Famous Quotes by Robert Kiyosaki


Not everybody is a fan of Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki. I understand that, and I know why.

It has been reported that some of the instructors during the Rich Dad Poor Dad 3-day events get really pushy about increasing your credit card limits so you can later purchase massive amounts of courses and mentoring provided by the RDPD organization.

I attended one of those 3-day events, and yes, our instructor was pushing the credit card increases and the additional learning opportunities offered by RDPD. But it was not obnoxious, or insistent, in my view, it was just pushy.

But I totally ignored that, I took all the information I could get from the amazing instructor over the weekend (for a mere cost of $250!), forgot about the other offers, bought and read later on all the books by Mr. Kiyosaki, bought one of his Cashflow game, played it dozens of times, and learned a lot about real estate investing and about success in general.

So when I think of Robert Kiyosaki, I think of him as one of the main reasons why Laurel and I are where we are today—enjoying Phase Three of real estate investing thanks to our cashflow created by implementing in a big way the Rent-To- Own strategy that I learned about from Pip Stehlik that weekend, living comfortably in Niagara-on- the-Lake, and building a wine touring business in Europe.

Thank you VERY MUCH Mr. Kiyosaki. We owe you, big time!

Now, whether you are a fan or Robert Kiyosaki or not, please take some time to read and ponder 60 of his best quotes that I've assembled below just for you. In all cases, I think he is right on the money (pun intended).

(Warning: I copied many of those from a website on famous quotes, so I can't guarantee that all of those are Kiyosaki's quotes…but who cares as long as they are insightful and helpful.)


"The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant."

"It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!" — Robert Kiyosaki

"In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." — Robert Kiyosaki

"You're only poor if you give up. The most important thing is that you did something. Most people only talk and dream of getting rich. You've done something." — Robert Kiyosaki

"If you're the kind of person who has no guts, you just give up every time life pushes you. If you're that kind of person, you'll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for something that never happens. Then, you die a boring old person." — Robert Kiyosaki

"If you realize that you're the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something and grow wiser. Don't blame other people for your problems." — Robert Kiyosaki

"I am concerned that too many people are focused too much on money and not on their greatest wealth, which is their education. If people are prepared to be flexible, keep an open mind and learn, they will grow richer and richer through the changes. If they think money will solve the problems, I am afraid those people will have a rough ride. Intelligence solves problems and produces money. Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone." — Robert Kiyosaki

"There are those who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen and there are those who say 'what happened?'" — 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. It is not so much the lack of technical information that holds us back, but more the lack of self-confidence." — Robert Kiyosaki

"FOCUS - Follow One Course Until Successful" — Robert Kiyosaki

"Success is a poor teacher." — Robert Kiyosaki

"In the real world outside of academics, something more than just grades is required. I have heard it called "guts," "chutzpah," "balls," "audacity," "bravado," "cunning," "daring," "tenacity" and "brilliance." This factor, whatever it is labeled, ultimately decides one's future much more than school grades." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Just know that it's fear that keeps most people working at a job. The fear of not paying their bills. The fear of being fired. The fear of not having enough money. the fear of starting over. That's the price of studying to learn a profession or trade, and then working for money. Most people become a slave to money… and then get angry at their boss." — Robert Kiyosaki

"What do you think about me is not my business the important thing is what I think about myself..." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Excessive fear and self-doubt are the greatest detractors of personal genius." — Robert Kiyosaki

"'I can't afford it' shuts down your brain. It doesn't have to think anymore. Besides, it also brings up sadness, and a helplessness that leads to despondency and often depression. 'How can I afford it?' opens up the brain. It forces it to think and search for answers. It also opens up possibilities, excitement and dreams and creates a stronger mind and dynamic spirit." '— Robert Kiyosaki

"There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Most people fail to realize that in life, it's not how much money you make, it's how much money you keep." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Learn to use your emotions to think, not think with your emotions." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Find the game where you can win, and then commit your life to playing it; and play to win." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Once again, the 90/10 rule of money applies - 10% of the borrowers in the world use debt to get richer - 90% use debt to get poorer." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Rule #1: You must know the difference between an asset and a liability, and buy assets. If you want to be rich, this is all you need to know. It is rule number one. It is the only rule. This may sound absurdly simple, but most people have no idea how profound this rule is. Most people struggle financially because they do not know the difference between an asset and a liability. Rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class acquire liabilities that they think are assets." — Robert Kiyosaki

"An asset is something that puts money IN my pocket. A liability is something that takes money OUT of my pocket." — 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

"In today's rapidly changing world, the people who are not taking risk are the risk takers." — Robert Kiyosaki

"You will never know true freedom until you achieve financial freedom." — Robert Kiyosaki

"An intelligent person hires people who are more intelligent than he is." — Robert Kiyosaki

"It is that same fear, the fear of ostracism that causes people to conform and not question commonly accepted opinions or popular trends." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Today, wealth is in information. And the person who has the most timely information owns the wealth." — Robert Kiyosaki

"When it comes to money, the only skill most people know is to work hard." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Accounting is possibly the most confusing, boring subject in the world, but if you want to be rich long-term, it could be the most important subject." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Many people will not head down the street until all the lights are green. That is why they don't go anywhere." — Robert Kiyosaki

"There is always risk, so learn to manage risk instead of avoiding it." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Remember that anything important can't really be learned in the classroom. It must be learned by taking action, making mistakes, and then correcting them. That's when wisdom sets in." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Losers are people who are afraid of losing." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Change your focus from making money to serving more people because serving more people makes the money come in." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Hoping drains your energy. Action creates energy!" — Robert Kiyosaki

"Before you can transform your wallet from poor to rich, you've got to transform your mind from poor to rich." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The rich does not work for money, but have money work for them, while the poor work for money. Illiteracy, both in word and numbers, is the foundation of financial struggle. Wealth is a person's ability to survive so many number of days forward, or if I stopped working today, how could I survive? Wealth is the measure of cashflow from tthe asset column compared with the expense column." — Robert Kiyosaki

"When investing, and in life, you don't need to know every answer, you just need to know who to call for the answers." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The rich are those who play to win. The middle class plays not to lose." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Never stop searching for information and self-knowledge. Once you do, ignorance sets in." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The only person who is going to give you security and the life that you want is YOU." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work." — Robert Kiyosaki

"In the real world, the smartest people are the people who make mistakes and learn from them. In school, the smartest people are the people who don't make mistakes." — Robert Kiyosaki

"If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there." — Robert Kiyosaki

"When you are young, work to learn, not to earn." — Robert Kiyosaki

"People who refuse to open their minds to new strategies seldom become rich." — Robert Kiyosaki

"To live a life dictated by the size of a paycheck is not real living." — Robert Kiyosaki

"TODAY is the word for winners, and TOMORROW is the word for losers." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Successful people take big risks knowing that they might fall hard. But, they might succeed more than they ever dreamed too." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Remember to dream big, think long-term and take baby steps. That is the key to long-term success." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Money is not the goal. Money has no value. The value comes from the dreams money helps achieve." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Successful people don't fear failure but understand that it's necessary to learn and grow from." — Robert Kiyosaki

"The problem with this world is there are not enough problem solvers. So, if you become a problem solver, you can become rich." — Robert Kiyosaki

"Knowing you need to make a change is not enough. You've got to find the guts to do it." — Robert Kiyosaki