What Robert Kiyosaki Learned From Donald Trump

Published: 19th December 2011
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Robert Kiyosaki has worked closely with many highly successful business personalities. For instance, he once did a radio show in South Africa with Sir Richard Branson, the 61-year-old British tycoon whose net worth is 4.2 billion dollars. However, his association with Donald Trump may have had the most profound influence on him.

As a result of a singular collaboration--when they wrote and promoted the book, “Why We Want You to Be Rich”--Robert Kiyosaki experienced a quantum leap in his own personal growth. As a result of that business relationship, Robert Kiyosaki enhanced his credibility, expanded his vision, deepened his philosophy about business relationships, and reinforced his mission as an educator.

Enhanced Credibility

Although he was already well known for his best-selling Rich Dad series of books and his world-wide financial seminars and coaching programs, his book collaboration with Donald Trump bumped up his public exposure. Working with Trump made him even more famous. Together they appeared on numerous top-rated television shows, including CNBC, The Today Show, Larry King, and The Early show.

Expanded Vision

Although Robert Kiyosaki was already rich, hanging out with someone even richer changed his perspective on wealth. He acquired a new vision. Exposed to Trump’s world of private 727s, exquisite mansions, and quiet limousines, he began to understand the difference between earning millions and making billions.

Consequently, he re-evaluated his own way of doing business. He realized that he had become comfortable with his own success. He also realized that he had not leveraged his financial knowledge to expand his own business.

He decided to restructure his Rich Dad educational company, pulling out all the stops. One limitation it had, for example, was that he had to travel more than 200 days of the year delivering his seminars. This left him with little free time to mastermind his business enterprises. By creating a new business plan, he re-engineered his business. In return for making his top employees millionaires, they would make him a billionaire.

Deeper Philosophy about Business Relationships

Although Robert Kiyosaki was already savvy dealing with people and establishing business relationships, he acquired new people skills by watching Trump interact with others. He learned how to be both tougher and kinder—depending on the circumstances.

Trump, he learned, can be as tough as his TV persona on The Apprentice. He has been known to fire people when they failed to perform and meet his expectations. He is as genuine in real life as he is on television. Inspired by this example, he decided not to squelch his uncomfortable feelings about some of the business managers who were ruining one of his businesses. In 2005 and 2006, he took back control of a business that was crumbling. He fired those top managers who had lost their allegiance to the corporate mission. He replaced them with managers who had a better grasp of the mission and who were more dedicated to manifesting it. Today, his company is prospering again and all the employees are happier.

He also learned to do just the opposite: understanding how to be kinder and more patient. From Trump, he learned how to treat people respectfully even when they pushed his buttons. He learned, for example, how to work with people whom he did not personally like, people whose character, values, or integrity did not match his own. However, instead of becoming irritated by their shortcomings, he decided to stop being petty and focus on the big picture of why they were working together.

Finally, he learned more about how to collaborate with partners. Despite Trump’s familiarity with the key people at The Today Show or Larry King Live, he insisted the interviewer give equal time and billing to both authors. Once, when an interviewer mispronounced “Kiyosaki,” Trump jumped up and corrected him—despite the fact that the television show was on air.

Reinforced Mission

Although Robert Kiyosaki was already working to teach the public the benefits of a financial education, working with someone else who shared the same ideals, helped reinforce his mission. While Andrew Carnegie contributed to the public welfare by opening up free libraries all across America, he and Trump were doing their best to teaching others the value of financial literacy.

Jack Jameson is a life coach, financial planner and real estate investment guru. When he is not brokering deals, he spends time writing to share his tips for success. He frequently draws on advice from the writings of his mentor Robert Kiyosaki at https://www.richdadcoaching.com.

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