say “yes” to the
opportunity. However, that figure improves with the business owner’s level of
experience. Remember, this number will hold true in volume. Though you may
not find it average for just 10 contacts, you’ll discover it is true for 100 contacts.
Over the years, there have been some people who have promoted the
network marketing business as a sort of “fast track” to wealth. Of course, this
is total nonsense. The people in network marketing who have developed their
leadership skills, built their businesses, and developed genuine wealth have spent
long, hard years doing it.
So don’t be fooled if you hear anyone try to tell you that you should see quick
results. This isn’t some sleight-of-hand or six-month, hit-it-lucky joyride: This is
serious business. This is your life we’re talking about here.
In the real world of business, if you cannot start producing business within three to
six months, you are fired. Xerox was a little more generous: They gave me a year to learn
and a year of probation. If I hadn’t had those two years, I would have been fired.
Your situation is different: Your network marketing company is not going to fire
you—so don’t fire yourself. Don’t give it a few months or a year of effort and then
say, “Oh well, I guess that didn’t work out.” Give it the time it needs.
Robert: John, when I tell people, “Give it time,” I invariably get the question,
“Okay—how much time?” How would you answer that?
John: I say give it five years.
Robert: That’s exactly the same answer I give! In fact, it’s the same for building
any kind of business—I call it “my five-year plan.”
The Five-Year Plan
If you are serious about starting your journey, I recommend committing to a
minimum of five years of learning, growing, changing your core values, and meeting
new friends. Why? Because that’s realistic.
It took years for Howard Schultz to build Starbucks, for Ray Kroc to build
McDonald’s, and for Michael Dell to build Dell Computers. It takes time to
build great companies and great business leaders. It took me years to build my
own successful B quadrant business. It will take you years to build your network
marketing business. Why should it be any different?
Most people don’t think in terms of years; trained by advertising and the
paycheck-to-paycheck values of the E quadrant, they think in terms of immediate
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gratification. Is it any wonder that so many people, when they first consider putting
their toe into the B world, are so susceptible to the idea of “get rich quick”?
“I signed up a week ago. When do I start making the big money?”
Folks, get rich quick is an oxymoron. A rich relationship doesn’t happen quickly;
a richly rewarding novel is never written overnight. Creating richness, by definition,
takes time, and this is just as true of financial richness as it is of any other kind. This
is why there are so few people in the B quadrant. Most people want money but are
unwilling to invest their time.
In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell explains that to
become outstandingly accomplished at anything, it takes about 10,000 hours of hard
work. As a high-school kid, Bill Gates put in 10,000 hours of programming. When
they were still just another unknown British band of wannabes, the Beatles played
a nightclub in Hamburg, seven hours a day, seven days a week—and put in about
10,000 hours.
“What’s really interesting about this 10,000-hour rule,” says Gladwell, “is that it
applies virtually everywhere. You can’t become a chess grandmaster unless you spend
10,000 hours on practice. The tennis prodigy who starts playing at 6 is playing in
Wimbledon at 16 or 17 [like] Boris Becker. The classical musician who starts playing
the violin at 4 is debuting at Carnegie Hall at 15 or so.”
Ten thousand hours: Do the math. If you work eight hours a day, five days a
week, you hit the 10,000-hour mark after five years of full-time effort.
Fortunately for you, mastering network marketing is not like becoming a chess
grandmaster. You don’t need to become Boris Becker, the Beatles, or Bill Gates. You
don’t need to become the best in the world—but you do have to master the skills of
the business. It won’t take you five years of full-time, forty-hour weeks. But to learn
and master what it takes to build a massive network with passive income, do yourself
a favor and give yourself enough time.
By the way, I still use this five-year plan.
When I decide to learn something new—for example, investing in real estate—I
still allow myself five years to learn the process. When I wanted to learn how to invest
in stocks, I again gave myself five years to learn the process. Many people invest once,
lose a few dollars, and then quit. They quit after their first mistake, which is why
they fail to learn. But losing is part of the process of winning. It’s only losers who
think that winners never lose, who think that mistakes must be avoided at all costs.
Mistakes are priceless opportunities to learn essential lessons.
Today, I still give myself five years to make as many mistakes as possible. I do
this because I know that the more mistakes I make and learn from, the smarter I will
Ten thousand hours: Do the math. If you work eight hours
a day, five days a week, you hit the 10,000-hour mark
after five years of full-time effort.
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become. If I make no mistakes for five years, then I am no smarter than I was five
years ago—just five years older.
Give Yourself Time to Unlearn, Too
As much learning as you’ll do in this business, chances are good there is also a
substantial amount of unlearning that needs to happen.
One reason so many people get so entrenched in the E and S quadrants is that
they start to feel comfortable there. It isn’t that these quadrants are inherently more
comfortable. After all, you’re being taxed like crazy, your time is never your own,
you’re often forced to work with people you can’t stand … in so many ways these
quadrants are really quite uncomfortable. But people start to feel comfortable there
because they have spent years learning how to be there, and it’s what they know.
That all changes when you enter the world of network marketing. The job
experience that comes from time spent in traditional employment or self-employment
is often not that useful in network marketing. Fixed work hours, set wages or salaries
based on time put in, the structure of having bosses and management hierarchies,
narrowly defined job descriptions, a clearly defined clientele, a clearly defined
territory and physical plant—so many of the trappings of the conventional workplace
simply don’t exist in this business.
If you have worked in traditional sales, as we said before, you’ll actually want to
unlearn those skills to a good degree, because in network marketing, it’s not what
you can do that counts, it’s what you can do and duplicate.
If you have experience managing employees, you’ll need to do some unlearning
there, too—because in network marketing, you don’t hire, fire, or tell people what to
do. It’s an entirely new dynamic, this business of the 21st century, and to excel here,
you will likely need to leave some old habits behind.
Take your time to unlearn as well as to learn. For some people, the hardest part
of switching from the left side of the quadrant to the right side of the quadrant is to
unlearn the point of view of the E and S quadrants. Once you have unlearned what
you had learned, the change will go much faster and easier.
It All Comes Down to Action
You can plan all you want, study all you want, and learn all you want, but the
only people who win in network marketing are people who take action—today,
tomorrow, and every day.
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Living the Life
What makes you rich? Most people would answer, “Money, of course!” And
they would be wrong. Having money does not make you rich, because you can
always lose money. Owning real estate does not make you truly rich, because (as we
have seen dramatically in the last few years) real estate can always lose value.
So what makes you rich? Knowledge.
My Golden Lesson
As a young adult, even before I began investing in real estate, my very
first investment was in gold. “Gold is the only true money,” I reasoned.
“How could I go wrong?” I began buying gold coins in 1972, when gold was
approximately $85 an ounce. I was 25 years old. By the time I was 32, gold
was approaching $800 an ounce, and my money had multiplied nearly tenfold.
Hot dog!
The frenzy was on, and greed overtook caution. Rumors were that gold was
going to hit $2,500 an ounce. Greedy investors began piling on, even those who
had never bought gold before. I could have sold my gold coins for a significant
profit, but I hung on, hoping for gold to go higher. About a year later, with gold
sagging back below $500 an ounce, I finally sold my last coin. I watched gold drift
lower and lower until 1996, when it finally bottomed at $275 in 1996.
I didn’t make much money with it, but gold taught me a priceless lesson about
money. Once I saw that I could actually lose money investing in “real money,”
It is not real estate, gold, stocks, hard work, or money that
makes you rich; it is what you know about real estate, gold,
stocks, hard work, and money that makes you rich. Ultimately,
it is your financial intelligence that makes you rich.
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I realized that it was not the tangible asset that was valuable. It was information
relative to the asset that ultimately made a person rich or poor.
It is not real estate, gold, stocks, hard work, or money that makes you rich;
it is what you know about real estate, gold, stocks, hard work, and money that
makes you rich. Ultimately, it is your financial intelligence that makes you rich.
Financial intelligence has little or nothing to do with academic intelligence.
You can be a genius when it comes to academic intelligence, but a moron when it
comes to financial intelligence.
1) Knowing How to Make More Money
The more money you make, the higher your financial intelligence. Someone
who earns a $1 million a year has a higher financial IQ than one who earns $30,000
a year.
2) Knowing How to Protect Your Money
The world is out to take your money, and it’s not just the Bernie Madoffs. One
of the biggest financial predators is your government, who takes your money legally.
Take two people who both make $1 million a year. If one pays 20 percent in
taxes while the other pays 35 percent, the first person has a higher financial IQ.
3) Knowing How to Budget Your Money
Many people fail to keep much money out of what they earn, simply because
they budget like a poor person rather than like a rich person. Budgeting your money
also takes financial intelligence.
Take two people: Person A earns $120,000 a year, and Person B earns only
$60,000 a year. Who has more financial intelligence, Person A? Not so fast. Let’s say
Person A also spends $120,000 every year, putting him at Square 1 at year’s end. But
Person B, who earns only $60,000, budgets carefully and is able to live well on just
$50,000, and invests the remaining $10,000. Who ends up with more?
If you have poor money-management skills, then all the money in the
world cannot save you. If you budget your money wisely, and learn about the B
and I quadrants, then you are on the path to great personal fortune and, most
importantly, freedom.
Being able to live well and still invest no matter how much or how little you make
requires a high level of financial intelligence. Having a surplus is something you have
to actively budget for.
4) Knowing How to Leverage Your Money
After you budget a surplus, the next financial challenge is to leverage that
surplus. Return on investment is yet one more measurement of financial intelligence.
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The person who earns 50 percent on his money has a higher financial IQ than one
who earns 5 percent. And the one who earns 50 percent tax-free on his money has a
much higher financial IQ than the one who earns just 5 percent and then pays 35
percent in taxes on that 5 percent return!
Most people save their financial surplus, if they have any, by sticking it in a bank
or putting it into a mutual fund portfolio, hoping this will leverage their money.
But there are much better ways to leverage your money than savings and mutual
funds. Those don’t require much financial intelligence: You can train a monkey to
save money and invest in mutual funds—which is exactly why the returns on those
investment vehicles are historically pretty pitiful.
A Magnificent Life
The purpose of your network marketing business is not simply to make you
money, but to give you the skills and financial intelligence so that you will use that
additional money to build genuine wealth.
But even that is not the end goal. The end goal of building that wealth is so that
you can live a magnificent life.
From my observations of people in many different situations, I would say there
are three ways to live. These three ways are driven by three different emotions, and
also correspond closely to three different financial and emotional states:
LIVING IN FEAR
I know what it’s like to be broke. I’ve described how, in 1985, in many ways
the worst year of my life, Kim and I were in such dire straits financially that we were
literally homeless and living in our old broken-down Toyota. The feeling of fear
during those days was paralyzing, so intense that it numbed our entire bodies.
I knew this feeling: It was the same sense I had as a young child, growing up in
a family that was broke most of the time. That dark cloud of “not enough money”
hung over our family for most of my childhood. Not having enough money to live
on is a horrible experience, and it hurts in many more ways than financial. It can
undermine your self-confidence and sense of self-worth, and sabotage every aspect
of your life.
LIVING IN ANGER AND FRUSTRATION
The second way of living is living with the emotion of anger or frustration
from having to get up and go to work, especially when you would rather be doing
something else. A person who lives with this feeling may be someone who has
a good job and high pay but cannot afford to stop working. That is where the
frustration comes from. They know if they stop, the world they live in would come
crashing down.
People like this may say, “I cannot afford to quit. If I quit, the banks would
come and take everything away.” These people often say, “I can’t wait until my next
vacation,” or “Only ten more years to retirement.”
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LIVING IN JOY, PEACE, AND CONTENTMENT
The third way of living is to live with the peace of mind of knowing that,
regardless of whether you work or not, there is plenty of money coming in. This is
the feeling Kim and I have lived with ever since 1994, when we sold our business
and retired. Kim was then 37 and I was 47. Today, many years later, we still work;
in fact, we work hard. Why? Because we love what we do.
The feeling of not having to work, knowing that no matter what we do we’ll have
more than enough money coming in for as long as we live, is an amazingly freeing,
exhilarating feeling, allowing us to do what we genuinely love.
We spend our time together, and whether we’re playing golf, traveling around
the world, or putting in long hours in our boardroom, to us, it’s all play and it’s
all the stuff of dreams. It’s our life, exactly as we’ve always wanted it to be, and we
treasure every single moment of it.
Ants, Grasshoppers, and Human Beings
Earlier I mentioned the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. We all grew up
with this idea that there are two ways to live: You can live like the good, modest,
industrious, and frugal ant and sock away crumbs for the future, or, like the
irresponsible and spendthrift grasshopper, dance and fiddle away the days without a
thought of the future.
In some ways, this image has done us more harm than good. Sure, it’s good to
be responsible and frugal, and to prepare for the future. But look at the ant’s lifestyle!
Do you really want to be a cog in a gigantic ant colony, pushing little crumbs of dirt
around, day after day, for the rest of your life?
Let’s face: We’re not ants, and we’re not grasshoppers, either; we’re human
beings. Is it unreasonable to expect that we should be able to live the full lives which
we humans are capable of living?
If you grasp the basics of wealth; if you manage your money, your time, and your
attention with intelligence; if you create big dreams and have the audacity to follow
them; then you can live a life that meets with a success unexpected in common hours.
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The Business of the 21st Century
One reason I have such strong respect for network marketing is that it is a
genuine equal-opportunity business. Network marketing casts a very wide net. When
you look closely at the more than sixty million people worldwide who are engaged in
the business, you’ll find people of every color and creed, every age group, and every
level of background, experience, and skill.
This also makes it the business of the future. In the 21st century, we are realizing
as never before that wealth, as I said earlier, is not a zero-sum game. It’s not a
question of some of us prospering by holding others down. The future of genuine
wealth lies in pioneering ways of doing business that elevate the financial well-being
of humanity.
Those are my personal business values, and network marketing shares those
values. And championing those values not only feels good—it’s also good business.
Democratic Wealth-Building
One of the principal reasons I have put so much energy into supporting and
promoting the network marketing industry is simply this: Its systems are fairer than
previous systems of acquiring wealth.
A network marketing system is set up to make it possible for anyone to share in
the wealth. This is a very democratic way of wealth creation. The system is open to
anyone who has drive, determination, and perseverance. The system does not really
care what college you went to or whether you went to one at all. It does not care
how much money you are making today, what race or sex you are, how good-looking
you are, who your parents are, or how popular you are. Most network marketing
companies care primarily about how much you are willing to learn, to change and
to grow, and whether you have the guts to stick it out through thick and thin while
you learn to be a business owner.
Network marketing is more than just a good idea; in many ways, it is the
business model of the future. Why? Because the world is finally starting to awaken to
the reality that the Industrial Age is over.
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For a world with less and less of its former security, network marketing is
emerging as a new engine of individual achievement and security. Network marketing
gives millions of people throughout the world the opportunity to take control of their
lives and their financial futures. That is why, even though Old World thinkers persist
in not seeing it yet, the network marketing industry will continue to grow.
In the years ahead, I expect to see an explosion in the prevalence, penetration,
visibility, and maturation of leading network marketing companies.
Earlier I wrote about how Thomas Edison became rich, not by making a better
light bulb, but by creating the network that supported the light bulb. Edison had a
young employee named Henry who did something very similar with another new
invention that, at the time, seemed to have no real practical use.
Like Edison with the light bulb, young Henry Ford did not invent the
automobile, but he did something radical that forever changed the invention’s
destiny, along with the destiny of millions of people. At the turn of the century, the
automobile was seen as a curiosity, a rich person’s toy. And indeed, they were so
inordinately expensive that only the rich could afford to own one. Ford’s radical idea
was to make the automobile available to everyone.
By slashing production costs and adapting the assembly line to mass-produce
standardized inexpensive cars, Ford became the largest automobile producer in the
world. Not only did he make his car affordable, he also paid the highest wages in
the industry and even offered profit-sharing plans, redistributing over $30 million
annually to his workers—and $30 million was worth a lot more in the early 1900s
than it is today!
Ford’s mission statement was to “Democratize the automobile,” and in the
course of fulfilling that mission, he made himself a very rich man.
Network marketing is a revolutionary form of business: For the first time in
history, it is now possible for anyone and everyone to share in the wealth that, until
now, has been reserved only for the chosen few or the lucky.
The business is not without its detractors. And it has had its share of hucksters
and flim-flam artists, unethical people trying to make a quick buck. But by its
very nature and design, network marketing is a strikingly fair, democratic, socially
responsible system of generating wealth.
Despite what its detractors will tell you, network marketing is not a very good
business for greedy people. In fact, the only way you can become rich in network
marketing is by helping others become rich in the process. To me, this is as
revolutionary as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were in their day. By design, it is
the perfect business for people who like helping other people.
By its very nature and design, network marketing
is a strikingly fair, democratic, socially responsible
system of generating wealth.
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I don’t necessarily condemn greed; a little greed and personal self-interest are
always healthy. But when the goal of personal gain grows out of perspective and
people pursue it at the expense of others, it becomes repugnant. I believe that
most people are inherently generous, and that we gain the greatest satisfaction and
fulfillment from our own achievements when they also serve to lift up others, and
not to keep them down.
Network marketing satisfies this generous impulse. It offers a path to personal
success, to building great wealth and creating financial freedom through a process
that operates successfully only through helping our fellow human beings.
You can become rich by being cheap and greedy. You can also become rich by
being abundant and generous. The method you choose will be the method that most
closely matches the core values deep inside of you.
An Economic Foundation for Peace
I flew helicopter missions over the jungles of Vietnam, and I know from firsthand
experience what war is like. I also know that inequity is one of the core causes of war.
As long as the gap between the rich and the poor widens, it is going to be tough to
create conditions of peace. We can march for peace, give speeches endorsing peace,
form committees to study peace, and promote peace, but it’s going to be impossible
to actually create that peace we talk about unless and until we can begin to bring
substantially more economic opportunity to many millions of people.
And as huge a goal as that sounds, that is exactly what network marketing is doing.
Today, many network marketing companies are spreading peace through
economic opportunity all over the world. Not only are network marketing
companies thriving in all the major capitals of the world, but many are also working
in developing nations, bringing financial hope to millions of people who live in
impoverished countries. Most traditional corporations can only survive where people
are rich and have money to spend.
It is time that people all over the world had an equal opportunity to enjoy a
rich and abundant life, rather than spend their lives working hard only to make the
rich richer.
It’s time you had that opportunity.
Welcome to the 21st century.
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ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI
Investor, Entrepreneur, Financial Education Advocate, and
Best-Selling Author
Robert Kiyosaki is the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad—
the No. 1 personal finance book of all time—a book that
challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people
think about money. Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longest-
running best-seller on all four of the lists that report to
Publisher’s Weekly—The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and
USA Today—and was named “USA Today’s No. 1 Money Book” two years in a row. It
is the third-longest-running “how-to” best-seller of all time.
With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional
wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage. His
point of view that the “old” advice—get a good job, save money, get out of debt, invest
for the long term in a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds—is “bad”
(both obsolete and flawed) advice, challenges the status quo. His assertion that “your
house is not an asset” stirred controversy, but has been proven to be accurate for many
homeowners.
Other Rich Dad titles hold four of the top ten spots on Nielsen Bookscan List’s
life-to-date sales from 2001–2008. Translated into fifty-one languages and available in
109 countries, the Rich Dad series has sold over 28 million copies worldwide and has
dominated best-seller lists across Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico, and Europe.
In 2005, Robert was inducted into the Amazon.com Hall of Fame as one of that
bookseller’s top twenty-five authors. There are currently twenty-seven books in the Rich
Dad series. Among the notable titles is Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men—One
Message, a book written with Robert’s good friend Donald Trump in 2006 that debuted
at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Already, the two friends and business
giants are at work on a second book to be published in 2010.
Robert’s latest books include The Real Book of Real Estate, a compilation of real-
life lessons and advice from veteran real estate investors and advisors to Robert, and
Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money, an innovative and groundbreaking free
interactive online book that has garnered an unbelievable amount of unique visits and
climbed as high as No. 5 on the New York Times how-to tradepaper best-seller list.
Robert has been featured on shows such as Larry King Live and Oprah, and was
recently featured in TIME magazine’s “10 Questions” column, a notable Q&A column
that has featured such names as director Spike Lee and actor Michael J. Fox, among
others.
In addition to his books, Robert writes a column—“Why the Rich Are Getting
Richer”—for Yahoo! Finance and a monthly column titled “Rich Returns” for
Entrepreneur magazine.
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JOHN FLEMING
John Fleming was born and raised in Richmond,
Virginia. His interest in architecture and desire to build
was borne of a family tradition that dated back to his great-
great-grandparents. A gifted student, his natural talent for
architectural design flourished at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, known for its adherence to the principles of
Mies van der Rohe, one of the most renowned architects of
modern times. Upon graduation, John worked for the great architect and was selected
to do many of the illustrations in Mies van der Rohe: The Art of Structure, the last book
published on him.
John’s knowledge of and interest in architecture eventually led to the realization
that the same principles of design and construction could be applied to life as well. These
thoughts formed the foundation of his passionate belief that ordinary people could
accomplish extraordinary things by following similar building concepts. It was this belief
that led to his shift from the study of architecture to a career in direct selling.
John’s decision to embrace the direct selling industry was guided by the knowledge
that the industry had welcomed people from all walks of life—regardless of past experience
or inexperience—for more than 100 years. He believed it enabled those willing to learn
a few basic skills about selling and servicing others the opportunity to engage in the
American free enterprise system. For the next 40 years, he tested his theories not only
upon himself, but also upon thousands of others whom he believed could become the
architects of their own destinies.
John has built a successful career as an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and speaker.
He has owned and operated his own direct selling company, served as an independent
contractor, and held various executive positions with leading companies, including 15
years at Avon Products, Inc., where he led the company’s western business unit in both
top- and bottom-line growth for a record six consecutive years. John retired from Avon
in 2005.
John has had a longtime affiliation with the Direct Selling Association and the
Direct Selling Education Foundation, and currently serves as a board member for
both organizations. In 1997, the Direct Selling Education Foundation recognized his
contributions with its highest honor, the Circle of Honor Award.
Over the past several years, John has continued to create several organizational structures
through which his consulting and leadership remain focused on business, educational, and
life solutions. In 2006, he assumed the publisher and editor in chief duties of Direct Selling
News, the trade publication serving the direct selling industry, where he now brings his
knowledge and insight to industry leaders (www.directsellingnews.com). Since 2008, he
has served as the executive director of the SUCCESS Foundation, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to helping teens learn critical personal-development skills so they can achieve
their full potential (www.SUCCESSFoundation.org). John is also the author of The One
Course, which provides instruction on how to build a successful life using the principles of
architecture (www.theonecourse.com).
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KIM KIYOSAKI
With a passion for educating women about money and
investing, Kim Kiyosaki draws on a lifetime of experience in
business, real estate, and investing in her mission to support
financial education. Kim has been a featured guest on The
Larry King Show, FOX News, and A BraveHeart View Internet
Television show, and she is the host of the PBS Rich Woman
show. Kim was recently featured as a financial education
advocate in Essence magazine, and she is a columnist for WomanEntrepreneur.com.
Kim is a self-made millionaire and a happily married (but fiercely independent)
woman. Her first book, Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women, hit the Business
Week best-seller list the month it was released. Rich Woman is a best-seller in numerous
countries throughout the world, including Mexico, South Africa, India, Australia, New
Zealand, and across Europe. Donald Trump stated about Rich Woman, “This book is a
must-read for all women. Today, more than ever, women need to be financially savvy.”
Rich Woman was also listed on Donald Trump’s Summer Reading List for 2009.
Kim has used the international forum of Rich Woman to showcase the startling
statistics related to women and money, and through www.richwoman.com, she has
created an interactive online community where women can learn and grow.
Kim Kiyosaki, and her husband Robert Kiyosaki, both know what it is like to be in
the financial crisis situation that many Americans are confronting today. In the 1980s
they were homeless, jobless, and over $400,000.00 in debt. At that difficult time, they
created and followed a straightforward 10-step formula to get out of bad debt. They
share that formula in the popular How We Got Out of Bad Debt audio CD. Today, they
are successful entrepreneurs and best-selling authors.
In addition, Robert and Kim Kiyosaki created the CASHFLOW board game
in 1996 to teach the financial and investment strategies that his rich dad spent years
teaching him. It was those same strategies that allowed them to retire early. Today there
are thousands of CASHFLOW Clubs throughout the world.
In 1997, Kim and Robert founded The Rich Dad Company. The company has
launched the Rich Dad® message and mission of financial literacy—through books,
games, and other educational tools—to international recognition and acclaim.
“Too many women, especially as we get older, are finding ourselves in dire financial
straights—due to divorce, death of a spouse, or simply no planning. The problem is that
so many of us have not been educated about money and investing. Financial education
is not about how to buy car insurance or save pennies at the grocery store. I think we
women are a little smarter than that. Women need to take control of our financial
lives, instead of crossing our fingers hoping that someone else is looking out for our
financial futures.”
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Dedication I dedicate this book. Once you learn the truth of how money works and the business opportunities available to you in the 21st century. will provide you with insight needed to create—and sustain—wealth for years to come. I want you to know that these are. The Business of the 21st Century. you will be able to begin building the life you desire. and I know that this book. like the others in my Rich Dad series. despite what they may seem. to the millions of you who are at a crossroads in life—who are affected by the current economic crisis and feeling helpless as to what you can do to secure your financial future. I have spent my life educating people on how to attain financial freedom. the best times to take control of your future. .

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............. Fully Scalable Business ...... 33 8................................................................................................................................................................................................... 83 17.................................................. A Business Where Women Excel .......... 59 13............................ Your Core Financial Values .... Where Do You Live? .................... 39 9............. Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills .................................................... 3 2. 97 19.... 9 3........................... 27 Part Two: One Business—Eight Wealth-Building Assets 7...................................................... The Silver Lining .................. 111 21.............................xi Part One: Take Control of Your Future 1.............................................................. 23 6................. 71 15... 119 Rich Dad’s Resources ..................... Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network ...................................... 77 16.............. 19 5.............. Living the Life.... It’s Not About Income: It’s About Assets That Generate Income ................................................ 103 20............................................................................. Asset #8: Big Dreams and the Capacity to Live Them ....................... 15 4............................. 55 12........ Asset #3: A Circle of Friends Who Share Your Dreams and Values ............................................................................................................................ My Years in the Business ...............................................Contents Acknowledgments ............. It’s Time to Take Control! .................. The Mindset of an Entrepreneur ............................................................ Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education ..................................... 49 11........... Choose Wisely ..................................... Asset #2: A Profitable Path of Personal Development ............ The Rules Have Changed ............................... 43 10.......... 65 14....................... What It Takes ........................................................................................................ 115 About the Authors ..................... Asset #5: A Duplicable....................... 87 Part Three: Your Future Starts Now 18.....x Introduction.................................... Asset #7: A Mechanism for Genuine Wealth Creation ........................................................................................................................................................................... The Business of the 21st Century ...................... 122 ix ..............................

Kim. and Stuart Johnson.Acknowledgments I would like to thank my wife. I would also like to thank John Fleming for his invaluable insight on network marketing. as well as my Rich Dad family who has helped me get the message of financial education out to millions of people around the globe. for her continued love and support. Reed Bilbray. Lastly. x .M. and the staff at VideoPlus for their assistance in putting this book together. I would like to thank John David Mann and J. Emmert for bringing their crafts and passions to this project.

who was an eighth-grade dropout and self-made millionaire. I thought of these two men as my “poor dad” and my “rich dad. It’s about why this bad news turns out to be very good news—if you know what to do about it.” Since then. I had all kinds of experiences. and although each one has a slightly different focus. I’ve put out a whole series of Rich Dad books.” I loved and admired my real dad very much. I served in the Marines as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. instead of settling for mediocrity and sullen resignation. who was a very welleducated. my best friend’s dad became one of the richest men in Hawaii. xi . I went to work for Xerox. I wrote about my experiences in a little book.Introduction The economy is in tatters. I learned about business from two people: my father. your job is in trouble—if you still have a job. But this book isn’t about how or why everything has gone to hell in a handbasket. I developed several multimillion-dollar international businesses and was able to retire at the age of 47 to pursue my passion—to teach others how to build wealth and live the lives they dream of living. You’re either a master of money or a slave to it. After leaving Xerox. starting out as their worst salesperson and leaving four years later as their best. My real father suffered financial problems his entire life and died with little to show for all the long years of hard work. and my best friend’s father. Your choice. and vowed that I would help as many people as possible avoid suffering the kinds of indignities and failures that plagued his path. I must have touched a chord with at least a few readers: Rich Dad Poor Dad shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list and stayed there for more than four years. In 1997. It took a global financial meltdown for most to hear it. and it’s the message at the heart of this book you now hold in your hands: Take responsibility for your finances—or get used to taking orders for the rest of your life. And you know what? I’ve been saying it for years. and has been described as “the best-selling business book of all time. they all deliver the exact same message as that first book. After I left home. highly placed government employee.

For the past ten years. Welcome to the business of the 21st century. I have come across one business model in particular that I believe holds the greatest promise for the largest number of people to get control of their financial lives. Through our Rich Dad books. it’s also about changing you. When I say genuine wealth. but for your business to grow. I was able to retire completely from any need to work ever again.Introduction I was incredibly fortunate in my life to have experiences and mentors that showed me how to build genuine wealth. I have devoted my life to finding the most effective and practical ways to help people transform their lives in the 21st century by learning how to build genuine wealth. I’m going to show you why you need to build your own business. One more thing. Since then. xii . I’m not talking about money alone. In this book. Money is part of it. I was working to build my family’s future. and their destinies. Up until that time. but it’s not the whole. As a result. But this isn’t just about changing the type of business you’re working with. and exactly what kind of business. I’ve been working to help build yours. Building genuine wealth is as much about the builder as it is about the built. But during these years of intensive research. you will have to grow as well. their futures. my partners and I have written about many different types and forms of enterprise and investment. I can show you how to find what you need to grow the perfect business for you.

PART ONE Take Control of Your Future Why you need to have a business of your own .

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But here’s what you may not know: None of this is really news. company layoffs reached about a quartermillion per month. you already know all this. population has been living for years on the knife-edge precipice between solvency and ruin. Of course. reliable assets turned out to be about as solid as water vapor. subprime mortgages and credit default swaps. 60 percent of Americans polled said they see today’s economic situation as the biggest crisis in their lifetime. In a 2009 USA Today survey. Sure. ponzi schemes. Globalization. U. As I write this in late 2009. But your income didn’t become at risk overnight—it was always at risk. a lot of people’s retirement portfolios suddenly lost half their value—or more. downsizing. recession … it’s just one piece of bad news after another. is trimming away significant chunks of its workforce. The rampant decline in gainful employment is a ravaging epidemic to which few are immune. During the first few months of 2009. Real estate crashed.S. boardrooms. foreclosures. and kitchen tables across America. 60 percent of Americans polled said they see today’s economic situation as the biggest crisis in their lifetime. all are at risk. Even the healthcare industry. until recently considered a job-safe zone. From executives and middle managers to administration employees and blue-collar workers. a thing of the past. In a 2009 USA Today survey. In the fall of 2008. Most of the U. Wall Street fiascoes. unemployment is at 10. What people thought were their solid. The last few years have brought us a steady parade of fear and panic in the headlines. outsourcing. it took a major economic crisis for people to start waking up to the fact that their livelihoods were at risk.S.2 percent and still rising. relying on the next paycheck or two to meet each 3 . from bankers to retail clerks. Job security is gone. and underemployment (where your job stays in place but your hours and pay are drastically cut back) is even worse.CHAPTER 1 The Rules Have Changed We live in troubled times.

by the way. but the important thing is that it happened. 1 weakness. there is less disposable income in circulation to pay for your time. That same year. What happens if the stock market goes up and then comes crashing down again when you’re 85 years old? You have no control. in a book titled The Business School for People Who Like Helping People: In my opinion. Never before in the history of the world have so many people bet their retirement on the stock market. Why? Because when the number of employed people starts dropping. Why? Because our habits and mindset caught up with us. I Told You So Not to be an I-told-you-so. typically with only a very thin cushion of cash savings—or more often. I’m just saying they’re not safe and they’re not smart. Do you think Social Security is going to be there to take care of you? Then you also believe in the Easter Bunny. I said: If you think mutual funds are going to be there for you.C HAPTER 1: The Rules Have Changed month’s expenses. I said this: The No. the United States and many Western nations have a financial disaster coming. Here’s what I wrote in 2001. trembling on the edge of extinction. in an interview for Nightingale-Conant. that’s your retirement you’re betting on. the American economy went off the gold standard. That paycheck is called “trading your time for money. I’m not saying mutual funds are bad. and the only way for you to have a genuinely secure future is for you to take control of that future. Why is that significant? Because it cleared the way for us to start printing 4 . In 1971. it is the least reliable source of income there is. Corporate America is a 20th-century dinosaur. We all know there’s going to be another market crash and we’re going to be wiped out again. caused by our educational system’s failure to adequately provide a realistic financial education program for students. no cushion at all. 1 strength of a paper asset is its liquidity—and that is also its No.” and during a recession. That is insane. And in an interview I did in March 2005. This happened without the approval of Congress. if you want to bet your life on the ups and downs of the stock market. Why would you do that? So what just happened? There was another market crash and many people got wiped out again. and I wouldn’t bet my financial future on them. I’ve been saying this for years: There is no longer such a thing as a safe and secure job. but … I told you so.

Americans everywhere have finally stopped rolling over and hitting the Snooze button. Suddenly credit was available to anyone. The number of people living officially below the poverty line is rising rapidly.” Well. Mortgage foreclosures are at an all-time high. my parents taught me the same formula for success that you probably learned: Go to school. The number of people who are working beyond the age of 65 is increasing. high-paying job with benefits—and your job will take care of you. that may not be all good news. This shift away from reality opened the gates for the biggest economic boom in history. and get good grades so you can get a secure. borrowing and refinancing. folks. and it isn’t pretty. The number of new bankruptcies is going through the roof. and their jobs. By 2007 we had pumped as much hot air into this financial balloon as it could take—and the fantasy came crashing down to earth again. 5 . And it wasn’t just Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns that collapsed. The number of people who are working beyond the age of 65 is increasing. The number of people living officially below the poverty line is rising rapidly. study hard.The Business of the 21st Century more and more money. It’s a New Century When I was a kid. real estate always keeps going up in value. without it being tied to any actual. the state of California was paying its bills with IOUs instead of cash. the press picked up a statement by GM’s president and turned it into a slogan that carried for decades: “As GM goes. Americans started using their homes as ATMs. anywhere. As the dollar devalued and the on-the-books value of real estate and other assets inflated. In the 1950s. So let’s take a deeper look and see what it really means—and what there is you can do about it. real value. and you’re not alone. if they exist at all. because where GM went in 2009 was into bankruptcy. Millions lost their 401(k)s. refinancing and borrowing. anytime. Great! Now you’re awake to what’s going on. Savings accounts are smaller. and credit cards began popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain. the American middle class exploded. Has all this bad news got your attention? Sure it has. their pensions. ordinary people became millionaires. The number of middle-class families is dropping. To pay off those credit cards. and family debt is greater. as much as we liked. After all. And many Americans do not have enough to retire—not even close. when General Motors was the most powerful corporation in America. hard. Over the next three and a half decades. so goes the nation. Right now. and by that same summer. the percentage of Americans who own their homes is dropping. right? Wrong.

what could go wrong? As it turned out. It’s a new century.C HAPTER 1: The Rules Have Changed But that’s Industrial-Age thinking. the economic aftermath of 9/11. who knows? The situation may have changed. The reason these once-sacred cows no longer give any milk is that they are all obsolete: pensions. The corporate myth is over. The word I was going to use was “stupid. By the time you read these words. By 2009. company pensions. unemployment is still on the rise. We’re in the Information Age now. then this book probably isn’t for you. they were backed by blue-chip stocks and mutual funds. don’t be lulled into that same-old sense of false security that got you and the rest of the world into this mess in the first place. everything could go wrong. We aren’t just fooled once. As I write this. If that’s the way you want to view the rest of your life. you ask? The rear end of the person in front of you. then read on. retirement security—it’s all IndustrialAge thinking. Many thought their 401(k) retirement plans were safe. These are all worn-out. Don’t be fooled. and suddenly everyone was on the small-car-and-hybrid bandwagon. But if you are sick and tired of looking at someone else’s behind. In the summer of 2008. Today job security is a joke. gas prices had fallen back down below $2—and so help me. we let ourselves be fooled over and over again. SUV sales sank like a stone. and Medicare. people are starting to listen and learn. But look what happened next. gas prices were soaring over $4 a gallon. It’s a shame that it takes suffering and hardship to bring the lesson home. Nobody’s going to take care of you. job security. as they inevitably will.”) Unfortunately. people started buying SUVs again! What?! Do we really think fuel prices are going to stay nice and low? That gas prices are down for good now. and the rules have changed. the financial panic of ’08. Fortunately. If you’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder. but at least the lessons are hitting home. That’s what you get to look forward to. and the very idea of lifetime employment with a single company—an ideal so proudly championed by IBM in its heyday—is as anachronistic as a manual typewriter. have you ever stopped to notice the view? What view. and we need to use InformationAge thinking. the answer is yes. Hey. and we’re not in the Industrial Age anymore. and recession of ’09—more people realize that the old safety nets just won’t hold up anymore. My parents believed in job security. The government will not take care of you. and therefore gas-guzzlers make perfect sense to buy? Can we really be that shortsighted? (I’m trying to be nice here. Social Security. Every time we experience a major crisis—the dot-com bust. obsolete ideas left over from an age gone by. Your job is not going to take care of you. We all grew up hearing the fable of the ant and the Don’t Be Fooled Again 6 . When employment and real estate values turn around and credit loosens up again.

During the Great Depression. there were millions and millions of people who neglected to take charge of their future—who ignored everything I’m going to share with you in this book—and ended up struggling or broke. corporate America. in fact.The Business of the 21st Century grasshopper. The question is. like the real estate surge of the ’80s. or for doing too much. And during the greatest boom times. 7 . Are you angry at the corruption in the corporate world? At Wall Street and the big banks that let this happen? At the government for not doing enough. You need your own business. The economy is not the issue. but the overwhelming majority of us keep living with the foresight of a grasshopper anyway. Neither will blaming Wall Street. what are you going to do about it? Moaning and groaning won’t secure your future. it’s got nothing to do with what you need to be doing today to build your future. the big bankers. are still struggling or broke today. You can take charge of your future only when you take control of your income source. Whether it’s terrorism. Don’t be distracted by the headlines. you need to create it. or the latest election-cycle scandals. recession. Most of them. There is always some idiotic buzz going on that tries to pull your attention away from the serious business of building your life. It’s just noise. there were people who made fortunes. or the government. If you want a solid future. or for doing too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things? Are you angry at yourself for not taking control sooner? Life is tough. The issue is you.

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” it’s because they’re losers. besides the fact that they are both hugely successful billion-dollar businesses that have become household names? A: They were both launched during a recession. the bad news is the good news. So when somebody says. old-fashioned American entrepreneurialism at its best. Q: What do the Microsoft and Disney empires have in common. Why? Simple: In times of economic uncertainty. I’ll tell you the same thing I told TIME magazine: A recession is the best time to start your own business. When the going gets tough. They break out of their comfort zones and take initiative to help make ends meet. people get creative. TIME magazine ran a piece on page 2 they called “10 Questions for Robert Kiyosaki. Ready for the good news? Actually. Five years ago. Here is how I answered: This is the best time. 2009.CHAPTER 2 The Silver Lining On July 13. entrepreneurialism heats up like a stoked-up wood stove on a cold winter night. there’s less opportunity now. For one thing. When the economy slows down. In fact.” One of the questions asked of me was this: “Are there opportunities to create new companies in this turbulent economy?” “Are you kidding?!” was my first thought. Entrepreneurs don’t really care if the market’s up or down. “Oh. more than half the corporations that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average got their starts during a recession. It’s a matter of good. They’re creating better products and better processes. when housing values were soaring and credit was available 9 . the market for new opportunity is ripe during tough economic times. When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge. You’ve heard an awful lot of bad news about the economy. the tough get going.

S. and because of that. was Citibank’s youngest-ever vice president. get a good education. and especially since the turn of the century. and 67 percent think about quitting their jobs “regularly” or “constantly.” says Paul. the drive to control our own economic futures has been building. nobody was hungry. Chamber of Commerce said in a 2007 report titled Work. millions of people are soberly reevaluating their finances and realizing that if they want to have a secure future they can count on.” Paul’s right. predicted the Savings & Loan crisis before it happened. and go to work for a large company. they’re going to have to come up with a Plan B. but I know someone who is: Paul Zane Pilzer. found that 72 percent of all adult Americans would rather work for themselves than for a job. Today it’s completely the other way around. In fact. this one by the Fresno research firm Decipher. Admirable. People’s bellies were full.” Now. they felt safe. Another poll.C HAPTER 2: The Silver Lining everywhere. and left the banking world to make millions going into business for himself.” 72 percent of all adult Americans would rather work for themselves than for a job. Paul talks about a 180-degree shift in cultural values around the nature of career paths. The idea of going into business for yourself was most often regarded as risky. He’s someone worth listening to. Paul is a whiz kid. and few were looking for any alternative means of income. perhaps. I’m no economist. Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in 21st Century America: “Millions of Americans are embracing entrepreneurship by running their own small businesses. Chamber of Commerce report I mentioned also refers to a Gallup poll finding that 61 percent of Americans say they would prefer to be their own boss. That U. with the conventional corporate-employee career structure giving way to the entrepreneurial path. Employees weren’t worried about the financial stability of their employers or whether a pink slip might be in their future. Ever since the ’80s. “The traditional wisdom in the second half of the 20th century. People today are hungrier than ever to earn extra money. But now that layoffs are rampant and everyone is worried about what the future holds. and served as an economic advisor in two presidential administrations. and 67 percent think about quitting their jobs “regularly” or “constantly.” 10 .S. but risky … and maybe a little crazy. He’s had a few New York Times best-sellers. they are more receptive and more inclined to open their minds to new avenues. Here’s what the U. “was to go to school. this was true even before the recent economic meltdown.

People are waking up to the fact that they want more control over their lives. These farmers actually made their living as small-business entrepreneurs. determine their own destinies. is crumbling before our eyes. with its promise that the path to a long. it’s also about the quality of how we’re living.” the whole concept of being an employee is actually a fairly recent phenomenon. bakers. reliable corporate career has been in decline ever since. which is what most Western school systems in the world are still modeled after today.” What’s happening is that the 20th-century myth of job security. most people were entrepreneurs. derived from the tailor’s profession. Promising their old folks a guaranteed pension after age 65 was not much of an economic risk for Bismarck’s government: At the time. so many are living well into their 80s and 90s that the same promise might well bankrupt the federal government within the next generation. but they were not the king’s employees. The No. the president of Prussia. people who would follow orders and do as they were told. they were farmers who worked the king’s lands. and the whole concept of the solid. In America in the ’60s and ’70s. be in charge of their own time. the government took over the task of mass education. When you research the philosophy behind Prussian education. In response. not 65. They want to be more connected to their families. because their family’s business was farming. The Prussian system is for mass-producing employees. 1 reason they gave for wanting to work for themselves? “To be more passionate about my work life. Actually. But far from being historically “normal. Bismarck’s plan kicked in at age 70. you will find that the purpose was to produce soldiers and employees. and candlestick makers who passed on their trade through the family lineage in what have come down to us as common last names: Smith. the old term for the barrel-maker’s trade. but it hardly matters. During the Agrarian Age. work from their homes. Farmer. In that Decipher study. happy. It was not until the Industrial Age that a new demand began growing: the demand for employees. Taylor. They didn’t receive a paycheck from the king. in 1889. Today. 11 . fulfilling life is to find a job working for someone else. The Employment Mythology Most of us are so brainwashed by our circumstances that we think of employment as normal. Have you ever wondered where the idea of retirement at age 65 came from? I’ll tell you where: Otto von Bismarck. for the village blacksmith. 84 percent of respondents said they would be more passionate about their work if they owned their own business. the life expectancy of the average Prussian was about 45.The Business of the 21st Century And it’s not just about making a living. it was the other way around: The farmer paid the king a tax for the right to use his land. They were butchers. and Cooper. But employment at IBM hit its peak in 1985. for bakery owners. Baker. Yes. companies like IBM made “employment for life” the gold standard of job security. adopting the Prussian system. In fact.

entrepreneurial activity heats up. Yunus is talking about.” says Yunus. half a century later. In fact.” Entrepreneurial fever has been kicking into high gear. In times of uncertainty. voters view entrepreneurship as the key to solving the current economic crisis. I’m just saying it’s only one way of generating income. Does that mean America is doomed? No. entrepreneurial activity heats up. That means entrepreneurs are five times more likely to come out of this downturn unscathed and even stronger than before. but the Nobel Committee in Oslo. They gave him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his concept of microcredit for Third World entrepreneurs. because they’ve created their own strong economy. entrepreneurs flourish in down times. we begin to look to ourselves. and in the wake of all the financial bad news. You may or may not have heard of Muhammad Yunus. and things aren’t going so well for GM. we look for other ways to generate income. I’m not the only one who sees this.C HAPTER 2: The Silver Lining “As GM goes. We start thinking maybe it’s time to break out of our comfort zones and get creative to help make ends meet. Federal Reserve survey shows that the average household net worth for entrepreneurs is five times that of conventional employees. Entrepreneurial Fever I’m not saying employment is a bad thing. A recent survey found that most U. but here’s what is doomed: the myth of corporate security and the forty-year plan.S. When we know we can’t rely on employers. And by the way. so goes the nation…” Here we are. “History has repeatedly demonstrated that new companies and entrepreneurship are the way to bolster a flagging economy. author of Banker to the Poor. Entrepreneurial fever has been kicking into high gear. No kidding. What’s happening right now is that people are waking up to this fact. These people—including you—are realizing that the only way they’re going to have what they really want in life is by setting foot on the path of the entrepreneur. “but many don’t have the opportunity to find that out. 12 .” said the survey’s executive director. In fact.S. entrepreneurs flourish in down times. “All people are entrepreneurs. A U. He said that before the economy started tanking in ’07 and ’08. because when the economy slows down. more and more people are actively seeking the opportunity to do exactly what Mr. has heard of him. and one that is extremely limited. because when the economy slows down. Norway.

” then question No. the tough get going.S. the flagging economy that I’m most interested in seeing bolstered by entrepreneurship is yours. These may be economic hard times for the majority. voters” who say they believe that will actually get off their duffs and do something about it. but in fact. 13 . Not only is now the time to have your own business. First: Are you willing to be tough? And if your answer is “yes. but I know exactly how to answer the second one. Answering that question is what this book is all about. Get going doing what? I can’t answer that first question for you. It’s possible. 2 is. there has never been a better time than right now. And if that’s true— which it is—then that leaves just two questions. but for some entrepreneurs— the ones who are open-minded enough to understand what I’m going to explain in the next few chapters—these are times pregnant with economic potential.The Business of the 21st Century Maybe those “most U. today. when the going gets tough. As I said. But right now. though I’m not holding my breath.

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is the most important writing I’ve done because it goes right to the heart of the crucial issues involved for people who are ready to make true changes in their lives. Cashflow Quadrant.000 a week). I wrote a book to explain these four different income worlds. The purpose of this chapter is for you to stop climbing for a minute and see where your ladder is planted.000 a year. Forbes magazine defines “rich” as a person who earns in excess of $1 million per year (about $83. but how you make it—where it comes from. or just under $20. Each is quite different from the other. and “poor” as someone who earns less than $25. After publishing Rich Dad Poor Dad. Where you are on the ladder doesn’t really matter. not just how much you make. Many people have said that this book. There are actually four distinct sources of cashflow. to find out where you might want to move it.333 per month. climbing the ladder. But even more important than the quantity of money you make is the quality of money you make. regardless of the amount of cash you earn. or some combination of both. Most people assume that their financial standing is defined by how much they earn. and each defines and determines a very different lifestyle. it doesn’t matter how fast or high you climb on the ladder if it’s leaning against the wrong wall. And there’s no doubt that this has some bearing. Maybe you’re still near the bottom of the ladder. or maybe you even got near the top. And. how much they’re worth.CHAPTER 3 Where Do You Live? So you’ve been working hard for years. In other words. Covey points out. How Do You Make the Money You Make? 15 . if you’re not happy where it is. What matters is the question that you may have forgotten to stop and ask before putting in all that time and effort climbing: Where is this ladder planted? As Stephen R.

when you were growing up: Go to school. from which quadrant do you receive the majority of the income on which you live? The E Quadrant The overwhelming majority of us learn. your business owns you. love.” but what really happened is that you just changed bosses. The S quadrant includes a huge range of earning power. all the way from the teenage freelance baby sitter or landscaper just starting out in life to the highly paid private-practice lawyer. a lot of people migrate from the E quadrant to the S quadrant. This is the place where people go to “strike out on their own” and pursue the American Dream. study hard and get good grades. live. and your family picks on you because you never take any time off. from the cradle to the grave.C HAPTER 3: Where Do You Live? The cashflow quadrant represents the different methods by which a cash income is generated. Everyone picks on you here. and leave this life entirely within the E quadrant. You are still an employee. the business doesn’t earn money. 16 . Your employees pick on you. The government picks on you—you spend one full day a week just in tax compliance.000 a year. and get a good job with benefits at a great company. you lose ground. You have no free time because if you take time off. E = Employee S = Self-employed or Small-business owner B = Business owner I = Investor Which quadrant do you live in? In other words. consultant. The only difference is that when you want to blame your boss for your problems. too. The S quadrant can be a thankless and difficult place to live. or public speaker. In a very real way. your customers pick on you. that boss is you. the S quadrant is typically a trap. in how to live in the world of the E quadrant. money generating more money. A business owner owns a large business (typically defined as 500 employees or more) that generates money. How can you? If you do. For example. The self-employed are people who earn money working for themselves. Our educational system and culture train us. But whether you’re earning $8 an hour or $80. The operating philosophy for this world is what my poor dad—my real father— taught me. and what you probably learned. Investors earn money from their various investments—in other words. an employee earns money by holding a job and working for someone else or a company. You may have thought you were “firing your boss. The S Quadrant Driven by the urge for more freedom and self-determination. the S stands for slavery: You don’t really own your business. either as solo operators or through their own small business.

I’d rather be doing [fill in the blank]. Changing Jobs Is Not Changing Quadrants Now let me explain why it’s so important to understand these different quadrants. My rich dad taught me to live in the I quadrant by playing Monopoly. because they control the source of their own income. What they need to do is change quadrants. it gets eaten up by taxes and higher expenses. This job stinks! My boss stinks! Life stinks! (etc. my real estate business.The Business of the 21st Century The B Quadrant The B quadrant is where people go to create big businesses. but I’m just not getting ahead. and we all know how that works: four green houses. The difference between an S business and a B business is that you work for your S business. only to end up a few years later with the same old complaints? I keep working harder and harder. all they do is change jobs. Every time I get a raise. one red hotel. simply because you are no longer dependent on a boss or on the economy to determine your annual income. How often have you heard someone complain about their job. but I can’t afford to go back to school and learn a whole-new profession at this stage of my life. Breaking away from those typical job structures and creating your own stream of income puts you in the best position to weather an economic storm. but in an entire quadrant. and others. I have many B businesses. Now you determine it. four green houses. Those who live and work in the B quadrant make themselves recession-proof. The I Quadrant This is not rocket science. 17 . one red hotel. but your B business works for you. mining companies. including my manufacturing business. The problem is. most of the time when people do get up the initiative to actually make a change in their lives. then decide to make a change.) These and dozens of others like them are all statements that reveal a person who is trapped—trapped not in a certain job.

But if you want the relative safety of the left-hand side. is where we are taught we will find safety and security. then you can make it happen. so you can get a good job. The E quadrant. the right-hand side—the B and I quadrants—is where freedom resides. then maybe what I have to share here is not for you. But your grades don’t matter in the B quadrant. If you want to live on that side. Now you determine it. especially. “Get good grades. That’s a decision only you can make. On the other hand. That’s where we are brought up and trained to live.C HAPTER 3: Where Do You Live? The left-hand side—the E and S quadrants—is where most people live. Your banker doesn’t ask to see your report card. he wants to see your financial statement. Which quadrant do you live in? Which quadrant do you want to live in? 18 . At least 80 percent of the population lives in the left-hand side of this picture. simply because you are no longer dependent on a boss or on the economy to determine your annual income. Breaking away from those typical job structures and creating your own stream of income puts you in the best position to weather an economic storm.” we’re told.

CHAPTER 4

Your Core Financial Values
The four quadrants are not just four different business structures. It’s even more about four different mindsets. Which quadrant you choose to earn your primary income from has less to do with external circumstances—your education, training, the economy, what appear to be the available opportunities around you—and much more to do with who you are at your core: your strengths, weaknesses, and central interests. It is a matter of your core financial values. It is these core differences that attract us to or repel us from the different quadrants. This is important to grasp because it means that shifting from the E or S quadrant over to the B quadrant isn’t as simple as filling out a change-of-address form at the post office. You not only change what you do, but in a very real way, you also change who you are. Or at least, how you think. Some people may love being employees, while others hate it. Some people love owning companies, but do not want to run them. Certain people love investing, while others see only the risk of losing money. Most of us are a little of each of these characters. It is also important to note that you can be rich or poor in all of the four quadrants. There are people who earn millions and people who go bankrupt in each of the quadrants. Living in any one quadrant does not in itself necessarily guarantee financial success. You can tell which quadrant people are living in by listening to their words. When I was 9 years old, I began sitting in with my rich dad when he interviewed people for possible hiring. From these interviews, I learned to listen for people’s core values—values that my rich dad said came from their souls. Here are some key phrases that emerge from each quadrant, along with a snapshot of the core values of each.

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E Quadrant Values

“I am looking for a safe, secure job with good pay and excellent benefits.” For someone living in the E quadrant, the core value is security. You might be the top-earning vice president of a company yet still share the same core values as the company’s janitor, who earns a tenth of your salary. A person in the E quadrant, regardless if he is the janitor or the president, often thinks or says words such as, “I am looking for a safe, secure job with benefits.” Or, “How much do we get for overtime?” Or, “How many paid holidays do we have?” When I’m having a conversation with someone in the E quadrant and I talk about how much I love starting my own businesses, he may say, “Yeah, but isn’t that risky?” We each see life from our own core values. What is exciting for me is frightening to someone else. This is why, when I’m in the company of people who live in the E and S quadrants, I usually talk about the weather, sports, or what is on television.

S Quadrant Values

“If you want something done right, do it yourself.” For people in the S quadrant, the core value is independence. They want the freedom to do what they want. When a person says, “I’m going to quit my job and go out on my own,” the path taken is from the E quadrant to the S quadrant. People found in the S quadrant are small-business owners, mom and pop businesses, specialists, and consultants. For example, I have a friend who installs bigscreen televisions, phone systems, and security systems in rich people’s homes. He has a staff of three and is happy to be the boss of just three people. He is a hard-core, hardworking S. Commissioned salespeople, such as real estate agents and insurance brokers, are in the S quadrant. The S quadrant is also filled with professional people, such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants who do not belong to a large medical, legal, or accounting firm. People living in the S quadrant often take great pride in the work of their own hands or brains. If they had a theme song, it would be either, “Nobody Does It Better” or “My Way.” Yet, behind the façade of independence, you will often find a lack of trust at the core of this person’s approach to business—which also means his approach to life, because how we view our business tends to be how we view everything. An S is often paid by commission or by the amount of time spent on a job. For example, an S may be heard saying words such as, “My commission is 6 percent of the total purchase price.” Or, “I charge $100 an hour.” Or, “My fee is cost plus 10 percent.” Whenever I meet someone from the E or S quadrant who is having difficulty making the transition to the B quadrant, I usually see a person with great technical or management skills but little leadership ability. My rich dad used to say, “If you’re the leader of the team and you’re also the smartest person on the team, your team is in trouble.” People in the S quadrant often don’t work too well with teams; they may even have a bit of an ego problem.
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To make the jump from S to B quadrant, what is needed is a quantum jump not in technical skills, but in leadership skills. As I’ve said many times before, in the real world, the A students often go to work for the C students—and the B students work for the government. If you’ve ever heard yourself saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” or if you tend to think that way, it might be a good time to take a good long look at that philosophy.

B Quadrant Values

“I’m looking for the best people to join my team.” For people in the B quadrant, the core value is wealth-building. People who start from nothing and build great B quadrant businesses are often people with powerful life missions, who value a great team and efficient teamwork and want to serve and work with as many people as possible. While a person in the S quadrant wants to be the best in his or her field, a B quadrant person wants to build a team out of other people who are the best in their fields. Henry Ford surrounded himself with people smarter than he was. While an S quadrant businessperson is often the smartest or most talented person in the room, this is often not true for a B quadrant businessperson. When you own a B quadrant business, you will often deal with people who are much smarter, more experienced, and more capable than you are. My rich dad had no formal education, but I watched him deal with bankers, lawyers, accountants, investment advisors, and experts, many of whom had advanced degrees. In raising money for his businesses, he often dealt with people who were far richer than he was. If he had lived by the motto, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” he would have ended up a complete failure. When it comes to being paid, a true B quadrant person can leave his or her business and still get paid. In most cases, if someone in the S quadrant stops working, the income stops also. Therefore, a question you may want to ask yourself now is, “If I stop working today, how much income continues to come in?” If your income stops in six months or less, then, chances are, you are in the E or S quadrants. A person in the B or I quadrants can stop working for years and the money will continue to come in.

I Quadrant Values

“What’s my return on investment?” What people in the I quadrant value most is financial freedom. The investor loves the idea of his money working instead of him working. Investors invest in many things. They may invest in gold coins, real estate, businesses, or paper assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. If your income comes from company or government retirement plans, rather than your own personal investing knowledge, then that is income from the E

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or B. you need a new address. that is not investing. different quadrants. doing the things you love to do—if you want to live the life you were designed to live—no holds barred. It’s time to leave the left side of the chart and move over to the B and I quadrants. you need a new address. You don’t need a new job. “I want to hire a good propertymanagement company to fix my toilets at night. you’ve probably figured out where I’m going with this. You don’t need a new job. your boss or the business is still paying its bill for your years of service. Different people. It comes down to a pretty simple thing: If you want to get rich. a life of passion and excitement and fulfillment— in short. Different Investors In today’s world. “Show me the company’s financials.” In other words. if you want real freedom—the freedom to call your shots. you’re going to have to move. a person in the S quadrant might be heard saying. my rich dad pointed out to me that most employees invest in mutual funds or savings. does not mean you will be successful in the I quadrant.” or. set your schedule. Years ago. Doctors are often the worst investors. 22 . “I don’t If you want to get rich. different mindsets. and a B quadrant investor will hire another company to do the property maintenance for him. “Just because you’re successful in one quadrant. In other words.” or. then it’s time to pack up your stuff and move.” My rich dad also pointed out to me that different quadrants invest in different ways. invest in real estate because I don’t want to fix toilets. However.C HAPTER 4: Your Core Financial Values quadrant. different values. “I’m receiving a 20 percent return on my assets. By now. but to me. we all need to be investors. such as the E. He also said. if you want to be rich and live rich. For example. If you want control over your life and destiny. you’re going to have to move. I know that some schools teach stock picking. an S quadrant investor will think he has to do the property maintenance on his own. Words an investor might be heard saying are. that’s gambling. our school systems do not teach us much about investing. Oh.” A person in the B quadrant addressing the same investment challenge might say. S. “How much deferred maintenance is on the property?” Different Quadrants. spend time with your family and with yourself.

business schools often invite me to come speak to their students in classes on entrepreneurship. For an entrepreneur. even though I have enough money. And if you have employees. your investors will give you lots of money.” 23 . all I do is raise capital. If you can’t get your employees to produce at least ten times more than you pay them. I had no money. you are out of business. you’re out of business. You do it because you have to do it. Needless to say. and no one wanted to invest with me. I did not receive my MBA upon leaving. Your job as an entrepreneur is to get your customers to buy your products. You do not have to raise the capital to create your business. your job is to get them to produce and make you at least ten times more money than you pay them. The big venture-capital firms were not knocking on my door. If you can get customers to give you money by buying your products. and if you’re out of business. If you don’t. “How do I find investors?” and “How do I raise capital?” I understand the questions. 1. you don’t need to raise any more money. “You just do it. because they haunted me when I left the security of a traditional job and became an entrepreneur myself. But you do have to build your business! “Today.CHAPTER 5 The Mindset of an Entrepreneur After finishing college. because that has already been done for you. and employees. I enrolled in a traditional business school to pursue my MBA so I could be a trained and educated entrepreneur. We raise capital from three groups of people: customers. I lasted nine months before dropping out. Common questions these students ask me are. So what do I tell these business-school students? I tell them. that is Job No. investors. These days. I probably don’t need to point out that I sometimes find this ironic.

you just do it. he’s talked about opening his own salon. We know the names of the famous entrepreneurs: Richard Branson and Donald Trump. Why? Because while they teach entrepreneurship. the quick business plan to riches. My point is not that you have to raise money. She is an entrepreneur. He has big plans. in the business model I’m going to share with you in this book. why do so many fail to go for their dream of becoming an entrepreneur? I have a friend who is a brilliant hairstylist. running a single chair in a large salon. and get behind the wheel of your life. I often hear people debate the question. Two years ago. the secret recipe. Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner. What Does It Take to Be an Entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are the richest people on earth. their dream is just a dream. But most wealthy entrepreneurs are people you and I will never hear of. while for most adults. To me. either. A month ago. but sadly. In fact. Today. you do not have to raise the capital to create your business. Most kids have no fear. they just quietly live rich lives. he is a magician. It takes courage to discover. she quit her job and went to school to become a hairstylist. You pull yourself out of the rows of passenger seats. But you do have to build your business! My point is that this is what defines an entrepreneur: You make things happen. Most are looking for the magic formula.C HAPTER 5: The Mindset of an Entrepreneur This is not the answer most MBA students are looking for. Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs. running their own businesses. most of them are not themselves entrepreneurs. because that has already been done for you. constantly at odds with the owner. being an entrepreneur is not that big a deal. So the question is. The problem is. Another friend has a wife who became tired of being a flight attendant. 24 . Another young boy has a handyman business after school. walk to the head of the bus. Let me give you an example. for most people. When it comes to making women look beautiful. because they don’t command media attention. “Are entrepreneurs born or can they be developed?” Some think it takes a special person or a certain magic to be an entrepreneur. This doesn’t seem to be the answer their instructors are hoping I’ll give. because I notice them squirming when I say this stuff. For years. there are millions of people who dream of quitting their jobs and becoming entrepreneurs. he still remains small. There’s a teenager in my neighborhood who has a thriving baby-sitting business and hires her junior-high classmates to work for her. which is why they have a steady teaching job with a steady paycheck and are hoping for tenure. that’s all they do have. develop and donate your genius to the world. He is an entrepreneur.

80 percent are bankrupt within three years. Don’t underestimate the importance of this reason. It is a spectacular environment and she has attracted some of the best hairstylists to work there. it’s not really about the business—that’s only the external form. lottery winners who win in excess of $3 million each. said. my real dad often told me go to school and get good grades so I could get a safe. “How can she open a salon? She has no talent. You want to have the courage not to care when other people bully you around. One reason you want to create your own business is to get your dignity back. Ayn Rand. maybe she won’t. The world is full of bullies and small-minded people. He was programming me for the E quadrant.” Maybe she will fail: Statistics show that 90 percent of all businesses fail in the first five years. you don’t want them pushing you around anymore. I’m going to introduce you to an environment that will allow your brain to think—and you to grow richer. he said. but at the same time. Yes. She wasn’t trained in New York like I was. He was programming me for the B and I quadrants. I had to make up my mind which advice I would listen to. My rich dad told me that if I wanted to grow up to become rich. it’s about the business. “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Now let’s ask that question again: Where do you live? Now you can appreciate what shifting from one cashflow quadrant to another means. When I returned from Vietnam. I should become a business owner and an investor. develop and donate your genius to the world. You are faced with the same choice. the author of Atlas Shrugged. your manager. She has grasped the impact that courage has in shaping our lives. It’s not just a different structure. or even your friend. because they do not change how they think. she doesn’t have any experience. It’s a different approach to life.The Business of the 21st Century she had a grand opening for her salon. And besides. It’s your doubts that are limiting.” So if you are ready to change your life. Of U.S. What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? When I was a kid.” She was programming me for the S quadrant. you want to have the freedom to think and act for yourself. I give her a year and she’s going to fail. your neighbor. Your mind is infinite. When the first friend heard about her salon. She is not gifted. These people may add numbers to their checking accounts. On the other hand. It takes courage to discover. but the mere numbers do not make them rich. My mother would urge me to consider becoming a doctor or lawyer. and whether they are your boss. “That way you’ll always have a profession to fall back on. Putting a horse farmer behind the wheel of 25 A Maserati Mind . secure job. You want to take control of your life. Why? Because money alone does not make you rich. The point is that she’s doing it.

the business is going to have a tough time getting results. The business model we’ll explore in Part Two of this book is a Maserati. But make no mistake: If it’s going to happen for you.C HAPTER 5: The Mindset of an Entrepreneur a Maserati doesn’t make him a racing car driver. like I did with my businesses. you are going to be the one who makes it happen. The same is true of your financial life. Not that you’re going to have to do it all yourself from the ground up. one of the beauties of the business of the 21st century is that all the groundwork of the business is already done for you—and you get to have experienced leaders committed to your success to guide you. the training. You need to adopt the mindset of an entrepreneur. but you are the one behind the wheel. then no matter how good the business is or how great your teachers are. He needs the skills. If you don’t. it’s about you. which means you don’t get to blame anyone or anything outside yourself. You make things happen. First and foremost. One of the beauties of the business of the 21st century is that all the groundwork of the business is already done for you. most important. and. That mindset comes down to this: An entrepreneur is self-determining. the mindset of a racing car driver. No. you need to have the mindset of an entrepreneur. Are you prepared to take the wheel? Do you have what it takes? 26 . And for that to happen.

living day to day on the brink of the financial abyss. a 27 . We knew we could always find a safe. high-paying job. It also does not take a good formal education. But we did that only to keep food in our stomachs and gas in our house—I mean. did not take money. By 1989. Kim. “It takes money to make money. our credit cards were exhausted and we lived in an old brown Toyota with reclining seats that served as beds. A college education is important for traditional professions.—and I don’t mean a Bachelor of Science degree! Our journey from homelessness to being millionaires in four years. Both of us were college graduates with good job skills and a solid work ethic. At the end of a week of sleeping in our car. the harsh reality of who we were. When friends and family were informed of our plight. I must admit that during moments of deep personal doubt. and I were homeless. the idea of a safe. then what does it take? It takes a dream. the first question was always. but we had a hard time clarifying our reasons to our well-meaning inquisitors. either. But because job security was not what we were looking for. and where we were headed began to sink in. I often hear people say. secure job with a paycheck was appealing. our car.S. we kept pushing on. “Why don’t you just get a job?” At first we attempted to explain. secure. But we weren’t going for job security. what we were doing. and it doesn’t take a formal education to learn how to become financially free.CHAPTER 6 It’s Time to Take Control! It was 1985 and my wife. it is difficult to explain why you might not want a job.” That’s B. When you’re talking to someone who values having a job. she offered us a room in her basement. and then on to genuine financial freedom in another five years. We were unemployed and had little money left from savings. We were going for financial freedom. we were in debt—and nobody gave us anything along the way. We had no money when we started—in fact. After a friend realized our desperate situation. but not for people looking to build wealth. We occasionally earned a few dollars doing a few odd jobs here and there. we were millionaires. If it doesn’t take money to make money.

you’ll be okay. No. Do you know anyone who has worked really hard his entire life. and they do believe it. don’t get me wrong. We all do. Maybe they just didn’t try hard enough. hard truth lurking behind that sad error of our culture’s thinking: Working hard at making money will never create wealth. even though we’re all surrounded by tons of evidence to the contrary. all right.C HAPTER 6: It’s Time to Take Control! lot of determination. of course!” But not so fast. Maybe they were just not cut out for success. And perhaps the worst part about it is that many of these unfortunates come to the conclusion that it was their fault. What can you control? You can control the source of your income. or that’s painless. their personal failing. that’s quick. right? But it still didn’t work. it takes hard work. and then have to work hard all over again. no matter how hard you try.” What a pile of baloney! And what’s so tragic about it is that most people have been brainwashed to believe it. Because if you are. They did all the right things. The problem is that the hard-work myth is just that: a myth. You can’t control the market. Now. most things in life you cannot control. only to end up living a life that hovers just above—or just below—the indignity and heartbreak called “subsistence level”? Of course you do. Take control of what? After all. Nonsense. I know a bridge you can buy real cheap—and an entire system of subprime mortgages and credit-default swaps that might be just right for you. “If you work really hard. You can’t control employees. Forget working hard at making money: All you’ll do is spend it. “Okay. or didn’t get the lucky breaks. The question is. People who work for income work harder and harder. The world is full of people who work hard and are most definitely not okay. I’m not saying that building wealth and financial freedom doesn’t take hard work. I hope you’re not naïve enough to believe the idiots who will tell you they can show a way to wealth that’s easy. You can’t control the economy. and an understanding of which sector of the cashflow quadrant you’re operating in. a willingness to learn quickly. 28 . Hard Work Will Not Make You Rich There is this strange idea in our culture that says. What evidence? Just look around you. hard work doing what? I can already hear you thinking. and lots of it. “Doing what?! Making money. it does. so what do I do?” You take control. You might be asking. because here’s the cold. only to be taxed more and more.

historically. For one thing. it was). and the rest of your overhead are paid. and usually is. It can be brutal. Still. The cost of purchasing one of the better-known franchises can range from $100. but at the same. Most people do not have the mental. very few people who have truly lived in the B quadrant. So guess who doesn’t get paid? You. When my poor dad was 50 years old. advertising. And for another thing. your odds of success improve significantly. and while it never pushed me into bankruptcy (and I never got any government bailouts!). there are some barriers to entry that have kept most people out. he had the temerity to run for governor of Hawaii—and the incumbent he was running against happened to be his boss. Today it costs an average of $5 million to start your own business. Then there are monthly payments to headquarters for training. guess who just lost $5 million? In my early years of starting businesses. We could have taken jobs that would have immediately put a roof over our heads. Typically when you start your own business. and your suppliers are paid. With an established franchise like McDonald’s or Subway. and that’s just for the rights to the franchise.The Business of the 21st Century The Problem Building a business is the way most of the very rich became rich. What About a Franchise? A franchise takes a great part of the risk out of it. Remember Kim and me. And even all this support is still no guarantee of great wealth. building your own business from scratch remains the riskiest of all ways to become rich. most people don’t have the cash it takes to start their own business. there have been very. sleeping in our beat-up Toyota? It wasn’t fun. chances are very good that you still won’t make any money yourself for the first few years. 1: You have to come up with the cash. The B quadrant is the best place to begin generating genuine wealth. Even if you are one of those who succeeds at a franchise. but as miserable as it was (and believe me. and a lot of the groundwork is done for you.5 million or even more. But you’re still stuck with problem No. even when his or her personal franchise is losing money. I failed twice.000 to $1. The failure rate for new businesses is about 90 percent in the first five years—and if your new venture fails. or you’re out of business. emotional. In the course of starting a new business—and I’m talking here about a successful business—you can easily go five to ten years without taking a paycheck. Bill Gates built Microsoft. Not only did he lose the election. your employees are paid. we chose homelessness over employment because we believed in our dream of being business owners and living in the B quadrant. And one in three franchises eventually go broke. or financial stamina to handle these conditions. utilities. but his boss fired him and told him he’d never work in 29 . and support. you have to make sure your rent. Michael Dell created Dell Computers in his dormitory room. it did cost me millions of dollars. physical. Many times a person must continue to pay money to the franchisor or headquarters.

one that was billed as a “never-lose franchise. because when you let go. And by the way. but in reality. but requires relatively little cash investment to start up. also known as residual income: income that continues coming in. over and over. and ambition to allow every human being on the planet to be wealthy. he lost everything. If you own a restaurant. Most people’s income source works just like that faucet: You get a little money flowing. the income faucet springs shut again and there’s no money coming in that week. It’s not just about having income today. but not all businesses will create passive income. or Donald. and it’s what the rest of this book is all about. a franchise is a great idea. This is passive income. This is an astonishing and abundant world we live in. creativity. you earn income only when you prepare and sell a meal. This particular business model creates passive income. In fact. you earn income only when you provide that service. That business model is called network marketing. and there is way more than enough energy. He took all his savings and used it to buy a popular franchise. If no patients or clients require their knowledge and services in a particular week. that’s not just a book title. it bounces back to off. tomorrow. You can never build freedom that way. it bounces back to the off position. it’s not like if you become rich. What most people need is an avenue to create passive income. Even high-salaried doctors and lawyers earn money only when they see patients or clients. and then when you let go. and can be operated on a flexible part-time basis until it generates enough cash flow for the entrepreneur to transition out of his current full-time job. Donald Trump and I teamed up to evaluate the many kinds of business structures that can create passive income. it’s about securing your income in perpetuity. In theory. Knowing this.C HAPTER 6: It’s Time to Take Control! Hawaii again. So what did we discover? We found that one business model stood out from the rest. it’s a gamble—and it’s a gamble where you have to pony up a fortune just to sidle up to the table and play. or anyone else. long after you finished expending the effort and capital it took to create the source of the income. Wealth is not a zero-sum game. Shifting yourself into the B quadrant is a strong step in that direction. What you want is a money faucet that you can let go of once you’ve turned it on. you have to hold the faucet there. If your business fixes air conditioners. The Power of Passive Income Have you ever used one of those spring-loaded water faucets that some public restrooms install to save water? When you turn the water on. because it stays on by itself. and published our results in a book. and next week. It has very low overhead. We Want You to Be Rich. and so did my dad. then you’re taking it away from me. We do want you to be rich. 30 . ingenuity. material.” The franchise that couldn’t lose lost.

PART TWO One Business—Eight Wealth-Building Assets Eight reasons network marketing can secure your future .

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CHAPTER 7 My Years in the Business I need to start here with full disclosure: I’ve never really been “in” the business of network marketing. although I thought it was a little strange that the business meeting was at a private home rather than in an office. not for the next decade. and fortune seemed to pour down upon my two partners and me. I was an all-out success. “but it’s not for me. At the end of the evening. it was network marketing. I really had no idea what that meant. (And this was the 1970s. have no financial interests in any network marketing company. My two years of hard work started paying off. I first encountered network marketing in 1975. and I was sure it held no value for me.” I replied. when a friend invited me to a presentation on a new business opportunity. 33 . Why would I need to build a business with other people? And besides. But I have been very much in the business for years as a champion and advocate of the network marketing business as a whole. Runner’s World. We had pledged we would all be millionaires by the age of 30. I agreed to go. We were the hot new thing in the sporting goods world. fame. and Gentleman’s Quarterly. and business poured in from all over the globe. and through our hard work and sacrifice. and in this chapter I want to tell you why. and do not promote any one specific company. the sports wallet business that I had started with two friends boomed. when a million dollars was actually worth something. Success. I am not a distributor for or owner of a network marketing company. the friend asked me what I thought about what I’d heard. Since I make it a habit to investigate business and investment opportunities. “It’s interesting.) Our company and products were written up in such magazines as Surfer. I agreed with most of the points he made. but I thought I knew what it meant.” I was already thoroughly involved in the process of building a business. we had reached our goal. I never gave network marketing another thought—at least. I listened for three hours while he talked about the value of building your own business instead of working at a job. Soon after my first network marketing meeting.

I came to realize that while personal success is fulfilling. Eventually. I ran into a friend named Bill who was a retired multimillionaire. no-money-down deals that are often very bad investments. That incredibly successful business failed a few years after it started. my respect for network marketing and what it represented grew.” he added. But they can’t.” he told me. I can actually help people make the kind of money they need to do some serious investing. it’s much more fulfilling when you can help many others create their own success as well. I decided to check it out for myself. We got talking. these lasted. They want to know if they can invest with me.C HAPTER 7: My Years in the Business The Opening of a Mind Over the years that followed. and then another—and unlike that first business. More of what my rich dad had taught me began to sink in. In the early 1990s. So they look for these cheap. I asked him why on earth he was involved in network marketing. which is what often ends up happening in my real estate deals. I came to realize that while personal success is fulfilling. my mind began to open up. and then another. “I really love working with people who are hungry to learn and grow. we continued our dialogue. the more investors I have! “Besides. mostly from people I knew. “people have asked me for real estate investment tips. “For years. It was not long before I had built another successful business. it’s much more fulfilling when you can help many others create their own success as well.000 it takes to get into my level of real estate investments.000 or $100. Bill told me that he was involved in building a network marketing business! Bill is a very sharp. and as we did. I knew he had just completed commercial real estate projects worth over $1 billion.” After a few more minutes of conversation. but also finding ways to help others become rich. because it caused me to look closer at the world around me and to ask questions. and a very positive one. I also became powerfully drawn to the idea of not only becoming rich myself. and lo and behold. I kept hearing negative things about network marketing. but over the next few months. It was a humbling experience. It’s a drag working with people who think they already know it all. I had to make a dash for the airport. “In fact. Some are two paychecks away from bankruptcy. The more people I help do that. and my perspective grew. very savvy guy. In network marketing. 34 . many of them have absolutely no money at all. because most don’t have the $50. During those years. The people I work with in network marketing are genuinely excited about new ideas. For the next fifteen years.

The Business of the 21st Century In 1994. Now. People sometimes ask me. spiritual. So What Exactly Is Network Marketing? I said that I’ve never actually been involved in network marketing as a participant. it is because I did not gain my fortune through network marketing that I can be a bit more objective about the industry. when you did not become rich that way yourself?” Actually. Today. who appreciates the value of building structures that last. in 1997 the Direct Selling Education Foundation awarded John with its highest honor. including a fifteen-year tenure at one of the industry’s largest and most well-respected companies as a regional vice president and then vice president of sales strategy. He has also been actively involved in the industry’s various trade groups. the way I would do my due diligence on any business venture I was considering investing in. I saw that I had found the heart of the industry—and I was amazed at what I had found. He’s a man. and development. I studied the literature of company after company. if I liked what I saw. looked at their track records. I would start out by building a network marketing business. John serves as publisher and editor in chief of Direct Selling News. All the same. Once I got over my own prejudices and met people I respected and related to. just so I could learn more about them and see what the experience was like from the inside. and only after I had already built my own wealth and established my own financial freedom. I started researching the industry in earnest. a respected trade publication serving direct selling and network marketing executives. He has owned and operated his own company and has held many different executive positions in others. I came to appreciate this business as an outsider. if I had to do it all over again today and start from scratch. and I invited him to join me in these pages to share some of his insights. rather than building an old-style business. ethical. John brings to these pages his nearly forty years of experience in network marketing. and I was stunned to find that they were some of the most intelligent. their Circle of Honor Award. kind. my mind had been closed tight to the idea. I even joined a few companies. 35 . and examined them closely. in other words. I began meeting some of these companies’ leaders. my view had completely changed. When I had first stumbled upon the concept in that first opportunity meeting in 1975. My friend John Fleming started out in life as an architect (he once worked for the legendary Mies van der Rohe). some twenty years later. moral. Eventually. training. I went to every presentation I heard about and listened closely to everything I heard. “Why do you recommend network marketing to people as a way they can build wealth. but I know someone who has. and that’s one of the reasons I admire his approach to network marketing: He brings that same passion for practical design and functional construction to this business. and professional people I had met in all my years of business.

or your kids: They are imitating personal word-of-mouth. The real power of the model—what you talk about. for the purposes of this book. I will just use “network marketing” in my references. Pakistan. Robert: Let me play devil’s advocate for a moment. The basic idea is as simple as it is brilliant: Instead of spending tons of money on all sorts of professional agencies and marketing channels to promote products or services. (I often describe this business model with both the terms “direct selling” and “network marketing” because today. directly and indirectly. Robert.C HAPTER 7: My Years in the Business Robert: John. Robert. In network marketing. for those readers who may not already know. the single most powerful form of promotion in the world is personal word-of-mouth. which makes it an economic bloc roughly the size of New Zealand. that’s the beauty of it. that can really add up. does it work? You know the answer to that one: Direct selling/network marketing today does well over $110 billion in annual sales globally. or the Philippines. And the independent rep has the opportunity to create some very serious cash flow.) One reason that the total sales from network marketing keeps growing is that it’s a true win-win. we use the real thing. you aren’t paid commissions only on products used by the people you refer to the company. However. How can that really work? I mean. most direct selling companies employ a network marketing focus. you don’t hire employees. but often on products bought by the people they refer. what exactly is network marketing. and corporate giant knows. How? By harnessing the power of word-of-mouth—person-to-person relationships—to build a substantial network that represents the company’s line of products and/or services. So. you sponsor 36 . who typically are also the products’ most committed and enthusiastic consumers. As every marketing professional. and what makes it tick? John: Network marketing has been around in various forms since the middle of the last century. why not pay the people who love them most to just tell others about them? That’s exactly what a network marketing company does: They pay a portion of every sales dollar received back out to their field of independent representatives. you talk about a B quadrant business being one that has at least 500 employees. The company gets an amazing level of market penetration and customer awareness that would be very tough and very expensive to get with traditional marketing. In network marketing. as leverage—is that as a representative. Hollywood producer. can a bunch of ordinary people who are not skilled marketers really compete and generate any serious level of sales? John: Actually. your spouse. That’s why television commercials spend millions to hire actors to talk just like your mom. your best friend.

network marketing is recognized by many experts and accomplished businesspeople as one of the fastest-growing business models in the world. you couldn’t have gotten a single one of these journals to give this business the time of day. Mars. They are both extremely practical men. right up to their hips. But the same financial dynamic applies: By the time your network of independent representatives grows to be 300. Tom Peters. The New York Times. 400. describes network marketing as “the first truly revolutionary shift in marketing since the advent of ‘modern’ marketing at Procter and Gamble and Harvard Business School over fifty years ago. healthy cash flows.S. Buffett drives a pickup and lives in Omaha. L’Oréal. Today. USA Today. and long-term prospects for global expansion. you’ve got a serious organization that delivers significant residual income. or 500 strong. 37 . Branson flies his own airline and lives on his own island in the British Virgin Islands. Fifteen years ago. But they have three things in common. and The Wall Street Journal. Newsweek.” Warren Buffett and Richard Branson couldn’t be more different. Jockey. and Unilever: Guess what they all have in common? They’ve all put a toe in the network marketing water—in some cases.” The emerging success of network marketing has been written about in such journals as Forbes. the model is powerful because it works—and we’re not the only ones who say so. As John says.The Business of the 21st Century individuals who are all independent representatives. “An investor’s dream … the best-kept secret of the business world … an industry with steady annual growth. They are both billionaires. U. network marketing is recognized by many experts and accomplished businesspeople as one of the fastest-growing business models in the world. either. high return on invested capital. Fortune. the legendary management expert and author of the classic best-seller In Search of Excellence. TIME. And they have both owned network marketing companies. look at what a recent issue of Fortune said about network marketing: What Others Say About Network Marketing Today. News & World Report. Remington. Now. Does that tell you something? Citigroup.

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but they assume that the way out of the trap is to earn more income. The Truth About Your House The things that most people think of as assets are not assets at all. earn two dollars. Work an hour. in fact. But that’s not where the real value of network marketing lies. In fact. The problem with earning income is that it’s an incredibly limited. What defines whether something is an asset or a liability is cash flow. “If I join this business. often their main question is. The reason people want to know how much they can earn per month is that they are thinking in terms of living in the E quadrant or S quadrant. When people go to hear network marketing presentations. they’re about owning assets that generate income. not some abstraction of value. They are thinking about supplementing or replacing their current E quadrant or S quadrant income. It depends on you. linear process. But earning more income doesn’t change the basic fact of being tied to your income. The B and I quadrants are not about earning more income. often that’s exactly what you will hear them talk about: how much you can earn on a permonth basis. when you listen to people promote their network marketing business. they’re liabilities. is it generating money that goes into 39 . how much income can I earn here?” And no surprise. earn a dollar. often earning more income only serves to draw the noose tighter. which means you can never stop. As I said before. it’s a trap. In other words.CHAPTER 8 It’s Not About Income— It’s About Assets That Generate Income It’s no wonder so many people don’t understand the value of network marketing: Many of those who are actually involved with it themselves don’t fully grasp the value of what they hold in their hands. Most people instinctively sense that. work two hours.

let me ask you the same question a different way: How much income does your house bring you. the actual discretionary income that you can hold in your hands and use to buy or invest in anything you like? It isn’t there: There isn’t any. and not what it really is: a credit card with shingles and a driveway. people have been using their houses as ATMs. worth. My poor dad always said. you’re also building a genuine asset for yourself. the checks come in. Let me ask you a question: What is your house worth? Before you answer.C HAPTER 8: It’s Not About Income: It’s About Assets That Generate Income your pocket. “Work for a job. you are building an asset. so you don’t have to work for the rest of your life. the reason you did is that you bought the conventional line that your house was an asset. it’s a liability. How to Know Your Asset from a Hole in the Ground Forget the dictionary definition for a moment. borrowing against them to scarf up cash they could use to pay off their credit cards. Let me explain what an asset is. we have offices throughout the world. month in and month out? Chances are good your answer is. In a job. when you build a network marketing business. in upkeep. whatever. “Build assets.” Well.” Exactly. Your house is not an asset. Whether I’m working or sleeping or playing golf. That’s because your house is not an asset. you’re not only learning critical life skills. Most people are so confused about this that they have it backward.” The powerful thing about living in the B quadrant is that when you build a business. That’s passive income: residual income. “Well. In our Rich Dad business. “my house is worth a couple hundred thousand!” Oh. For years now. Because owning a business is owning an asset. Maybe you’ve done this yourself. it’s a liability. The problem is that tricky word. If you have. While I won’t work hard for a job. not like a working-class person. I spend a good chunk of change on it every month. it’s not an asset. buy that SUV. simply because I think like a rich person. you earn income. none—in fact. I’ll work really hard to build an asset. repair. maybe. it’s a hole in the ground into which you pour money. 40 . at some theoretical point in the future? But then where would you live? Would you take the proceeds of your sale and buy another house to live in? Of course. If it doesn’t make you money.” My rich dad said. and so forth. They run to the dictionary and find that an asset is something that’s “worth something.” you say. In network marketing. An asset is something that works for you. or is it taking money out of your pocket? Everything will either make you money or cost you money. Let’s talk about the real world. So where’s the worth. take vacations. “But wait a minute. really? When? When you sell it.

Talk about the deck being stacked against you! Yet that is the price some people are willing to pay for the “safety and security” of the E quadrant. working away to build something that is not an asset? Or. Most people don’t understand this distinction. and your job is to sell. if you’re in business for yourself.The Business of the 21st Century instead of earning income. you have a job. The purpose of owning real estate is to keep it as an asset. My car went up in value. People often assume that being successful in this business means being “great at sales. the No. That’s not going to build your wealth or your freedom. You had to shoot the asset to get that money. one over in the B quadrant. you just generated a $100. you want another address. Why spend decades. that’s not an asset. 1 asset is usually a business. but there is absolutely no value in it—zero.000 and then sell it for $200. it’s an asset. A salesperson has a job. They’re liabilities. the income stops. I’d rather own the cow and sell the milk. If you work behind the counter at a department store. if it takes money from me. But either way. Network Marketing Is Not About Selling Products or Earning Income! The biggest popular misconception about network marketing is that it’s a selling business. You’ve killed the asset. “My house went up in value. they invest for capital gain. selling insurance or homes or jewelry. It’s not rocket science. If you buy a piece of real estate for $100. you can’t rent it out. but not your own? Because make no mistake about it: When you work at a job. and the No. And even with real estate. if you stop the activity.000. This is the biggest problem with having a job: A job is not an asset. you have to understand the difference between cash flow and capital gain. the best years of your life. to put it more accurately. but they’re not putting money in my pocket. I have two Porsches. I own them free and clear. But selling is just earning more income.” That’s capital gain. They’ll say. you can’t take dividends from it. you are building an asset—it’s just not your asset. the income from your job is then taxed at a higher rate than any other form of income. not to sell it for a profit. John: Robert.000 capital gain. I only invest in things that make me money. they’re taking money out of my pocket. to build someone else’s asset. you’re in the E quadrant. For people who understand this.” But the point of network marketing 41 . that’s exactly right. it’s a liability. You can’t sell it on eBay. And to add insult to injury. If it makes me money. you’re in the S quadrant. you build an asset—your business—and the asset generates income. It’s like selling your cow for money. 2 asset is typically real estate. We’ve had this idea drilled into us that there is some sort of inherent value in having a good job. The problem is. not cash flow. What you want is not another job. When they invest.

it’s for a lot of people to be their own best customer. it’s about building eight assets. we’ll take a look at each one in turn. In Chapter 13. if you’re like most people. you know what you’ll have? An asset that generates income for you— passive income. and I hope you pay really close attention.C HAPTER 8: It’s Not About Income: It’s About Assets That Generate Income is not to become great at selling your particular product or service. right? In network marketing. 42 . For now. And in the next chapters. an army of people who are all representing that same product or service to share with others. I’ll ask John to explain more fully why network marketing is not about selling or being a salesperson. Actually. And here’s the reason you want to build that army of independent representatives: Once you do. and recruit and show a lot of other people how to do the same thing. it’s about building an asset. the whole point is not to sell a product but to build a network. here’s the key nail I want to hammer home: Network marketing is not about earning more income. because no matter how good you might be at doing that—and let’s be honest. sell and service a reasonable number of customers. all at the same time. After all. because this is a key point—one that most people just don’t get. there are so many hours in the day. you don’t think you are very good at it—there’s only so much income you can earn selling. The goal is not for you or any other individual to sell a lot of product.

The No. I was a C student most of my life. 1 value you get from the experience is a real-world business education. Scholastic education teaches you how to read. As I’ve said. 1 reason I always give is not for the many excellent. I did not do well with this level of education. and I often have to read a book two or three times before I really understand what I’m reading. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not putting down education. simply because I was not that interested in what I was being taught. 43 . I believe in education. And. especially in today’s world. I put a great deal of value on its ability to give you a real path to building wealth. and financial education. And it’s not for the money you can earn or the financial freedom you can create. write.CHAPTER 9 Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education I have a confession to make: I am a slow reader. I believe in it with a passion. I do read a lot. It’s just that the education I believe in most is the education that truly teaches you what you need to learn to be successful in your life. I am also a very poor writer. It is a very important education. But these are not the most important benefits you gain from the experience. Personally. Yes. has had seven books on The New York Times best-seller list. who failed his writing courses in school and who to this day is not a very good writer. yes. So you want to know something ironic? This C student. Three Kinds of Education If you want to be financially successful. the No. What’s more. When I recommend that people build their own network marketing business. in fact. professional. and do math. My point? Good grades aren’t everything. in fact. even life-changing products you might represent. the products are often excellent. I failed writing twice in high school. there are three different types of education you require: scholastic. it’s just that I read very slowly.

setting your agenda. In fact. and executing a clear sequence of productive actions. but not surprising. because they are used to being told what to do. After I returned from Vietnam. During my youth. 44 . Instead. but I never really used either of them to make money. builders. managing your time. organizing a plan of action. They are every bit as important as skills like knowing how to balance a checkbook. plumbers. Financial education is where you learn to have money work for you rather than to have you work for money. For example. you don’t need more scholastic education. I became a ship’s officer and then a helicopter pilot. flying for the Marine Corps in Vietnam. you really don’t need them. lawyers. You might think you’d get a financial education in business school. I had two professions. If you want to be rich yourself. By the time I was 23 years old. you are being trained to be an employee of the rich. This is bigger than it might sound.C HAPTER 9: Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education Professional education teaches you how to work for money. What business schools generally do is take the smartest kids and train them to be business executives for the rich. everyone would be doing it. I believe building a B quadrant business is one of the toughest challenges a person can take on. You may work very. they train their students for life in the upper echelon of the E quadrant—but it’s still the E quadrant. it prepares you for life in the E and S quadrants. electricians. but my rich dad talked me out of it. but by and large. “If you get an MBA from a traditional school.” The Important Skills Being an entrepreneur and building a B quadrant business is not easy. or accountant. and accountants. write a financial plan. there are technical skills you need to learn that you probably did not learn in school. If it were easy. they are not an option. the smart kids went on to become doctors. I was not encouraged to become a doctor. I didn’t excel here. one as a ship’s officer and the other as a pilot. very hard in the E quadrant. and automobile mechanics. But if you’re entering the B quadrant. you need a real-world financial education. the ability to get organized and set your own agenda. It’s shocking how many people do not have these basic skills. either. Shocking. lawyer. I considered going back to school to get my MBA. People who enter the arena of network marketing sometimes experience a type of culture shock. Others went to professional schools that taught them to become medical assistants. He said. The reason there are so many more people in the E and S quadrants is that those quadrants are less demanding than the B quadrant. In other words. that’s not what happens. If you are going to be successful in business. in the E quadrant. After all. and read an annual report. yet have absolutely no experience at setting goals. In other words. Since I had not done well at scholastic education.

the government will actually give you a tax break for the cost of getting professional advice on how to pay the government less in taxes. too! In other words. you may be able to deduct car expenses. hotel personal product use The above are just some examples of things you already spend money on that may become legitimate tax deductions once you begin your own home-based network marketing business. Most people have at least a vague idea that the rich enjoy all sorts of tax advantages that they themselves do not. And when you do.The Business of the 21st Century Tax Advantages—and the Lesson They Teach People who are brand-new to network marketing are often quite surprised to learn about the significant tax advantages that come from having your own homebased business. dining. people are often shocked to realize that they. 45 . and entertainment. it’s easier than ever before to create your own benefits package that rivals and even surpasses anything the standard big corporation could offer. Obviously. mileage home computer internet & telecom travel. By starting a network marketing business in your spare time and keeping your regular job. can enjoy those very same tax advantages and put significant amounts of money in their pockets from the very first day of their new businesses. too. Note: This list is given here for illustration purposes only. some meals. for tax advice on your own situation. My point in going into all this is not only to let you know about this significant economic leverage that comes on Day One of your new business from tax savings. but since they have lived their entire lives within the E quadrant. gasoline. you need to check with a CPA for exact rulings on your situation. A person with a part-time business can take more tax deductions than employees can. home office auto. gas. With recent changes in tax policies and more insurance programs tailored for small businesses and the self-employed. For example. you should consult your tax professional. you begin to gain the tax advantages of the rich. One of the beauties of network marketing is that it pulls away the veil of mystery and starts to show you life in the B quadrant. Therefore. they typically have no concept of what those advantages are or how they actually work. you’ll find that the cost of that visit to your CPA is taxdeductible.

Often. Welcome to your real-world business education. I had to learn how to overcome my self-doubt. that’s where. I wanted to drive home this point: Most people have no clue what it’s like to be in the B quadrant! The reason most people are shocked when they learn about the tax advantages available here is that. and you were not taught them in your home while growing up. for the great majority of people. your life experiences. how to understand the psychology of other people saying “No” to them. where are you going to learn them? Where on earth will you find a business that will invest the time in your education and personal development as well as help you actually build your business? In network marketing. the B quadrant might as well be the lost continent of Atlantis. and fear of rejection. your personal character. shyness. Network marketing teaches people how to overcome their fears. If you don’t learn these things in school. regardless whether it is a network marketing business. These are the personal traits a person must develop if they are to be successful in a B quadrant business. or an entrepreneurial startup. Even more important are the life skills it takes to successfully negotiate the B quadrant. John: It’s interesting. how to communicate. people learn skills and develop aspects of themselves through their experience in network marketing that they might otherwise never learn. Here are some of the critical skills that the real-world education of network marketing teaches: 46 . One of the beauties of network marketing is that it pulls away the veil of mystery and starts to show you life in the B quadrant. it’s not a simple matter of technical skills. 1 benefit you see in the business. Another personal-development skill I had to learn was how to pick myself up after I failed and keep going. For example. Life Skills When it comes to creating business success. The key to long-term success in life is your education and skills. and how to maintain persistence in the face of rejection and other realworld challenges. Robert. that you always cite the business education as the No. and I think there’s a lot of merit to that point.C HAPTER 9: Asset #1: A Real-World Business Education More than that. and you don’t learn them in the workplace. and most of all. a franchise.

the training is more than theory.” It’s a great saying. In fact. the training itself is of tremendous value for the rest of your life.The Business of the 21st Century Good network marketing companies provide a solid program of training in all these areas. because it underlines this key point about the business: You learn to do it by doing it. rather than the skills of an employee. that it’s a business “where you earn while you learn. And regardless of whether or not you reach the top of the specific program you’re in or make a great deal of money. When you join a good network marketing company. Many people actually end up in other businesses where they become very successful due to the business training and experience they first received in their network marketing experience. they don’t just give you a track to run on. We have a common expression in network marketing. you’d be hard-pressed to find a situation anywhere else where you could pay good money to gain all this training—let alone a situation where they pay you to learn it. they also support you in developing the skills and qualities you need to succeed. Network marketing is a real-world business school for people who want to learn the real-world skills of an entrepreneur. Network marketing is a real-world business school for people who want to learn the real-world skills of an entrepreneur. not by sitting in a classroom for years hearing someone talk about doing it. 47 . rather than the skills of an employee. it’s experiential. And I agree: This kind of education is absolutely priceless. In network marketing. and the biggest reason that I’ve been recommending this business to people for a decade. And that’s the real point here.

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in a very real sense. The lessons I learned from the experience proved over time to be priceless. it was an education that set me free. but even more about myself. I was a millionaire. I had a similar experience. You are actually making a change in your core values. “Kiyosaki. before long. you can become a student again. Let me ask John a question about this. and if his answer is what I think it’s going to be. After the crash. It’s not just about changing what you do. you’ll see what I mean. Even more important. And you are not simply looking at a new way to earn a supplemental income. but there was a time when he lost it all during a real estate crash. have you gone soft?! What’s all this touchy-feely talk about a ‘path of personal development’? I don’t need an encounter group. I want to build wealth.2 billion more than I was!” Yet. My friend Donald Trump is worth billions today. Now. rich dad told me.CHAPTER 10 Asset #2: A Profitable Path of Personal Development I know what you’re probably saying. And the most important things I learned in the course of that education were not about business or money—they were about me. I need to make ends meet. Losing a business was not a pleasant experience. Donald was back on top again. Building and then losing a worldwide business provided me with a real-world education that ultimately made me rich.2 billion in debt: “I passed a beggar on the street and realized he was worth $9. “Money and success make you arrogant and stupid. who he had become. 49 . but it was a great education. Becoming rich is not about putting your lucky fifty-cent piece into the right slot machine. I haven’t gone soft on you: I’m just being realistic. He talks about the experience of being $9. not sing ‘Kumbaya’!” Not so fast. Two years later. with some poverty and humility behind you. I learned a lot in those few years—a lot about business. By age 30.” He was right. it’s about changing who you are. Why? Because of who he is—or more accurately. my company had gone broke.

it’s about quitting on yourself. the one who works out and the one who sits on the couch. resigns one’s distributorship and formally declares. too: There’s a winner in me and a loser in me. What may be important for one person may not be for another. but for your business to grow. But this needs a little but more detail to be fully accurate. the only way I believe people fail is to quit. Each of us has a winner and a loser inside of us. Some people are satisfied with supplementing their current level of income. I don’t. Being able to earn $1. what is the No. “I’m out. you will have to grow as well. Regardless of the goal. It’s ironic. That’s the battle. we know that those who persist in network marketing tend to get only better and better. that’s too risky.” Or. The reason most people “just get by” instead of truly succeeding in life is that they let the loser inside them dominate. and they often compete for air time. What’s safe about working a forty-hour-a-week job for a corporation that will probably lay you off within the next few years? Or sticking your meager earnings into a 401(k) that gets sucked up by a mutual fund that tanks. How do you know when the loser is speaking up? “Oh.” The issue here is not about quitting the business. but great success for the mother whose goal was to significantly supplement the household income. That includes me. obviously not everyone who goes into network marketing has the same level of success. “What if I fail?” The winner is up for the risk. In your experience. the rich guy and the poor guy. You have to define failure in a very broad sense. in terms of income potential and lifestyle goals. 1 reason that some people fail to reach the level of success they hoped for in network marketing? John: Success is defined differently by different people.000 a month may be seen as failure for the person who was attempting to build a significant business. I can show you the perfect business. It goes back to what I said at the very beginning of this book: This isn’t just about changing the type of business you’re working with. but the loser thinks only of safety and security. the other is loser. while others are truly looking for a business opportunity that can be transforming. It’s not simply a matter of whether or not one quits the company—that is. That’s exactly what I thought. The reason 50 . I insist that the winner win out. The Winner in You—and the Loser in You There are two words for what John just described. I can’t afford that. or into a fund managed by a financial advisor who turns out to be another Bernie Madoff? Inside each of us is the winner and the loser.C HAPTER 10: Asset #2: A Profitable Path of Personal Development Robert: John.” “Oh. In fact. it’s also about changing you. The loser yaps and squawks about safety and security—and ends up stuck in a career and a life that is never truly safe or secure. One is quitter.

our doubts. I was consistently No. when I first went to work for Xerox Corporation. Every morning. “I can’t afford that. That’s the real skill of someone who has mastered the B quadrant. I don’t want to have to work that hard or take those risks. and who was spiritually inclined for freedom. My sales improved. a whole spectrum of who we could potentially turn out to be. And you shouldn’t feel bad about that. persuasive story is learning how to override the loser inside you and allowing the winner to rise to the surface. Increasing my self-esteem was more important than my paycheck. the rich me or the poor me? The winner or the loser? That’s our battle.” or. Learning to share your vision and tell a powerful. to handle disappointment and never lose sight of the vision of where they’re going. to step beyond what you’re used to doing.” That’s the loser speaking.” or. who made a contribution to the planet. Your loser friends want you to stay on the couch. I was on the brink of being fired at the end of those two years. In fact. It took me two full years. instead of remaining the ordinary you. the loser emerges and holds sway. They simply haven’t been trained in that skill. deal with them. For that. and bring out the winner that you have living inside you. we each have an entire cast of characters inside us. But that’s critically important. I make that choice: Who got up this morning. That is thinking like an entrepreneur—and that’s the single most important attribute you can learn from building your own network marketing business. because if you do. “It’s just too expensive. and lots of times he gets the upper hand—at least for a short time. I wanted the person who was happily married. I have one in me. Network marketing gives you the opportunity to face your fears. Every time we let our fears. Not your network marketing sponsor. I will always be grateful to the Xerox Corporation 51 . and within another two years. And it has helped me earn millions of dollars. 1 or No. Rebuilding my self-confidence and my self-esteem has been priceless. overcome them. to go beyond your history and become the more exceptional. Your network marketing team wants to see you excel. that’s when my self-confidence finally began to grow. It’s easy to say. but fortunately for me. Most people don’t have the ability to keep going. then you won’t be challenging them to do anything different. or our low self-esteem win. they want you to play it safe and work your forty hours. to begin stepping into my power and letting the winner in me emerge. 2 in my office. extraordinary you. Learning how to tell a powerful story is learning how to show up as the winner you are.The Business of the 21st Century you want to join a network marketing company is that they will support the rich person inside of you to stand up and be counted. We’ve all got one. “I just want my benefits.

we had one year to prepare to go to Vietnam. Network marketing gives you the opportunity to face your fears. doubts. I entered as a college graduate and exited a pilot ready to go to Vietnam. emotionally. I strongly recommend network marketing because the industry offers the same opportunity to strengthen and rebuild your self-confidence that the Xerox Corporation offered me. emotionally. suddenly. Flight school was my cocoon. for the loser to take over. we were trained to fight more than to fly. Flying had 52 . physically. And make no mistake about it—just because you join a network marketing company and start building your business doesn’t mean you have left the loser behind. If I had gone to a civilian flight school. overcome them. There will be times when you will feel tested. in those difficult times. so I know what it feels like to lose everything: It’s easy. the intensity of training is different. We flew constantly. I was born with nothing. and then was transferred to advanced flight training at Camp Pendleton. and my human spirit took over. I doubt I would have been ready for war.” and your family members are whispering to you. Up to that point. And that takes time to create. The mission was so intense and frightening that. It will take years to build up your genuine freedom. and spiritually. During one training flight. We talk a lot about freedom in this country. something changed inside me.” On that one training mission. “I told you so. and fears. and bring out the winner that you have living inside you. I changed spiritually. deal with them. The skills are different. and the reality of going to war at the end of the training makes things different. The training there escalated in its intensity: At Camp Pendleton. It took me nearly two years to get through basic flight school in Florida. Some people call it “flying mechanically. Win! Flight School All caterpillars make cocoons before becoming butterflies. After we had finished flight school and became pilots. I was flying mentally. But you don’t really have freedom until you have financial freedom. even though I was a pilot. all my doubts and fears were forced out of the way. About eight months into the program at Camp Pendleton. and I made and lost my fortune several times along the way. often under conditions that tested us mentally. there will be times when it will be so tempting to let the loser run the show. California. when your friends are telling you.C HAPTER 10: Asset #2: A Profitable Path of Personal Development and the staff that taught me how to overcome my demons. What we had to learn as military pilots is far different from what civilian pilots have to learn. I received my wings. Today. and physically. “Don’t you think it’d be better if you just put more energy into your little job and let that network thing go?” I promise you. I finally became a pilot who was ready to go to war. Don’t do it.

she said. Again she said. I could never have kept asking for six months—but I did. of becoming crippled. How you earn your money and build your career is how you earn your destiny and build your legacy. I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world. But when I asked her out. “Yes. Instead of hiding in the back of the room and staring at her from afar. She was right out of my dreams. If I had not learned how to overcome my own self-doubts.” We have been together ever since. “Hi. I was hurting inside. I want to tell you one more story about the honing of character—this one not on the battlefield. I doubt I would have been fortunate enough to marry the woman of my dreams.” I went into hiding to lick my wounded ego. It was not that I had no fear. When I first met Kim. no matter how tough things get. I tell it because it makes a critical point: This is not just about business and money. How My Business Skills Changed My Life Now that I’ve talked about military training and learning to fly under battle conditions in the jungles of Vietnam. However. I would say it took me fifteen years to gain the confidence to feel comfortable in the B quadrant. The aircraft was part of me. I stay on the B and I side rather than slipping back to the safety and comfort of the E and S side. “No. But I had been toughened by my business training: I collected my nerve and asked her out again.” Kim turned and flashed her beautiful smile—and I was in love. but I asked her out once again—and again the answer was “No. I still had the same fears about going to war—the fear of dying or. even worse. which is exactly what I would have done years earlier. But I did—and I did. big time. “No. The difference was that I was now ready to go to war. my business training had taught me to overcome my fear of failure and rejection—and that training was about to pay off. My confidence in myself was greater than the fears. I walked boldly forward and said.” An earlier Robert Kiyosaki might have slunk away and admitted defeat. My process of becoming a businessperson and investor followed much the same process as becoming a pilot ready to go into battle.” Now my self-confidence was bruised and my male ego was fading. This is your life we’re talking about. You’re luckier than I am: You don’t need to spend that long or go through the failures and struggles I did.” This went on for six months. I tell this story not just because it’s a warm and fuzzy story of how Robert and Kim went a-courting. That is the spirit that keeps me on the B and I side of the cashflow quadrant map. but in the field of love. I was speechless and completely terrified at the idea of going up to talk with her. I felt at peace and at home inside the aircraft. You can get that same kind of life-changing education right here in your own flight school: network marketing. I was ready to go to Vietnam. she said. one day. 53 . Each time she said.The Business of the 21st Century become a part of me. And finally. “No. It took my failing twice in business before I suddenly found that quality that is often called entrepreneurial spirit. If I had not gone through my own intense form of schooling to learn real-world business skills.

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It’s a crucial consideration. I decided I would seek the friendship of friends who were interested in me becoming a rich person. I had to be very careful about who I spent my time with and which teachers I would listen to. you need to be acutely aware of who you’re spending your time with and who your teachers are. and the middle class hangs out with the middle class. Ask yourself this: “Are the people with whom I spend time dedicated to me becoming rich? Or are they more interested in me continuing on as a hard worker?” By the age of 15. the friends you hang with right now might be holding you down. The hardest thing about leaving Xerox was that I had to let go of some friendships. because at 15. This was a life-changing moment. and middle-class people. the poor network with other poor people. My rich dad often said. You may have heard that your income tends to be about equal to the average income of your five closest friends. Why? Because even though they love you. And you’ve no doubt heard the saying. In a network marketing business. Most of my friends and family were in the E quadrant.CHAPTER 11 Asset #3: A Circle of Friends Who Share Your Dreams and Values This may be tough to hear. and that one way to do that was to learn how to network with people who could help me become financially free. In other words. rather than becoming a loyal employee working for the rich. you hang out with people who are there to help you become richer.” That also holds true for rich people. If you are considering building your own business. you may need to get new friends more than you need to get a new job.” Many people spend their lives hanging out and networking with people who hold them back financially. you need to network with those who are rich or who can help you become rich. but if you want to create a different economy in your life. and even though they don’t mean to. I knew that I wanted to become financially free. and they had 55 . the rich network with the rich. It was not an easy decision. “Birds of a feather flock together. “If you want to become rich. poor people.

brand-new community of friends who are learning the same kinds of values and real-world business skills you are. this has nothing to do with network marketing itself. a part of the main. changing your religion. a significant number of people who join network marketing companies and stick with them rank the social network they belong to as an even higher priority than the income they earn. and I valued freedom and financial independence.C HAPTER 11: Asset #3: A Circle of Friends Who Share Your Dreams and Values different values than I did. or you’re making a huge mistake. because when you build a network marketing business. This made my decision a painful experience. from living in the E or S quadrant to living in the B quadrant. The English poet John Donne wrote. it also provides a whole-new world of friends—friends who are going in the same direction as you are and share the same core values as you do. and it’s a thousand times truer in the incredibly interconnected world of today. You may even lose friends. John: That’s true everywhere in life. In fact. you actually build around yourself a powerful. 56 . but it was a necessary decision to make if I was going to grow. This is not simply taking a different job. I hesitate to write that sentence. or switching political parties. every man is a piece of the continent. Network marketing not only provides a great business education. Chances are good that some of them will become your new best friends. and play with. They valued security and a steady paycheck. or who may even actively try to discourage you. “No man is an island. you are only as good as the community of people you hang out with. entire of itself. it’s more like moving to a different country. And mind you. here your business is filled with people who are just as committed to your success as you are. because it sounds harsh. work with. because your success is what assures their success. talk with. You may have friends tell you that you’re nuts. but it’s especially true and especially relevant in network marketing. What’s really going on here is that you are making a seismic shift in your life. according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA). It’s reality. But that’s because it is harsh. you’re a sucker. You can’t get rich in isolation.” He said that way back in 1623. You may find that there are friends or family members who don’t understand or sympathize with your decision to look into network marketing. You may well experience something similar in network marketing. This is also one of the great advantages of a network marketing business: Rather than being surrounded by people who are competing with you for that next promotion.

the kind of friendship John is talking about is every bit as priceless as the best business training. the ones whose time means the most to me—are in the B and I quadrants. it also provides a whole-new world of friends—friends who are going in the same direction as you are and share the same core values as you do. because they were there for me at a transitional phase of my life. Today I have friends in all four quadrants. They will always be great friends. but my core friends—the ones I really hang out with. But for me. it was time to move on. To me.The Business of the 21st Century There you have it: Network marketing not only provides a great business education. you may want to join a network marketing business and begin to meet new friends. And by the way. 57 . If it is time for you to move on and the B quadrant is calling you. those friends I left behind at Xerox? They are still great friends today.

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skilled people. It was called General Electric.CHAPTER 12 Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network One of the first things that intrigued me about this business model when I started looking into it seriously in the 1990s was the simple fact that it used the word network. the power is in the network. and within a year. The company Edison founded would make him a multimillionaire. Edison’s true stroke of genius was to create a company that strung the electric lines that allowed the light bulb to penetrate society. and relay stations. 59 . Young Edison grew restless selling newspapers. Edison took a job selling candies and magazines on the railroads. and learned how to send and receive Morse code so he could get a job as a telegraph operator. I remembered that my rich dad really respected this term. Soon. As a telegraph operator. Edison did not invent the light bulb. poles. what he did do was improve it and perfect it. After dropping out of school (because his teachers thought he wasn’t smart enough to succeed there). he began printing his own newspaper. viable. Even more important. Thomas Edison was one of my rich dad’s heroes. If you want to become rich. The power is not in the product. While Edison is famous for tinkering with the light bulb and perfecting the filament that made the bulb practical. Soon he was one of the best telegraph operators around—and this is where he learned the secret that would make him a millionaire. he had hired a team of boys to sell candies along with his newspaper. the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong. he figured how to turn it into a business. but this is not true. growing network. he saw what had transformed the invention of the telegraph into such a success: It was the system of lines. It was the power of a network. He had gone from employee to business owner. People today often think of Edison as the inventor of the light bulb.

If you have just one telephone. or Bill Gates. its value increases geometrically. Sam Walton. but it’s not a reasonable ambition for tens of thousands of people. viable. the economic value of a network goes up exponentially. the power is in the network. as these men did. Putting Metcalfe’s Law in simpler terms. The economic value of the network would go from zero to two squared.C HAPTER 12: Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network What made Edison’s business so revolutionary was not the light bulb itself. It was the network. according to Metcalfe’s Law. Everyone else looks for work. That’s why network marketing is so brilliant. Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos didn’t go into publishing books. there will be handfuls of remarkably creative pioneers in every generation who create new multibillion-dollar networks from scratch. The power is not in the product. Add a third phone. If you want to become rich. Sam Walton didn’t manufacture goods for people. and Jeff Bezos. it means that as you add users. “The richest people in the world build networks. My rich dad told me. or four. a network’s economic value equals the number of the network’s users squared. let alone millions. Of course. the founder of 3Com and one of the creators of Ethernet. (If you’re the only one with a phone. 60 . Metcalfe’s Law Robert Metcalfe. The companies that make up the network marketing industry now offer millions of people just like yourself the opportunity to build their own network rather than spend their lives working for someone else’s network. In other words. he built the operating system that ran on those computers.” From the shipping magnates and railroad barons to Sam Walton. growing network. Think of a network of telephones. not numerically. but the system of electrical lines and relay stations that powered the light bulb. and the economic value of the network is now nine. Bill Gates didn’t build computers. the great fortunes of the world have been made by those who figured out how to build networks. the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong. that single telephone has no real economic value. the economic value of the phone network is squared. and never will be. who would you call?) The moment you add a phone. is credited with creating an equation that defines the value of networks: V = N2 In other words. Yes. most of us are not Thomas Edison. he built the distribution network that delivers the goods. he created the online network Amazon that delivers those books.

McDonald’s. Robert. one that maintained its coherence not by controlling all its parts with a single central office. This isn’t just a question of paying a commission differently. In a very pragmatic sense. How? This doesn’t happen simply by affiliating with a network marketing company. but you actually own your own network. you not only build the network. a new type of business emerged. And. and today is responsible for more than 3 percent of American retail sales and is thriving around the globe. Some of its more famous brands include Ace Hardware. To harness the power of Metcalfe’s Law.The Business of the 21st Century Networks Come to the Business World The classic Industrial-Age business model operated much like an empire. you have to grow the network 61 . you are part of a network—but you don’t own the network. In the 1950s. It was controlled by a strong central “government” that maintained its strongly centralized identity no matter how big it grew. or shifting the responsibility of marketing to a different party. After franchising. John: Robert’s right. as you put it. yet. you could call this a “personal franchise. In other words. This idea was so revolutionary that many criticized it. Instead of a network of franchised businesses. Congress came within eleven votes of declaring it illegal.S. That model is called network marketing. but instead by using the model of a network. you could say they all share the same values. and the U. As a network marketer. and. In a sense. despite its critics. that gives you tremendous financial leverage. That’s like having a telephone when you are the only one with the telephone. the next step in the development of networked businesses began in the 1960s and really got under way in the 1970s and ’80s.” Like the original franchise model. this new type of business also came under a lot of criticism. But it survived its early years. A franchise is a type of business network in which multiple business owners all work off the same blueprint. of course. the truth about franchising is that as a franchise owner. Subway. But franchising was just one step in the process of developing networks in the business world. the most famous of them all. it has survived and thrived. as a network marketer. I’ll let John tell you what happened next. Robert: And. you own only your particular business. It’s really an entirely different way of looking at business—one that reflects an Information-Age economy through networking rather than an Industrial-Age economy through centralized mass-advertising. on the other hand … John: As a network marketer. That radical business model is called a franchise. you get to personally harness the power of Metcalfe’s Law. by the way. this model built itself through a network of franchised individuals.

That’s the phenomenal force that makes rumors spread: One person tells three. The business 62 .” To demonstrate the virtually limitless power of leverage. When there are three of you. The real business is not the product. who each tell three. That’s how fashion trends spread. When the two people you brought in also develop two more people each. The moment there are two of you. Archimedes could perform a feat that would normally take the combined strength of several thousand oarsmen. the engineer of ancient Greece credited with discovering the principle of leverage. And what exactly was that matrix of ropes? A network. and pretty soon everyone in town knows about it. financial. Archimedes. the economic value of your network goes from four to nine. but the networks through which the product travels—not Edison’s light bulb. You cannot see it with your eyes because there is very little to see. yet most people still cannot see it. Through that matrix of ropes. and attached this vast matrix of ropes to an entire fleet of Greek warships. it’s not enough to open your eyes. Archimedes grabbed this one wooden beam and pulled with all his might—and the entire fleet of ships began moving in the water! That’s the power of a network. not material. but your economic value is growing exponentially. There are no golden arches. When everything was ready and the crowd watching him grew silent. It is a genuine Information-Age business model: To grasp its value.C HAPTER 12: Asset #4: The Power of Your Own Network by duplicating yourself in someone else just like you: a partner. the economic value of your network begins to look like a rocket taking off for the moon. no green mermaids beckoning you to come into their place of business. he set up an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys. In plain language. and I can move the world. You are working arithmetically. declared: “Give me a place to stand on. Why not? People might see the product— the home-care or wellness products. Network marketing is one of the fastest-growing business models in the world today. you need to open your mind. And that’s the core strategy of a network marketing business: harnessing the power of Metcalf’s Law to duplicate your efforts through a network of people. but his electric grid. the economic value of your network is squared. People still don’t grasp the value of network marketing because it is invisible: It is virtual. or legal services—but they don’t realize that that isn’t really the business. Metcalfe’s Law means that a network acts as a lever: It allows you to leverage your time and effort. or the telecom. who each tell three.

factories and employees.The Business of the 21st Century of network marketing has exploded throughout the world. Franchises—McDonald’s. but with pure information. 63 . As a network marketer. and the rest—are transition businesses that sprang up to bridge the passage from the Industrial Age into the Information Age. Your job is to communicate information. to tell a great story and build a network. Subway. The UPS Store. because they deal not with land and materials. It’s not. you might think your job is to demonstrate and sell a product. Businesses such as General Motors and General Electric are Industrial-Age businesses. yet the masses often still do not see it. Ace Hardware. Network marketing businesses are genuine Information-Age businesses.

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it’s not semantics. Robert: Sometimes when I say that this business is not about sales. Network marketing is about sharing information and personal stories. and not about hard selling. Fully Scalable Business Here’s a critical truth about network marketing that may surprise you: It is not a business for those who are gifted in sales. isn’t it pretty much semantics?” John: No. Robert: John. Many of the most successful network marketers I’ve ever seen have been coaches. and you’re not splitting hairs. For a “born salesman” to succeed in network marketing. because only one person in twenty is a natural-born salesman anyway. the opposite is true. “Yeah. and now’s the time. but in fact. often the first thing he or she has to do is forget everything they know about selling. would you agree that the most successful people in network marketing are not necessarily the best natural salespeople? John: Not only would I completely agree. you will do lousy in network marketing. Here’s what I would tell that person: “If you are an amazing. I would say that. but aren’t you kind of splitting hairs? I mean. pastors. in a way. superstar salesperson. I get a skeptical reaction. The key to success in sales is what you can do. The key to success in network marketing is what you can duplicate.” 65 . moms. then you can do great in sales—and chances are good. by the way. whether you call it selling or sharing information. Which is a good thing. I promised a few chapters back that John would say more about this. And it’s that duplication factor that really dramatically shows you the huge difference between sales and network marketing. teachers—people who really enjoy telling stories and helping others.CHAPTER 13 Asset #5: A Duplicable. uniquely skilled. It is also about caring about the success of those you bring into the business.

C HAPTER 13: Asset #5: A Duplicable. it’s what you can duplicate. talent. by all means. I often watch talented and creative people start out in network marketing and run into this brick wall because they think that the way to be successful is to use their ingenuity. and I’ve seen it happen many times. John: I wouldn’t have thought of putting it that way. he could have hired craftsmen to hand-make his cars. too. you want to build your business in a way that virtually anyone else can readily copy. you know what that is? That’s thinking like a person in the S quadrant—not in the B quadrant. because when you talk about people who try to be ingenious about it. They would have been amazing cars—and he would have sold maybe a few hundred of them. but first I want to talk a little about that term scalable. Now. and it dies an early death. Henry Ford did not create an empire and change the face of the planet by building a business model around his workers’ unique skills and talents. most people in your network won’t be able to duplicate what you do. And if you want to be successful in network marketing. The ability to duplicate is the magic key here. When you live in the S quadrant. not the ability to be a top salesperson. Instead. but that’s exactly what it is. what gives your network marketing business its real power is not what you can do. 66 . Robert: Because you smothered it in the cradle. they impair their ability to continuously develop and energize their growth engine: the people who duplicate themselves. Ford thought like a person who lived smack in the B quadrant. it’s what you can do and then what others can do. and unique skills to be amazing. he designed a model where ordinary people could plug in their time and effort and mass-produce millions of cars. I have also seen companies make the mistake of too strongly recognizing high levels of personal sales as opposed to placing more emphasis on showing everyone how to duplicate their efforts in the performance of others. We’ll rejoin this discussion of duplication in a moment. Again. When network marketing companies fail to make this clear. Why? Because others copying what you do is exactly what you want to happen—what you need to have happen. that’s how you have to think. Consequently. But it’s not a question of what you can do. John: That’s right. Fully Scalable Business Why? Because while you might sell a lot of products. That’s what creates your success. Robert: That’s fascinating. In other words. be brilliant and creative and unique! But in the B quadrant? Kiss of death. your network cannot grow. then.

Over the past few decades. I find it interesting that you’re calling this book The Business of the 21st Century. This is the secret of Ray Kroc’s brilliance in creating the McDonald’s phenomenon. But brochures and booklets are simply not engaging enough to capture someone’s interest in the way a great live presentation from a dynamic presenter can. So this put a serious limitation on the business’s ability to grow. Digital tools—CDs. and online media—have now made it possible to recreate that fully engaging. DVDs. 67 . A business that is scalable simply means a business that can operate on any scale. This is often the make-or-break issue with entrepreneurs. He didn’t seek out an elite corps of especially talented restaurateurs with high-level expertise to run his multiple operations. Instead of trying to recruit only the most highly skilled speakers. when he says the secret is duplication. presenters. But just as with sales. the business really did rely on people with great presentation skills. is this: The power of your business is in its scalability. That’s exactly what smart network marketing companies have done. Years ago. John: In the early days of network marketing. dynamic quality of a live presentation. he or she could walk a prospect through a brochure or catalog. While the average person might not be able to become a great presenter.The Business of the 21st Century Information Tools for Infinite Scalability Another way of saying what John is talking about. and salespeople. its practitioners faced a thorny challenge: While it is true that anyone can learn to give a presentation. Robert. Instead. people tried to do this with brochures and sales books. they have designed the presenting into the system itself. it often wasn’t that way in reality. it is not true that just anyone can give an effective presentation. though. in the form of information tools—and as John explains it. he designed the expertise right into the operation. this business model is just now coming into its real potential—and what we’re talking about right now is one of the reasons why. while theoretically “anyone” could be successful in this business. But there are very few entrepreneurs who grasp how to design their tiny little business model so it can be multiplied and replicated many times over without their direct participation. very few people are ever going to get truly skilled at making a polished. The world is full of would-be entrepreneurs who create businesses that are wonderful. This meant that. that didn’t happen overnight. The explosion of digital technology has leveled the playing field. because even though it has been around for decades. in a very real way. In the early days. John: That’s right. and they had a degree of success. Robert: And that’s where presentation tools come into the picture. professional presentation. and a big part of learning the business was learning how to make a great presentation. there has been a seismic shift in presentation technology. as long as they’re operating on a scale so small that they can personally control every aspect of the business.

invite them to experience the products you are excited about and take a look at the information you have. Here. both because it is in the companies’ interest to make them affordable. get to know people. Then. and you help them learn to do what you have learned to do. What’s more. Fully Scalable Business Today. there are digital tools that can take a huge amount of the burden and expertise of training off your shoulders. creating a business model that has allowed millions to gain access and excel. As a network marketer. explore possibilities. you share with them your enthusiasm. In plain English. and therefore not very duplicable. and help them get to understand what this business is all about. I have to play the devil’s advocate one more time. Robert: John. In fact. you are building a fully scalable asset. DVDs. Do you realize what this means? It means that as you build your networking business. you don’t have to become an adept public speaker. Your job is to build relationships. your experiences. what do you do? Why does the company even need you?” John: You network. trying to be one can actually work against you. is to connect with people. you simply use the business tools provided by your company to do the presentations for you. when you start your own network marketing business. it means you can grow a business as big as you want. your job description. and then follow up with them. Low-cost. and you don’t have to be an expert speaker or presenter. That’s why it’s called network marketing. and online presentations—often including high-quality streaming audio and video—have made possible the dream of a truly democratic and fully scalable network marketing operation. again. though. once they’ve decided to join you in the business. and that’s why the company needs you—and why they pay you. because again. I have to ask you the question I’ve heard skeptics ask when they hear this point about being duplicable: “So if you don’t really have to be a top salesperson. that’s a highly specialized skill. Before we go on. these business tools are highly affordable. Instead of attempting to train yourself to become an expert speaker and presenter. invite present follow up train 68 . so to speak. and also because technology has now made it possible. have conversations.C HAPTER 13: Asset #5: A Duplicable. high-quality CDs.

coach people. and team-building. you are the messenger. care about people. But practically anyone can become skilled at networking.The Business of the 21st Century So there are parts of this business that a tool can do better than you can: That’s the presentation. or chess club. be a great storyteller. not the message. and the rest. and to an extent. In today’s network marketing. Which means this business is open for business to hundreds of millions of your neighbors. withstand rejection. You don’t need highly skilled salespeople to duplicate what you do. ever coached Little League or formed your own band. And by the way. the training. Which means you have a readily duplicable. Which brings us to leadership. Once you’ve grown it to five people and then fifty. Here is the core idea: In network marketing. ever been part of a political campaign or church committee. But these are skills available to anyone. You need people who are willing to learn basic business and communication skills and grow themselves personally into self-determining entrepreneurs and team-builders. And there are parts that only you can uniquely do. You need to develop the skills we looked at as part of Asset #1: the ability to have self-confidence. five thousand. 69 . communicate. the tools do all that. If you’ve ever helped build a soccer league. this doesn’t mean you don’t need to be skilled. This is the 21st century. Gone are the days of carting around a heavy pack of products to sample. then you know what it’s like to build a network. you’ve mastered the basic skills it takes to grow it to five hundred. Very few people are truly skilled at sales. Your job is to connect and invite. setting up an entire retail store in your living room. fully scalable business. or having to memorize long lists of product features and financial statistics. PTA group. coaching. and that’s the human connection part. and beyond. You absolutely do.

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and freedom. these people were really inspiring others to get out of their shells. I went to many meetings and events where I heard dozens of people speaking from the front of the room in their efforts to inspire others to find their own personal greatness. You might think that leadership skills would be included as part of Asset #1. go beyond their fears. Leadership is what builds great businesses.” or Asset #2. and so rare that it is genuinely an asset unto itself. I realized that this business was doing for these people exactly what my rich dad told me to do: It wasn’t simply teaching them the principles of business. But the truth is. Leadership is the force that makes it all come together. it was shaping them into leaders. As I listened to these individuals tell their stories of starting with nothing and eventually becoming wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. you could make a case for both.CHAPTER 14 Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills When I was first researching the world of network marketing. and go for their dreams.” That’s reasonable. “A Real-World Business Education. more time with family. All the other business skills are important ingredients. Leadership is the force that makes it all come together. While they seemed to be talking a lot about money. To do that required leadership skills on the part of the speaker. it’s developing the ability to speak directly to other people’s spirits. 71 . having the capacity to lead is a skill set so valuable. This is a quality that goes beyond words. It’s not a matter of memorizing and repeating the right words. This is genuine leadership. so powerful. Leadership is what builds great businesses. and deserves its own chapter. few people inspire enough trust and inspiration to cause others to follow those words and phrases. “A Profitable Path of Personal Development. The reason it takes leadership is that while many people repeat the same overused words and phrases about dreams.

Managers are not necessarily leaders. And yet we did it. Genuine leaders can move mountains. No one wants to follow them. but there is a vast difference between management skills and leadership skills. within the decade. In Vietnam. Gandhi. That’s leadership: the power to make things happen through the sheer force of the vision you share. I found that great. They were all great leaders. and leaders are not necessarily managers. yet when they spoke. 72 . When he told the nation in May 1961 that we were going to put a man on the moon within the decade. The world is full of lonely people who cannot seem to find the man or woman of their dreams. A business that has forgotten how to tell its own story is soon out of business. even if it has tons of inventory. brave leaders were often quiet. his leadership was so compelling and so powerful that his vision persisted after his death. it is often because the leader of that business cannot communicate the company’s vision—he or she cannot tell the story. When I find a business that is struggling financially. which means they were great storytellers. Kennedy was one of the greatest speakers I have ever heard. It was beyond ambitious. what did we do? We put a man on the moon in 1969—sure enough. The leadership skills you need to develop for the B quadrant are very different from the management skills most often required for the E and S quadrants. our scientists really didn’t have a clue how we could possibly accomplish such a thing. are not inspired by them. and John F. In the heat of battle. I meet many people in the S quadrant. despite the nation being rocked by riots and division and the presidential mantle passing from JFK’s vice president to his former rival Richard Nixon in 1968. the specialists or small-business owners. Money does not go to the business with the best products or service. Buddha. Look at Jesus Christ. with three-quarters of the decade left to go.C HAPTER 14: Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills Speaking Directly to Spirit I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. Despite his assassination. They may be smart. it was outrageous. for one reason: They lack leadership skills. Money flows to the business with the best leaders. too. Mother Teresa. who would like to expand their businesses but cannot. Don’t get me wrong: Management skills are important. All great leaders have been master storytellers who were able to communicate the vision in such a vivid way that others saw it. Money flows to the business with the best leaders. but they are poor communicators. I have met many middle managers who fail to climb the corporate ladder because they cannot communicate with others. I discovered that great leaders were not tough people who yelled and screamed or were physically abusive. despite the catastrophe of Vietnam. simply because they fail to communicate what a good person they are. Even though JFK was killed less than three years later. Muhammad. they spoke to our souls and our spirits. Money does not go to the business with the best products or service. Their employees do not trust them.

And the real beauty of a network marketing leadership program is not simply the fact that it develops leadership. You can have that chance through network marketing. They never have the opportunity. I often found myself nodding in agreement with their straight talk about what it takes to survive on the streets of the real world of business. As long as you want to learn. 73 . teaching others to fulfill their life’s dreams by teaching others to go for their dreams. not only from their businesses. I began to realize that a network marketing business is based on the leaders pulling people up. they were saying. “If you don’t perform. but also from their investments.The Business of the 21st Century Communication affects every aspect of life—and this is the No. Network marketing tends to develop the type of leader who influences others by being a great teacher. These instructors in the network marketing world were not saying. When I started attending network marketing business trainings. After the seminars. We’re on the same team. you lose your job. But you don’t need to join the Marines to have the chance for the leader within you to blossom. Yet. I got to meet highly successful. Network marketing leaders sometimes describe themselves as “highly paid storytellers. but these qualities are never brought out. Several made significantly more than many top CEOs in corporate America. My rich dad understood this. The world of business develops a type of leader who builds teams to beat the competition. and there’s a very simple reason for this: They are among the best storytellers. Sitting through many of the business seminars. The military develops a type of leader who inspires men and women to defend their country. Although they were rich and certainly did not have to be leading these events. 1 skill that network marketing teaches. they are among the most highly paid storytellers. they had a passion for teaching and helping their fellow human beings. teaching others to fulfill their life’s dreams by teaching others to go for their dreams.” In fact. One reason he encouraged me to go into the Marine Corps and then on to Vietnam was that it would develop my leadership skills. Many were great teachers because they were teaching from experience and not from theory. Network marketing tends to develop the type of leader who influences others by being a great teacher. “Let me help you do better and better.” Instead. there was something else to these instructors that impressed me even more. I’ll be here to teach you. while a traditional corporate or government business is based on promoting only a few and keeping the masses of employees content with a steady paycheck. I would often talk to the instructors. I was amazed at how much money they made. real-world business owners who had started their businesses from scratch. but the particular type of leadership it brings out.” A Very Special Type of Leader Many people have leadership qualities within them.

Nobody can tell you what to do. I had the smarts to fly a helicopter in Vietnam. And the leadership you develop in your network marketing business will show up in every other sphere of your life. So why does it work? What’s the engine that drives the machine? The answer comes in one word: leadership. The opportunity to develop the capacity to lead is a value uniquely intrinsic to network marketing. They teach you how to operate under extreme pressure. If that had not been strong. You will not find a single network marketing distributor who punches a time clock or has to show up for work. but I never would have made it back without the development of my spirituality. every sphere of life produces leaders. and spiritual—working in harmony helped me make it through my missions. That’s ridiculous. physical. Genuine leadership is extremely rare—except in network marketing. then you’re considered smart enough to run a company. physical. John: What is unique about network marketing is that it marries a broad compensation structure to a field of people made up of 100 percent of volunteers. The Four Elements of Leadership Traditional schools train you to be a good employee. As independent representatives. Sure. but also on your emotional. From the military to government to corporate life. and I would very likely have frozen up (physical) at the controls of the gunship. no one can give you orders. you could learn leadership in any other field. They focus on one thing only: your mental ability. but not very many. and spiritual abilities. emotional. If you can solve equations and do well on tests. then fear (emotion) would have set in. no one is hired or fired—everyone is there voluntarily. Military schools prepare you to be a great leader by focusing not only on your mind. Having these four elements—mental.C HAPTER 14: Asset #6: Incomparable Leadership Skills Instead of beating the enemy or beating the competition. because emotional physical these are exactly the same four spiritual 74 . The reason I am a successful entrepreneur today is because of the training I received in the Marines. mental This also armed me with the knowledge and understanding it took to be a good leader in the business world. most network marketing leaders simply inspire and teach others to find the financial bounty this world offers without harm to others. John has an interesting perspective on why this is so.

Here’s another thing military schools teach you: Being on the front lines means not caring about whether or not you are liked. then you will fail. it’s going to happen—there’s no way around it. spirit. monitor the behavior of your staff. and take corrective action when necessary. And if you are not able to help develop these four elements in your employees. and what you will and will not tolerate. Mind. It’s as simple as that.The Business of the 21st Century elements of leadership required to be successful in business. then you will fail. Of course. and in so doing help them to become effective leaders. Yes. emotions: If you cannot control these four aspects of yourself. Sometimes you’re going to tick people off. we all want to be liked—but to be a great leader. you have to set boundaries. body. But here is what’s also going to happen: You are going to create the best team possible. one that understands what you expect. 75 .

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1826—fifty years to the day from the signing of the Declaration of Independence that they had co-authored with Benjamin Franklin. They were temperamental opposites. But in their later years they reconciled. they had no concept of wealth. Jefferson had money and property. our second and third presidents refused to speak with one another. Wealth is measured in time.000 in debt.000—and Jefferson’s estate was about $100. 77 . For years. even huge ones. and their lengthy correspondence is one of the great treasures of American literature. Wealth is not measured by the size of income. There is one more curious fact about these two men: their relationship to wealth. Adams never had much money. but though he lived simply. and lived his long life without ever having much in the way of wealth. on the day of their death. diametrically opposed on many issues. although their friendship was not without differences. Jefferson was the classic Virginia aristocratic landowner. Wealth is not the same thing as money. possessing an estate encompassing thousands of acres. he had a firm grasp on how to build wealth. on July 4. And yet. Why does the typical million-dollar lottery winner end up broke within three years after earning his or her millions? Because while they had a sudden windfall of money. One of the central reasons I’m writing this book is to make sure you grasp the crucial difference between money and wealth. two of the three creators of the Declaration of Independence.CHAPTER 15 Asset #7: A Mechanism for Genuine Wealth Creation Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They died on the very same day. Adams was worth about $100. were great lifelong friends. and at one point they became bitter political arch-rivals. Adams was a Massachusetts barrister from a fairly poor farm family. but it slipped through his fingers.

starting with nothing and retiring financially free— without a single share of stock or mutual funds. If all I have to my name is $1. A business is like a child: It takes time to grow. Actually. Wealth is the ability to survive so many number of days forward. It goes like this: 1) Build a business 2) Reinvest in your business 3) Invest in real estate 4) Let your assets buy luxuries Let’s look at how this sequence works. the tax laws of the United States are very favorable to people who earn their income in the B quadrant and punish people who earn their money in the E quadrant. without government assistance.000 in savings and checking combined. and without any trading of stocks or any mutual funds. “If I stop working today. getting a business off the ground typically takes about five years. One of the most profound values of a network marketing business—and it is one that the great majority of people who look at this business do not quite grasp—is that it is an engine of personal wealth creation. Why no trading of stocks or mutual funds? Because we believed they were very risky investments. 78 . let’s deepen that definition. Kim and I used a simple four-step plan to retire young and rich. 1) Build a Business Building a business allows you to generate a lot of money. and my living expenses are $100 a day. One reason the rich get richer is that the rich work for a different kind of money. There is a vast difference between the two. Wealth is measured in time. mutual funds are some of the riskiest of all investments. Ask yourself. Wealth is measured by the richness of your life experience today plus the number of days into the future that you have the capacity to continue living at that level of experience. how long could I survive financially?” Your answer is equal to your wealth at this moment. They don’t work to generate income—they work to build wealth.C HAPTER 15: Asset #7: A Mechanism for Genuine Wealth Creation Wealth is not the same thing as money. from 1985 to 1994. My Simple Four-Step Path to Financial Freedom Kim and I were able to retire early in life without jobs. then my wealth equals ten days. While it can take less time. Wealth is not measured by the size of income. Furthermore. It took us nine years. In my opinion. and can certainly take more.

“But I don’t want to keep my day job—I hate working there! Isn’t that the whole point? I want to stop working as an employee!” The reason so many people fail to achieve great wealth in any business is simply that they fail to reinvest continually in the business. on travel to support your growing network in other cities. you don’t have these expenses: The network marketing company itself makes these types of investments for you. here’s the blunt truth: If you suck all the income out of your new business to burn on monthly living expenses. A lot of first-time network marketers make this mistake. Maybe you hate your job. breathing. or buying new distribution channels. Your goal is not to replace your job with your business—that’s just treating your business like your new job. then you’re not building a business. what does that look like in network marketing? John: A traditional business might reinvest by building a new warehouse. First. Instead. You’ll never build wealth that way. They do it for one reason and one reason only: They are still living. keep your day job. you’re just building yourself another job. The reason so many people fail to achieve great wealth in any business is simply that they fail to reinvest continually in the business. So. then? There are certainly places where you can invest some money wisely: on training and educating yourself. Why do people do this? It’s not because they’re idiots: I’ve seen very intelligent. and thinking in the E quadrant. on promotional and educational tools and resources to help nourish the business. well-informed people follow this pattern. 79 . you have to get your head out of the left-hand side of that diagram and start thinking B and I. A true business owner never stops investing and reinvesting to build the business. buy a bigger house.The Business of the 21st Century 2) Reinvest in Your Business The key to this process is that you don’t try to use your business as an income source to live on. go right to Step 2: Reinvest your new income in that business in order to grow it still further. developing new product lines. but don’t love the fact that they have to keep doing it forty. once your new business is making some money. they use that new income to expand their living expenses: buy a second car. and so forth. take expensive vacations. If you want to build wealth. But as a network marketer. Or you may be like a lot of professionals I’ve met who actually love what they do. spending money on national advertising. Whatever your reasons. fifty or sixty hours a week. As soon as they start seeing an income stream develop from their new business. Fair enough: You want to get out of the E quadrant and quit that job. How do you reinvest in your business.

you can’t. and investing takes financial education to lessen risk. until you have the extra cash. Don’t abuse your new business income by pouring it into bigger holes in the ground. But notice. or at a later time) for a higher price. Learning how to do this takes time. trading in stocks and mutual funds is risky. Wrong.5 percent to buy mutual funds or stocks. Treat it with the respect it deserves. it’s difficult not to make some mistakes—and mistakes in real estate (especially in property management) can be very expensive. though. That’s why this step comes after building a business and reinvesting in its continued growth: so you have the extra cash. Most people think that the point of real estate is to buy a property at one price and then sell it (either quickly. As with learning anything new. “Invest in real estate.” because many people completely misunderstand how real estate works as an asset. Invest it. profits made are taxed at the capital gain rate. There are many types of assets that can generate income.C HAPTER 15: Asset #7: A Mechanism for Genuine Wealth Creation For the most part. That’s just buying a cow and then selling it for steaks. experience. First. The idea here is to use your new supplemental money to build an income-generating asset. 80 . You’ll notice there are no mutual funds. Not. People often ask me. But let me explain what I mean when I say. bigger house. I did say “building your wealth. Unless you have the extra steady income and the tax advantages that come with a B quadrant business. Which means the better part of your networking income becomes available to you to feed the serious process of building your wealth. and start spending every last dollar from your new commission checks on a bigger car. and money. Try asking your banker for a thirty-year loan at 6.” not “squandering your wealth”! Don’t make the mistake I’ve seen people make. for two principal reasons. They’ll laugh you out of the bank. 3) Invest in Real Estate As your business income continues to grow. stock portfolios. “How can I buy real estate when I barely earn enough money to pay the rent?” Good question. but the one I recommend most often is real estate. real estate is either too risky or too slow. you begin using that supplemental income to buy real estate. after some hasty improvements. the purpose of buying real estate is to build an income-generating asset. the tax laws are written in favor of business owners who invest in real estate. Second. network marketing is a business whose major capital investment is not your money but your time and effort. or other paper assets in this plan. education. bigger lifestyle. That’s because even though they are the easiest assets to build (all you have to do is buy them). your banker loves to lend you money for real estate. The purpose of buying real estate is not to sell it. What you want to do is buy a cow and keep it forever so you can sell its milk. that is.

and that exists beyond what you “need. we just enjoy them. putting nothing down could be the most expensive investment of your life. 81 . you don’t like your job. When I say “luxury. Meanwhile. Today we live in a large home and have six luxury cars between us—but we didn’t buy that house or those cars. often the only real estate deals you can get are deals that people with real money have passed on. That’s right: For many people. you have to build those assets to the point where they can buy it for you. For that to happen. How do you get that luxury? The same as any other: You let your business and/or your real estate holdings buy it for you. we were using whatever extra cash we generated to build our business and invest in real estate. Kim and I continued to live in a small house with a monthly mortgage of about $400 and drove average cars. If you don’t have much money. The reason so many people try looking for “no money down” investments is that they have nothing to put down! Unless you are really experienced and have plenty of cash on hand to use when you need it. If you told them—“Hey. the best real estate deals are usually expensive. I mean something that you want and enjoy. you should just quit!”—what would they say? I’d love to—but I don’t have that luxury. 4) Let Your Assets Buy Luxuries For many years. Think of anyone you know who works for a living but does not love their job. once they’re sufficiently built to be able to do so. The truth is.The Business of the 21st Century The reason many people fail to become rich in real estate is that they don’t have the cash it takes. even long after we could have afforded to do more. You see how it works? You don’t use your income to buy yourself luxuries: You use your income to build your assets—your business and real estate investments—and then. simply not having their job is one of the very first luxuries they want. Which brings us to the matter of dreams.” I’ll give you an example. Our assets bought them.” I don’t necessarily mean something extravagant or ostentatious. you let them buy your luxuries.

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it makes all the difference. 83 . forbade his son and me from saying those words. That small shift in thinking. a good game of golf on a Sunday afternoon. One of the most refreshing things that happened to me when I started looking into network marketing was that I found myself dreaming even bigger dreams than I already had. perceptions. That kind of thing.” on the other hand. they encourage you to dream big. snuffs out your dreams like a wet towel on a candle flame. but well-meaning or not. I didn’t say “the importance of having dreams. without you adding your voice to the mix! Oh. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having such small dreams. Saying “I can’t afford that.CHAPTER 16 Asset #8: Big Dreams and the Capacity to Live Them One of the most valuable things about network marketing companies is that they stress the importance of going for your dreams. When you make a habit of asking yourself. that’s a small life. What’s more. “How can I afford that?” you train yourself to dream bigger and bigger dreams. however. and decisions of a lifetime. Notice. will take you to a place that is millions of miles away from where you would have landed without that shift. maybe a small time share. “We can’t afford it. Growing up. and not only to have those dreams but to believe that you can make them come true.” They don’t just want you to have dreams. perhaps. There are already plenty of other people in the world who try to smother your dreams. Traditional businesses are often not too keen on you having big dreams. they want you to live those dreams. their words are deadly. All I’m saying is. They operate better if you have modest dreams: a brief summer vacation. “How can I afford it?” As small as the difference between those statements may seem. and insisted instead that we ask ourselves. multiplied by the experiences. I often heard my parents use the phrase. a hobby you enjoy.” My rich dad. they don’t mean to.

their high-school football days. and we loved being in the house.” Everyone has dreams. What was important was who we became in the process. Do you know how many people have failed trying to do that?” “Don’t be silly. My rich dad taught me that there are five kinds of dreamers: achieving them. “People who dream small dreams. It is striving.” my rich dad told me. Let me tell you why it won’t work. their army days. learning. we would buy a big house. but the house itself was not important to us. and doing your best to develop your personal power to be able to afford the big house and who you become in the process that are important. but not everyone dreams in the same way. and I’ve noticed something interesting about the people who say them: They are almost always people who have already given up on their own dreams.” “That’s too risky. wouldn’t someone else have already done it?” “Oh.C HAPTER 16: Asset #8: Big Dreams and the Capacity to Live Them “You can’t do that.” These are dream-killing words. and doing your best to develop your personal power to be able to afford the big house and who you become in the process that are important. We did. we told each other that when we had made over $1 million. learning. It is striving. “continue to live lives as small people. Where do you come up with such ideas?” “If it’s such a good idea. They will regale you with stories of their college days. I tried that years ago. so end up with nothing bigger dreams! Those Who Dream in the Past These are the people who believe that their greatest achievements are behind them. and even being able to afford the house was not important to us. their life on the farm where they grew up. When Kim and I were broke. but try to engage 84 .

I dreamed of becoming a doctor. because that’s the only way they can feel confident they can achieve them. but I just never got around to doing it.” The lesson: Let dreaming turtles dream. My rich dad told me. where would you travel?” He replied. It’s time for a new adventure. And I enjoy being a doctor. Most aren’t going anywhere.The Business of the 21st Century them in a conversation about the future. and Then Live Bored A friend of mine once said to me. “Twenty years ago. Later in life. “Ahh. this was the “dream vacation” that he would rather dream about taking than actually wake up and take. but they are no longer truly alive—and the only way they can come back to life is to rekindle a dream. I will. Those Who Dream Only Small Dreams Some people limit themselves to dreaming only small dreams. I pointed that out. you’ll hear them say.” 85 . They may not be dead. I haven’t seen her in fourteen years. “They live like turtles. and that seems to be just fine with them. “There are a lot of people who work in professions they dreamed of in high school. So I became a doctor. “If you had all the money in the world. while they know they could achieve their small dreams. The problem is. Something is missing. they might lunge out and bite you.” I once asked a man I had met. If you knock on the shell and peek in. “I would fly to California to visit my sister. Those Who Achieve a Dream. the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket. “You know. they’ve been out of high school for years. I should have done that years ago. and they’ll probably just shake their heads and say. “Oh.” he said. they often never do. I’m just too busy right now. that trip would have cost him about $500. That would be my dream vacation. “tucked away in their own quiet.” A person who dreams in the past is a person whose life is over.” At the time. Why not? Who knows? Perhaps it’s because they know that if they did achieve them.” Boredom usually is a sign that it’s time for a new dream. The ironic thing is that. they would have nothing left to live for—unless they then challenged themselves to come up with larger dreams. but now I’m bored with life. My rich dad told me that these dreamers are often the most dangerous. padded room. and I would love to see her.” In other words. In other words. they would rather live small than face the risks and thrill of living large. He told me. and asked why he had not yet taken the trip. especially before her children get any older.

“I’m going to work harder. begin by changing the size of your dream. rich in ambition. at least. So They End Up with Nothing I think we all know someone in this category. These people say.” Those Who Dream Big. Let me tell you about my new plan. In his conclusion to Walden. No matter how broke you might be. and invest. but they try to do it on their own. and it is looking for someone with my qualifications. Wouldn’t you? My rich dad said it this way: “Big people have big dreams and small people have small dreams. When you start building your network marketing business. the only way you will become poor is by giving up on your dreams. “I’ve just had a major breakthrough. or only on Sunday afternoons. and Go On to Dream Even Bigger Dreams! I think that most of us would like to be this kind of person. “I just heard of a new company coming to town.” Or. and it costs not one cent more to dream huge. flat-out broke. albeit in small ways at first. But very few people achieve their dreams on their own. rich in courage. Poor is different. and then find a team that will help them make their dreams come true.C HAPTER 16: Asset #8: Big Dreams and the Capacity to Live Them Those Who Dream Big Dreams. The unique thing about the network marketing lifestyle is that you don’t frame your dreams as something you reach only after forty years.” Or.” My rich dad said. he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. I’ve been broke—totally. But broke is a temporary condition.” Or. his meditation on the self-determined life. Achieve Those Dreams. from being enslaved to being free. You can be broke and still be rich in spirit.” Or. pay off my bills. by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams. I couldn’t have said it better myself. But with No Plan on How to Go About Achieving Them. you start living your dreams. and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined. Thoreau wrote: I learned this. Poor is a state of mind. living in my car with my bride. It is a shift in mindset. These people should keep dreaming big. rich in determination. from Day One. I know what it’s like. I know I would. If you want to change who you are. It costs nothing to dream big. “People like this often try to achieve a lot. “This time things will be different. from being at the mercy of circumstance to being at the helm of your life. make a plan. “I’m turning over a new leaf. This could be my big break. from “I can’t” to “I can”. 86 . or only for a few weeks out of the calendar.” As you know.

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A Business Where Women Excel
by Kim Kiyosaki

By now, you’ve heard me refer to my wife, Kim, quite a few times; you’ve read about how we met and how I pursued her, about our early struggles, our goals and our strategies, and how our life together has turned out. Before closing this part of the book, I thought it was high time you had the chance to hear from Kim directly. —R.K. Robert has told you quite a bit about network marketing and the many ways it can create great value for you. I want to tell you about one more: It is a powerful business for women. When you look at the basic statistical profile of the network marketing community, one of the first things you notice is also one of the most remarkable: It is populated by more than four times as many women as men. You heard me right. According to the Direct Selling Association, of the fifteen million people in the United States who are in network marketing, about 88 percent are female. And while they do not provide a breakdown by gender of the more than sixty-two million people in the business worldwide, the proportions on a global scale are probably close to the same as in the States.

The supporting, coaching, nurturing relationship of a network marketing sponsor to her growing network of apprentice networkers is the kind of relationship and interaction in which women excel.
Why? Historically, one reason is that many households have started their network marketing businesses as part-time ventures, and for families where the man

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is the primary breadwinner, that has often meant it was the woman who engaged in the part-time, stay-at-home business. A parallel factor is the fact that it is a home-based business, which means that building a network marketing business is uniquely compatible with the demands of raising a family. But I think it goes beyond these practical and historical circumstances. Network marketing is, at its core, a relationship business. As Robert has explained, it’s not a business that revolves around making sales; it is a business that revolves around making connections. It’s about establishing relationships, coaching and training, and teaching and mentoring. The actual day-to-day work of building a network is less like carving out a sales territory than it is like building a community. And the supporting, coaching, nurturing relationship of a network marketing sponsor to her growing network of apprentice networkers is the kind of relationship and interaction in which women excel. Of course, none of this means that men can’t be successful in network marketing, too. There are millions of men who are proving that every day. But the bottom line of the business is simply this: It is a business model where women excel.

What Women Need

And it’s a good thing, too, because today’s women really need to learn how to build their own wealth. A young journalist approached me a few years ago and said, with obvious passion, “We have to make women aware that they have to take charge of their money. They cannot depend on someone else to do that for them!” As we talked together, I soon learned where her passion was coming from. It turned out her 54-year-old mother had recently moved in with her after going through a divorce that had left her with basically nothing. She was now supporting her mother as well as herself. That was enough of a wake-up call in itself, but what had really shaken her up was when she took a close look at her finances to see what resources she had to support the two of them. She realized that if her steady paycheck were for any reason to stop suddenly, the only thing she had to fall back on was about $7,000 in savings. For a household of two, $7,000 wouldn’t go very far. She and her mom were both a few thin paychecks away from poverty and even homelessness. No wonder she was passionate about the subject of women taking control of their finances! Fortunately for me, I am not in this young woman’s position. Robert and I are financially set for the rest of our lives, regardless of what the economy does. But even though I don’t have that sword hanging over my head, I am just as passionately driven as this young woman was on the subject of women creating their own financial independence. The “how-to’s” of network marketing are no different for women as they are for men. However, the driving reasons why women build their network marketing businesses are often very different from those of their male counterparts.
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We know that we lead very different lives than our mothers did, but you may be surprised at just how different. Here are six reasons why women need to get into this game called wealth-building.

1) The Statistics

The statistics about women and money are startling. The following are U.S. statistics, yet for other countries throughout the world, the statistics are very similar or are trending in the same direction. In the United States: financially responsible for themselves. caretaker for the home, a woman is away from the work force an average of 14.7 years, as compared to 1.6 years for men. Add this fact to the lower salaries women still receive, and you have retirement benefits that are only about one-quarter those of men. (National Center for Women and Retirement Research—NCWRR)
(Ann Letteeresee, June 12, 2000), which means they must provide for those extra years. However, married women who are baby boomers can expect to outlive their husbands by fifteen to twenty years, on average. (Morningstar Fund Investor)

What do these statistics tell us? That more and more women are not educated or prepared to take care of themselves financially, especially as they grow older. We’ve spent our entire lives taking care of our families, but have no ability to care for ourselves in this vital way.

2) Avoiding Dependency

You don’t get into a marriage expecting a divorce. You don’t begin a new job expecting to be laid off. But it happens, and today with more and more frequency. Women, if you are depending on a husband, a boss, or anyone else for your financial future, think twice. They may simply not be there. Too often, we may not even realize just how dependent we are until we’re faced with our own personal wake-up call.

3) No Glass Ceiling

Along with all the challenges facing the corporate employee in this post-2008 world, women still face one additional, huge obstacle: the infamous “glass ceiling.”
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Yes, it’s true, even today: Because of our gender, women can move only so far up the corporate ladder. And for women 50 or older, trying to re-enter the world of corporate employment? You don’t even want to know. In the world of network marketing, the very idea of a glass ceiling for women is ludicrous. Your network marketing company doesn’t care if you’re female or male, black or white, a college grad or a high-school dropout. It only cares about how diligently and effectively you build your network—and as I pointed out, there are four times as many women as there are men doing exactly that. The key is your skills, education, and experience. There are no limits and no ceilings, glass or otherwise, for women in the world of network marketing.

4) No Limits on Income

Because of the glass ceiling and the still-present wage inequality between men and women in the job market, a woman is often limited in the amount of income she can make. Studies show that women with the same education and experience as their male counterparts earn about seventy-four cents for every dollar their male peers earn. But a network marketing business is fully scalable. Regardless of gender, in network marketing, the size of the income stream you can generate by building your network is without limit.

5) Increased Self-Esteem

Personally, I think this is one of the greatest benefits and rewards to a network marketing business—and it is one of the strongest reasons women become involved in the business. It’s not unusual for a woman’s self-esteem to be linked to her ability to provide for herself. Being dependent on anyone for your financial life can lead to a reduced sense of self-worth. You may do things you otherwise would not do if money were no issue. I’ve seen women’s self-esteem soar once they know how to make it on their own financially. And when a woman’s self-esteem rises, the relationships around her tend to improve. Higher self-esteem leads to greater success, which ultimately leads to the greatest gift of all—freedom.

6) Control of Your Time

When it comes to devoting energy to building genuine wealth, one major impediment women often have far more than men is the simple matter of time. This is especially true for mothers who spend many hours taking care of children. I hear from many women, “After I come home from work, I have to get dinner ready, help my kids with their homework, and clean up the dishes. By the time everyone’s in bed and I have a free moment to myself, I’m exhausted!” As a network marketer, you are in control of your time. This business is something you can do part time or full time. It is something you can do from your home, on the phone and computer, in the evenings, weekends, anytime, anywhere. It is a business
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that can travel with you, that you can keep in your pocket, and that you can engage in half-hour increments, if that’s what your schedule and circumstances dictate.

Wealth-Building Is a Necessity

These six reasons support why women so strongly need to learn how to build their own wealth. The statistics prove how much times have changed for women and point out that our need for real-life financial education is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Depending on someone else for your financial future is like rolling the dice. The reward may be there in the end, but the risk is steep. Glass ceilings and limits to income are what so many women have been fighting against for ages. Both disappear in the world of network marketing. And then two of the greatest gifts of all—a higher sense of self-worth and time to spend exactly as you want—can be yours. However, out of all these reasons I’ve just listed, I have no way of knowing which speaks the most to you. You are not the “average woman”; you are you. And the single most compelling reason for building your network marketing business is one that only you can determine.

Create Your Wealth ... and Have Fun Doing It

Regardless of what that compelling reason is, you have to remember one more thing when starting a network marketing business, and that is to have fun. Yes, it’s great to think that you can earn an extra $100, $1,000, or even $10,000 a month, and that you can avoid dependency and have control of your time, but if you are not having fun, it can quickly lead to that same rut many find themselves in out in the corporate world. Simply put, you have to be passionate about what you do; the lack of it will reflect in your bank account. That’s why I think party plan businesses—a type of network marketing business that revolves around in-home parties—are ideal for so many woman looking to start their own businesses. Party plan businesses are the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends in the comfort of your own home even while you are creating a social network that will allow you to build wealth—and have fun doing it. An interesting fact about the party planning sector is that during turbulent economic times, it continues to fare well. In fact, this is one reason the network marketing industry as a whole is such a force to be reckoned with. Companies such as Vorwerk (JAFRA Cosmetics), Mary Kay, Tupperware, Scentsy, Partylite, Stampin’ Up, Jewels by Park Lane, the Longaberger Company, and Southern Living at Home are among sixty-four direct selling companies with an annual global wholesale revenue of $100 million or more. According to a September 2009 Direct Selling News report, Tastefully Simple, a party plan company offering specialty food items, saw sales rise by 5 percent in 2008, despite the recession. Another, Pampered Chef (which was purchased by billionaire
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about ten years.. Finally we decided we had to do something.” Within a month. too—about spirituality. to not having other people tell us what to do. and then use that income to build wealth that will take care of you for the rest of your life? Because if you don’t identify what that is. Early in our marriage.C HAPTER 17: A Business Where Women Excel Warren Buffett in 2002) saw a 5 percent increase in recruiting during that same time period. working women looking to supplement their paychecks. Robert asked me what I wanted to do with my life. the stress of having no income was enormous. At times. There was no paycheck 92 . “Here’s the key to making your business successful: You have to look at your life. “I can help you with that. What’s the message here? Party plan companies offer a low-risk. and it should be personal. I went to a friend who had a clothing line and asked her to let me market her clothes. whether it’s five thousand dollars or one million dollars. people began taking a closer look at their lives and asking some harder questions. highly rewarding opportunity for any woman looking to take charge of her financial future. Robert and I were both passionately committed to being in business for ourselves. By the ’90s. and to being in control of our own financial destinies. We had all sorts of friends who were telling us we were crazy. Robert began teaching some courses. “Whoa. He said. we had a business going together.. it’s just not going to happen. Numbers are abstract. but that was what we absolutely did not want to do. and ask yourself. Know What’s Important On our very first date. I went to hair salons and set up little mini-boutiques. I told him I wanted to run my own business someday. I tell them. I recommend it for stay-at-home moms looking to join the ranks of new entrepreneurs. And it took years—really. That was so important to us that we were willing to put up with just about any hardship to make it happen. But it was really after 9/11 that people started saying. that we should just go get regular jobs with regular paychecks. Freedom is different for everyone. It’s personal. college students hoping to earn a few extra dollars—any woman who wants to give herself the opportunity to create wealth . success is different for everyone. Why am I running around like a hamster on a wheel? What am I doing with my life? Where is it all going?” I hear women all the time say they are too busy to get involved in a part-time home-based business. ‘What is it that is so meaningful to me that I have to have it in my life?’ ” What is important enough to you that you’ll make the time and devote the effort to building a business that generates its own income. it doesn’t really mean anything until you give it the meaning it has in your own life. and asking me about my life’s purpose. wait a minute. But he also started talking to me about larger things. This was in the 1980s. and have fun doing it. when people were workaholics and proud of it. really look at it.

And the only way you are going to do that is if you know what is really. no guarantees. doing something. I learned that this is the essence of being an entrepreneur: You have to go out there and make things happen. I really made very little in commissions. only sales commissions—and in truth. But it got me out there. and you realize that the only way you are going to have that is to create it yourself.The Business of the 21st Century in it. truly important to you. 93 .

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too. 97 . Congratulations! Now you face a choice. And again. some of which I still consume or use today. But it should be an informed. by simply signing up with the first opportunity to come along. Yet I do not recommend looking into a network marketing business primarily for the money. While I heard plenty of exaggeration and outright hype. Profound product benefits were probably the No. it may well be that the first company you hear about is a great company. So how do you choose? On what criteria do you base your decision? “Our company has the best compensation plan—you can make great money here!” When I was investigating different network marketing companies. Which one are you going to join? And how do you choose? Newcomers to network marketing often make this choice by default. There are several thousand network marketing companies in operation. In fact. I don’t doubt its massive earning potential. “We have the best. Now. the product is not the most important consideration. I also found truly great products. and a wise choice for you. I often heard this comment. money being No.CHAPTER 18 Choose Wisely So you’ve decided to do start your own network marketing business. I didn’t doubt it. educated choice that you make with care. Yet products are also not the most important benefit. Let me repeat that: When choosing a company to work with. This is your future we’re talking about. most premium-quality products—products that have changed people’s lives!” I heard this a lot. 2 reason for joining that people gave me. 1. Because I have met people who really do make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from their network marketing business. exceptionally highquality products tend to be one of the hallmarks of network marketing. The people anxious to show me their business opportunity would tell me stories of people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from their business.

That’s the most important thing about the network marketing company you affiliate with: It really is your business school. and to grow. determination. As in anything. When you find a company like that. take some time to actually meet the people who do the educating and training. with leaders above you who are willing to train you and help you become the businessperson you can be. there are the good. If you like what you hear from the initial presentation. the bad.C HAPTER 18: Choose Wisely I stress this because most people assume that the product is the most important thing. But the better companies out there will be totally dedicated to your business education. and the business you are in is network-building. It is open to anyone who has drive. Is this true of every single network marketing company out there? No. “Is this company going to help me learn how to become a master network-builder?” The No. what race or sex you are. and don’t really care about teaching you anything. If you run into one of those companies. and the ugly—and there are also the truly great. Is the quality of the product line critical? Of course. you’re not taking a job as a salesperson. how goodlooking you are. Is the compensation plan important? Sure. and perseverance. Most network marketing companies care primarily about how much you are willing to learn. They are committed to the long haul and place a priority on developing your skills and your abilities. Remember. A network marketing system is set up to make it possible for anyone to share in the wealth. what I really look at is how dedicated the company is to developing you as a strong B quadrant individual—a genuine wealth-building businessperson. It’s not. 98 . Not all network marketing companies really support education. and whether you have the guts to stick it out through thick and thin while you learn to be a business owner. how popular you are. the question foremost in your mind needs to be. It does not care what your family name is or what college you went to (or if you went to one at all). They just want you to bring your friends and family into the fold. or even how smart you are. I would be leery about getting involved: They won’t contribute to your growth and may not be around long. you’re going into business for yourself. how much money you make today. But far more than those things. 1 reason I recommend network marketing is for its system of real-world business education and personal development. And when you start looking around at different companies. that’s a company to stay with. to change. There are some that are just about hustle: They just want you to go sell for them.

look beyond the promotional videos and Web sites. And look carefully.” This is just not true. pay plan. their track records. and hearing about how much money people are making. some of the best real-life business training I’ve seen anywhere. because many network marketing companies say they have great educational plans. What are their backgrounds. there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. 99 .The Business of the 21st Century Invest the time to look past the compensation and products and really peer into the heart of the company: Is it truly interested in training and educating you? This takes more time than just listening to a thirty-minute sales pitch. Look at the principals. In fact. or promotion to judge the strength of the company. a regular part of its educational and training programs? line that you can be passionate about? Who’s Running the Ship? Inexperienced people. But no company is perfect. But if you have the wrong people at the helm. John: One thing I’d like to address here is the myth that eager promoters sometimes spread: that in order to make “the big money. but not all do. If you have the right people running the ship. there’s no problem they can’t fix. clicking through a colorful Web site. and events. if you have great people running the company. their character? Whether or not you get to know them personally or ever work with them directly. Problems always happen. the only training they had was a recommended book list. So take your time and look carefully. educational seminars. I skip over all that and look directly at the principals—the people at the helm. In some companies I looked into. and then they focused on training you to recruit your friends and family into the business. often look at a company’s products. they’ll fix it. who approach a new business with an E quadrant or S quadrant perspective. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about a network marketing company. they are the partners you’re getting into business with. To find out how good a company’s education really is may require you to get off your couch and look into its training. because there are quite a few network marketing companies that do have excellent educational and training plans—in fact. You can’t judge a book by its cover.” you have to “get in on the ground floor. their experience. then when problems happen. take some time to actually meet the people who do the educating and training. then whatever goes wrong. It’s not that the product and pay plan and everything else aren’t important. If you like what you hear from the initial presentation.

It’s true that there is something exciting and invigorating about being part of something that is still young and in its fresh beginnings. Does the Company Offer a Proven Plan of Action? John: The most lucrative and viable network marketing opportunities will not expect you to reinvent the wheel. and print materials have become standard fare for the typical network marketer’s toolbox. they will have a training guide with suggested daily or weekly activities. I would exercise due caution about committing yourself to a company that has barely opened its doors. even here. viable. Don’t be fooled by people telling you that the trick to getting rich is being with a brand-new company. The point here is. there are exceptions. Yet. do your due diligence: Find out what it is you’re looking at and who you’re getting into business with. excellent network marketing companies that are 3 years old. 100 . Why would you want to risk your hard work.” There is no magic formula. you may find a new company that is just starting out. For example. and there are those that are 30 years old. Does the Company Embrace Both Business Skills and Personal Development as a Regular Part of Its Educational and Training Programs? I’ve made it pretty clear that I hold the training and education you get as the No. Instead. even more than the income stream you’re building. they will offer plans of action to help you create the success you’re after. What you want is a company that knows what it’s doing and gives you clear signs that it’s going to be there for the long haul. Some companies will offer business owners a personalized Web site to help educate prospects or share products and opportunities. yet has such strong corporate credentials that it merits serious consideration. or a 5-year-old company. For decades. 1 value in your network marketing experience. or a 35-year-old company. professional presentation tools such as CDs. DVDs. First-class. and energy by investing all that in a company that doesn’t yet have a track record? John: There are strong. it’s plain stupid! The majority of business startups fail within their first year or two. time. and that includes startup network marketing corporations. But there is also a lot of power and credibility that comes with being affiliated with a company that has been in business for decades. Make sure your company places a high value on regular training. There is no “trick. podcasts. So make sure it’s there. both in business skills and also in character development and personal growth.C HAPTER 18: Choose Wisely Robert: Not only is it not true.

DVDs. Instead of putting their advertising budgets into expensive mass media. You don’t often see billboards or TV ads for these products. You have a whole hierarchy of people—from the person who actually enrolls you directly into the business (often termed your “sponsor”) through their sponsor and all the way up the chain of sponsorship (your “upline”). something that no other medium can fully replace. and/or monthly events. all the way to the corporate officers themselves—and they all have a vested interested in seeing you grow. In the 21st century. and Highly Marketable Product Line That You Can Be Passionate About? Even if it isn’t consideration No. books. In the old days. Why? For their educational. and personal-development value. it’s not just the network marketing corporation itself who will be involved in your training and education. John: The lifeblood of a growing network is word-of-mouth—individual people telling other people about their product or service and the opportunity they have become a part of. it was books and audiotapes. Even in the Internet age. where even your best friend may climb over you to get to the next rung on the ladder. These days. it’s CDs. learn. 1. Why? Because of one word: buzz. The people who profit from your growth want you to grow! Does the Company Have a Strong. 101 . One of the beauties of the network marketing system is that it is set up to be the exact opposite of the dog-eat-dog corporate environment. podcasts. But you’ll still find that the better companies put a strong focus on their annual. Why not? Because they use a completely different promotional model. that kind of cutthroat competition doesn’t happen. semiannual. and webinars—and yes. too. the company’s product offering is critically important. Network marketing companies typically don’t do a lot of mass-media advertising. And by the way. they put their advertising budget into people like you. the day-to-day business of building a network is typically conducted over the phone and the Internet as much as it is face to face. and succeed.The Business of the 21st Century the leaders in this industry have known that it pays to provide their people a steady diet of great inspirational and educational material. live teleconferences. High-Quality. Books never go out of style! John: And live events. quarterly. simply because your sponsor’s and upline’s success depends on your success. In network marketing. there is something powerful about being physically present at a live event. training.

I’m talking about genuine qualities and attributes. There is room for thousands of best products and services. To some extent. those that provide the user especially powerful benefits. it’s important to remember there is no one “best” product. those that have an intriguing ingredient or unique history. Some people have a strong affinity for skincare products. and will you use it personally? Does it have a great story to tell? When you are genuinely passionate about the product you’re sharing with others. choosing a great product is a highly subjective thing.C HAPTER 18: Choose Wisely Because of that. the products and services that typically do really well in the network marketing model are those that people get excited about. or those that are the first of their kind—products or services that tell a unique story. or nutrition. those that have a great story to them. too. 102 . don’t get me wrong: I’m not talking about hype. say. Your product has to be the real deal. they’ll be more likely to become excited about it. or technology. Is there a strong market for the product? Is it something that will appeal to vast numbers of people? Is it priced competitively? Do you believe in the product’s value. In a word: buzz. That said. Now.

In fact. It’s a symphony of simplicity crafted by hundreds of thousands of hands. Network marketing does for a B quadrant business model what Henry Ford did for the automobile industry: It reduces the process to component parts that can be mass-produced. Why? Because “great salesman” types cannot duplicate themselves. 103 . It’s to lead. You Don’t Have to Be “Great at Sales” Again. building the network is the point. and it isn’t even to teach a lot of people to sell a lot of product. let’s look at what it doesn’t take. Your job is not to sell a lot of product.CHAPTER 19 What It Takes So what does it take to build your own successful network marketing business? First. John: Remember. John: Exactly. You Don’t Need an MBA or High-Powered Business Background Remember the word duplicable. John: A successful network marketing business is not a handcrafted masterpiece made by one skilled pair of hands. holding onto that idea will hurt you in network marketing. one of the biggest misconceptions that people who are not actually in network marketing often have about the business is that you need to be a “born salesman” to be successful here. Robert: Making the sale is not the point. teambuilding. this is not principally a sales business. Nothing could be further from the truth. but a teaching. train. It is first and foremost to build a network. and leadership business. and build people. The strategies that work best in networking are those that duplicate best.

and persistence. Now let’s look at what it does take. The great majority of network marketers build their businesses part-time. The 2008 National Salesforce Survey conducted by the Direct Selling Association showed that only about one in eight network marketers worked twenty hours or more per week on their business.” says my friend Donald Trump. great success is hard to come by. For one thing. So. you’ll have tough times if you aren’t passionate about what you’re doing. “You have to love what you do. You Don’t Need to Quit Your Job! You Don’t Need to Be Rich or Take out a Second Mortgage on Your Home Most network marketing businesses require less than $500 in actual out-ofpocket startup costs. Web sites. as well as ongoing business-development and personal-development materials. The major investment in most selfowned businesses is investment of oneself. just because the capital investment is low does not mean it’s nonexistent. As an entrepreneur. you don’t need a big cash stake to start. John: And not only for financial reasons. Typically.” Those are a few of the things it doesn’t take to build a successful network marketing business. no. You Don’t Need to Be a Genius at Negotiation or a Whiz at Numbers You do need a burning desire and determination fueled by a strong dose of passion. 104 . and you need to run it like a business. It’s going to take time to build your network. building your own business is not like starting a new job.). And that means you will have monthly operating costs. but you do need to budget some reasonable monthly expenditures. such as those mentioned above (CDs. “Without passion. many new networkers find that once they get their businesses going. it’s vastly preferable not to quit your job when you’re starting out. But you don’t need a pile of cash to start.C HAPTER 19: What It Takes In fact. in the form of time. and the cost of contact and presentation tools. focus. Give it time. your monthly budget will be very modest: a monthly supply of the product sampling. DVDs. Make no mistake about it: What you save in cash capital you will make up for in sweat equity and passion. This is a business. Even if you could afford to quit your job. where you start earning a paycheck the moment you show up for work. John: Still. etc. being connected to their co-workers can serve as a source for prospective partners or referrals to prospective partners.

Get clear on what actions you’ll need to take to make this business successful. and I love solving business problems. I had a small piece of paper from a Chinese fortune cookie taped to the base of an office phone at our surfer wallet company that read: You can always quit. You need to ask yourself. Get clear on a realistic time frame. one that I am still involved in. Why start now? There were many phone calls that I had to handle that provided me with more than enough reasons to quit.” Donald is absolutely right. I love business. and that means focus and perseverance. In the book I wrote with Donald Trump. “Do I have what it takes? Am I willing to go beyond my comfort zone? Am I willing to be led as well as to learn to lead? Is there a rich person inside of me. and resources. skills. I say that I didn’t want anybody to tell me what to do. 105 . It Takes the Right Attitude For me. in terms of time put in each week. as well as money. Having a vision for what you would like to accomplish is essential. Why We Want You to Be Rich. I believe I will be an entrepreneur-in-training till the end. I would glance at the words of wisdom from the fortune cookie and say to myself. when people ask what was the No. everybody would be rich. it was my glow in the dark. I won’t quit today. My rich dad used to say if getting rich were easy. Yet. I wanted my freedom so badly. even in the darkest of hours. Get clear on what it will take. One thought has kept me going. That’s why. I wanted financial freedom. after hanging up the phone. tomorrow never came. I’ll quit tomorrow. becoming an entrepreneur is an ongoing process. I do not recommend network marketing to people who are not highly self-motivated. “As much as I want to quit. And that’s what network marketing offers. Donald wrote: “Network marketing requires an entrepreneurial spirit. John: I would also add this: Make sure you are clear on where you are and what you would like to accomplish in your life. although the process has been tough for me at times. get clear on your expectations. 1 thing that allowed me to become rich. Then. So.” The good thing is. ready to come out?” If the answer is “Yes. it has been worth it.The Business of the 21st Century It Takes Being Honest with Yourself Building a B quadrant business is not an easy task. I didn’t want job security. It is a process that brings me the kind of life I want.” then start looking for a network marketing business that has a great training program.

Network marketing is the perfect vehicle for people who want to enter the world of the B quadrant. It Takes Real Growth A network marketing business can be a B quadrant business. 10. a time of laying your foundation. While your income potential in the E and S quadrants is typically limited to how much you as an individual can produce. In fact. But this means that the interval from when you join your company up to the point that you reach that 500-plus scale of business is a formative period. you have a true B quadrant business that is generating passive income. what you have definitely fits the definition of a big. and it is not unusual to see network organizations of hundreds of thousands. you can earn as much as your network generates. That means. When you build a network of 500 or more independent representatives. That’s up to you. then a network marketing business is not for you. Keep it in perspective. business. simply joining a network marketing company does not make your new venture a B quadrant business—not until it’s truly large. it is people in the E and S quadrants who are most often sucked into the get-rich-quick schemes and scams of life. it is an income-generating asset. It’s common for an individual’s network organization to grow to several thousand or even tens of thousands. And a network marketing business system is designed to expand to well over 500 people. It is not only a viable network. those 500 are usually described as “employees. But when you have just 5. your new business is still very much in the formative period. 106 . once you build a very large network.C HAPTER 19: What It Takes If you like somebody telling you how much you can make and when you should arrive and leave work. Again. Newcomers to the networking business often make the mistake of treating their fledgling network’s income as “free money”—readily disposable income from Day One. However. Keep your eye on the real goal: wealth-building. 50.” but the point is the numbers involved. John: The technical definition of a “big business” is one that encompasses 500 or more people. Once your network grows beyond 500 people and is getting into the thousands. in a network marketing business. or even 100 or 200 people in your network. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be. It is not yet a big business. then you are still thinking like someone who lives in the E or S quadrants. It Takes Time If you have the idea that you can start a network marketing business and expect to start making money right away. you can earn a massive amount of money. or B quadrant.

If I hadn’t had those two years.” I invariably get the question. there have been some people who have promoted the network marketing business as a sort of “fast track” to wealth. you are fired. if you cannot start producing business within three to six months. that figure improves with the business owner’s level of experience. I would have been fired. when I tell people. and for Michael Dell to build Dell Computers. “Okay—how much time?” How would you answer that? John: I say give it five years. While the activities of the business are simple. and meeting new friends. this number will hold true in volume. I recommend committing to a minimum of five years of learning. Robert: That’s exactly the same answer I give! In fact. Over the years. “Give it time. This is your life we’re talking about here. It took me years to build my own successful B quadrant business.” Give it the time it needs. built their businesses. It will take you years to build your network marketing business.The Business of the 21st Century John: There is no such thing as a get-rich-quick method in network marketing.” The Five-Year Plan If you are serious about starting your journey. Don’t give it a few months or a year of effort and then say. for Ray Kroc to build McDonald’s. Why should it be any different? Most people don’t think in terms of years. It takes time to build great companies and great business leaders. hit-it-lucky joyride: This is serious business. on average. you’ll discover it is true for 100 contacts. it’s the same for building any kind of business—I call it “my five-year plan. Xerox was a little more generous: They gave me a year to learn and a year of probation. Robert: John. In the real world of business. growing. Of course. I guess that didn’t work out. one in ten contacts will say “yes” to the opportunity. “Oh well. Though you may not find it average for just 10 contacts. The DSA says that. and developed genuine wealth have spent long. trained by advertising and the paycheck-to-paycheck values of the E quadrant. Remember. The people in network marketing who have developed their leadership skills. hard years doing it. This isn’t some sleight-of-hand or six-month. Your situation is different: Your network marketing company is not going to fire you—so don’t fire yourself. It took years for Howard Schultz to build Starbucks. Why? Because that’s realistic. the foundation of passive income. However. this is total nonsense. they think in terms of immediate 107 . they require time and effort. So don’t be fooled if you hear anyone try to tell you that you should see quick results. changing your core values.

by definition. takes time.000-hour mark after five years of full-time effort. They quit after their first mistake. When I wanted to learn how to invest in stocks. seven days a week—and put in about 10. But to learn and master what it takes to build a massive network with passive income. it takes about 10. Today. I again gave myself five years to learn the process. you hit the 10. When do I start making the big money?” Folks. When I decide to learn something new—for example. lose a few dollars. A rich relationship doesn’t happen quickly. When they were still just another unknown British band of wannabes. five days a week.” Ten thousand hours: Do the math. I still give myself five years to make as many mistakes as possible.000 hours of programming. Fortunately for you. do yourself a favor and give yourself enough time. You can’t become a chess grandmaster unless you spend 10. Is it any wonder that so many people. I do this because I know that the more mistakes I make and learn from. The classical musician who starts playing the violin at 4 is debuting at Carnegie Hall at 15 or so. the smarter I will 108 . It’s only losers who think that winners never lose.000 hours on practice. “What’s really interesting about this 10. If you work eight hours a day. mastering network marketing is not like becoming a chess grandmaster. Mistakes are priceless opportunities to learn essential lessons. Most people want money but are unwilling to invest their time. investing in real estate—I still allow myself five years to learn the process. get rich quick is an oxymoron. If you work eight hours a day. Ten thousand hours: Do the math. Creating richness. when they first consider putting their toe into the B world.000 hours. the Beatles played a nightclub in Hamburg. are so susceptible to the idea of “get rich quick”? “I signed up a week ago. “is that it applies virtually everywhere.000-hour rule. But losing is part of the process of winning. You don’t need to become Boris Becker.000-hour mark after five years of full-time effort. You don’t need to become the best in the world—but you do have to master the skills of the business. and this is just as true of financial richness as it is of any other kind. Malcolm Gladwell explains that to become outstandingly accomplished at anything. This is why there are so few people in the B quadrant. The tennis prodigy who starts playing at 6 is playing in Wimbledon at 16 or 17 [like] Boris Becker. a richly rewarding novel is never written overnight. Bill Gates put in 10. Many people invest once. and then quit. the Beatles.” says Gladwell. who think that mistakes must be avoided at all costs. forty-hour weeks. you hit the 10. As a high-school kid. It won’t take you five years of full-time.000 hours of hard work. By the way. which is why they fail to learn. or Bill Gates. seven hours a day. In his book Outliers: The Story of Success. five days a week.C HAPTER 19: What It Takes gratification. I still use this five-year plan.

your time is never your own. you’re often forced to work with people you can’t stand … in so many ways these quadrants are really quite uncomfortable. and it’s what they know. It All Comes Down to Action You can plan all you want. a clearly defined clientele. then I am no smarter than I was five years ago—just five years older. and to excel here. Fixed work hours. fire. One reason so many people get so entrenched in the E and S quadrants is that they start to feel comfortable there. Too As much learning as you’ll do in this business. That all changes when you enter the world of network marketing. and learn all you want. If you have experience managing employees. you don’t hire. Take your time to unlearn as well as to learn. If I make no mistakes for five years. study all you want. Give Yourself Time to Unlearn. Once you have unlearned what you had learned. but the only people who win in network marketing are people who take action—today. too—because in network marketing. narrowly defined job descriptions. the structure of having bosses and management hierarchies. as we said before. and every day. After all. set wages or salaries based on time put in. 109 . For some people. a clearly defined territory and physical plant—so many of the trappings of the conventional workplace simply don’t exist in this business. it’s not what you can do that counts. this business of the 21st century. it’s what you can do and duplicate.The Business of the 21st Century become. The job experience that comes from time spent in traditional employment or self-employment is often not that useful in network marketing. the hardest part of switching from the left side of the quadrant to the right side of the quadrant is to unlearn the point of view of the E and S quadrants. or tell people what to do. you’ll need to do some unlearning there. you’re being taxed like crazy. because in network marketing. tomorrow. you will likely need to leave some old habits behind. you’ll actually want to unlearn those skills to a good degree. But people start to feel comfortable there because they have spent years learning how to be there. It isn’t that these quadrants are inherently more comfortable. It’s an entirely new dynamic. chances are good there is also a substantial amount of unlearning that needs to happen. If you have worked in traditional sales. the change will go much faster and easier.

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“How could I go wrong?” I began buying gold coins in 1972. Hot dog! The frenzy was on. Ultimately. my very first investment was in gold. stocks. Once I saw that I could actually lose money investing in “real money. or money that makes you rich. I finally sold my last coin. Rumors were that gold was going to hit $2. hard work. but I hung on. because you can always lose money. “Money.” I reasoned. “Gold is the only true money. I was 25 years old. it is what you know about real estate. and greed overtook caution. hoping for gold to go higher. gold. but gold taught me a priceless lesson about money. with gold sagging back below $500 an ounce. By the time I was 32. My Golden Lesson As a young adult. it is your financial intelligence that makes you rich. I didn’t make much money with it.500 an ounce. when it finally bottomed at $275 in 1996. gold.CHAPTER 20 Living the Life What makes you rich? Most people would answer. even those who had never bought gold before. hard work. and my money had multiplied nearly tenfold. I watched gold drift lower and lower until 1996. and money that makes you rich. of course!” And they would be wrong. Owning real estate does not make you truly rich. when gold was approximately $85 an ounce. So what makes you rich? Knowledge.” 111 . stocks. gold was approaching $800 an ounce. Greedy investors began piling on. Having money does not make you rich. even before I began investing in real estate. because (as we have seen dramatically in the last few years) real estate can always lose value. It is not real estate. About a year later. I could have sold my gold coins for a significant profit.

who takes your money legally. gold. and invests the remaining $10. hard work. But Person B. If one pays 20 percent in taxes while the other pays 35 percent. Let’s say Person A also spends $120. budgets carefully and is able to live well on just $50. then all the money in the world cannot save you. Budgeting your money also takes financial intelligence.000 every year. Ultimately. 3) Knowing How to Budget Your Money Many people fail to keep much money out of what they earn. It is not real estate. hard work.000 a year. Having a surplus is something you have to actively budget for. the first person has a higher financial IQ. gold. 4) Knowing How to Leverage Your Money After you budget a surplus.000. freedom. most importantly. and it’s not just the Bernie Madoffs. and learn about the B and I quadrants. and Person B earns only $60. Someone who earns a $1 million a year has a higher financial IQ than one who earns $30.000. Who ends up with more? If you have poor money-management skills. putting him at Square 1 at year’s end. Person A? Not so fast. it is your financial intelligence that makes you rich. Who has more financial intelligence. You can be a genius when it comes to academic intelligence. simply because they budget like a poor person rather than like a rich person. the higher your financial intelligence. stocks.000 a year. Return on investment is yet one more measurement of financial intelligence. 2) Knowing How to Protect Your Money The world is out to take your money.C HAPTER 20: Living the Life I realized that it was not the tangible asset that was valuable. 1) Knowing How to Make More Money The more money you make. who earns only $60. but a moron when it comes to financial intelligence. it is what you know about real estate. Being able to live well and still invest no matter how much or how little you make requires a high level of financial intelligence. It was information relative to the asset that ultimately made a person rich or poor. and money that makes you rich. stocks. then you are on the path to great personal fortune and.000. Take two people who both make $1 million a year. If you budget your money wisely. 112 . or money that makes you rich. the next financial challenge is to leverage that surplus. Financial intelligence has little or nothing to do with academic intelligence. Take two people: Person A earns $120. One of the biggest financial predators is your government.000 a year.

That dark cloud of “not enough money” hung over our family for most of my childhood. But even that is not the end goal.The Business of the 21st Century The person who earns 50 percent on his money has a higher financial IQ than one who earns 5 percent. I knew this feeling: It was the same sense I had as a young child. “I cannot afford to quit. if they have any. If I quit. People like this may say. by sticking it in a bank or putting it into a mutual fund portfolio. But there are much better ways to leverage your money than savings and mutual funds. And the one who earns 50 percent tax-free on his money has a much higher financial IQ than the one who earns just 5 percent and then pays 35 percent in taxes on that 5 percent return! Most people save their financial surplus. the banks would come and take everything away.” These people often say. and also correspond closely to three different financial and emotional states: LIVING IN FEAR I know what it’s like to be broke.” 113 . and sabotage every aspect of your life. Not having enough money to live on is a horrible experience. That is where the frustration comes from. From my observations of people in many different situations. and it hurts in many more ways than financial. I would say there are three ways to live. Those don’t require much financial intelligence: You can train a monkey to save money and invest in mutual funds—which is exactly why the returns on those investment vehicles are historically pretty pitiful. These three ways are driven by three different emotions. hoping this will leverage their money. The end goal of building that wealth is so that you can live a magnificent life. the world they live in would come crashing down. The feeling of fear during those days was paralyzing. Kim and I were in such dire straits financially that we were literally homeless and living in our old broken-down Toyota. “I can’t wait until my next vacation. so intense that it numbed our entire bodies. in 1985. It can undermine your self-confidence and sense of self-worth. LIVING IN ANGER AND FRUSTRATION The second way of living is living with the emotion of anger or frustration from having to get up and go to work. but to give you the skills and financial intelligence so that you will use that additional money to build genuine wealth. A Magnificent Life The purpose of your network marketing business is not simply to make you money. They know if they stop.” or “Only ten more years to retirement. I’ve described how. A person who lives with this feeling may be someone who has a good job and high pay but cannot afford to stop working. in many ways the worst year of my life. growing up in a family that was broke most of the time. especially when you would rather be doing something else.

Kim was then 37 and I was 47. we’re human beings. pushing little crumbs of dirt around. PEACE. Ants. It’s our life. allowing us to do what we genuinely love. exactly as we’ve always wanted it to be. industrious. when we sold our business and retired. We spend our time together. and we’re not grasshoppers. knowing that no matter what we do we’ll have more than enough money coming in for as long as we live. for the rest of your life? Let’s face: We’re not ants. Today. and we treasure every single moment of it. traveling around the world. many years later. to us. is an amazingly freeing. and whether we’re playing golf. But look at the ant’s lifestyle! Do you really want to be a cog in a gigantic ant colony. Why? Because we love what we do. or putting in long hours in our boardroom. regardless of whether you work or not. if you create big dreams and have the audacity to follow them. it’s all play and it’s all the stuff of dreams. we still work. modest. it’s good to be responsible and frugal. AND CONTENTMENT The third way of living is to live with the peace of mind of knowing that. this image has done us more harm than good. 114 . Sure. In some ways. exhilarating feeling. Is it unreasonable to expect that we should be able to live the full lives which we humans are capable of living? If you grasp the basics of wealth. we work hard. or. like the irresponsible and spendthrift grasshopper. either. then you can live a life that meets with a success unexpected in common hours.C HAPTER 20: Living the Life LIVING IN JOY. We all grew up with this idea that there are two ways to live: You can live like the good. in fact. if you manage your money. and frugal ant and sock away crumbs for the future. and to prepare for the future. and your attention with intelligence. and Human Beings Earlier I mentioned the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. day after day. your time. dance and fiddle away the days without a thought of the future. This is the feeling Kim and I have lived with ever since 1994. The feeling of not having to work. there is plenty of money coming in. Grasshoppers.

and network marketing shares those values. It does not care how much money you are making today. is not a zero-sum game. every age group. as I said earlier.CHAPTER 21 The Business of the 21st Century One reason I have such strong respect for network marketing is that it is a genuine equal-opportunity business. how good-looking you are. to change and to grow. determination. and whether you have the guts to stick it out through thick and thin while you learn to be a business owner. or how popular you are. It’s not a question of some of us prospering by holding others down. This also makes it the business of the future. When you look closely at the more than sixty million people worldwide who are engaged in the business. Those are my personal business values. who your parents are. This is a very democratic way of wealth creation. In the 21st century. Democratic Wealth-Building One of the principal reasons I have put so much energy into supporting and promoting the network marketing industry is simply this: Its systems are fairer than previous systems of acquiring wealth. And championing those values not only feels good—it’s also good business. we are realizing as never before that wealth. Why? Because the world is finally starting to awaken to the reality that the Industrial Age is over. and perseverance. and every level of background. The system is open to anyone who has drive. it is the business model of the future. A network marketing system is set up to make it possible for anyone to share in the wealth. Network marketing is more than just a good idea. you’ll find people of every color and creed. experience. what race or sex you are. Network marketing casts a very wide net. The future of genuine wealth lies in pioneering ways of doing business that elevate the financial well-being of humanity. Most network marketing companies care primarily about how much you are willing to learn. in many ways. 115 . and skill. The system does not really care what college you went to or whether you went to one at all.

Like Edison with the light bulb. the only way you can become rich in network marketing is by helping others become rich in the process. he also paid the highest wages in the industry and even offered profit-sharing plans. not by making a better light bulb. has been reserved only for the chosen few or the lucky. democratic. Ford’s radical idea was to make the automobile available to everyone. At the turn of the century. That is why. 116 . In the years ahead. but he did something radical that forever changed the invention’s destiny. I expect to see an explosion in the prevalence.” and in the course of fulfilling that mission. the network marketing industry will continue to grow. To me. he made himself a very rich man. And indeed. In fact. By design. redistributing over $30 million annually to his workers—and $30 million was worth a lot more in the early 1900s than it is today! Ford’s mission statement was to “Democratize the automobile. along with the destiny of millions of people. young Henry Ford did not invent the automobile.C HAPTER 21: The Business of the 21st Century For a world with less and less of its former security. and maturation of leading network marketing companies. socially responsible system of generating wealth. Network marketing gives millions of people throughout the world the opportunity to take control of their lives and their financial futures. until now. By its very nature and design. network marketing is a strikingly fair. unethical people trying to make a quick buck. Despite what its detractors will tell you. visibility. but by creating the network that supported the light bulb. penetration. Edison had a young employee named Henry who did something very similar with another new invention that. The business is not without its detractors. network marketing is not a very good business for greedy people. they were so inordinately expensive that only the rich could afford to own one. Ford became the largest automobile producer in the world. it is now possible for anyone and everyone to share in the wealth that. seemed to have no real practical use. democratic. Earlier I wrote about how Thomas Edison became rich. the automobile was seen as a curiosity. Not only did he make his car affordable. network marketing is a strikingly fair. it is the perfect business for people who like helping other people. Network marketing is a revolutionary form of business: For the first time in history. And it has had its share of hucksters and flim-flam artists. at the time. a rich person’s toy. But by its very nature and design. By slashing production costs and adapting the assembly line to mass-produce standardized inexpensive cars. network marketing is emerging as a new engine of individual achievement and security. this is as revolutionary as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were in their day. socially responsible system of generating wealth. even though Old World thinkers persist in not seeing it yet.

and I know from firsthand experience what war is like. You can become rich by being cheap and greedy. but many are also working in developing nations. a little greed and personal self-interest are always healthy. but it’s going to be impossible to actually create that peace we talk about unless and until we can begin to bring substantially more economic opportunity to many millions of people. bringing financial hope to millions of people who live in impoverished countries. But when the goal of personal gain grows out of perspective and people pursue it at the expense of others. and not to keep them down. It is time that people all over the world had an equal opportunity to enjoy a rich and abundant life. We can march for peace. I also know that inequity is one of the core causes of war. It’s time you had that opportunity. The method you choose will be the method that most closely matches the core values deep inside of you. to building great wealth and creating financial freedom through a process that operates successfully only through helping our fellow human beings. Today. It offers a path to personal success. many network marketing companies are spreading peace through economic opportunity all over the world. As long as the gap between the rich and the poor widens. An Economic Foundation for Peace I flew helicopter missions over the jungles of Vietnam. I believe that most people are inherently generous. You can also become rich by being abundant and generous. and that we gain the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment from our own achievements when they also serve to lift up others. rather than spend their lives working hard only to make the rich richer. And as huge a goal as that sounds. Network marketing satisfies this generous impulse. it is going to be tough to create conditions of peace. form committees to study peace. that is exactly what network marketing is doing.The Business of the 21st Century I don’t necessarily condemn greed. Welcome to the 21st century. 117 . and promote peace. Most traditional corporations can only survive where people are rich and have money to spend. give speeches endorsing peace. it becomes repugnant. Not only are network marketing companies thriving in all the major capitals of the world.

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the Rich Dad series has sold over 28 million copies worldwide and has dominated best-seller lists across Asia. among others. In addition to his books. bonds. 119 . Financial Education Advocate. a book written with Robert’s good friend Donald Trump in 2006 that debuted at No. Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk. His assertion that “your house is not an asset” stirred controversy. invest for the long term in a diversified portfolio of stocks. Already. Among the notable titles is Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men—One Message. Mexico. Entrepreneur. an innovative and groundbreaking free interactive online book that has garnered an unbelievable amount of unique visits and climbed as high as No. and mutual funds—is “bad” (both obsolete and flawed) advice. and USA Today—and was named “USA Today’s No. 5 on the New York Times how-to tradepaper best-seller list. Robert was inducted into the Amazon. a compilation of reallife lessons and advice from veteran real estate investors and advisors to Robert.com Hall of Fame as one of that bookseller’s top twenty-five authors.ROBERT T. It is the third-longest-running “how-to” best-seller of all time. Translated into fifty-one languages and available in 109 countries. With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom. There are currently twenty-seven books in the Rich Dad series. Other Rich Dad titles hold four of the top ten spots on Nielsen Bookscan List’s life-to-date sales from 2001–2008. get out of debt. The Wall Street Journal. Robert’s latest books include The Real Book of Real Estate. Australia. Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longestrunning best-seller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher’s Weekly—The New York Times. and Best-Selling Author Robert Kiyosaki is the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad— the No. a notable Q&A column that has featured such names as director Spike Lee and actor Michael J. and Europe. KIYOSAKI Investor. the two friends and business giants are at work on a second book to be published in 2010. and courage. save money. irreverence. His point of view that the “old” advice—get a good job. Robert has been featured on shows such as Larry King Live and Oprah. 1 personal finance book of all time—a book that challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people think about money. Robert writes a column—“Why the Rich Are Getting Richer”—for Yahoo! Finance and a monthly column titled “Rich Returns” for Entrepreneur magazine. South America. In 2005. 1 Money Book” two years in a row. Business Week. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. but has been proven to be accurate for many homeowners. Fox. and was recently featured in TIME magazine’s “10 Questions” column. and Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money. challenges the status quo.

theonecourse.. where he now brings his knowledge and insight to industry leaders (www. It was this belief that led to his shift from the study of architecture to a career in direct selling. A gifted student. but also upon thousands of others whom he believed could become the architects of their own destinies.SUCCESSFoundation. Since 2008. he assumed the publisher and editor in chief duties of Direct Selling News. he has served as the executive director of the SUCCESS Foundation. his natural talent for architectural design flourished at the Illinois Institute of Technology. the trade publication serving the direct selling industry. In 2006.JOHN FLEMING John Fleming was born and raised in Richmond. the last book published on him.com). Inc. Upon graduation. including 15 years at Avon Products. John has built a successful career as an entrepreneur. served as an independent contractor. John is also the author of The One Course. which provides instruction on how to build a successful life using the principles of architecture (www. In 1997. 120 . Virginia. educational. For the next 40 years. and speaker. and life solutions. writer. He believed it enabled those willing to learn a few basic skills about selling and servicing others the opportunity to engage in the American free enterprise system. he tested his theories not only upon himself. consultant. known for its adherence to the principles of Mies van der Rohe. John worked for the great architect and was selected to do many of the illustrations in Mies van der Rohe: The Art of Structure. John retired from Avon in 2005. He has owned and operated his own direct selling company.com). the Direct Selling Education Foundation recognized his contributions with its highest honor. a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens learn critical personal-development skills so they can achieve their full potential (www. where he led the company’s western business unit in both top.and bottom-line growth for a record six consecutive years. John has had a longtime affiliation with the Direct Selling Association and the Direct Selling Education Foundation. These thoughts formed the foundation of his passionate belief that ordinary people could accomplish extraordinary things by following similar building concepts. one of the most renowned architects of modern times. the Circle of Honor Award. and currently serves as a board member for both organizations. John’s decision to embrace the direct selling industry was guided by the knowledge that the industry had welcomed people from all walks of life—regardless of past experience or inexperience—for more than 100 years. His interest in architecture and desire to build was borne of a family tradition that dated back to his greatgreat-grandparents. and held various executive positions with leading companies.org). Over the past several years. John has continued to create several organizational structures through which his consulting and leadership remain focused on business. John’s knowledge of and interest in architecture eventually led to the realization that the same principles of design and construction could be applied to life as well.directsellingnews.

and other educational tools—to international recognition and acclaim. Robert and Kim Kiyosaki created the CASHFLOW board game in 1996 to teach the financial and investment strategies that his rich dad spent years teaching him. Australia.00 in debt. and over $400. she has created an interactive online community where women can learn and grow.000. Her first book. India. and she is the host of the PBS Rich Woman show. hit the Business Week best-seller list the month it was released. It was those same strategies that allowed them to retire early. New Zealand. and her husband Robert Kiyosaki. real estate. Kim has been a featured guest on The Larry King Show. instead of crossing our fingers hoping that someone else is looking out for our financial futures. both know what it is like to be in the financial crisis situation that many Americans are confronting today. Today. or simply no planning.com. Kim Kiyosaki.richwoman.com. including Mexico. Donald Trump stated about Rich Woman. and through www. I think we women are a little smarter than that. The company has launched the Rich Dad® message and mission of financial literacy—through books.KIM KIYOSAKI With a passion for educating women about money and investing. Kim Kiyosaki draws on a lifetime of experience in business. In addition. Rich Woman is a best-seller in numerous countries throughout the world. South Africa. Kim and Robert founded The Rich Dad Company. Today there are thousands of CASHFLOW Clubs throughout the world. women need to be financially savvy. games. and A BraveHeart View Internet Television show. Women need to take control of our financial lives. Financial education is not about how to buy car insurance or save pennies at the grocery store. they are successful entrepreneurs and best-selling authors. “Too many women. they created and followed a straightforward 10-step formula to get out of bad debt. In 1997.” Rich Woman was also listed on Donald Trump’s Summer Reading List for 2009. Kim has used the international forum of Rich Woman to showcase the startling statistics related to women and money. At that difficult time. Kim was recently featured as a financial education advocate in Essence magazine. and across Europe. Today. The problem is that so many of us have not been educated about money and investing. especially as we get older. Kim is a self-made millionaire and a happily married (but fiercely independent) woman. and she is a columnist for WomanEntrepreneur. more than ever. They share that formula in the popular How We Got Out of Bad Debt audio CD. FOX News.” 121 . jobless. are finding ourselves in dire financial straights—due to divorce. Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women. and investing in her mission to support financial education. death of a spouse. “This book is a must-read for all women. In the 1980s they were homeless.

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