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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
- 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!
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 www.RichDad.com 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.
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
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!