Rich Dad Poor Dad: Misleading Simplicity?

What It REALLY Takes to Master Personal Finance

Adam Gelencser
3 min readSep 15


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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki has long held the spotlight as a seminal work on personal finance and wealth-building. Its allegories and foundational principles have guided many on their financial journey. Yet, as the financial landscape evolves and becomes increasingly complex, there is a pressing need for literature that delves deeper and offers tangible, actionable insights. Here’s what a modern, practical, and truly comprehensive “Rich Dad Poor Dad” should encompass:

1. Detailed Budgeting Techniques:

Mastering the art of budgeting is the cornerstone of financial literacy. While “Rich Dad Poor Dad” speaks broadly of financial intelligence, it largely overlooks the nitty-gritty of budgeting. A modern guide should detail steps to set up a budget — starting with cataloging monthly expenses, differentiating between needs and wants, setting aside savings, and periodically reviewing and adjusting the budget. Tools and apps that aid in budgeting, coupled with insights into the psychology behind impulsive spending and how to curb it, would be invaluable for readers.

2. A Comprehensive Dive into Diverse Investments:

While real estate holds prominence in Kiyosaki’s teachings, the diverse world of investments offers myriad opportunities. A deeper exploration would introduce readers to stocks and their valuation techniques, bond markets and interest rate impacts, mutual funds, the structure and benefits of ETFs, the pros and cons of REITs, and the complexities of commodity markets. Breakdowns of how each investment class works, the associated risks, tax implications, and strategies to maximize returns would be instrumental.

3. Credit and Debt Management:

The dual-edged sword of debt needs nuanced understanding. A revamped guide should provide clarity on various forms of debts — from mortgages to student loans, credit cards to personal loans. Discussing the significance of credit scores, strategies for efficient debt repayment, and ways to negotiate better interest rates could be woven in. Moreover, insights into consolidating debts, understanding loan…



Adam Gelencser

Tech enthusiast, currently entrepreneuring — regularly sharing content on tech news and irregularly on other topics. Founder of video AI tool.