A book that can instil financial literacy and curiosity in young and old alike is Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
For MBA students, there are wonderful stories of cunning and ingenuity throughout this light read that have potential to impact the balance sheets of any business or endeavour they might be involved in from Lemonade Stands to 500 Fortune Cookie Companies.
Yes, the author has gone through bankruptcy a few times but as he argues, the whole point of the “rat race” is where you end up. To think the focus should be on stopping and smelling the roses would be a bit rich, as it were.
Kiyosaki shares an early story in the book about gathering used toothpaste tubes when he was a boy, and then melting them down in a make-your-own-money scheme.
This is why my thoughts turned to Wolf Blass, when I was considering how to pair this book with a wine.
There are many stories about the young Wolf and one that’s stuck in my mind is shared in this short video.
If that’s inspired you to buy this book for someone, take a leaf from the City Of Marion Libraries‘ book.
Last week, they celebrated #LibraryLoversDay by wrapping a series of books with enticing labels such as, Blind Date With A Doctor.
We might need to talk to Tracey Noah and the team to build on that idea to also include a mystery wine that I have paired with each mystery book?
In the meantime, you can taste this style of MBA Thinking for yourself, by signing up today to do A Lunchtime MBA during the 2021 Adelaide Fringe.