I had the opportunity to attend a free Rich Dad Education workshop last Friday. The workshop was being offered at a local hotel less than five minutes from my home. There was no cost and for attending you received a free gift. I have read parts of Robert Kiyosaki’s bestselling book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” years ago, so I was interested in seeing what this workshop had to offer. There were roughly 30 other people in attendance for this 2 hour-long workshop. The workshop was hosted by Katie O’Brien. A young, energetic speaker who did a good job keeping the audience engaged. For the first half hour Katie provided a general overall of some financial education tips. Asking the group what our dreams were and what was our plans for achieving them. She outlined 3 steps to help achieve them.
Basically her 3 step plan states you need to have the opportunity, often individuals don’t take advantage of opportunity in their lives and knowledge, the education to follow through on the opportunity when it presents itself and finally the action plan to complete steps 1 & 2.
Here’s Katie with Kim and Robert Kiyosaki:
I was with Katie so far, and then this is where the presentation took a turn. The next point she made was that you need to have a system, a system that Rich Dad Education could sell you over a 3 day training course for as little as $1044.00. Ouch!
The remainder of the workshop was pretty much a sales pitch on Rich Dad’s training, you could attend in person or online and prices ranged from as little as $100 up to $1044. The system is a real estate program to teach you how to buy and sell using other people’s money. Katie mentioned Hard Money Loans as a way to securing real estate, reminded me of loan sharks, really not my cup of tea. As the Katie wrapped up, she shared a story of a young girl who overcame a rare degenerative joint disease and after many surgeries achieved her dreams and goals. She then put an old blurry, blown up newspaper article on the screen that showed the young girl was her. I’m not discrediting what Katie stated, but when I’ve tried finding the article myself, I was unable too.
I did not purchase any of the additional training. There were at least five people in attendance that did. I collect my free gift, a pre-loaded flash drive with a number of Rich Dad information. After coming home and feeling disappointed about wasting 2 hours of my life I did a little research and found the following information on these workshops and Rich Dad Education in general. A local ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh profiled these workshops back in May of 2013.
Have you ever attended a Rich Dad workshop? How have you tried to improved your financial literary?
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