I am Roshi, the true seeker, taking you today, into the depths of one of the most important aspects of our lives in the 21st century – Our Financial Health. |
What if I tell you that life is a big game and you can play it to win every time? What if I tell you that your finances can be completely in your control? What if I encourage you enough to take charge of your financial health as I did for myself? And what if I tell you that I did it simply by playing a game? Years ago I started playing a game - Cash Flow, created by Robert Kiyosaki, a highly celebrated name in the financial world who has several of his books featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
First, I started playing the cash flow 101 game with other people, which is comparatively an easy game, even though it is very difficult and challenging for most people, for people who lack the basic financial education. Then I started playing the 202 game, but it was so hard to find people who could play that with me, I had to go through almost the entire country to find people to play with. Later, I bought a computer version of the game and played the cash flow 202 for several days. Why did I do that?
The board version of the cash flow game, actually trains your brain to act in a certain way, and if you play the game enough for the activities to become the second nature to you, you would be able to reap rewards of passive income and financial freedom just by doing what you are doing already in life, but a little differently.
The board game has many advantages over the computer one. You play with other people, you have to deal with those people, and when you do that your emotions start to step in. After certain point, when you fill out the financial statements, people forget about the emotions and completely become a part of the game, because once you understand it, you can relate the game with real world and especially your life and current financial situation.
Cash Flow 101
The cash flow 101 game teaches you (read provokes you) to find ways to get out of the usual 9 to 5 rat race that most of us are trapped into. In a nutshell, if you have passive income (an income that continues to come even if you don’t actively work) more than your monthly expenditures, you can consider yourself out of the rate race. But how are we able to build assets that generate passive income, you might think; and that’s what the game teaches you next.
Cash Flow 202
The cash flow 202 is extremely interesting once you are done with 101. And then there is the fast track version wherein you have loads of money so you will see emotions, fear, enjoyment, what your passions are; you will have to dig deep inside and learn new things about yourself. What I can guarantee you is that, the more you play, the easier it gets for you to manage finances in real life. At one point in time, I played so much that I started cursing people while playing, as I could see what was happening to them, what mistakes they were making with their balance sheets, what misconception and notions they had about assets and liabilities, so I kind of influenced and manipulated the game. If you are playing with other people, ask them what they see you doing, it is very useful if people tell you what they see, because most of the times we can’t see what’s happening with our life being inside it, but an outsider may point it out easily.
Key Point - Financial Statement
The financial statement, in the game and in real life is actually one of the most important things to keep your finances healthy, maintained and in absolute control. Most of us think they don’t need a financial statement, but trust me friends, once you have created a financial statement you will be set for the rest of your life and things will be so much easier.
I will talk about financial statement, how to fill them out, etc.Until then, I encourage and challenge you to play cash flow 101 and 202, and start towards a better life of financial significance.
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