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Robert Kiyosaki: Why the Rich are Getting Richer at TEDxUCSD (Full Transcript)

Robert Kiyosaki at TEDxUCSD

Full transcript of author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki’s TEDx Talk: Why the Rich are Getting Richer at TEDxUCSD conference.

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This subject: wealth and income inequality are the biggest moral crisis, and I’d also say it’s the spiritual crisis in America today, all around the world. This gap between the rich and everybody else is reaching critical proportions. And I think one of the biggest crises is the young people today’s young unemployed become tomorrow’s unemployable, they lose valuable jobs training skills.

So I’m going to show — as a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll just show you some pictures about how rapidly this inequality as well as opportunity inequality is growing.

So what’s happening in America today is savers are losers. You know, most parents say to their kids, go to school and save money and work hard. But in 1970 when I graduated from school, $1 million at 15% interest earned me $150,000 a year. Now you could live in $150,000 a year back then.

But in 2016, do this thing called quantitative easing, Bernanke called it Greenspan Put, it’s $1 million at negative 5 basis points, it’s going to cost you $1 million to save $1 million. That is how deteriorated our financial systems have become. And this is one of the causes between the gap — between the rich and the poor.

The other thing is that fewer and fewer families are receiving middle-class incomes, it’s going down. Every time we shop at Walmart, we ship dollars and jobs over to China and Pakistan and all the other countries. That’s capitalism.

Another thing that’s happening when people’s incomes go down, they become dependent. Now the US government tells us that poverty has been beaten in America. But maybe poverty has been beaten but what has increased is the entitlement mentality. The attitude that the government and other people should take care of me, and this is a moral crisis as well as spiritual crisis. I learned in Sunday school: give and you shall receive. And too many people today think they should receive.

This is other crisis here: social security. Being Japanese, the Japanese called it ‘ah, social security’. I’m a racist, I know. But anyway I’ve met so many people my age, there is about 75 million baby boomers on the top of the baby boom chain, we expect the government to take care of us. That’s a lot of highly educated people. That is a crisis.

So in 2002, I published this book Rich Dad’s Prophecy. 14 years later, prediction was that 2016 there’d be a global financial crash. We’re in 2016 and here we are in 2016. You can see it coming. In the first 10 years of this century we have had three major crashes: in 2000 with the dot-com crash, followed by the 2006 real estate subprime crash and then 2008 the banking crash. The question is: is this next? This is the giant crash of 1929.

Every time I listen to those guys on CNBC, I call it bubble vision. They keep talking about the giant crash of 1929. I tell you what? Nothing compared to this one coming. So that’s why, I write and I speak and I’m very concerned about our futures, our well-being and the state of the economy.

So I am going to talk today about why the rich are getting richer. Commercial message — my next book coming out. But I have to explain — I’ll explain some of the tricks of the trade why guys like me get richer and everybody else is not. And this is quite interesting. This is one of the reasons the rich are getting richer. This is the Bush tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts goes to the top one-tenth of a percent. Thank you, George. I appreciate that. They have no morals, those guys.

But anyway I’m the author of the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. Can I see a show of hands: how many have read Rich Dad Poor Dad? Oh good, somebody have. Who has not yet read the book here? Good, there are some customers out there. Happy to see that.

As I say to the pub press, I am the best-selling author, not the best writing author. Anyway, those who have read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, it’s a true story of my two dads, and the story begins when I was nine years old, growing up in a little town, a sugar plantation town called Hilo Hawaii and I raised my hand in the fourth grade and I went to a very rich basically all white school. And I said, ‘Mrs. Jerrell, when will I learn about money?’ And she says, ‘Money? Don’t you know the love of money is the root of all evil?’ Not to me but she says, ‘You’re here to get a job.’

I said, ‘I don’t want a job. I just want to get rich.’

So she said, ‘Go ask your dad.’

So that’s where Rich Dad, Poor Dad started. And my poor dad was ahead of education for Hawaii, very smart man, PhD, went to Stanford University of Chicago, Northwestern. I went home and I asked dad and said, ‘Hey, Dad, when will we learn about money?’

And he said, ‘Never.’

I said, ‘Why not?’

‘The government doesn’t allow us to teach you that.’

I said, ‘That’s kind of interesting.’

So he said, ‘If you want to get rich, go talk to your best friend’s father, and he’s an entrepreneur and someday he will be a very rich man.’

So that’s how the story of Rich Dad, Poor Dad starts. When I was nine years old across, I went to my rich dad’s office, being an entrepreneur and he started teaching his son and me about why the rich get richer and that’s how my financial education began.

So I wrote this book with him in 1997. So far it’s sold about 41 million copies in 50 languages throughout the world.

So little bit about my background. I don’t do it for the applause, some cash but anyway. Anyway, just Hilo Hawaii to New York City, I didn’t do well in school, I was a straight C minus student but having the old man as the head of education wasn’t easy, you know.

So anyway, I got two congressional nominations, one to US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, one to US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. So I took New York because we’re the highest-paid graduates in the world. And this is me at Kings Point here and our starting salaries for most of were about $100,000 a year back in 1965. So that was pretty good back then, not much today, it was pretty good back then.

And then when I graduated I got a job, it’s the third officer on Standard Oil tanker sailing the world. It was great job except for one thing. The Vietnam War was still on and my moral conscience kind of got to me and I said, maybe I should go fight a war. So I joined the Marine Corps, and I took a cut in pay from about 6,000 a month down to 200 a month as a Marine lieutenant. And it was a great decision. I went to flight school in Florida, Pensacola and I was right up the street here at Camp Pendleton and straight to Vietnam. It was really a great experience, love the Marine Corps, love the guys I worked with and it’s a band of brothers, very spiritual organization.

And when I came back, that’s when my business career started. It was my first business, the surfer wallet business and all this and everybody thinks, ‘Yeah, when you start getting successful, life is easy. Well, no, success is expensive.’ I started selling these wallets and ultimately it took off and I spent more time raising capital to buy more inventory, so I could sell more. But it was a great learning experience. I learned to make a lot of money selling wallets.

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