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Get Rich Quick Possible Applications to Life and Laboratory
Disclaimer There is probably no worse person to advise you on financial decisions, so I won’t. Advice is NOT the point of this lecture.
Backing up my claim to financial incompetence 1971 – Soda jerk $1.17/hr 1974 – Forklift driver & bean walker $1.73/hr 1976 – married art history major 1981 – Postdoc ($15K) instead of IBM ($30K) 1983 – LSU ($24K) 1983 – Sell house in tech boom state, buy lesser house in oil bust state for more money. 1990’s – private schools 2000’s – LU, ATHM, BLDP
Why? PEOPLE Jack Davies Sailors: Gale, Aklonis, Jelinski Wanda Walczak Wayne Mattice Randy Cush CIRCUMSTANCES Baby boomers End of industrial age Outsourcing Rapid advancements in technology of finance and entrepreneurship Educational changes
Circumstances 1970’s Cradle-to-grave with the same company Industrial rotations Hired because you had learned how to learn Letters of recommendation sought earnestly Social Security secure Stock market rises eventually “Our loyalty was to customers, employees and stockholders, in that order.” 1990’s and maybe 2000’s Rightsizing and a golden parachute Sink or swim Hired because you can contribute fast Produce or be gone Social Security questionable Stock market may be down indefinitely “Our loyalty is to stockholders, period.” *Vincent Corbo, Hercules…a close paraphrase, not direct quote.
Ulterior Motive One can draw strong parallels between professional opportunity and the things Get Rich Quick people advise. Some are true, some not. Either way, GRQ schemes are a fun read that can stimulate thought.
Can you get rich by working for someone else? Define rich! Academia $100,000/year is not rich (Chemistry, 20 years) $175,000/year is not rich (Engineering or MatSci, 20 years) $500,000/year is getting close (Chancellor) $1,200,000/year is rich (Football coach) Industry $90,000/year is not rich (start with postdoc) $250,000/year is not rich (corporate scientist) $5,000,000/year is rich (CEO)
Those “big two” aren’t all anymore Academics Teaching-oriented Research expected National & International Laboratories Military Medical Commerce Instrumentation Entrepreneurship Consulting Inventing / producing Industry Big multinational Upstart
We still have not defined rich A rich person does not need to work another day, secure that adequate assets for his or her desired lifestyle are in place. Would that be a good thing? What non-work could you pursue full-time? Maybe they are essentially the same as “work” If so, would it be even more fun without worry about money?
Do traditional virtues still work? Thrift —deeply ingrained into our culture “The Thrifty Housewife” “A Scout is…. Investing this way at 5% yields $200,000 after a 30-year career. Big deal, but this is hardly an aggressive savings plan…and your employer (when & if you have one) will tuck away more $$$ for you through a retirement plan. Bottom line: Yes! If you start saving early, you can retire rich at age 55 – 60. This risk-free path is available to academics, industrial scientists who never lose their job or divorce, and national lab scientists. Cool, eh? Download from STSC website: InvestmentProfile.XLS …. trustworthy loyal helpful friendly courteous kind obedient cheerful thrifty brave clean reverent.”
So, why do people need, or think they need, GRQ? Bad planning, worse execution. College for kids—tuition up 100% in some states this year alone. Living longer—sure, the house will be paid off, but it only consumes about 12% of takehome anyway. We’d miss not spending the other 88%! Maybe you won’t live longer: pressure to do stuff before you cannot.
Maybe one reason for GRQ is that people who have eschewed school have done very, very well lately. Got into Harvard Will tell you he hopes to complete his education Why he’s richer than you: So, why? "There are probably more smart people per square foot right here than anywhere else in the world, but Bill is just smarter." –Mike Maples, executive VP at Microsoft Apparently, still clips coupons to save $0.50 on Dove Bars! And drives his own Mercedes!
Dell, Turner, Edison, Ford – all recognized changes in technology. None were truly masters of it….more like owners of it. All took risks, but not of the life-threatening variety that soldiers daily do. Many people are choosing this lifestyle, especially males. Many will succeed at some level. This is NOT surprising: 100 years ago, only ~12% of Americans finished high school. That generation contributed enormously to America’s development. If these “school of hard knocks” graduates do succeed, do we expect them to fund education with tax dollars when their academic past was crabby old math teachers who only delayed their success? In most revolutions, academic elite are among the first to face elimination.
Educational Attainment, (taken from who in turn cites Statistical Abstract 1999, Table 1426)http://ssocs.berkeley.edu/~olney/fall02/econ113/lect pdf < 5 years schoolH.S. GradCollege Grad
People: two case studies: what will people do for money? Randy Cush Poker with shrewd Europeans and polishing the boss’ car did not work. Earns a tad more with his PhD than his wife does without one. What next? Wayne Mattice Left LSU and Baton Rouge for….Akron! It is possible to separate research from work: --- Jim Robinson. Research: one of several hobbies you do for fun. Work: what you do for money.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki CashFlow Game “If You Want to be Rich and Happy Don’t Go To School” A little more than the traditional “buy property with no money down” approach. His main message: take responsibility for your own finances. Definitions of assets, put, hold, etc. that are useful. When a NY Times best-selling author writes books with titles like this, it is time to pay attention. Apparently, the book was written well before Kiyosaki was rich or a best-selling author.
Kyosaki in a nutshell Lessons taught to him by his “rich dad” while his “poor dad” languished as an academic administrator/professor. He kept great notes for a 9-year-old! Alternative viewpoints is putting it mildly. Assets, Cash Flow, Leverage & Optimism A good exposure to the philosophy of money-centered people. Sociopath?
For scathing reviews of Kiyosake and others, see: “Contempt for traditional education and the educated The book is almost entirely contemptuous of formal education and those who have graduated from universities. He wrote another book called If you want to be rich and happy, don't go to school? On page 64, he delights in the fact that “educated people” now “came at [rich dad’s] beck and call, and cringed when he did not approve of them.” This is a bit sick. ….. Kiyosaki takes the prize for the real-estate guru with the most tangled psyche.” Maybe a little bit harsh—graduates of the school of hard knocks are often a little contemptuous of the well-educated. Example: Richard Nixon
(Kiyosaki) says, “...the main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but have learned nothing about money.” I disagree. The main reason people struggle financially is bad decisions about getting an education, bad luck, too much spending, too little savings and investing, too much reliance on organizations for their livelihood, and not enough reliance on themselves. Here, Kyosaki’s reviewer incorrectly insists on an either-or position. People ARE undereducated financially AND this is why they do the things he identifies, leading to “bad luck”. More from
Kiyosaki says that our schools focus on “preparing today’s youth to get good jobs by developing scholastic skills.” He thinks that’s a bad thing. It’s probably the right thing. Only a small percentage of people are suited to entrepreneurship. Even future entrepreneurs usually need to begin as employees to get their starting capital and to learn while they work. I would be among the first to agree that traditional formal education is lacking in many ways. I attended Catholic and public schools, graduated from college and got an M.B.A. But I also attended the School of Hard Knocks for thirty-one years, and that’s not such a hot educational experience either. As someone said, in the School of Hard Knocks they give the test first, then the lesson. That is a slow, costly, painful way to learn. Unfortunately, it’s the only “school” that teaches many things you need to know. Obviously, the best way to prepare for life is a combination of formal traditional education, reading, seminars, experience, and asking more experienced people for advice. More from Elements of truth, but spoken like the West Point grad & Harvard graduate he is! As Kiyosaki points out, most people were “entrepreneurs” just 100 years ago, if you count farming. He does not point out that most were glad to be shut of it for Ford’s factories & $5/day.
Academic Platform to Wealth Academic life is possibly the perfect platform for carefully exercising financial creativity. Job for life Hobby for life Sabbaticals Summers to pursue “other interests” Extremely ironic: if “poor dad” ever existed at all, he may have been ideally suited to be a rich man.
Know thyself Many of the people I have seen become discontented with their financial situation are very altruistic. Still, there are all kinds of wealth.
“Rich Dad” in the Lab Financial WorldResearch World Cash Flow = net income on assets. Paper Flow = # of articles on all projects. (Legal) Tax EvasionHmmm….avoiding committee work? Leverage = using and buying other peoples’ money, time & effort NSF, NIH, DOD, EPA $$$ for students, staff and postdocs It is OK to failYup
“Rich Dad” in the Lab Financial WorldResearch World An exit strategy for every investment Yup Advice to the average investor: don’t be average. There are easier and more profitable professions in which to be mediocre. Leverage technology.Absolutely. Look for opportunities along the way to goals. Yes!
“Rich Dad” in the Lab Financial WorldResearch World Don’t look at risk, look at risk to reward 1.OK when you are ready for it. 2.Univ. Admin. does not see it that way. Spread risks & keep moving to new areas Hmmm…. Never say “I can’t afford it.”Never say “We cannot do this.” Make it part of your reality to get rich. Make it your reality to do, promote and publish great science.
Conclusions Think about money sooner rather than later. Believe people when they tell you getting older costs money: kids, health, long retirements all cost. Separate education from earning. Enjoy both.
References “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” “Retire Young, Retire Rich” both by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.