Robert Kiyosaki – Live Through It

Bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki speaks about the importance of making mistakes, saying that they’re the only way we can grow smarter, stronger, and ultimately more successful.


I was always flunking out at school because I can’t write. My parents who were fourth generation… I’m fourth generation Japanese-American to Hawaii. And the Japanese believed you had to go to school. You had to go to school, get good grades. And so when I said, ‘Well how do I be rich?’ He’s like, ‘Well, you go to school.’ And I said, ‘Wait a minute, all of my uncles and my aunts and my grandfather and my father and my mother, they all went to school. They’re still poor.

“So I knew there was something missing at school. You see, the difference between a school teacher and an entrepreneur, in school they punish you for making mistakes. Entrepreneurs know you’re not going to learn anything unless you make a mistake, so I’ve made so many mistakes. I mean last year, I made a lot of mistakes. But, each mistake I make, I get smarter. It’s like standing up and falling down, standing up and falling down. It’s like learning a language. You make a lot of mistakes. It’s like riding a bicycle, it’s like flying a plane, you make a lot of mistakes, and hopefully you live through it.”