Rich Dad Poor Dad
Today, as I was sitting at a very boring work event, I was checking my email and noticed that I had a new Audible credit. I logged onto the Audible website, and thought to myself, "what book do I want to listen to?"
About a week ago I came across some "Lux" YouTube video that mentioned this book, Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki. The video was talking about things that rich parents teach their kids, but poor parents don't. My father was definitely a poor dad, and still is one to this day. He did not know how to save money. Instead, he spent money. My father managed to spend a half million dollar inheritance in a matter of years, with nothing to show for it. I remember telling him, when I was around 21 years of age, that he should give me some of the money to invest. I am sure, as he has to work 6-7 days a week, with lots of overtime, at the age of 65, that he wishes he had given me that money now.
On the way home from this event, I started listening to this book. As I listened to the beginning of this tale, I am happy that I have already started talking to my daughter about the importance of starting to save money early in life and the value of compounding interest. I don't want her to end up scrounging for change like her grandparents, and living in the financial fear that I have felt for the past 20 years.
As for myself, I am getting laid off from my job of 10 years as of January 5th. I have never been more excited then I am now. So many of the people that I have lead at work still hold me in high regard, and consider me to be the best boss that they ever had. Through the years at this job, I have grown in various areas, and I can't wait to take all of that experience and begin to create a new life built on passions… not fears. As I was being told that I was losing my job, it was almost like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders; it was as if someone told me that my release date from jail just got pushed up. Freedom is right around the corner.
What is in store for me next? I guess you are going to have to stay tuned to find out.