51 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes on Understanding Money and Building Financial Freedom

Money is a special subject because we all have a different relationship to it. Some are born with a lot, some are born with nothing. But this means very little because what will shape you financial future is not how much money you have right now – but how you feel about money; what you have been taught about how money works, and how to handle it altogether. In other words, what path in life to take in order to make it and how to spend it.

These Robert Kiyosaki quotes from Rich Dad Poor Dad will help you understand how money works – and how to make your money work for you.

“There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The faster you can make a decision the more likely you’ll be able to seize opportunities—before someone else does”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Most of the time, life does not talk to you. It just sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying, ‘Wake up. There’s something I want you to learn.’”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“I’ve learned to focus on what I do have control over: myself. And if things must change, first I must change.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Rich dad explained this point of view over and over, which I call lesson number one: The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Buying or building assets that deliver cash flow is putting your money to work for you. High-paying jobs mean two things: you’re working for money and the taxes you pay will probably increase.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Be truthful about your emotions and use your mind and emotions in your favor, not against yourself”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“A job is a short-term solution
to a long-term problem”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you don’t first handle fear and desire, and you get rich, you’ll only be a highly paid slave.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Money is the carrot, the illusion. If the donkey could see the whole picture, it might rethink its choice to chase the carrot.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The rich know that money
is an illusion”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Intelligence solves problems and produces money. Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class acquire liabilities that they think are assets.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“An asset puts money in my pocket. A liability takes money out of my pocket.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If your pattern is to spend everything you get, most likely an increase in cash will just result in an increase in spending.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“An intelligent person hires people who are more intelligent than he is.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Most people must keep their job and rely on their wages to fund their acquisition of assets”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Wealth is the measure of the cash flow from the asset column compared with the expense column”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“When there are enough assets to generate more than enough income to cover expenses, the balance is reinvested into assets”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“When your assets generate enough income to cover your expenses, you are wealthy, even if you are not yet rich”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The rich focus on their asset columns while everyone else focuses on their income statements”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Too many people forget to mind their own business. They spend their lives minding someone else’s business and making that person rich.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If I have to work there, it’s not a business. It becomes my job.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Keep your daytime job, but start buying real assets, not liabilities.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Think of it this way: Once a dollar goes into your asset column, it becomes your employee. The best thing about money is that it works 24 hours a day and can work for generations.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“An important distinction is that rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The old-money people, the long-term rich, build their asset column first. Then the income generated from the asset column buys their luxuries. The poor and middle class buy luxuries with their own sweat, blood, and children’s inheritance.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“With money comes great power that requires the right knowledge to keep it and make it multiply”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“We all have tremendous potential, and we all are blessed with gifts. Yet the one thing that holds all of us back is some degree of self-doubt.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Often in the real world, it’s not the smart who get ahead, but the bold”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If fear is too strong, the genius is suppressed”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If your hunch is wrong, and what you’ve been counting on doesn’t happen, how can you turn a lemon into millions? That is financial intelligence.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“People who avoid failure also avoid success”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Take risks, be bold, let your genius convert that fear into power and brilliance—advice that will terrify some, because so many play it safe when it comes to their money.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Financial intelligence is simply having more options, figuring out ways to create opportunities or altering situations to work in your favor.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Simple math and common sense are all you need to do well financially”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Job security meant everything to my educated dad. Learning meant everything to my rich dad.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Job is an acronym for 'Just Over Broke'”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“I recommend to young people to seek work for what they will learn, more than what they will earn”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The ability to sell—to communicate to another human being, be it a customer, employee, boss, spouse, or child—is the base skill of personal success.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The most important law of money: 'Give, and you shall receive.'”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“People are so afraid of losing that they lose”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“If you have any desire to be rich, you must focus. Do not do what poor and middle-class people do: put their few eggs in many baskets. Put a lot of your eggs in a few baskets and FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“A savvy investor knows that the seemingly worst of times is actually the best of times to make money.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“I wanted to be free by age 40, but it took me until I was 47, with many learning experiences along the way. As I said, I wish I could say it was easy. It wasn’t. But it wasn’t that hard either. I’ve learned that, without a strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Invest first in education. In reality, the only real asset you have is your mind, the most powerful tool we have dominion over.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“A truly intelligent person welcomes new ideas, for new ideas can add to the synergy of other accumulated ideas.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“Wise investors buy an investment when it’s not popular. They know their profits are made when they buy, not when they sell.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“I would venture to say that personal self-discipline is the number-one delineating factor between the rich, the poor, and the middle class.”

– Robert Kiyosaki

“The rich know that savings are only used to create more money, not to pay bills”

– Robert Kiyosaki

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