Real Estate Investments Make Your Money Work For You

When it comes to thinking about money, people always seem to fall into one of two camps: first, there are the so-called "workaholics," employees who are so dedicated to their jobs that they are more than willing to work overtime, bring business home with them, and sometimes even give their families short shrift when the office demands it. On the other hand you have the "slackers," who see the workaholic lifestyle as needless drudgery and have themselves convinced that money isn't all that important anyways.

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad book series, has money and he doesn't agree. "Anyone who says money isn't important obviously has not been without it long," he says in his book "Cash Flow Quadrant."

Kiyosaki should know - he's been on both sides of the financial fence. In the '80s, he was so down-and-out that he spent a few weeks living in a car, before moving on to the basement of a friend, in which he lived for almost a year. He and his wife didn't have steady work, only odd jobs here and there, as they were looking for riches, not security.

Four years later, they were millionaires.

Though money is undeniably an important thing, I must caution you again viewing it as an end in itself. This is the type of thinking that traps people in "good" jobs, that, in reality, pull them away from their loved ones and their favorite pastimes. At the end of the day, money's worth nothing if it doesn't allow you to do what you love; this is why Robert Kiysaki and his wife took the path they did, instead of pursuing salaried jobs.

No job will ever give you more time to spend with your friends and family. Your work, especially if it's important, high-paying work, will always force you to juggle your priorities.

Life as an employee is, in most cases, a dead end - if you're spending all your time and energy working for a paycheck, you'll never have time to pursue what you truly desire. You've purchased financial security with your time, but all this security really assures you is that you will have more work to do, day in and day out. If you want to break out of this cycle, take the true road to riches: investing.

Kiyosaki has been there. In his words, "Money is important, but I did not want to spend my life working for it." When standing at this fork in the road, the wisdom that Kiyosaki gained from his time with his "Rich Dad" served him well.

He knew the secret to taking care of a family without having to devote one's entire life to one's work, and that secret is real estate investing.

As a real estate investor, you will be taking the money from the 'E' quadrant of Kiyosaki's famous diagram and transferring it to the 'I' quadrant. By doing this, you start your money working for you. By putting your money to work for you in this fashion, you've taken the first step toward a lifestyle in which work is not a necessity. Your money is making money and you didn't have to lift a finger for those extra dollars.

With real estate investing, you truly can have it both ways, making the money you would be making at a high-paying job (and more!) while your time remains free for... whatever you choose! Take care of your family, begin a new hobby, simply live life without stress and worry.

About the Author: Alexandria P. Anderson is a Richfield real estate agent that helps people to find and purchase Richfield homes and properties in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.