Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Aha! That is right! Wow, That is so true!

This is what I went on thinking and even saying out loud when reading 'Rich Dad Poor Dad'. And, I am very sure, most of you would have similar expressions! Robert Kiyosaki has said all about finances, cash flow, income, balance sheets, saving, wealth, rich, investments and a lot more - and said it simple enough for any one - I repeat, any one to understand. The narration goes on like a story but all the while only explaining facts and nothing else.

Is your house an asset or a liability ? Robert says if you do not have the assets to pay for the monthly EMIs and you need to pay for it from your monthly salary, it might as well be a liability and not an asset because that is an expense for which you have to stay in the 'rat race'.

Robert also talks about 'Mind Your Business'.What do you think is the main business of McDonalds ? Is it hamburgers ? Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, says his main business is real estate. To understand how this works, it is better to read it in Ray Kroc's words in 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' book.

Robert Kiyosaki and his friend Mike learned all this from the age of 9. So, read the book, understand it and teach what it says to the young young ones as well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What does it take ?

We all know and accept that books are good, meeting people, exchanging views, networking are essential for the all-round growth and to move ahead be it at work or otherwise. But, why is it that in the grind of our daily chores, we fail to realize the importance of it and or may be say and believe to ourselves - next time ?

What does it take to motivate ourselves to not just be bogged down by our short-term goals of examinations or work pressures but look at the big picture of life and take time out to do something that is necessary for the bigger goal. May be really understanding what it means by 'Begin with the end in mind!' and 'Sharpen the Saw' as said by Stephen Covey would help us understand the importance of doing all. Or is it one more read of 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho ?

Or let us change the question and analyze from the other end. What activities other than school/work, movies and computer games will stir an interest ?

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Secret - The Power

'What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists."
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

Like most of us, I know of 'The Secret' book for at least one year. Though I have perused the book, I did not get a chance to read through it. Unfortunately, whenever I picked up the book, I dozed off.

Of late, Vasu, a dear friend and a member of EveningHour, presented the 'Secret' DVD and enforced that I watch it. Owing to the 'nagging', I did watch it. And! I am glued to 'The Secret' now.

The Secret and  The Power re-iterated what I learned growing up.
You be positive, nice and helpful to others - and when you need, you get the help even from unexpected quarters.

Few points from 'The Power'

Love is the one force that will bring anything and everything that you wish for. The only catch is that you do not cancel it out immediately. Imagine this scenario. Most of us would relate to it.

One minute you are happy and you give love to your child/friend/spouse. In no time, you are angry and upset because you are not able to find your keys. A little while later, you are cool and give love because your friend praised your beautiful dress. Again, in a short while, you are complaining on the boss who would not sanction a leave.

and it goes on...

Here, we are canceling out the good effects that come out of 'love' with equal or may be worse bad effects because you are in a bad feeling.

The books, 'The Secret' and 'The Power' give many many practical tips on keeping the mood happy, achieving everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING that you ever want!

Definitely worth reading at least once. You will not leave it until you achieved everything that you want to or at least on the path to it.Secret