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『Rich Dad,Poor Dad』(1997）
■Chapter2: The Rich Don’t Work for Money (p.29-70)
The poor and the middle class work for money.
The rich have money work for them.
1) Life pushes all of us around.
“I would say that life is the best teacher of all.
Most of the time, life does not talk to you.
It just sort of pushes you around.
Each push is life saying.
‘Wake up. There’s something I want you to learn.’”
”Life pushes all of us around. Some give up. Others fight.
A few learn the lesson and move on. They welcome life
pushing them around. To these few people, it means they
need and want to learn something. …
If you learn this lesson, you will grow into a wise, wealthy
and happy young man. If you don’t, you will spend your life
blaming a job, low pay or your boss for your problems. …
Or if you’re the kind of person who has no gut, you just
give up every time life pushes you. If you’re that kind of
person, you’ll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right
things, saving yourself for some event that never happens.
Then, you die a boring old man. You’ll have lots of friends
who really like you because you were such a nice hard-working
guy. You spent a life playing it safe, doing the right things.
But the truth is, you let life push you into submission.
Deep down you were terrified of taking risks. You really wanted
to win, but the fear of losing was greater than the excitement
of winning. Deep inside, you and only you will know you didn’t
go for it .You chose to play it safe.”
2) Rat Race
Most people have a price. And they have a price because of
human emotions named fear and greed. First, the fear of being
without money motivates us to work hard, and then once we
get that paycheck, greed or desire starts us thinking about
all the wonderful things money can buy.
The pattern is then set…
The pattern of get up, go to work, pay bills, get up, go to work,
pay bills… their lives are then run forever by two emotions,
fear and greed. Offer them more money, and they continue
the cycle by also increasing their spending.
This is what I call the Rat Race.
3) Think, instead of react
Instead of confronting the fear, they react instead of think.
They react emotionally instead of using their heads.
Then, they get a few bucks in their hands, and again the emotion
of joy and desire and greed take over, and again they react,
instead of think.”
4) Money is the carrot, the illusion.
Most people use fear and greed against themselves.
That’s the start of ignorance. Most people live their lives
chasing paychecks, pay raises and job security because of
the emotions of desire and fear, not really questioning where
those emotion-driven thoughts are leading them.
It’s just like the picture of a donkey, dragging a cart, with
its owner dangling a carrot just in front of the donkey’s nose.
The donkey’s owner may be going where he wants to go,
but the donkey is chasing an illusion.
Tomorrow there will only be another carrot for the donkey…
What intensifies fear and desire is ignorance.
That is why rich people with lots of money often have more
fear the richer they get. Money is the carrot, the illusion.
If the donkey could see the whole picture, it might rethink
its choice to chase the carrot.
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