The Top 7 Skills of Wealthy People — How You Can Learn Them Today

A fail-proof philosophy for wealth

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In Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki explains how continuous learning is key to getting rich. If you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself this question:

“What should I learn for maximum results in a minimum amount of time?”

When it comes to wealth, not all skills are created equal. Below are the top 7 you should focus on, according to Kiyosaki:

The top 7 skills of wealthy people. Individual sources below.

The top 7 skills of wealthy people. Individual sources below.

  1. Accounting;

  2. Investing;

  3. Marketing;

  4. Law;

  5. Copywriting;

  6. Sales;

  7. Public Relations; and

…any other skill you can combine to the above.

Like many skills, these are all skills you’ll learn during the course of your lifetime. The good news, however, is that you can learn the basics of each of them in less than 20 hours of deliberate practice. That won’t turn you into an overnight multi-millionaire, but it sure will make you richer.

If you follow my essential guide to learning any skills in 15 hours, you should have no problem learning most these within about two months, even while working at a full-time job.

The best introduction to the subject I know is the book I’ve mentioned a few times already: Rich Dad Poor Dad. It’s the easiest book to digest on the topic and can be read in as little as 3 hours.

Ready?

Let’s explore each skill in greater detail:

Note: I’ve added two important appendices at the bottom — (a) How does learning make you rich?, and (b) What’s the point of growing rich? Check them out after! :)

1. Accounting

Definition: “the action or process of keeping financial accounts.”

How do I learn this skill?

Like many of the seven skills, there’s a lot of jargon in accounting. Get familiar with it. Practice by doing financial statements for your own finances. Go to your personal accountant and ask them to explain the concepts to you. Take notes. Read books and play the Cashflow game.

Why is it useful?

Being able to understand your flow of money is crucial to maximizing your assets while lowering your liabilities. You need high-yield assets and close to no liabilities. Without any accounting skills, you may not even know what that means.

2. Investing

Definition: “to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return.”

How do I learn this skill?

Get familiar with the jargon. Read “The Intelligent Investor”. Play Cashflow at least once a week. Talk to your bank about your options. Monitor Yahoo Finance. Play around with different Real Estate Investment tools. Start investing small to get your feet wet. Review regularly. Read Unshakable.

Why is it useful?

Knowing where to put your money makes a massive difference, especially considering compound interests. $100 invested today could be worth 8x more in 20 years. While $800 might not sound impressive, this can keep doubling about every 7 years if you’re smart enough about it.

3. Marketing

Definition: “the process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service.”

How do I learn this skill?

Get familiar with SEOFacebook Ads, and Google Ads. Learn what targeting is and how to do it right. Read Seth Godin’s book(s) and follow Neil Patel. Try online courses.

Learn what an influencer is how to take advantage of their services.

Why is it useful?

You can build the best car ever made, but if no one knows about it, your profits are going to be pretty close to zero. Building the product or service is only half the battle. This is the other half (with sales).

4. Law

Definition: “a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority.”

How do I learn this skill?

Law is large. The first step would be to be familiar with the branch of lawthat’s of highest interest to you. Get your feet wet with online courses. Get familiar with the jargonRead top rated books. Review concepts regularly using Anki.

Why is this useful?

Most of your wealth will be acquired through business investments. Knowing your rights and how to protect your assets is invaluable. People have lost all their fortune because of that!

5. Copywriting

Definition: “the act of writing advertising or publicity copy.”

How do I learn this skill?

Read a lot. Write every day and publish regularly on blogs or on Medium. Use Grammarly. Refer to Thesaurus for definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. Avoid filler and boring words. Force yourself to learn a few words every day and use them. Journal your thoughts. Learn the art of storytelling.

Why is this useful?

Most of the communication these days happen through messages. Crafting solid copy that evokes emotion is what transforms you from a good marketer to a stellar one!

6. Sales

Definition: “of, relating to, or used in selling.”

How do I learn this skill?

Like Copywriting, learn the art of storytelling. Take speech lessons. Attend Toastmasters events. Learn basic psychology concepts for selling. Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Start a small eCommerce site and source your products from abroad. Get familiar with these 25 sales strategies.

Why is this useful?

Getting a “yes” from people is one of the best ways to accelerate your wealth. Sales is usually your gateway to high-ticket sales, but also to expanding your network of influence.

7. Public Relations

Definition: “the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution.”

How do I learn this skill?

Learn about what PR firms do. Learn how to approach people online. Learn how to approach people offline. If you plan to do it on your own, learn these 11 conceptsRead books. Learn to write press releases. Do an online course.

Why is this useful?

The way you present yourself to the general public influences what they think about you and your brand. Knowing how to approach your audience can make or break your name or brand.


Are there other skills I should learn?

The above skills surely will make you wealthier, but what about richness in love, health, and happiness? To some degree, and depending on your personality, it may help.

Money doesn’t personally make me happier. It doesn’t make me love more, or better. What does, however, is the process of learning new skills.

As such, you should also learn skills that contribute to your personal love, health, and happiness. This is only for you to discover. The more you try, the more you’ll understand what it is for you.

What other concrete skills should you learn then?

In “The 3 Most Important Skills to Learn Now to Thrive in 2019”, I explain how important “getting to action”, “becoming adaptable”, and “learning to learn” are to make you thrive. And you know what? When you thrive, you become rich on all pillars of life.

Learn the three skills above, then everything else will be so much easier, including learning the seven skills of wealthy people from the previous section.


Conclusion

Continuous learning forces the habit of thinking and adapting to any situation. The more you know, the more you’ll manage to maintain sustained wealth. As such, to build wealth, learn these valuable skills:

  • Accounting;

  • Investing;

  • Marketing;

  • Law;

  • Sales;

  • Copywriting; and

  • Public Relations.

To help with those and any other future skills, learn to Get to Action, Become Adaptable, and Learn to Learn.

Ultimately, being rich is not a once-in-a-lifetime mission. It’s something you must keep chipping away at, slowly but surely. Things change constantly, and the rich continuously learn new skills to adapt to the new realities of the world. Remember, the only constant in life is change.

Wanna be rich? Act like the rich and keep learning!

You can do this!


Appendix A: How does learning make you rich?

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Learning new skills is fun and useful. They make you more interesting. They allow you to learn faster. They motivate you to do better. They increase your energy levels. And ultimately, they make you thrive.

In “Learn New Skills in 15 Hours: The Essential Guide”, I mention seven reasons for learning new skills. See image above for the list.

When you’re having fun, you have more energy and increase your motivation. When you’re motivated, you learn more, and the more you learn, the faster you learn. Then, the more you learn, the more interesting you become, helping you expand your network and help people in meaningful ways. When that happens, you start to thrive.

When an obstacle comes your way, you’re equipped to move past it, because you know how to do other things, or think creatively about new solutions. And if you don’t, you have a network of people who are there to help you.

By constantly learning new skills, you always start from failure. You start from a point where you have no experience. This is a most powerful habit as life inevitably will throw you off your butt. Instead of panicking, you’ll simply skill up and adapt to your new situation.

The rich are not one-off wonders. Someone who wins the lottery is not rich, they’re lucky. As such, most people who become “rich” overnight tend to not keep that wealth for long.

The rich are those who can sustain continuous wealth. The skilled are those who maintain their resolve during tough times.


Appendix B: What’s the point of growing rich?

Here’s one of my own personal favourite sayings:

Money is a side-effect to doing great work.

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t cared for money. It felt like it was for superficial people only caring about themselves. I was wrong. In the last few years, I’ve been studying the rich by reading a lot of biographies.

Here’s what I’ve come to realize:

The rich are not interesting for their money but for what they have learned.

If you want to be rich, learn what the rich have learned. They don’t think like the majority. The majority are poor. As much as you can, surround yourself with people you consider rich in any pillar of life. Ask them questions on how they got there. Ask them which skills they use on a regular basis.

Getting rich is rarely unintentional in action. It’s through self-improvement that one becomes exceptional, sometimes leading to richness. As such, grow rich for personal growth, not for the end result — money.

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