All of us who are stuck in the rat race know the daily stress of work and the anxieties we have for our future even as we worry about the present issues that our families are struggling with. The chart of expenses below compares the expenses of the regular employee to their house helpers. The comparison may seem funny but the situation also tugs at reality in a major way.
You have been working very hard all your life. Yet, you found yourself in the same financial situation over and over again. Your income is barely enough to cover your basic needs. You are trapped in the rat race. You often wonder, what is it that you have been doing wrong? How come there are some people who are getting richer and richer by the day while you who had been working very hard is getting nowhere?
What do Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, the Venus sisters and the Beatles have in common aside from achieving greatness in their professions? Is it innate talent, passion for their chosen fields, luck or simply hard work?
Feeling lost in life? I recommend reading one of the best-selling books of all time – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book is about the story of a young shepherd boy, Santiago and his quest to find treasures in the pyramids.
The story is more than just your typical fiction stories. It is a philosophical book that will give you a better understanding of what life truly is all about. It is about listening to your heart, chasing your dreams and pursuing your destiny.
I have read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money — That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! written by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I heard of this book before and this should be on your list of books to buy and read.
This book shows us a solution to getting out of the Rat Race, which Kiyosaki defines as a situation where people “work for the owners of their company, for the government paying taxes, and for the bank paying off mortgage and credit cards.” This scenario sums up most of our parents’ and our lifestyle in our 9-5 jobs and Kiyosaki proposes that we learn and practice investing as a solution to get out of this trap, retire early and live wealthier lives. Continue reading Thoughts After Reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad