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4 Crucial Life Lessons Rich Dad, Poor Dad Taught Me

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a must-read book for anyone wanting to create not only wealth for themselves, but wealth for their family. Every point made in the book is a part of a bigger blueprint on attaining financial freedom within your lifetime. Here are 4 points we think everyone should take away from it.

1. Learning Money is Kid’s Stuff

Starting young is the point here. A lot of parents let their kids learn about life the hard way and aren’t actively teaching them the skills needed to excel in society. It’s easy to be like the typical person. That’s why they’re called typical! However, to excel and achieve not only financial freedom, but freedom in all aspects of life, it takes what I call “conscious parenting”. That’s something that the “rich dad” in the book did. He made sure to include valuable lessons in almost everything he did with his son. He never let a situation go by where he didn’t teach his son how to think for himself and uncover solutions.

Too many parents miss this important step. We need more people to understand that learning about the way the world works, how it rewards people, and how the financial system work will set your kids up for many generations to come. It just has to be incorporated into their life even in the simplest form such as the responsible use of a student debit card, starting at a young age!

2. Real Estate

This is one of the most powerful investment vehicles around. Rich Dad, Poor Dad talks a lot about his journey when it comes to achieving financial wealth. The main vehicle he used was real estate, whether it consisted of flipping houses, being the middleman, or holding rental properties. He goes deep into strategies we utilized towards the end of the book.

Once I purchased my first property, my cash flow increased and I instantly started building my net worth.

I’m not saying you have to make a career out of it, but it’s one the most common ways that generational wealth is created. A staggering 90% of millionaires are said to own some form of real estate. Real estate is something everyone should look into if they want to generate a massive income and net worth.

“If you want to be rich, you need to develop your vision. You must be standing on the edge of time gazing into the future.” – Robert Kiyosaki

3. Ask Ask Ask

Too many people fail to use their resources when trying to move up in the world. Just ask.

In the book, the author recalled a story that his “Rich Dad” told him about people not being interested in learning how to create wealth for themselves. His rich dad would always say that his employees had no issue asking him for a raise. However, they never thought to ask him how he built wealth and accumulated the success he did. They were happy with average lives and struggling.

When I first started my company, I was terrible at getting new clients. The only clients who came my way were businesses who were referred to me by current and past happy clients. I eventually thought to myself, there’s no reason I shouldn’t have a bigger clientele since I know so many extremely successful business owners. One day I simply asked each of my clients if they could think of anyone who needed my services. That same day, I gained multiple leads and a few of them happen to turn into monthly clients of mine!

The same lesson applies to seeking advice, like in Rich Dad, Poor Dad, just ask! Never assume people will automatically “hand” you something. Don’t be that person who doesn’t ask!

4. Bad Perspectives Matter

The premise of Rich Dad, Poor Dad is the lessons he learned from both of his dads. His rich dad had the better advice towards advancement, of course. However, he still took in advice from his poor dad, whether or not he followed it. I tell individuals all the time, perspectives matter! Hearing the opinions of individuals who have a different perspective on life, can teach you in two ways. 

It can help you become a more well-rounded person because you understand people better, those who do not align with your values. You also learn what you don’t want to do, which is just as important as learning what you should do in life to progress. Hearing a perspective you don’t agree with can’t hurt you if you’re aware it’s not the advice you seek. It’ll only help you learn and grow as a person.Perspectives matter.

It’s no secret Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a book that stood the test of time and will continue to educate and motivate generations to come. While the points mentioned above only scratch the surface of the abundance of knowledge that was shared in the book, these are some of the most vital points that can change the trajectory of your life. Make the most of them and I’m positive you’ll see drastic changes in your life for the better!

Brianna Bussell is the CEO of WebInsightCo.com, a marketing and web development company. She started her business in college, and began writing for many reputable entrepreneurs after publishing her own E-book "Creating Value in The Workplace". She also enjoys coaching millennials on how to become successful.

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The Imbalanced Problem with Work/Life Balance

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5 Indicators of Unresolved Attachment Trauma

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Emotional Attachment Trauma

Trauma caused during specific stages of a child’s development, known as attachment trauma, can have lasting effects on a person’s sense of safety, security, predictability, and trust. This type of trauma is often the result of abuse, neglect, or inconsistent care from a primary caregiver.

Individuals who have not fully processed attachment trauma may display similar patterns of behavior and physical or psychological symptoms that negatively impact their adult lives, including the choices they make in relationships and business.

Unfortunately, many people may not even be aware that they are struggling with trauma. Research estimates that 6% of the population will experience PTSD in their lifetime, with a majority of males and females having experienced significant trauma.

Unresolved attachment trauma can significantly impair the overall quality of a person’s life, including their ability to form healthy relationships and make positive choices for themselves. One well-known effect of unhealed attachment trauma is the compulsion to repeat past wounds by unconsciously selecting romantic partners who trigger their developmental trauma.

However, there are other less recognized but equally detrimental signs of unprocessed developmental trauma.

 

Five possible indications of unresolved attachment trauma are:

 

1.  Unconscious Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a common pattern among individuals with unprocessed attachment trauma. This cycle often begins with hurting others, which is then followed by hurting oneself. It is also common for those with attachment trauma to have heightened emotional sensitivity, which can trigger this cycle.

This pattern can manifest in lashing out, shutting down, or impulsive behavior that leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing.

Many people with attachment trauma are not aware of their wounds and operate on survival mode, unconsciously testing or challenging the emotional investment of those around them, and pushing them away out of self-preservation and fear of abandonment.

This can lead to a pattern of making poor choices for themselves based on impulsivity.

 

2. Persistent Pain

 
Chronic pain is a common symptom that can stem from early trauma. Studies have shown a connection between physical conditions such as fibromyalgia, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia, muscle aches, back pain, chest pain, and chronic fatigue with the aftermath of chronic developmental trauma, particularly physical abuse.
 
Research has found that individuals with insecure attachment styles, such as anxious, avoidant, or disorganized, have a higher incidence of somatic symptoms and a history of physical and emotional abuse in childhood compared to those with a secure attachment style.
 
 

3. Behaviors That Block Out Trauma

 
Trauma blocking practises are used to avoid the pain and memories connected with traumatic events.
 
Emotional numbing, avoidance, and escape via briefly pleasurable activities that distract from terrible memories or suffering are common examples. Unfortunately, this escape habit stops people from successfully processing and recovering from their trauma.
 
Furthermore, when the pain resurfaces, more and more diversions are necessary to continue ignoring it. This can be seen in compulsive behaviours such as drug or alcohol addiction, emotional eating, numbing oneself through relationships, workaholism, excessive or dangerous exercise routines, compulsive internet or technology use, or any other compulsive behaviour used to distract yoursef from intrusive thoughts and emotions.
 
These actions have the potential to prolong a cycle of avoidance and repression, preventing persons from healing and progressing.
 

4. A strong need for control

 
It’s understandable that some people may struggle with control issues in their adult lives, especially if they felt helpless or vulnerable during their childhood.
 
This can happen if someone had an overbearing caregiver who didn’t let them make their own choices, expected too much from them, or didn’t take care of them properly. As adults, they might try to control everything in their life to feel more in control and less anxious or scared. This might be because they didn’t feel like they had control over their life when they were a child.
 
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experiences are different and it’s okay to seek help if you’re struggling with control issues.
 
 

5. Psychological Symptoms That Are Not Explained

 
Individuals with a history of developmental trauma may experience a range of psychological symptoms, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, intense mood swings, irritability, anger, depression, emotional numbing, or severe anxiety.
 
These symptoms can vary in intensity and may occur intermittently throughout the day. People with this type of trauma may attempt to “distract” themselves from these symptoms by denying or rationalizing them, or may resort to substance abuse or behavioral addictions as coping mechanisms. This can be a maladaptive way of trying to numb their symptoms.
 
 

What to do next if you’re suffering from emotional attachment trauma?

 
Everyone’s experience of healing from trauma is unique. It’s important to be aware of whether you have experienced childhood developmental trauma and how it may be affecting your relationships as an adult. Sometimes, the effects of trauma can be overwhelming and we may try to push them away or avoid them.
 
If you notice that you’re engaging in these behaviors, it’s important to seek help from a trauma therapist who can support you on your healing journey. Remember, you’re not alone and it’s never too late to start healing.
 

There are several ways that people can work to overcome emotional attachment trauma:

  1. Therapy: One of the most effective ways to overcome emotional attachment trauma is through therapy. A therapist can help you process your experiences, understand the impact of your trauma on your life, and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms.
  2. Support groups: Joining a support group of people who have had similar experiences can be a great way to find validation, empathy, and a sense of community.
  3. Mindfulness practices: Mindfulness practices such as meditation, pilates, prayer time with God or journaling can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, and develop a sense of spiritual connection and self-regulation.
  4. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT): This is a type of therapy that is specifically designed to help individuals process and recover from traumatic events.
  5. Building a safety net: Building a support system of people you trust, who are there for you when you need them, can help you feel more secure and safe in your life.

It’s important to remember that healing from emotional attachment trauma is a process and it may take time. It’s also important to find a therapist who is experienced in treating trauma, who you feel comfortable talking with, and who can help you develop a personalized treatment plan.

 
 
If you desire to work with me on healing your wounds and unlocking the aspects of you that were never realized so you can achieve more success in your life then head over to awebliss.com and join my weekly LIVE online mentorship calls.
 
 
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