'Rich Dad Poor Dad' Author Robert Kiyosaki Shares Life Lessons From An 'Old Guy' As He Fears 'We Are About To Enter A Very Tough Economy'

In a March 12 post on X, author and financial educator Robert Kiyosaki shared insights aimed at guiding both the young and old through the potential future hardships he's been warning about for months. 

Kiyosaki begins his message with a reflection on wisdom garnered from longevity. "Lessons from an old guy to the young," he wrote. "As a very senior citizen, I notice two life lessons in other seniors."

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He delineates these lessons as:

  • Lesson No. 1: Your diet and exercise are mirrored in your health.
  • Lesson No. 2: Your attitude toward life is reflected in your face.

Kiyosaki then transitions to a sobering prediction about the economic landscape. "I am afraid we are about to enter a very tough economy," he wrote.

Despite this grim forecast, he stressed the importance of resilience and positivity. "No matter what happens, please remember to care for your health and smile more when the going gets tough."

This perspective isn't new for Kiyosaki. In February, he warned  of a downturn in the financial markets. He wrote about the enduring value of gold over the S&P 500, anticipating a significant market downturn and advising his audience to carefully select their financial advisers in preparation for what he termed "the biggest crash in history," an event he had previously predicted in "Rich Dad's Prophecy."

Amid his reiterated warnings of an impending market crash, he has highlighted commodities and resources as the premier investments for 2024, suggesting they offer a haven during economic turbulence. This advice is consistent with his long-standing advocacy for alternative investments like gold, silver, Bitcoin and even less conventional ones like Wagyu cattle, which he says are viable substitutes for fiat currencies, which he views skeptically.

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In contrast to Kiyosaki’s gloomy outlook on the economy, Goldman Sachs Research paints a much brighter picture. Its analysis suggests the global economy will outperform expectations because of factors such as strong income growth, cooling inflation, a robust job market and the potential for a recovery in manufacturing. Central banks might also have the capacity to lower interest rates, offering a safeguard against recession. This perspective aligns with a predicted gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 2.6%, surpassing the consensus forecast, and anticipates that major economies will likely avoid recession, with a notably low recession probability in the U.S. of just 15%

Kiyosaki advocates a holistic approach that transcends economic forecasts. He believes intertwining financial foresight with personal health and a positive outlook creates a multifaceted strategy for uncertain times. This perspective broadens the definition of success and well-being to encompass financial wealth as well as physical and mental health. His comprehensive approach underscores the importance of preparation, resilience and financial literacy as essential tools for weathering and even thriving during economic challenges.

For those seeking to navigate these uncertain times with Kiyosaki’s philosophy in mind, finding financial advisers well-versed in commodities and alternative investments is key. Look for advisers who share his critical view of traditional financial systems. These advisers can provide strategic insights and guidance to help you make informed decisions that align with Kiyosaki’s principles of financial preparedness and resilience.

While the merits of Kiyosaki’s specific predictions are debatable, his core message of preparation and financial literacy is valuable. Economic cycles are inevitable, and having a diversified portfolio and a sound financial plan can help you weather any storm. Ultimately, the decision of whether to follow Kiyosaki’s approach is a personal one, but regardless of your investment strategy, seeking professional financial advice is always a wise move.

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*This information is not financial advice, and personalized guidance from a financial adviser is recommended for making well-informed decisions.

Jeannine Mancini has written about personal finance and investment for the past 13 years in a variety of publications including Zacks, The Nest and eHow. She is not a licensed financial adviser, and the content herein is for information purposes only and is not, and does not constitute or intend to constitute, investment advice or any investment service. While Mancini believes the information contained herein is reliable and derived from reliable sources, there is no representation, warranty or undertaking, stated or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information.

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