Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the rich teach their kids about money – that the poor and middle class do not! (Miniature Edition)
By Robert Kiyosaki
Why I bought this book
This is one of my self-help on the move books. Sometimes you just don’t have the mental ability to read a book cover to cover and glean the very useful information inside it. So this was one of those purchases for when I wanted a boost of inspiration when I wasn’t in the mood for complicated reading. Plus I had heard of Robert Kiyosaki so I was sure if he had a miniature version it would be great for time-poor me.
What I liked
It’s a super duper tiny book, smaller than my smartphone even. So it’s great for taking around on the move with me. Sometimes when you have a small handbag the first thing to get thrown out is the book. But this is great as it fits even in my really small handbags. Vanity point, but it makes that difference when you’re on the move.
Now to content. The things that Robert manages to pack into this pocket guide are a useful condensed version that you can read over and over again to get the ‘key points’. Again we are all different, and I am sure you will come across other reviews out there that will tell you this book was not great, was too short, whatever… I sometimes can only spare 5 minutes while I’m chowing down on a meal to do something that doesn’t take up too much concentration. So when I have moments like that this book is super handy.
I like Robert’s style of writing. You feel as though he wants to share his personal experience with you, how he started, built a discipline, and then built a formula that pays itself back time and again. He challenges the ‘conventional approach’ that I had subscribed to for ages, namely get a good job, get a mortgage, get one or two holidays a year. Instead he replaces that with learning to pay yourself first, educating and re-educating yourself, and learning to identify the mental obstacles we will face when we decide to swim upstream.
What I didn’t like
If you’re looking for a book that grabs you and moves you into making a decision to start making major savings and investment moves then this is not what it is. It’s a great read if you are already starting to make changes and want a virtual hand to hold.
I would definitely recommend if you want something to keep you focused and a handy reference point then this is it. But if you want to learn the ins and outs of how to change your attitude to money, or indeed how to make your money really work for you, get something else.