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119 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes to Inspire Your Prosperity

119 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes to Inspire Your Prosperity

Robert Kiyosaki is a famous American author who has written many influential books and also become a famous speaker. His most popular and famous book is Rich Dad, Poor Dad. You can buy a copy here if you haven’t already read it.

His goal in this book is to challenge the way people think about money. It is a controversial book that has as many advocates as it does critics. Often people read the book and become very inspired, especially with regard to real estate investing.  

In the book, he tells the story of learning from two different “dads” – one is his real dad (the “poor dad”) and the other is his friend’s father (the “rich dad”). Much of the book focuses on Kiyosaki’s perspective in how he learned from his “rich dad” about what to do with money. In the book, he outlines 6 main money lessons that comprise the core of the book.

Robert Kiyosaki Quotes

  1. “How we handle fears, doubts, beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses determines if we become rich or poor.”
  2. “Question all advice that you hear and read.  Question the experts.  Question me and my team.  Think for yourself.”
  3. “In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn.  In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes.”
  4. “Be careful taking on debt.  If you take on debt personally, make sure it’s small.  If you take on large debt, make sure someone else is paying for it.”
  5. “Everything the working class has been told to do, the rich do not do.  The rich understand money.  They work for positive cash flow, not a paycheck.”
  6. “No one can afford bad advice.”
  7. “You will make some mistakes, but, if you learn from those mistakes, those mistakes will become wisdom and wisdom is essential to becoming wealthy.”
  8. “Workers work hard enough to not be fired, and owners pay just enough so that workers won’t quit.”
  9. “The world is full of smart poor people.”
  10. “The most important word in the world of money is cash flow.  The second most important word is leverage.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “Life isn’t fair.  It never will be.  Quit trying to make it fair.  You don’t need it to be fair.  Go make life unfair to your advantages.”
  13. “Watch what the idiots are doing, and do the opposite.”
  14. “It’s easier to stand on the sidelines, criticize, and say why you shouldn’t do something.  The sidelines are crowded.  Get in the game.”
  15. “It’s always about perspective.  Every setback offers a lesson.  Are you looking for it?”
  16. “It’s more important to grow your income than it is to cut your expenses.  And it’s more important to grow your spirit than cut your dreams.”
  17. “I’d rather welcome change than cling to the past.”
  18. “To be successful in business you must learn three management skills: (1) manage your cash flow; (2) manage your people; (3) manage your time.”
  19. “Often, the more money you make the more money you spend; that’s why more money doesn’t make you rich – assets make you rich.”
  20. “Complaining about your current position in life is worthless.  Have a spine and do something about it instead.”
  21. “If you’re working solely on earned income?  You’re playing with fire.”
  22. “Hoping drains your energy.  Action creates energy.”
  23. “Don’t be addicted to money.  Work to learn.  Don’t work for money.  Work for knowledge.”
  24. “If you want to become a rich person, don’t let the poor person inside of you do the talking.”
  25. “The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.”
  26. “No matter where you live, or your background, the only people who will thrive in the future are those who think like an entrepreneur.”
  27. “The trouble with school is they give you the answer, then they give you the exam.  That’s not life.”
  28. “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.”
  29. “If you think financial education is expensive, try ignorance.”
  30. “Broke is temporary; poor is eternal.”
  31. “The most successful people in life are the ones who ask questions.  They’re always learning.  They’re always growing.  They’re always pushing.”
  32. “The most life-destroying word of all is the word tomorrow.”
  33. “Winners are not afraid of losing.  But losers are.  Failure is part of the process of success.  People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
  34. “The more a person seeks security, the more that person gives up control over his life.”
  35. “If you want to be rich, you need to develop your vision.  You must be standing on the edge of time, gazing into the future.”
  36. “If you’re still doing what mommy and daddy said for you to do (go to school, get a job, and save money), you’re losing.”
  37. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how well you handle rejection along the way.”
  38. “Everyone can tell you the risk.  An entrepreneur can see the reward.”
  39. “When you’re forced to think, you expand your mental capacity.  When you expand your mental capacity, your wealth increases.”
  40. “The biggest challenge you have is to challenge your own self doubt and your laziness.  It is your self doubt and your laziness that defines and limits who you are.”
  41. “You’ll often find that it’s not mom or dad, husband or wife, or the kids that’s stopping you.  It’s you.  Get out of your own way.”
  42. “The problem with having a job is that it gets in the way of getting rich.”
  43. “The love of money is not the root of all evil.  The lack of money is the root of all evil.”
  44. “The wealthy buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle-class tend to buy luxuries first.  Why?  Emotional discipline.”
  45. “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”
  46. “When I started my last business, I didn’t receive a paycheck for 13 months.  The average person can’t handle that pressure.”
  47. “There are no bad business and investment opportunities, but there are bad entrepreneurs and investors.”
  48. “It does not take money to make money.”
  49. “People need to wake up and realize that life doesn’t wait for you.  If you want something, get up and go after it.”
  50. “In today’s rapidly-changing world, the people who are not taking risk are the risk takers.”
  51. “Skills make you rich, not theories.”
  52. “The more I risk being rejected, the better my chances are of being accepted.”
  53. “When you pretend to be smart, you’re at the height of stupidity.”
  54. “The ability to sell is the number one skill in business.  If you cannot sell, don’t bother thinking about becoming a business owner.”
  55. “The only difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they use their time.”
  56. “The moment you make passive income and portfolio income a part of your life, your life will change.  Those words will become flesh.”
  57. “By all means, take a rest.  Recharge your battery this weekend.  Just know your competition might not feel the same way.  It’s what you’re doing while everyone else is relaxing that makes a difference.”
  58. “Financial struggle is often the direct result of people working all their lives for someone else.”
  59. “If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.”
  60. “The philosophy of the rich and the poor is this: the rich invest their money and spend what is left.  The poor spend their money and invest what is left.”
  61. “If you want to be financially-free, become a different person than you are today and let go of whatever has held you back in the past.”
  62. “Find the game where you can win, and then commit your life to playing it; and play to win.”
  63. “One of the great things about being willing to try new things and make mistakes is that making mistakes keeps you humble.  And people who’re humble learn more than people who are arrogant.”
  64. “I keep hearing, ‘I’d rather be happy than rich.’  But why not be both?”
  65. “Retaining memorized information just long enough to pass a test will not define your true intelligence.”
  66. “Don’t waste a good mistake; learn from it.”
  67. “The poor, the unsuccessful, the unhappy, the unhealthy are the ones who use the word tomorrow the most.”
  68. “Choose your words wisely.  They become your actions and then your reality.”
  69. “Refuse to let those that matter least interfere with what matters most.”

Rich Dad Poor Dad Quotes

These are quotes specifically from the original book that has inspired millions of us.

1. “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 T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

2. “Stop blaming me, thinking I’m the problem. If you think I’m the problem, then you have to change me. If you realize that you’re the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something and grow wiser. Most people want everyone else in the world to change themselves. Let me tell you, it’s easier to change yourself than everyone else.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

3. “Excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

4.” An intelligent person hires people who are more intelligent than he is.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

5. ” 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 T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

6. “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn, don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

7. “In today’s fast-changing world, it’s not so much what you know anymore that counts, because often what you know is old. It is how fast you learn. That skill is priceless.”– Robert T.  Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

8. “Money often makes obvious our tragic human flaws, putting a spotlight on what we don’t know.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

9. “The problem with simply working harder is that each of these three levels takes a greater share of your increased efforts. You need to learn how to have your increased efforts benefit you and your family directly.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

10. “The mistake in becoming what you study is that too many people forget to mind their own business. They spend their lives minding someone else’s business and making that person rich.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

11. “Rich dad believed that the words ‘I can’t afford it’ shut down your brain. ‘How can I afford it?’ opens up possibilities, excitement, and dreams.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

12. “Workers work hard enough to not be fired, and owners pay just enough so that workers won’t quit” And if you look at the pay scales of most companies, again I would say there is a degree of truth in that statement.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

13. “Poor dad wanted me to specialize. That was his view on how to be paid more. Even after being told by the governor of Hawaii that he could no longer work in state government (…) He never understood that the more specialized you become, the more you are trapped and dependent on that specialty.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

14. “Staking the asset column is a high-attitude game.  It takes guts, patience and a great attitude toward failure. Losers aoid failing. And failure turns losers into winers.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

15.” I would say that one of the hardest things about wealth building is to be true to yourself and be willing to not go along with the crowd. (…) As we used to say as surfers: “There is always another way.”  People who hurry and catch a wave late usually are the ones who wipe out.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

16. “Too often today, we focus  to borrowing money to get the things we want instead of focusing on creating money. One is easier in the short term, but harder in the long term (…) Remember, the easy road often becomes hard, and the hard road often becomes easy.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

17. “Start minding your own business. Keep you daytime job, but start buying real assets, not liabilities.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

18. “Financial struggle is often directly the result of people working all their lives for someone else.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

19. “The better you are at communicating, negotiating, and handling your fear of rejection, the easier life is.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

20. “A truly intelligent person welcomes new ideas, for new ideas can add to the synergy of other accumulated ideas.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

21. “My brain gets stronger everyday because I exercise it. The stronger it gets, the more money I can make.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

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22. “The world is filled with talented poor people. All too often, they’re poor or struggle financially or earn less than they are capable of, not because of what they know, but because of what they don’t know.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

23. “Many people will not head down the street until all the lights are green. That is why they don’t go anywhere.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

24. “Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward — or, if I stopped working today, how long could I survive?”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

25. “The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth seemingly instantaneously. An untrained mind can also create extreme poverty that can crush a family for generations.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

26. “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 T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

27. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. But have fun. Most people never win because they’re more afraid of losing.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

28. “Getting rich begins with the right mindset, the right words and the right plan.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

29. “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 T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

30. “You will make some mistakes but, if you learn from those mistakes, those mistakes will become wisdom and wisdom is essential to becoming wealthy.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

31. “Rich dad said it this way, ‘Big people have big dreams and small people have small dreams. If you want to change who you are, begin by changing the size of your dreams.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

32. “My Rich Dad said, ‘All of us have the power of choice. I choose to be rich, and I make that choice every day.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

33. “Before there is a business, a successful entrepreneur is designing this type of business in his or her mind’s eye. According to my rich dad, this is the job of a true entrepreneur.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

34. “My rich dad taught me to focus on passive income and spend my time acquiring the assets that provide passive or long term residual income…passive income from capital gains, dividends, residual income from business, rental income from real estate, and royalties.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

35. “In 1997, in Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I stated, ‘Your home is not an asset.’ Real estate agents sent me hate mail.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

36. “The philosophy of the rich and the poor is this: the rich invest their money and spend what is left. The poor spend their money and invest what is left.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

37. “Success is a poor teacher. We learn the most about ourselves when we fail, so don’t be afraid of failing. Failing is part of the process of success. You cannot have success without failure.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki

38. “It’s more important to grow your income than cut your expenses. It’s more important to grow your spirit than cut your dreams.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

39. “Unfortunately for many people school is the end, not the beginning.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

40. “Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

41. “Money is only an idea. If you want more money simply change your thinking. Every self-made person started small with an idea, then turned it into something big. It takes only a few dollars to start and grow into something,  big.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

42. “The poor and the middle-class work for money. The rich have money work for them.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

43. “If you work for money, you give them the power to your employer. If money works for you, you keep the power and control it.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

44. “A person can be highly educated and professionally successful but can still be financially illiterate.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

45. “Sometimes you have to realize that you are the problem not others. This way you can try to change, learn new things and gain more knowledge.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

46. “There exist bad investors and entrepreneurs but no bad business or investment opportunities.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

47. “There will always be risk where there is money. Learn to manage risks instead of avoiding them.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

48. “If you have low financial intelligence then money will become smarter than you. You will have to work for it your whole life. You need to become smarter than money to be the master of it. Then money will obey you. This is financial intelligence.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

49. “Direct sales offers the education my rich dad taught: build your own network rather than working for a network.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

50. “Rich dad has taught me “You can’t do it” doesn’t necessarily mean “you can’t”. It more often means “they can’t.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

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Summary of Kiyosaki’s Best Quotes 

Robert T. Kiyosaki’s journey to success was a tough one. After completing his education, he began working on merchant ships thus had the chance to travel to different destinations across the world which exposed him to new ways of life and new cultures. He experienced extreme poverty which left a profound impact on him. Over time he has become quite famous and even friends with celebrities like Donald Trump (See our Outrageous Trump Quotes here) and many others!

From his experiences, he teaches us that financial aptitude is what you do with your money once you acquire it and how to stop others from taking it from you as well as how to keep it longer and how to make your money work hard for you. The above quotes will have a great impact on you and give you a financial breakthrough.

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