5 November 2004

Sisi Lain Robert Kiyosaki

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Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki adalah seorang penulis yang sukses. Dia menulis buku Rich Dad, Poor Dad yang menjadi bestseller di berbagai negara, termasuk di Indonesia. Besok ini, Kiyosaki akan menjadi pembicara seminar di JCC Jakarta. Namun, siapakah sebenarnya Kiyosaki? Atau apakah beliau layak untuk dijadikan panutan?

Sejak tahun 1999, pemasar, investor dan pebisnis real estate John T. Reed menyelidiki segala sesuatu yang berhubungan dengan Robert Kiyosaki. Beliau menyelidiki satu per satu hal yang disampaikan oleh Kiyosaki dalam bukunya.

One visitor to this site asked me if I was sure “Rich Dad” really exists. No, I’m not. In fact, I now lean to believing that there never was a “Rich Dad,” that Kiyosaki made the whole thing up. If I had written such a book, I would have named him in the book, if only out of gratitude. It is noteworthy that Kiyosaki refuses to identify “Rich Dad” and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin was unable to figure out who it was in spite of the rather obvious “next-door neighbor Mike whose father owns convenience stores, restaurants, and a construction company” clues.

John Reed juga mengatakan bahwa dalam bukunya, terkadang Kiyosaki menganjurkan pembacanya untuk melakukan hal yang ilegal atau tidak etis. Sebagai contoh adalah mencari informasi dari insider untuk perdagangan saham:

His recommendations on using inside information in securities trading and deducting vacations in Hawaii are not likely to get him appointed professor of ethics.

Dan juga multi level marketing:

I do not like his book at all. Over time, I have received numerous reports that Kiyosaki is primarily a creature of Amway and other multi-level marketing organizations. Reportedly, his books were not selling until he allied himself with that crowd. Then the volume of sales to those MLM guys made him a “best-selling author,” which caused normal non-MLM people to think the book must be good.

Menurut penyelidikan, tokoh Rich Dad yang disebut-sebut Kiyosaki juga merupakan tokoh fiktif:

As to the whereabouts of Rich Dad-at one point, Kiyosaki tells Smart Money that he died in 1992. Poor man. Later, he says Rich Dad is still alive, but a reclusive invalid. Uh huh. So how to explain Kiyosaki applying for a trademark on Rich Dad Poor Dad and telling the U.S. government under penalty of prison that the phrase refers to no living persons? Later, he tells Smart Money that Rich Dad was a composite of several persons. Finally, he gets angry at Smart Money. “Is Harry Potter real? Why don’t you let Rich Dad be a myth, like Harry Potter?”

Dalam kesimpulannya, Reed menyatakan skeptismenya terhadap Robert Kiyosaki dan buku-bukunya:

All I know about Robert Kiyosaki is what I read in his book (and from other sources noted above). Based on what I read and what I know about the subject matter in question, I am extremely skeptical as to whether he has done or seen many of the investment things he claims to have done or seen. He claims to be an experienced, millionaire, real-estate investor, yet the book is full of statements that I would expect only from a rather ignorant, not very bright, novice, investor wannabe.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred.

John Reed juga berpendapat bahwa buku ini merusak masyarakat:

This man is doing damage. I got an email from a surgeon. Her 17-year-old son read Rich Dad Poor Dad and now does not want to study or go to college. He just wants to get rich and believes Kiyosaki’s pitch that education is a waste of time. He now puts down and criticizes his mom for not being richer. I never knew a surgeon who was fighting the pigeons for something to eat. And this particular surgeon says she finds her profession extremely rewarding in non-monetary ways as well.

Untuk bahasan selengkapnya, John Reed mengutarakan investigasinya secara sangat panjang lebar di artikelnya John T. Reed’s Analysis of Robert Kiyosaki. Kiyosaki pun menyempatkan dirinya untuk menjawab klaim dari Reed. Namun menurut saya, jawaban Kiyosaki yang cuma 11KB belum menjawab pernyataan Reed berjumlah 151KB dan ini pun masih belum termasuk halaman-halaman lainnya.

Nah, siapa yang akan anda percaya? Kiyosaki atau Reed? Saya sendiri lebih percaya Reed, karena selain pembahasannya walaupun panjang, tapi tidak berputar-putar seperti menghindar seperti balasan dari Kiyosaki, selain itu terus terang saya tidak terlalu menaruh hormat terhadap ‘tokoh-tokoh’ yang cuma mengukur kesuksesan hanya dari besar uang yang didapatkan dan mengabaikan aspek legalitas atau etika:

But Kiyosaki seems to judge all educational experiences by the single criterion: does this tell me how to get rich?

Pertanyaan selanjutnya, apakah troll akan kembali beraksi? Hanya waktu yang akan membuktikan. Sebelum para troll beraksi, saya beritahu dahulu bahwa saya cuma mengutip pernyataan John Reed. Semua komplain silakan diajukan ke Mr. John Reed. Saya disini cuma mengutip pernyataan beliau yang menurut saya lebih faktual daripada pernyataan Kiyosaki. :)

Sebagai tambahan, seminar Kiyosaki ini sayangnya juga sangat sering dipasarkan melalui spam.

Tambahan: baca juga artikel Kiyosaki dan Mitos Rich Dad di Jawa Pos.

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