Posts Tagged ‘Robert Kiyosaki’

20140307_221425 (2)We recently traveled to Phoenix to spend time with Robert Kiyosaki and the Rich Dad Advisers.  The invitation only event was based on the book “The Crash Course”.   Author Chris Martenson and his biz partner Adam Taggart took part in the activities.  While the book was a great read – and very enlightening, it was at the weekend where we really learned the lessons of what is to come.

One of the messages we truly understood from our weekend event, was this.  What is going to happen in North America (and perhaps the world at large) has already happened elsewhere.  Learn from the past and prepare for the future.

After returning home, we ordered the book “Surviving the Economic Collapse” by Fernando Aguirre, which was recommended to us by Robert.  This book is the author’s personal account of what happened in 2001 when the Argentina economy collapsed, and what happened up until the book was written in 2008.  There is a LOT of practical information in the book – it may not be “pretty”, but was extremely valuable to our learning.

Jeff and I are now in the process of taking steps to not only survive, but to thrive in the coming years.  I feel so very strongly that the Credit Bubble is about to burst that I wanted to share the first steps of Survival with you.

Step # 1 – Get out of Paper Assets

Move your money from all paper asset classes possible.  This includes money in RRSP and LIRA and Pension accounts that are not self directed; particularly if they are in Mutual Funds of any kind.

Why? – The stock market will be the first to crash.  You will NOT have time to move your money out.  Your pensions, mutual funds etc will be decimated.  Historical graphs show the stock market crash of 1929 was but a mere mole hill of a drop, compared to where the stock market is today.  Do NOT follow the crowd, blaze a trail that is smarter than the average cow.  Moo should not be in your vocabulary.  Note:  Your financial advisor is likely to try and talk you out of doing this.  He/she only makes money when you move your money within their system, not when you with draw it.  Make your own decision, it is your money.

Step #2 – Collect Cash at Home for Day to Day Needs

Withdraw enough cash to run your household for 4 – 12 weeks and hide it away somewhere safe.

Why? – In every country that has had a major collapse, the banks have shut and locked their doors for a period of time.  There will be a run on the banks for people to withdraw their money, and the banks simply do not have enough money to fulfill their obligation to those who made deposits.   For their survival they lock their doors and then when they do re-open, they, and/or the government will substantially restrict the amount of cash you can withdraw on a daily or weekly basis.  Long line ups will become the norm.

MOST LIKELY – Your ATM cards and CREDIT Cards will also NOT work, as they are tied to the banking systems … having cash will be important in the early stages of the crash.  Having assets to protect your wealth will be critical later in the Crash.

Step # 3 – Buy Tangible Assets

With the money you had in Paper Assets or GIC’s, Certificates of Deposit or Savings and RRSP’s – Buy tangible assets such as real estate, gold or silver.  If buying Gold or Silver, do not keep them in the banks Safe Deposit Box.

Why?  Tangible Gold and Silver Coins and bars will hold their value and grow substantially over time.  Keep them out of the bank – In 1933 in the USA, if you had anything in a safe deposit box, it was a requirement that the Internal Revenue Service be present when you open the box (so they could get their share of tax money from you).   I would suggest that this action is likely to repeat itself.  You can purchase your own in-home safe, or pay for storage fees at a private business such as Brinks or Loomis.

Step # 4 – Stock up at Home

Stock up on food and water as well as any medications etc. that your family requires.  There are different schools of thought on how much to stock on, however my theory is this ~  If you stock up on food that is basically non perishable, to a level that makes sense for you both economically and for peace of mind, you will always be in a good position.  You can then start to use up your supplies, and replenish on a weekly or monthly basis so that everything you buy or use is consumed on a regular basis.

Stock up on both food and non food items – they will each become expensive and hard to find.  Excellent food choices include dried pasta, rice, canned goods (don’t forget proteins such as fish, meat etc) fruit, vegetables etc.   Don’t forget to stock up on things like toilet paper and feminine products as well!

Why?  Most stores have only enough stock in place for 4 – 7 days worth of sales.  When the crash happens, there will be a run on all supplies.  The price of fuel will go up, trucks that deliver goods will be delayed (do they have cash on hand to pay for their fuel if the ATM or Credit Card machines go down??).   ALSO – the price of everyday goods will rise very quickly.  History has shown that prices can rise by the hour.  Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea.

Step # 5 – Learn how to Grow Food

If you live in an area with a winter climate – really stock up on canned goods, but use the summer growing season to take the burden off of cost and availability.  Even a small patio can grow containers of tomatoes, lettuce, kale, etc.  Every bit helps.   Why?  Food will be expensive and fresh food will be hard to come by, since the majority of our food is not purchased or provided within 100 miles of where we live.

Step # 6 – Stock up on Seeds

Unfortunately few people grow gardens at this point in time.  Seed production will take a while to ramp up after the economy crashes.  Stock up now on the seeds of the plants you intend to grow.  Ideally stock up on “Heritage Seeds”, which can be used to gather seeds from for next years’ crops.

WHY?  Heritage Seeds are hard to find and will become very valuable over time.  Many existing seeds that you buy off the shelf are treated so they will grow in the year planted, but generate seed that is sterile and will not be able to be used in the future.

What to do # 7 – Build a Community of Like Minded People

Find and develop like minded people who will support and encourage your survival plan.  Get to know your neighbors, your extended family, and start talking to your professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants, plumbers, electricians etc) that are within your existing network and learn more about them.

Why?  For starters, people who have a similar belief system and who have a positive mindset are a lot more fun to hang around with and will be supportive.  They do not suck your energy away.   It’s good to know who you can call, and for what purposes, if you find yourself in a pickle.  Make sure they know what your skill sets are that you can offer in return.   People that can stick together will weather out the storm much easier than any single individual will.

Steps to THRIVE

When we first starting really learning about the seriousness of the “Credit Bubble” and what it means to North America (including Canada); what was likely to happen and how quickly we, and others much smarter than us, believe it can happen (likely anytime between November 2014 and 2017).   Jeff and I kind of went into a bit of an all consuming phase and a little crazy with our thoughts.  It was all we could think and talk about for the first few weeks.

We have since learned to not fear the impending Economic Crash but to embrace it for what it will be.   This event will be the greatest opportunity for wealth transference in the history of the world.  We are now preparing for the immediate impacts as well as setting up to take advantage in the future, and encourage our readers to do the same.


Google the video “Meltdown America” and watch it with a few friends – approximately half an hour

Buy and Read the books “The Crash Course” by Chris Martenson and “Surviving the Economic Collapse” by Fernando Aguirre

Check out the website  –  They have excellent blogs, up-to date information and if you find them interesting, an annual newsletter to which you can subscribe.

Start reading and watching the news and news reports with a different eye.  Watch for the signs of the collapse and take action that makes sense for you.

If you are interested in Real Estate, but do not want the hassles or headaches, talk to us.  Jeff and I are always looking for good people to partner with!  We are NO PRESSURE people, and have an excellent track record of real estate investments.




I recently joined into a new Business Venture along with my Coach and Mentor Darren Weeks. It took me a while to investigate and really think through the opportunity and until it occurred to me this simple thought … “I chose Darren as my Mentor, and he is Mentored by Robert Kiyosaki, two of the most Financially Literate people I know.

If Darren thought it was brilliant … why am I hesitating?

I have now been involved for almost two months and I am SO EXCITED to have made the leap of faith. Now that I have proven the business model for myself, I want to make it available to other Success Minded People.

Check out the video Below – and then contact the person who sent you to my website for more info. OR if you ended up here without a referal contact me via this site, and I will get back to you with more information.

I absolutely LOVE THIS BUSINESS and it is available in 43 Countries worldwide and growing.


I thought I would start off today with a quick apology .. summer was wonderful and crazy busy.  I am almost finished my first book on Win~Win Negotiation and in the process I have neglected my blog posts …

I also took time for both personal time and education time.  So it made me ask, what is your belief on the subject of Education?  Is it an expense or an investment?

       When I speak of Education, I am NOT referring to the formalized process of school, college and university, but Personal Education.  Self empowering education.  Education on any topic of Interest. 

       Education comes in many forms such as day/evening  courses, weekend events or weeklong camps…they can even be listening in to webinars or teleclasses.  

       One of my “learning events” was a teleclass that was brought to my attention through my connection to Canada’s Rich Dad, Darren Weeks.  Darren has developed a relationship with the Author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, who will soon be coming to Canada. 

       If you would like an example of what I consider to be education, listen in while Robert Kiyosaki shared his Insights Into the World Economy..

CLICK HERE to Listen to his Words of Wisdom: 


       This weekend, Jeff and I will be heading to Edmonton to another Educational Opportunity … Fast Track to Cash Flow’s Super Conference, where Robert will be speaking.  I can hardly wait….

       Reflecting back over the years, my personal investment in Education has given me the highest returns on both my time and money.  No matter what event I went to, no matter if it was an afternoon or week long camp, my time spent on learning, about real estate and myself, have all paid off in spades.  By far, it has been the best investment of my life.

       One of my most memorable education ventures happened in April of 2008.  Fast Track to Cash Flow, offered the opportunity to join Darren and a few other Entrepreneurs on a trip to Phoenix to attend a weekend event with Robert Kiyosaki. 

       At the time, Jeff and I were doing OK financially, but were not yet out of the rat race.  We owned 2 rental properties and had just begun to understand the link between mindset and money.

       I remember that the cost seemed EXHORBITANT as airfare, hotel and conference fees were well over $5000.00 and only one of us could afford to attend.  I drew the lucky straw and Jeff stayed home.

       What I learned cannot be written in a short blog, but a few highlights below:

       Robert Kiyosaki is the real deal.  He is forthright, honest and scared the snot out of me with his bigger than life personality and openess. 

       He was there to make sure that people learned what he wanted to share.  He genuinely cared about the outcome of the event, and took no prisoners with his style of teaching.  If you wanted to learn, get in the game.  If you wanted to waste time = get out.  Take Action and get over your fears.

       The lessons above were shared with my husband and pretty much with anyone else willing to listen.  These lessons alone helped us to grow forward; to take calcuated risk, to get MORE education, to build a team and to grow. 

       Some simple things he shared have been priceless: 

  •  open your mind to opportunity
  •  take notes in colored pens
  •  doodle
  • think creatively
  • read, read, read and read some more
  • build a team

      But what I really learned was priceless.  I learned that Money starts in your head…  Your beliefs around money and your willingness to challenge those beliefs can help your grow, or they can stop you in your tracks.

       My question to you is this – Is Education an Expense or is it an Investment?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!




True Wealth is having Money, Health & Happiness, and living life in such a way as you feel secure & happy at a level that fits your own personality.  

The first step to having money is to become Financially Literate.  What does that mean?   

The following excerpt was taken from the Blog by Robert Kiyosaki at  He is one of the people that I listen to and has been a large part of our own success.  In his blog he shared 15 Lessons on what he would include in a school system that would teach financial literacy.  Even if you’re not in school anymore, these would be valuable things for you to study and learn on your own as part of your journey towards financial literacy.  Learn about them here and then share what YOU think is important to know and learn!

The history of money

It’s important to understand how money works, and part of doing that is by studying how it’s worked in the past. Money has progressed over the centuries from something pretty simple like bartering to something pretty complicated like derivatives. It’s gone from being an object to an idea, so it’s not tangible and intuitive. It’s important to study money to grow rich. Some dates that are important:

  • 1903 – Rockefeller’s General Education Board takes over the U.S. education system
  • 1913 – The Federal Reserve is formed
  • 1929 – The Great Depression
  • 1944 – The Bretton Woods agreement
  • 1971 – Nixon takes the dollar off the gold standard
  • 1974 – Congress passes the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 

Understanding your financial statement

My rich dad often said, “Your banker never asks to see your report card. A banker wants to see your financial statement—your report card when you leave school.”

To grow rich, you must know how to read and understand the three parts of your financial statement: Profit and loss statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement.

The difference between an asset and a liability

One reason many people are in financial trouble is because they confuse liabilities with assets. For instance, many people think their house is an asset when it’s really a liability. A simple definition of an asset is anything that puts money in your pocket. A simple definition of a liability is anything that takes money out of your pocket.

The difference between capital gains and cash flow

Many people invest for capital gains, meaning they’re betting on the price of something to go up. Unfortunately, today, many people are taking it in the shorts. Investing for capital gains is akin to gambling, only not as much fun. Instead of investing for capital gains, the wealthy invest for cash flow and capital gains are icing on the cake, if they do happen.

The difference between fundamental and technical investing

Fundamental investing is the process of analyzing a company’s financial performance, and that begins with understanding a financial statement. Technical investing is measuring the emotions or moods of the markets by using technical indicators. You can invest successfully doing both types of investing, but both take commitment and continued financial education.

Measuring an asset’s strength

There is no shortage of opportunities in the world of investing. The question then becomes, which investments are worth pursuing? A key component of a full financial education is understanding how to measure whether an asset is strong or not. One of the best ways to do this is to refer to the B-I Triangle which looks at an assets full properties: Team, leadership, mission, cash flow, communication, systems, legal, and product.

Know how to choose good people

Partners are crucial to business success. My rich dad used to say, “The best way to know a good partner is to have had a bad partner.” You need to learn from every interaction. A good deal can blow up if you have a bad partner. So choosing partners and team members well is crucial.

Know what asset is best for you

There are four asset classes: Business, real estate, paper assets, and commodities. To grow rich, you must study these classes, choose what is best for you, and work towards becoming an expert.

Know when to focus and when to diversify

Ideally, you’ll want to be diversified in all four asset classes, but you’ll want to focus on becoming an expert in one at a time. An old adage is that if you try to please everyone, you’ll please no one. The same could be said for investing.

Minimize risk

In investing and business, there is always an element of risk. A smart investor knows how to minimize risk by hedging. There are a number ways you can do that within each asset class. Study up on ways to minimize risk in your chosen asset class.

Know how to minimize taxes

It’s not about how much you make, it’s about how much you keep. Taxes make an unintelligent person poor. A financially intelligent person understands how to use the tax code to his or her advantage.

The difference between debt and credibility

As many of you know, there is good debt and there is bad debt. The key to using debt is knowing how to borrow wisely and how to pay back the money. Without a solid plan to pay back debt, you’ll soon have no credibility. A solid financial education will include understanding debt and how to pay that debt back.

Know how to use derivatives

Derivatives are things derived out of another object. For instance, orange juice is a derivative of an orange. My business is a derivative of my mind. Tax-free money from a refinance is a derivative of another asset, my investment property. There are many ways to use derivatives to create wealth.

Know how your wealth is stolen

There are four things that steal your wealth: Taxes, debt, inflation, and retirement. A proper financial education will stress understanding how to use these wealth-stealing forces to make money rather than lose money.

Know how to make mistakes

It’s impossible to learn without making mistakes along the way. The key is to learn the lessons of those mistakes, not to let them take you out of the game. Look at failure as a learning opportunity.

 I can tell you from experience that Jeff and I know these lessons but continue to learn more every day.  We apply them into our life on a regular basis.  These lessons also include making mistakes.  For us, we don’t look at the mistakes as devasting, nor do we dwell on them.  We look at them as Learnings, and realize that if we were not Learning along the way, we would not continue to grow our minds or our wealth.   So keep moving forward and know that every step along the way can take YOU to a better place :) 

What do you think?  I love you hear your comments & to share them with others …

To your success, Norma



Jeff & I in the Rich Dad Boardroom


Last Spring, as part of the Diamond group from the Fast Track to Cash Flow, based out of Edmonton we travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to take in some Real Estate Education and to connect with other like minded people.   

Darren Weeks, Founder of the Fast Track Group was with us and on one of the days we were hosted at the Rich Dad offices, where we were able to connect with the hands on staff that run the organization.  Although Neither Robert or Kim Kiyosaki were there at the time, their staff greeted us with open arms and gave us the full tour, and was open to answering any questions we had.

I had always assumed that the Rich Dad offices would be large, lush and spacious – but that was not the case.  The building and office space were smaller than I expected, but well appointed and filled with fun and original art work that relate to the growth of the Rich Dad organization.  

We even had a chance to visit the recording studio where Robert & Kim create their radio and video broad casts, and we were able to have a meeting in their boardroom.. (see the picture).

Although I always learn a great deal from books, case studies and life in general, my favorite way to learn is by Connecting with Others, particularly those that have what I want ~ and have been where I’m at.   

Jeff and I share the philosphy that it is just as important to give, as it is to recieve, so we mentor others without expectation from them in return.  We only ask that they pay our efforts forward when they are able.  

We also believe in  The Law of Attraction, and as a result, our life keeps getting better each day, simply by helping others and sharing our experiences with them.  

Remember Networking is NOT Connecting.  Take time to get to know others, and share what you can with them if they are wanting to learn from you.   

We would love to hear your thoughts, comments & observations on this topic!