Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom

By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter

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The Cashflow Quadrant is the follow-up guide to finding the financial fast track that best works for you. It reveals the strategies necessary for moving beyond just job security to greater financial security by generating wealth from four selective financial quadrants. This work will reveal why some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and feel more financially The Cashflow Quadrant is the follow-up guide to finding the financial fast track that best works for you. It reveals the

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Book details

Paperback, 376 pages
March 2012 by Business Plus

(first published 1998)

Original Title
Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
0446677477 (ISBN13: 9780446677479)
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Community Reviews

Justin Carlson

Financial freedom is a vastly different from financial security.

For those of you who have read Rich Dad Poor Dad this book is basically an extension of the lessons taught in that book. Robert Kiyosaki gives a brief description of his journey as an adult going from a short stint living in his car to financial freedom by taking advantage of tax laws and creating assets that create passive income. (My personal gushings about this book can be found here.)
The title of the book, The Cashflow Quadrant, describes an image that separates people into 4 categories: employee, self employed, business owner and investor. (below)

Many distinctions are drawn in regards to the "left side" and the "right side" of the quadrant and what it takes to be on each side.

Kiyosaki believes strongly in the fact that if you are an E or an S you play an old game that makes sense for governments and business owners because you pay the highest amount of taxes and build large amounts of debt thinking that by doing that you are avoiding taxes through credits or refunds.The left side of the quadrant works the hardest, and is obsessed with going to school to find a job and maintain their "security." Those who would be considered an S are people who are self employed and lose their income when they are not at work. (doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc.) People on the left side of the quadrant can, and some do, make a lot of money and are very successful. The problem with this success is that the more success you encounter the less personal time you have and the harder you have to work. Again, many people choose this route because they feel secure in the fact that they know where their next paycheck is coming from.

People on the "right side" of the quadrant are not concerned with security and are interested in creating income both as a business owner and investor. Business owners and investors enjoy tax breaks, are seen as visionaries and risk takers and when success comes they are the people who enjoy more free time.

This book is a learning tool for those of us interested in moving from the left side to the right side of the quadrant. Kiyosaki is methodical and slow in his approach and encourages people to keep their jobs while they take "baby steps" towards the B and I quadrants.

This is a very simple break down of a book that I would HIGHLY recommend to anybody interested in owning their own company through the creation of a system and investing. Kiyosaki speaks of creating a system that will continuously grow and can run in your absence. If you are not interested and what I just wrote seems like a conspiracy or the rantings of a person jaded by unemployment you wouldn't make it through and this book may anger you.

Hope this finds you well.


Andrew Saul

It's a masterpiece of saying nothing but sounding very knowledgeable while you do so. From what I can garner (and it's hard because there are few if any facts to go off in the book) he made his money n the real estate boom in the US. But that seems to have convinced him that he had some magic formula to success no one else had thought of. He has done a really good job at selling snake oil through his books though, so I suppose you have to hand him that. Read this if you believe that all it takes to make money is some magic beans and a map to the giants house.


For those of you who want to take control of your financial future, I recommend the Rich Dad, Poor Dad books. This is the second book in his series. It will not give you specific details of how to make those changes. It changes the way you think about money and opens your eyes to possibilites. Hopefully, it gives you the courage to make changes in your life to be financially successful. I know that Robert Kiyosaki's books have made drastic changes to our lives and it was only 1 year ago that my dh read his first book.


It's an alright book. Gives you a bit to think about but nothing revolutionizing. The last 40 pages or so are just blatant propaganda for his first book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and his CASHFLOW games. If you're going to read one of Kiyosaki's books then you might as well read the original: Rich Dad, Poor Dad (and be aware that Kiyosaki's only successful venture is the Rich Dad franchise).

Conclusion: Skip it.

Chad Warner

This book expands on the concepts presented in Rich Dad Poor Dad. Don't expect a detailed guide to getting rich; Kiyosaki explains that he doesn't write how-to books, but rather provides the mental framework that's necessary for gaining great wealth. He calls it the BE-DO-HAVE approach: "strengthen your thoughts (being) so that you can take the action (doing) that will enable you to become financially free (having)."

Kiyosaki promotes himself as living proof that you can get rich quickly; he went from homeless to millionaire in 4 years, and financially independent in another 5. Understandably, he doesn't believe in the "get rich slowly" movement, and thinks you're wasting your time if you do. He also rejects such other common wisdom as seeking job security, relying on mutual funds, and considering a house an asset.

His promise:
"If you have a secure system that produces more and more money with less and less work, then you really do not need a job, or need to worry about losing your job or need to live life below your means. Instead of living below your means, expand your means. To make more money, simply expand the system and hire more people".

The last page of the book provides a great summary:
"Your boss's job is to give you a job. It's your job to make yourself rich. Are you ready to stop hauling water buckets and begin building pipelines of cash flow to support you, your family, and your lifestyle? Minding your own business might be difficult and sometimes confusing, especially at first...the hardest part of the process is at the start. Once you make the commitment, life really does get easier and easier."

The reference to hauling water buckets relates to an analogy at the beginning of the book. Think of money as water. Most people try to increase their income by working more hours, or carrying more buckets of water. This is exhausting, and can only get you so far. Instead, it's better to run a business and invest to earn passive income 24/7, represented by building pipelines that provide a constant flow of water.

The book explores Kiyosaki's idea of the Cashflow Quadrant, which divides income generation into 4 quadrants.

Cashflow Quadrant
E: Employee
has a job
works for the system
values security, certainty, benefits over money

S: Self-employed
owns a job
is the system
values independence over money

B: Business owner
runs a system in which people work for them
creates, owns, or controls the system
delegates to hired experts

I: Investor
invests money into the system
money works for them

Differences between the left and ride sides
The E and S are on the left, the B and I on the right.
The left side values security, while the right side values freedom.
The right side has more tax advantages.
The right side must be good with financial numbers.
The left side is riskier because you need to live within your means and keep your job.

Differences between an "S" and "B" business
"B" can leave their business for a year or more, and the business will be more profitable when they return. "S" business would collapse if the owner left.
"S" owns a job, "B" owns a system and hires competent people to operate it.

Additional notes
Become a B before an I because I's invest in B's. Having a business will give you business sense, plus the free time and money to invest.

Become a higher level investor
Levels 0-3 are poor or middle class, and invest unintelligently, if at all.
Level 4 - Long-Term Investor: starts early, uses stocks and mutual funds to get rich in the long term.
Level 5 - Sophisticated Investor: uses riskier vehicles like real estate, businesses, new stock issues.
Level 6 - Capitalist: creates investments that create jobs and make others rich.

A house is a liability, not an asset, because it doesn't generate cash, and it costs you in maintenance and taxes.
Formula for wealth: "build a business and buy real estate"; make money with C corporations, and shelter the income in real estate.

7 Steps to the Financial Fast Track
1. Mind your own business
Fill out your personal financial statement
Set 1- and 5-year financial goals

2. Control your cash flow
Pay yourself first - save to invest
Eliminate personal debt

3. Know the difference between risk and risky
Ignorance is risky; business and investing aren't
Relying on job security is risky; minding your own business isn't
Buying liabilities is risky; buying assets isn't

4. Become educated in investing and business
For financial areas outside your expertise, 1) get educated or 2) find experts
Learn from seminars, classes, trade expos, and media

5. Seek mentors
Find investing and business role models
The 6 people you spend the most time with determine your future

6. Make disappointment your strength
Try new things and expect disappointment, but have a mentor to coach you through the experience

7. Have faith
Believe in yourself
Start today!

Zhi Ling Tan

It would be sufficient for people eager to be investors to stop at Rich Dad Poor Dad. I could not finish this book because I felt that I was really just reading the same repetitive opinion -- that creating business systems and focusing on investments were the only wise things to do. There weren't really much practical advice or learning points to be obtained here.

Scott Dinsmore

Why I Read this Book: Anytime a book or author gets as much notoriety as the Cashflow brand has, I feel it is my duty to at least see what the fuss is about. Plus, I can always stand to learn a little bit more about the financial component to success.


For those of you who have not yet read the original Rich Dad Poor Dad or at least its review on this site, I recommend you do so before diving into Cashflow. This book is more of a sequel to Kiyosaki’s first book than anything else, however it does serve as a worthy stand-alone book if you so desire.

The real beauty of this book as well as any other from the Rich Dad series, is Kiyosaki’s amazing knack for writing in a way that is easy for even the most average of persons to understand. Whether you are a well versed personal finance expert or someone who has done little more than manage an allowance as a child, there is a lot here for both to learn.

Much of the book consists of Kiyosaki relating various career paths with his four quadrant system he has developed. This system breaks careers and wealth building into the categories of employee, self- employed, business-owner and investor. The real key to the whole system is getting yourself into either the business-owner or investor quadrants in order to really get on the path to financial success and freedom. It is these two quadrants together that lead to great wealth building.

Some of the teachings will no doubt seem obvious and kudos to you if that is the case more often than not. The unfortunate truth is that a great majority of our society has been brought up thinking that the career path of being a great employee of a great company is what all our training as children all the way through university has been building towards. Please don’t get me wrong, for many the path to success is directly up the corporate latter. This is fine with me as long as those who have defined success in this way have done so while knowing all of the other options available.

If Robert Kiyosaki has done nothing more than bring attention to the fact that there is much more possibility to a career than getting a job for someone else, he has done us all a great service. In fact there is much more available now than there ever was, and the opportunities will only grow. Those of you who have spent a few hours on Reading For Your Success have no doubt been unable to avoid the many experts proving this to be the case. The books you will find here show you the many paths to financial and personal success. It seems like every day someone is finding another unique and exciting way to define their success, so please continue to explore.

Reading Cash Flow Quadrant was extremely liberating for two reasons. First off it made me even more aware of the new and exciting roads to success that were not encouraged throughout my years in university and prior. For me I can never read enough about the road less traveled. The second was that I knew there were millions of people reading Robert Kiyosaki’s books all over the world and there was a pretty good chance that like-minded excitement and inspiration was brewing in these fellow readers as well.

Keep in mind that it is not just you or me as individuals who are better off for reading books like Cash Flow and others on this site. It is our success-minded population as a whole that is better off for those around us being as motivated and encouraged as we are. Mark my words; it will be people just like yourself who will be with you all along your journey to success. I encourage you to embrace the lessons in this book for their value, but more importantly I encourage you to embrace the experiences and opportunities that a book like this represents on your road to success. The odds are that you will never be able to look back and pinpoint just one thing that led you to accomplish your goals, but instead it is the accumulation of all your knowledge and experience that grants you success. Cashflow is another worthy lesson to add to the list.

-Reading for Your Success


This book will help you understand how money works.
Basically we all generate income from one of four quadrants.
“E” employee
“S” self-employed
“B” business owner
“I” investor
Traditional school drives most people to trade time for money on the “E” and “S” quadrants, when in reality true prosperity comes from producing value in the “B” and “I” quadrants.
This is a must read! It contains invaluable information. True principles of prosperity we're talking here. READ IT!


Brilliant, as always!


The much maligned Robert Kiyosaki is here to open your eyes to the new age of finance. The age in which great sums of money are needed just to survive into retirement. Do you realize that if you're in your 20's now you'll need approximately $2.5 million to retire on? Just look at how quickly those gas prices are going up and imagine the cost of living 45 years from now.

Kiyosaki believes that the government and business are conspiring to keep the general public down by advocating education as the end-all and cure-all to the American Dream. As a former educator at the college / university level, I can tell you that an education will get you a direct ticket to debt if you don't look to your financial betterment and learn how to invest in business and real estate. This book is a must read for people who don't want to struggle financially all their lives or end up working as a Wal-Mart greeter at 75.

And if you think, like many of my former students, that a $100,000 salary will bring you wealth and security into retirement, think again. Considering that half that money will go in taxes (income, property, sales, etc.) you've got a miserable $50,000 left over. That should cover your mortgage, now what?

Kiyosaki and others on the cutting edge, realize that today one cannot rely on the government or one's employer for their financial present or future and that owning a business in some capacity is the wave of the future. And more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon, home based business on the rise (interesting that the majority of new entrepreneurs are women).

This is a must read for current and future providers.