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The New Rules Of Money (Video 4) – Robert Kiyosaki, “Assets vs. Liabilities: The Basis For Financial Literacy.”

Today there is much talk about how young adults are financially illiterate as if financial literacy were adequate to build wealth. Millions of people have read one of the best financial literacy books out there “Rich Dad,Poor Dad” yet there is a loss of translation somewhere between the sound principles of financial literacy and their utility in building wealth. Somewhere, there still is a bridge to building wealth that books such as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” have failed to cross. This bridge is one of not financial literacy, but one of wealth literacy. If I were a university President, I would ensure that my business program offered the following courses:

(1) How to Leverage Money
(2) The Four Pillars of Wealth
(3) How to Invest Money
(4) Gold and Precious Metals
(5) How to Leverage Time
(6) Debunking Widespread Investment Myths; and
(7) Networking

There would be several more lessons that I would provide after this basic curriculum was completed, including:

(1) The Connection Between Politics and Investing; and
(2) Leveraging Technology to Build Wealth

With an adequate foundation of knowledge in all these courses, a young adult would be prepared to build wealth without so much trial and error, struggle, or outright failure. Instead, no level of traditional institutions of education teach such courses and instead remain mired in curriculums skewed towards theory and not applicability such as statistics, economics 101, marketing and finance. If you think about it, even at the Master level, none of these traditional business or financial literacy courses will really teach any student how to build wealth. This is precisely the reason why young adults must seek an entirely different foundation in order to understand how to truly build wealth.

Various surveys that I have stumbled across that assess the financial literacy of young adults are inadequately structured because they focus too much on traditional concepts such as stocks, options, real estate, and so on versus granting an assessment on whether young adults are knowledgeable about any concepts necessary to build wealth. Being “financially” literate versus being “wealth” literate are two entirely different concepts. I believe that one can be financially literate while not being wealth literate.

The difference between financial literacy courses and wealth literacy courses is this. Financial literacy courses focus on topics such as budgeting, basic understanding of investing concepts, funding retirement accounts and so on – concepts that young adults rarely consider but still not concepts that will help them build wealth. Financial literacy courses teach young adults what they need to do to build wealth but grants them none of the tools they will actually need to successfully build wealth. Furthermore, they never inform them on actionable steps to build wealth other than common sense such as learn how to invest, max out your 401 (k) contributions and so on.

For example, if one was a basketball player, the comparable level of a financial literacy course would be to tell a power forward that he needs a good array of post-up moves close to the basket, a sweet outside shot to make opponents respect his range, a quick first step to create off the dribble and a solid defensive game so that opponents can not exploit him for being a one-dimensional player. But after telling the power forward that, there would be no further explanation but a wish of “good luck” and a pat on the back. A wealth literacy course would actually teach the athlete specifically what he would need to do to achieve success in each area of his game that would make him a premier athlete.

Telling young adults what they need to do will have little impact on improving their quality of life or making a successful transition from young adults into financially independent adults. Providing a toolkit for how to do so is far more important. To this end, seeking courses that teach wealth literacy instead of financial literacy to young adults is much more important.

J.S. Kim is the founder and managing director of SmartKnowledgeU™, a unique investment education system. Please visit the SmartKnowledgeU™ website to learn how to achieve financial freedom and more about wealth literacy.

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If there is a great learning game or tool that I would introduce to people to learn about financial education, it would definitely be Cashflow 101. Rich Dad’s Cashflow 101 is a financial education board game that teaches you financial literacy. I really had so much fun learning playing the game with others that I felt that it has been one of my best investments in purchasing the board game.

The game teaches you similar lessons in ones personal financial real life experience such as accumulating wealth such as investing in real estate, business, stocks, gold, mutual funds, handling debts and managing your expenses. The wonderful objective of the game is to simply accumulate passive income(income generated from your investments in areas such as real estate and business)such that it will be more than your total expenses. Once you have reach this stage in the game, it will enable you to get out of the rat race in the game and you can be considered as financially free in the game.

When I first played the game, it took me more that two hours if I remembered vividly to understand the game. As I understand more about the game, it creates great excitement when I played the game. I realized that my financial education knowledge increases as I played the game more. I began understand the significance terms in our personal finances such as assets, liabilities, doing small and big deals, ROI and so much more great education in the game. In developing a home business, the game enabled individuals like me to understand the importance of starting small but dream big to reach your goals.

The factor that I like most about Cashflow 101is I am able to play and learn together about financial education through this game. Just like any game, you will strategize differently to get out of the rat race as soon as possible to financially free in the game. Similarly, in running a home business, the game enables one to think and strategize the plan to develop the business further.

Aside from handling my personal financing in the game, I learn another fantastic learning lesson from the game. It is the art of handling and coping with your emotional intelligence in the game. When you play with 5 or more players, you are able to learn from each other emotions in the game. It seemed surreal to me at time. I learn that in business and personal finance, one has to handle his emotions well when dealing with investments.

In the game, I realized that the responsibility in the decision making in my investments lies in me. I am responsible for where I will be in the game. It made me realized that handling emotions well is certainly important in running not only a home business but other factors in life too. The beautiful part of such great financial board game, it enabled one to make mistakes in the game and learn to be more effective in dealing with real life situations thereafter.

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