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I read the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki a few years back and was very intrigued. So when I was given the chance to review his new book, “Why “A” Students Work For “C” Students and “B” Students Work For the Government”, I jumped at it. I was sent a copy of this book so I could share my thoughts with everyone.

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I found this book to be an easy read. Robert T. Kiyosaki wrote this book so parents could take an active role in their children’s financial education.  Throughout the book, he included “action steps for parents.”  I also love that he included some quotes throughout the book.  They really make you think and are usually quite profound.

“When I was five years old

my mother always tole me

that happiness was the key to life.

“When I went to school, they asked me

what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I wrote down ‘happy.’

“They told me

I didn’t understand the assignment,

and I told them

they didn’t understand life.”

-John Lennon

One of the things Robert Kiyosaki said is “Stay in School”- Education is important.  However, there are questions to ask.  What kind of education?  Where will your child’s education take them? Will your child’s education prepare them for their future?  Will a good education help your child’s financial security?  This book introduces us to the education that is not taught in schools.  He wants to help teach you to put your child on a path where they won’t need a job or government pension to feel secure and to learn how to get to the top instead of working for those at the top.

Did you know that some of the greatest business leaders of our time have never finished school?  I didn’t.  Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a couple examples.  So, while education is important, Robert T. Kiyosaki points out that the  type of education you receive is an even bigger key.

There are two main types of education that are taught in schools.  Academic Education, which are the general skills such as reading, writing, and math.  The other is Professional Education, which is specialized skills to earn a living.  The type of education that is lacking in our schools is Financial Education.  Statistics say 90% of students want to learn about money.  However, 80% of teachers do not feel comfortable teaching this subject.

One of Mr. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad lessons is: “Financial education must include lessons in financial history.  If you want to prepare for the future you must know the past.”  I would highly recommend this book especially if you have children in the house but even for yourself if you don’t.  There is so much information in this book and my husband is itching to start reading this book next.  One thing I will add that Robert T. Kiyosaki suggests is that you play games with your children.  It’s a known fact that kids (and everyone else too) learn better through doing and playing than just being told.  After 2 weeks, 90% of what we say and do is remembered if it was through doing the real thing or through simulating the real experience.  Only 20% of what we hear and 10% of what we read is remembered through lectures and reading.  That is a huge difference.  So he suggests that you play Monopoly and CASHFLOW with your kids to help them learn and remember.

This book is eighteen chapters of, what I consider, great knowledge wrapped into 453 pages.  He also includes some bonus sections, a glossary, and resources to aide you in your journey.  If you need any further convincing, his last book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad was published in 1997 and was the only self-published book on the New York Times Best Seller List at that time.  It stayed on that list for over 6 years.  To date, over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide and it has been published in 53 languages as well as in 109 countries.  Those are some pretty amazing stats.  Check it out today.  It would make a great Summer read.

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You can also connect with Robert Kiyosaki on Facebook and Twitter. One lucky Emily Reviews reader will be able to win their own copy right here.  This giveaway is open to the US and will end at 11:59PM eastern on May 30, 2013.

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