Unfair Advantage Remember, you cannot fit two cars in a one-car garage. Just as a monkey cannot find freedom unless it lets go, human beings cannot change until they let go of old ideas. With the financial challenges up ahead, adopting new ideas is better than clinging to old ideas. As the Industrial Age and Information Age collide, a massive transfer of wealth is under way. Those who were rich yesterday may not be rich tomorrow. Many who are middle class today, will be poor tomorrow. Just because you were an “A” student yesterday does not mean you know much today. This book is about letting go of the past and moving into a brave new world of wealth, opportunity, and abundance.
Lessons from Sunday School I am not very religious, yet I learned very important lessons in Sunday school. Two lessons applicable today are: 1. “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” The meek does not mean the weak. The meek are those who are humble enough to know they need to reduce their arrogance and be willing to learn anew. 2. “My people perish from a lack of knowledge.” The real financial crisis is a crisis of an educational system that is old, obsolete, and out of touch with the real world. The financial crisis will not go away until our schools inform students about the truths behind jobs, work, taxes, and investing. It is time our schools stop training students to become monkeys with their fist stuck in a tree. If we don’t teach people about money, we will have many more people like my poor dad, a very good, well-educated, hard-working, and honest man, but a man who died angry at the rich and expecting the government to take care of him. It is time we set people free. Financial education can do that. Good luck reading this book, and may you gain more knowledge, because knowledge is real money. 21
by Rich Dad, Robert Kiyosaki