The Fortune Book Club Book Review: The Cashflow Quadrant
Title: The Cashflow Quadrant
Author: Robert Kiyosaki
Publisher: Plata Publishing
Publication date: 1 Sept. 2011
Following on from the monumental success of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki released The Cashflow Quadrant to assist others who are ready to make changes in their lives. By understanding which quadrant you currently make the majority of your income from, you can better understand your current financial situation and what you’ll need to change in order to reach your financial goals.
While Rich Dad Poor Dad was, and still is, a great success, there isn’t the same cult following to Robert Kiyosaki’s other books (e.g. Rich Dad Guide To Investing), which is a surprise given how much I liked The Cashflow Quadrant. Over 20 years after the initial publication date, I still found the message outlined in the book inspirational and educational.
Kiyosaki has built a career on promoting financial intelligence and The Cashflow Quadrant is a good resource for doing so. The book helps readers to determine where they currently source the majority of their income, weigh up their current financial situation and determine whether or not they are on track towards financial freedom.
The utilisation of the quadrant throughout the book was a useful tool in showcasing how different people generate an income and how they generally act towards and perceive money. While the book generalised on the whole, I did find the statements to be reflective of people I know which was eye-opening – a sort of mini epiphany.
Like others (perhaps most famously Napoleon Hill) Kiyosaki is promoting the idea it’s not what you do but how you think that makes the difference. For example the simple act of investing isn’t going to make you rich, but it’s how you think in regards to investing that might i.e. if you’re researching companies / deals etc.
Moreover, the book builds upon the Rich Dad Poor Dad assets/liabilities mindset by highlighting how, on the whole, the employed and self-employed of the world are working hard on making others rich rather than ‘minding their own business’. This serves to point out how investments and savings can compound over time to financial freedom.
The book is also a good source of further/additional reading as you can tell from the length of the mentioned reading section below this review. With titles in the fields of: stocks, trading, economics, real estate and personal development amongst others, the book is a good stepping stone into more advanced reads and highlights how knowledgable and studious Kiyosaki actually is.
However, The Cashflow Quadrant was quite repetitive. While I agree the concepts were well explained and the points were clearly put across, I didn’t like the fact they were repeated every couple of pages. It sounded a bit too preachy, almost like a financial sermon.
Furthermore, it was difficult to ignore the ‘hard sell’ that Kiyosaki was implementing throughout the book in order to sell other Rich Dad products and services. Frequent mention of his board game Cashflow, other books and workshops made it read a bit pushy and would perhaps have been better off with a more subtle approach.
To conclude, The Cashflow Quadrant is a great business book for beginners looking to take their first step into building a passive income. Kiyosaki provides a great starting point that allows readers to identify their financial strengths and weaknesses and motivates them to start the journey towards financial freedom through business ownership and investing. While perhaps a bit rudimentary for those with more than basic knowledge in business, it is a great source of motivation for those that have lost their momentum. Overall it’s an inspiring read that is accessible and well supported – 4/5.
- The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas Stanley
- E-Myth – Michael Gerber
- Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- Trading For A Living – Dr. Alexander Elder
- The Worldly Philosophers – Robert Heilbroner
- The Wealth Of Nations – Adam Smith
- Unlimited Wealth – Paul Zane Pilzer
- The Sovereign Individual – James Dale Davidson
- The Crest of the Wave – Robert Pretcher
- The Great Boom Ahead – Harry Dent
- Awaken The Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
- Creating Wealth – Robert Allen
- Deals On Wheels – Lonnie Scruggs
- God Wants You To Be Rich – Paul Zane Pilzer
- At The Crest Of The Tidal Wave – Robert Pretcher
- How To Make Money In Stocks – William O’Neil
- Influence – Robert Cialdini
- Over The Top – Zig Ziglar
- Stone Soup – Marcia Brown
- Trade Your Way To Financial Freedom – Dr. Van Tharp
- Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- What Works On Wall Street – James O’Shaughnessy
- Who Stole The American Dream – Burke Hedges
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