A review of Robert T Kiyosaki‘s latest book, The Business of the 21st Century by Seth Lefferts
Are you ready to get excited about the business of the 21st century? Seriously, I mean really excited!? I am and I am. I am very excited! It was many years ago that I read a book by Robert T Kiyosaki called Rich Dad, Poor Dad. To my horror, I had just made a decision a few months earlier that was entirely against the concepts of this amazing book. I had the misguidance to take a nice sum of money that I had received from trading stock options and I used it to pay for two years of my kid’s college, the down payment for a house, pay off a car loan, and buy a bunch of furnishings for the house. In other words, I spent it.
I did some great things with it: true. I used it wisely: false! After I read the book I realized that I could have invested the money, using the dividends to pay for these things over time. Then, when all was said and done, I would still have had the money ready to work for me in other ways. I was a Poor Dad: true. I have been an Employee most of my life, and now have been Self-Employed for the past few years with my own consulting business. It has generated a very nice income, but my outgo pretty much matches it, so I am really not much better off because of it. I just look and act affluent!
It was a painful lesson that I have been looking to correct for all of these ensuing years of working the JOB – just over broke – as someone else’s “slave”; well, the truth be told, me being a slave to the bills that I am generating. I am just trying to pass the blame onto someone else! But, in the end, it’s just me.
Searching for the Business of the 21st Century
So, with that in mind, I have been looking around for years to find the business of the 21st century – a business that I can easily build. I am very skillful at many things, but my skill set requires me to be actively working, employing one or another particular skill, for me to earn an income; the classic definition of Active Income. When I stop, it stops in-coming.
However, I know that I am capable of learning new skills, so a year ago as I was pondering my dilemma, I listened to the wise advice of a friend and I joined a Network Marketing company. Here I sit, one year later, as I am learning a new set of skills, which are working, but slowly. It has had me scratching my head and asking myself if I have done the right thing – yet again. What am I becoming? A sales person? An entrepreneur? A Rich Dad? I don’t want to be in sales, although it is and has always been the highest paid job in the world. I like being an entrepreneur. I definitely want to be a Rich Dad. Still, am I on the right track here in my new business of the 21st century?
A couple of weeks ago I picked up Robert T Kiyosaki’s newest book, co-authored by John Flemming and Kim Kiyosaki, The Business of the 21st Century, and my old friend and mentor (sort of) has been speaking to me again. Well guess what? This time I seem to have made a phenomenal choice! I have given myself the tools that I will need to become the Rich Dad and to build my own business. I have become a business owner!
Stay tuned for the next chapter – Part 2 – of The Business of the 21st Century where we find out what it really means to be a business owner!
From the office of Drew Berman, contributed by Seth Lefferts.
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