Many of us have wondered why we continue to toil endlessly in our chosen field or profession and end up going nowhere fast. Most of us work hard. Most of us have worked hard all our lives. Yet we find ourselves not getting any closer to our dreams. Why is this so?
The answer is that most of us are in a rat race. The rat race exists because of two human emotions – fear and greed. We stay in the rat race because we fear of losing security at the same time we crave for the cheese or the rewards that we get by participating in the rat race. We after all need money to pay for our expenses – food, water, clothing and shelter. We become risk adverse. We become so risk adverse that we do fail to see the opportunities that surround us.We would always see the risk and never the return. We would always see the drawback instead of the upside. We would always see the chance for failure instead of the chance for success.
Robert Kiyosaki, in his best selling book, Rich Dad Poor Dad describes what kind of life it is to be inside the rat race and outside the rat race through the use of his two fatherhood figures.His biological father which he described as his “poor dad” worked hard all his life and struggled financially no matter how much he earned. His best friend’s father which he described as his “rich dad” started on the rat race also but through business was able to get out of it and has taught his secrets to both Robert and his son Mike.
In this book, Robert teaches people on the proper mindset that is needed in order to get out of the rat race. He teaches us to have the mindset of a rich person rather than a poor one. He also teaches people that the way to get out of the rat race is to create passive income through businesses or through investments. When the passive income that we get is equivalent or greater than our monthly expenses, then we get out of the rat race. We then start to enjoy life. We have no more boss to tell us what to do. We no longer have to worry about paying the bills and worry about where to invest instead. We get to travel to different places and buy things that we previously could not. We get to enjoy a privileged lifestyle.