Rich dad always said to Mike and me, “Money is a drug.” The main reason he refused to pay us while we worked for him was because he never wanted us to become addicted to working for money. “If you become addicted to money, it’s hard to break that addiction.”

When I called him from California as a grown man to ask him for money, he wasn’t about to break a pattern he started with me years before. He didn’t give us money as kids, and he wasn’t about to start now. Instead, he continued to be tough and guide me away from the addiction of working for money.

He called money a drug because he observed people who were happy when they had money and upset or moody when they didn’t. Just as heroin addicts get high when they inject the drug, they also get moody and violent when they don’t have it.

“Be careful of money’s addictive power,” he often said. “Once you get used to receiving it, that addiction keeps you attached to the way you got it.”

Put another way, if you receive money as an employee, then you get accustomed to that way of acquiring it. If you get used to generating money by being self-employed, it’s often difficult to break the attachment to earning money in that way. And if you get used to government handouts, that, too, is a hard pattern to break.

“The hardest part about moving from the left side to the right side is the attachment you have to the way you are used to earning money,” said rich dad. “It’s more than breaking a habit. It’s breaking an addiction.”

That’s why he stressed to Mike and me to never work for money. He insisted we learn to create our own systems as a way of acquiring money.

From my favorite the book “Unfair Advantage” by Robert T. Kiyosaki, for more Financial Information ‘Rich Dad Education’ visit: www.RichDad.com

Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education

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