The MOST powerful word

Sigrún Albert
2 min readJan 15, 2023


Life is about choice.

When I was just nine years old, I made my choice to be rich. I had two fathers, a rich one and a poor one. My real father, my poor dad, was highly educated and intelligent with a PhD. My best friend’s father, my rich dad, never finished the eighth grade. Both men were successful in their careers, working hard all their lives. Both earned substantial incomes, yet one always struggled financially. The other would become one of the richest men in Hawaii.

One died leaving tens of millions of dollars to his family, charities, and church. The other left bills to be paid. Both men offered me advice, but they did not advise the same things. Both men believed strongly in education but did not recommend the same course of study.

If I had had only one dad, I would have had to accept or reject his advice. Having two dads offered me the choice of contrasting points of view: one of a rich man and one of a poor man.

Instead of simply accepting or rejecting one or the other, I found myself thinking more, comparing, and then choosing for myself.

At the age of nine, I chose not to listen to my poor dad, even though he was the one with all the college degrees. I decided to listen to and learn from my rich dad about money. In other words, I chose to be rich.

When we are young, choices are generally made for us. As we grow and mature, we learn to make our own choices, a slow, steady process fraught with both joy and frustration.

Now it’s time to make one of the most critical decisions of your life — whether to take control of your finances. Why critical? Because if you take control of your finances, it will empower you to shape a new life for yourself.

This choice is really a series of smaller decisions. The decision to change your financial future is a mere preliminary. The decision to follow up, renewed each day you open your eyes, is the more critical choice. Will you see your choice through to the end?

Rich dad said, “All of us have the power of choice. I choose to be rich, and I make that choice every day.”

Congratulations! By being a member of the Rich Dad community you’ve made the choice to achieve financial freedom.

The time has come for the effort. Welcome to 2023!

Albert X Ariho