Top 15 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes of All Time

In today’s post, I want to share my top 15 Robert Kiyosaki quotes of all time.

Robert Kiyosaki is one of my personal favorite business mentors. While some people disagree with his teachings, I find it fascinating and very helpful.

I’ve been reading his books and taking his courses for about 10-years now. Through the years, I’ve found some really powerful Robert Kiyosaki quotes that really stuck with me. I wanted to take a few minutes and share them with you, hoping they have a similar impact in your life and business.

These Robert Kiyosaki quotes come from many different sources. Some are from his books. Others are from his online videos. Enjoy.

Top 15 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes

Top 15 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes

These Robert Kiyosaki quotes are listed in no particular order. After each quote, I will share my own two cents on the subject.

1. The poor and middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.

The wealthiest people in America are entrepreneurs and investors, not employees. If you want to get ahead financially, you must stop trading hours for dollars. Instead of working for money, let money work for you. The only way to do that is as an investor or an entrepreneur. The bottom line is that you need leverage. This leverage can come from money or people.

2. An intelligent person hires people who are more intelligent than they are.

All successful people have a group of intelligent advisors. This includes a good CPA, financial advisor, insurance agent, and attorney (at a minimum).  Smart business people look for talented folks to hire who are normally smarter than they are. This lets them leverage these experts’ knowledge to get even better results. Let’s face it, no one knows everything about everything. Surround yourself with talented people and watch your own value and success skyrocket.

3. The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind.

Our mind is our greatest asset. Whatever we can think and believe, we can achieve. Most people spend adequate money feeding their body, but very little time or money feeding their mind. You should read books, find mentors, participate in mastermind teams, and attend seminars. Learn everything you can about your business and industry and also focus on continuous improvement. Try to get a little bit every single day. Do that daily for a few years and the Compound Effect will kick in. Feeding your body will make you about $10 to $20 per hour, whereas feeding your brain can make you rich!

work to learn

4. Work to learn. Don’t work for money.

If you are going to take a job, do it so you can learn a new skill that will help you grow a business. Pick a job because of the education you will get from it, not for the money you will make doing it. The marketplace is constantly changing and we must always learn and develop new skills that will make us more valuable to the marketplace. That’s why you should look for jobs that will teach you new things. If you’re thinking about starting a business of your own, get some experience in sales, marketing, advertising, operations, and bookkeeping, first. This will help you out later on down the road.

5. Never be the person who buys the stock. What you want to be when you grow up is the person who creates the stock that brokers sell and others buy.

The people who make the most money with stocks are the people who create companies, not the people who buy stock in it. Spend your time building businesses so that you can one day sell the business or take it public, via IPO. That is where the real money is made.

6. An asset puts money into my pocket. Your home is not an asset.

Most people are confused by what an asset really is. An asset is something that puts money IN your pocket, not takes it away. Don’t confuse the difference between capital gains and cash flow. Anything can go up or down in value, but a good asset is something that pays you some type of ongoing income on a consistent basis AND goes up in value over a period of time.

7. Passion builds businesses. Not fear.

Don’t let your fears control you. If you let your fears control you, you will never take action and build a successful business. The only way to destroy fear is to take action. We all have fears. My best advice is to let your actions control your fears rather than letting your fears control your actions.

8. And you will understand why seeking security to avoid risk is the riskiest thing you can do.

In life, you can have security or opportunity, but you will seldom have both. Most people choose security over opportunity. As a result, they end up with very little (financially) at their end of their lives. Don’t be scared to try something and fail. In life, you should take some risks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

9. The worst advice you can give to your children is to go to school, get good grades and find a safe, secure job.

You will find very few “financially” successful people who follow this strategy. If you really want to make it big in life, you should be an investor or entrepreneur. The days of job security are long gone, even if you work for the government. Look at what the masses are doing and do the exact opposite. After all, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different to happen.

10. You may lose two or three companies before you build a successful one that lasts.

Very few entrepreneurs achieve success with their first business venture. You must learn the right skillset and mindset before you will succeed. This takes time to do; normally several years. As long as you learn from each experience, and evolve, you will eventually succeed as an entrepreneur. Success never comes easy. You must pay the full price.

size of desire equals success

11. The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Success starts with desire. This is what will fuel you to take action. You need a big, burning desire and a big dream to keep you excited and passionate as you pay your dues, temporarily fail, and learn from your mistakes. Success is about getting up one more time than you are knocked down.

12.  Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage, and especially in investing.

No one is a success all by themselves. Ultimately, we become successful through the help of others. Your goal is to find the best, most talented people you can and work with them. Surround yourself with people who are inspiring, successful, talented and uplift you. Avoid the haters and dream stealers at all cost.

13.  Education is what you learn after you leave school.

Your real education begins after you graduate high school or college. A degree will not prepare you for the real world. Most people stop learning after they graduate and then wonder why their career plateaus. You must be a life-long student and have a personal and professional development plan.

14.  The thing most people don’t pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it never ends. It’s 24/7.

When you own a business, it’s much different from a job. With a job, you can work your 40-hours each week, come home, and forget about everything. As an entrepreneur your job never ends. Yes, you can still take time and relax, but you can never really get away from your business (if you want to be successful).

15. Few people realize that luck is created.

The harder I work the luckier I get. Most middle class Americans look at the rich and consider them lucky. The truth is most of these people created their own luck by taking risks, having a plan, working smart, and persevering.

Final Thoughts

In summary, these are my top 15 Robert Kiyosaki quotes of all time. I’ve learned so much from Robert Kiyosaki through the years. He has so much wisdom about starting and growing a successful business, and investing. If you haven’t checked out his books yet, you should.

What are your thoughts? What are you favorite Robert Kiyosaki quotes of all time? Leave a comment and let us know. I look forward to hearing from you.

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14 thoughts on “Top 15 Robert Kiyosaki Quotes of All Time”

    1. Both of those are great books. I also like his book “If You Want to Be Rich & Happy, Don’t Go to College.” That was one of my first Robert Kiyosaki books I read and I really enjoyed it.

  1. I agree with Robert Kyasoki that luck is created. What most people fail to believe is that things don’t just fall on your laps. You don’t get served with luck on a platter of gold. You have to have the right set of skills and be in the right place for you to be lucky. Therefore, you create your own luck.

    These quotes are some of the things that determine the path I take in my business. Reading his books is essential to growing one’s mind; although there are several other books you can lay hands on, his is the best. You can only grow to the level of your mind. Especially the famous Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I was told by several mentors while in my early 20s that if I couldn’t find an opportunity, it was my responsibility to create one. That’s what I’ve tried to do for the past 20+ years.

  2. After reading these quotes, I too have become a fan of Robert Kiyosaki. Thanks for sharing these. I felt like they spoke to me on a personal level. A few months back my partner gave up a very successful career to become an entrepreneur. While, there were very few of those who encouraged us, most of the friends and family only expressed their doubts over it which in turn made us doubt our decision. The journey so far has had its ups and downs but we were mentally prepared for this and sailed through fortunately. These quotes just made me realized that all that we went through was bound to happen but the end result will be beyond our hope and expectations. Again thanks for sharing these. Our brain is indeed the most powerful asset and when we put our mind to it, we can rise above all the challenges. I certainly feel more optimistic now

  3. Quotes are one of the most powerful ways to get a person motivated. I read them every day, and they help me to move forward and to be in a good state of mind. These 15 Robert Kiyosaki quotes are amazing. Chuck’s selection is amazing. Number 3 and number 4 are the most powerful ones to me. Our mind is our greatest weapon. We just need to learn how to use it in the most effective way. Work to learn, not to earn money. That is one amazing piece of advice because the best knowledge about something particular we can get is by working. An experience by working is priceless. Once we have enough experience and a good portfolio, the work and money will come by themselves, and we will be ready for the challenge.

  4. Hi Chuck,

    My favorite quote seems to be #7. I like your interpretation more, “The only way to destroy fear is to take action.” I find it very relevant and helpful to me. Thank you!

    Quote #11 is also excellent. Dream big and want what you want to achieve as bad as you want air, and you’ll have it, and don’t let failure stop you along the way.


  5. Passion absolutely builds business. Fear is a normal part of the process, but your passion should always be greater than your fear if you want to succeed. So many people let the uncertainty of the future consume them and also allow negative people get in their heads. It robs them of the ability to dream bigger and work towards bigger thing. If you can remind yourself WHY something is important to you, you’ll always be able to overcome fear.

  6. These are some great quotes. I was really grabbed by the one that states your house is not an asset. That is very true. While it has value, it doesn’t make you money. The only way homes can be assets is if you are in the business of “flipping” homes.

    I also like the one that says education is what you learn after leaving school. In my opinion, every day of our life should be educational. We should always be trying to learn something new.

    Yes, I agree that Robert Kiyosaki is a very wise man. I don’t always agree with everything he says, but the majority of his statements are dead on.

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