Kiyosaki is the Man

June 27, 2006 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Man it’s been hot here lately. Let me turn on the fan and grab a drink.

Today’s spelling list:

  • Chess Money
  • Robert Kiyosaki
  • PublisherForums PreLaunch!

Chess Money

I pop into ChatWebDev every 2-3 days to talk amongst my collegues and peers. People must have been more bored than usual (actually that’s a false statement, members actually have a pretty good work ethic it seems) because somebody, Bhirst, out of the blue asked if anyone was up for Internet chess for $1 a game.

I took him up on the offer and we proceeded to play on Yahoo. It started out at $1 a game, but I felt bad for taking his money as it was quite an easy win, so I offered him a $1:$0.75 odds handicap (I pay him $1 if he beats me, and he pays me $0.75 if I beat him.)

We play two more games, and I win those as well. For pure bragging and egotistical purposes I’m keeping a running total of the wages and games won and lost in the chatroom. Another member, pixabit, challenges me to a game as well. I decide to play them both at the same time as I highly doubt their skill (in my experience, most people who simply know the rules of chess for some reason think that they are good at chess). I beat them both, in fact, I beat pixabit in 2 moves!

This morning pixabit challenged me to a few more games, but I gave him better odds this time ($1.25 to $6.00). I wanted a bit more than $1 a game as it was starting to be a waste of my time. Luckily he didn’t pose any threat so I could work on my sites while playing him.

All in all, after playing some chess for fun with my webmaster friends I made $15.00 and won 15-0.

I wonder if I should have told them that I used to be really into chess when I was a lot younger and went to tournaments. Nah. Here’s a link to one where I won first place at the Victoria Labour Day Open (I won in the U1800 category which means Under 1800 rating).

Anyhow, just thought I’d post this. Thought it was fun and interesting. I’m always looking to make a quick buck 🙂

Robert Kiyosaki

Watch out for this man. He’s smart.

I was watching PBS yesterday (PBS rocks, it has great documentaries but also has Arthur) when I was flipping through channels and hit PBS which showed a man pointing to a chart which had words written on it in large writing such as: Investing, Assets, and Liabilities. Thinking this was another boring lecture on putting money away in RRSPs (or for you US residents 401k’s) and mutual funds and so forth, I didn’t plan on sticking around long. However, I quickly because absolutely glued to the program, and was watching it intently, trying to absorb everything this man was saying.

The man turned out to be Robert Kioysaki. Haven’t heard of him? Ever read or hear about Rich Dad, Poor Dad? Yes, that’s him, the author.

I haven’t read Rich Dad, Poor Dad, but I definitely heard great things about it many times in the past. In fact, I’ve only heard praise in biblical porportions about the book, and so once I realized that this was the man talking to me on PBS, I became even more engrossed.

Unfortunately I only managed to catch around 50 minutes of the program as I happened across it through the middle. Also, since it was a PBS program which was basically pitching special DVD’s and books for viewers to purchase (oh, sorry, PLEDGE), it was more of a teaser and inspirational and motivational program than real specific information. Yet, the concepts and inspiration I did get out of it was awesome. So awesome, in fact, that immediately as the show ended, I got up and wrote on my grocery list to pick up Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I did this so that I’d force myself to buy it. I was meaning to buy it before I saw the program, but then got lazy and never did.

I don’t know when I’ll have time to read it, but I’ll buy it so that I’ll have to read it eventually. And even if I read it and end up procrastinating and never do a single of his pieces of advice, it’s extremely valuable information anyhow, and is pretty much required reading if you want to get ahead in this world.

The following snippet is taken from Wikipedia and sums Kiyosaki up well:

A large part of Kiyosaki’s teachings focus on generating passive income by means of investment in real estate and small businesses, with the ultimate goal of being able to support oneself by such investments alone. In tandem with this, Kiyosaki defines “assets” as things that generate money, such as rental properties or businesses, and “liabilities” as things that cost money, such as house payments, cars and so on. Kiyosaki also proclaims financial leverage to be critically important in becoming rich.

Kiyosaki endorses what he calls “financial education”, which he claims is never taught to most people. He also advocates learning through experience and failure. Both of these are portrayed as more important than traditional education taught in most schools and universities, much of which he claims is increasingly irrelevent in the “post industrial age”.

I’ll end this section by linking you to his merchandise store. He has some very interesting products for learning tools here.

This one looks especially interesting. If it wasn’t so expensive I’d probably buy it.

PublisherForums PreLaunch!

I am hereby officially prelaunching

My original intention of PublisherForums was to focus on the publishing aspect of web development in the sense of monetizing your site as well as online business and entrepreneurial discussion. However, as I created the various forums, I felt that other sections would be just as welcome.

What’s the difference between a prelaunch and an official launch? Well, I’m prelaunching it because the forums are up and running and I want to start attracting members and discussion. I’ve finished creating all the forums, descriptions, edited everything such as user titles, options, hacks, and template changes.

I’ve commissioned Terrorist #2 to do the skin, and I’m hiring my logo guy to do the logo, so the forum will have a very sexy yet professional look to it. I will officially launch the forum once the skin is done, and I will be advertising and promoting the site on various webmaster sites and blogs. In fact, I’ve already chagned my Sitepoint signature and removed everything including the famous “Earning $167 a day and growing :)” part and replaced it with a large link to PublisherForums.

Lately, largely due to my controversial Space Rangers post, this blog has been receiving a lot of discussion with 18 comments last post and 33 before that. PublisherForums will now be a great platform to discuss topics such as the whole Space Ranger issue.

I have a lot of faith and hope in PublisherForums, and hope that you go register and post 🙂 Tell your friends, too. Thanks. Hope to see you there.

Good luck, and good earnings!

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Posted: June 27th, 2006 under My Websites  

6 Responses to “Kiyosaki is the Man”

  1. scoby says:

    I’ve read some of rich dad poor dad and found it quite enjoyable, he’s definitely a good motivator but I have found quite a few critiques on the net as well.

    I think his general ideas are sound but specific investment advice seems a bit ropey.

  2. Bryan Le says:

    Now time to play me in Chess like the old days 🙂

  3. Andreas Bard says:

    Everybody should read Kiyosakis books, especially Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I have read it about 3 times, just because its so inspirational.

    I have also been on one event where Robert was a speaker, and his freakin awesome. I would recommend you to do that.

    For those who do not like to read, his books are available as audio books on

    You can also search his name on to see some clips.

    Good luck on your new forum Tyler!

    // Andreas Bard

  4. Andreas Bard says:

    Just wanted to say that I just finished listening to 2 of his other books:

    – Retire young, Retire Rich
    – Cashflow Quadrant

    Both are excellent and truely recommended but you should read Rich dad, Poor dad first.

    // Andreas Bard

  5. Zane says:

    tyler, i will beat you eventually !!! (at chess). Im getting better i warn you.

  6. Yep. I have the game you linked to. I enjoyed playing it a great deal. Though once I figured out how to beat the game, it became a little less enjoyable. It’s well worth the money in my opinion, esp. when played with a bunch of people, but there is a learning curve on the game itself, never mind the concepts.



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