Cashflow® 101: How to Get Out of the Rat Race
When Robert Kiyosaki came out with a game version of his best-seller Rich Dad
Poor Dad, my husband Glenn and I immediately purchased it along with another
couple (at $100 per couple) and set about to play. Heeding the advice on the cover,
The More You Play this Game, the Richer You Become, the four of us
committed to playing every week for three months. Having been personal growth
playmates with Robert, we knew that games can be powerful vehicles for learning,
and we were not disappointed.
The objective of the game is to get out of the rat race by building up your passive
income to be greater than your total expenses. Each player is given an Income/Expense
Statement and an Asset/Liabilities Balance Sheet. As the game unfolds, the interconnections
between the partssalary, investments, loans, real estate, businessesbecome
evident. While having fun, we painlessly learned an amazing amount about the risks
and rewards of short- and long-term investments and other spending decisions.
If you follow the games directions, Kiyosaki promises, In one year
your life will be completely different
your future more secure
youll see opportunities everywhere
was, and continues to be, our experience. Following the logic we learned from
the game, we made our first and then subsequent real estate investments. We increased
our passive income. We decreased the number of doodads we accumulated.
We enjoyed playing the game for those first three months and introducing it to
other friends over the years. At fourteen, our son elected it as one of his favorite
games. It may have been one of the best learning programs of his school years.
Board game, Cashflow Technologies, $195.00
Cashflow® for Kids
Cashflow for Kids is a simpler version of Cashflow 101. What a
great way to introduce young children to the sometimes taboo subject of money.
Imagine having fun learning investing and accounting, two topics more typically
known for their complexity or snooze factor. Every elementary school in our
country should have a copy of this game in its classroom.
Board game, Cashflow Technologies, $39.95
Cashflow® 202: The Advanced Game
Cashflow 202 is more complicated and slower moving than the other
Cashflow games. It teaches you advanced investing techniques (such as short
selling and options) used by experienced investors by adding volatility to the
game. The concepts are more difficult to grasp, as youre now participating
in more sophisticated trades and you have to carefully select your investments
of time and money. I have to admit that it was fun to pick a card and be delightfully
surprised when I got to add hundreds of dollars to my monthly income because
I had started a network marketing business!
Interestingly, a network
marketing business turns out to be the best and safest way to make it out of
the rat race!
Board game, Cashflow Technologies, $95.00