The rich buy assets, the poor buy liabilities

The phrase “The rich buy assets, the poor buy liabilities” became famous with the book Rich Dad Poor Dad as it was one of the lessons Rich Dad allegedly taught to author Robert Kiyosaki. The book is a worldwide bestseller, but it’s been criticized on many of the points it advocates.

picture money can't buy happinessI’ve been thinking about that phrase – Rich buy assets, poor buy liabilites – I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. Especially since our newlywed money and finance is not in a great shape. Is the secret key to getting rich that simple – just buy assets instead of liabilities?

It makes perfect sense to put your money into stuff that pays you back – like a rental property or a stock portfolio; investing is all about putting money into stuff that will help you make more money later. But us humans are so gullible! We have a hard time saying “no” to that seductive, shiny, brand new flat screen that is way cooler than the flat screen Peter bought last month (and made rounds at the office bragging to everyone about it). So we buy it and do a little Tarzan-style victory dance in front of Peter’s desk. Take that, Peter!

According to Kiyosaki, the rich invest their money by buying things called “assets” – things that put money in your pocket like rental properties or stock portfolios. The poorspend their money on things called “liabilities” – things that are basically money-pits and never put money in your pocket. Like that flat screen we were eager to rub in Peter’s face.

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