Kim Kiyosaki with 3 other advisors teaching a room full of people

3 Key Takeaways From 2017

From the Trump Administration to a female empowerment passion project, here’s a glimpse of my year in review

Amid the parties and family gatherings, I always find myself in a contemplative mood around the holidays. As 2017 comes to a close, and we get ready to usher in a new year fresh with possibilities, it’s important to reflect on the past 365 days. From trials and tribulations to triumphs and thrills, so many events come to mind.

We witnessed tragic shootings and natural disasters alongside the excitement surrounding a solar eclipse and the long-awaited birth of a baby giraffe. This year was, much like every other, filled with highs and lows.

And while you’ll find no shortage of “Top 2017” lists on the Internet (from legends who passed away to must-see movies), I’ve decided to compile my own list: The Top 3 Key Takeaways From 2017.

1. Trump’s First Year in Office

When President Donald Trump took office, he had to quickly learn how to translate his decades of experience in real estate and business into leading a great, but divided, nation. While he has made some provocative statements and led some controversial actions, there’s no denying that our country’s economy is thriving. Let’s look at these highlights, compiled from WND, formerly WorldNetDaily:

  • Jobs and unemployment: The jobless rate decreased from 4.8 percent to 4.4 percent from January through June 2017. Some 228,000 new jobs were created in November, highlighting the strongest U.S. labor market since the turn of the century. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nearly 1.3 million new jobs were created during Trump’s first 200 days. By comparison, in Obama’s first 200 days, we saw the loss of more than 4.1 million jobs.
  • Housing and real estate: Donald Trump once said, “It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful and it’s artistic, from my stand point. I just love real estate.” As you know, I couldn’t agree more. The U.S. Census Bureau found housing sales recently have doubled compared to the same period under President Obama. The annualized housing sales rate for May 2017 was 610,000, compared to just 376,000 in 2009. New home prices hit a record high in May, according to the Commerce Department. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days. That’s music to my ears.
  • Tax reform: Propelled by the engagement of President Trump, on December 1 the Senate passed the biggest rewrite of the nation’s tax system since 1986, reducing rates for businesses and individuals. The Republican-led House passed a similar bill in November. The two chambers of Congress will negotiate a reconciliation of the two bills that they expect to put on the president’s desk before the end of the year. The legislation would drop the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax, nearly double the standard deduction for individuals, and restructure the way pass-through businesses are taxed. Lawmakers aim to vote on the bill next week and then send it to President Trump’s desk.

Whatever your opinion of his politics and Tweets, President Trump is certainly “trumping” many people’s expectations and deserves praise for these accomplishments. Our economy is booming under the Trump Administration, stocks are up, and the American people are more engaged in politics since his election. What a fine way to end the year!

2. Her Daring Adventure Project

Earlier this year, I started a female empowerment project (plus a corresponding course and Facebook group) called “Her Daring Adventure.” I began this project with three other women with whom I have been close friends for more than a decade. We share many things in common, including our entrepreneurial mindsets, our quest for lifelong learning, and our love for tackling a challenge head on. These women are my soul sisters.

The challenge that united us for this particular project is that the world is a bit of a mess. Economically, financially, morally and ethically, we are struggling. Now, we’re not in the business of assigning blame to anyone or pointing fingers to any groups, because that’s just not productive.

What we do see, is that women as a whole have not been as influential in the world as we need to be. The four of us believe that now is the time for women to step up (as you’ve read in my book “It’s Rising Time”) and take the lead—to band together and be the positive change so badly needed in our world today.

So we spent some time thinking about what would be the most impactful, effective and transformative tool or resource we could offer women to create the real change they want in their lives. We asked ourselves, “What if more and more women operated from a space of knowing who they are, what they stand for, and what they want? What would it be like if these women woke up every single morning excited about life, living each day with more joy and meaning, and acted on their passion and purpose by making things happen in their businesses, their communities, their cities and their countries?”

Don’t you agree that if we are all operating from this space and at this level, then, together, we can make a positive and powerful impact in the world?

From our own research, discussions and personal experiences, it seems clear that the key to operating from a place of passion, purpose, joy and as your true self is found by tapping into your “meaning network.” In other words: Discovering for yourself what is most meaningful to you.

We know that when a woman taps into what is most meaningful to her, several fabulous things occur:

  • She has more joy in her life
  • Her communications are clearer
  • Her relationships improve
  • Her health is better
  • She is inspired and enthused
  • Her ability to learn expands

All of this happens because she is acting out of passion and purpose. Unfortunately, too many women have either lost track of what is most meaningful to them, or, they have taken on what is most meaningful not to them, but to their husbands, partners, family members, society or culture. Once a woman rediscovers what is most meaningful to her then that spark is ignited and all great things are possible.

Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” We couldn’t agree more, and we can’t wait to see the results of this program and the transformational journey it brings to women’s lives. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!

3. Financial Education

You may think that because Robert and I came back from poverty and homelessness to become successful entrepreneurs and real estate investors that we already know it all. Not so—I’m constantly learning new things and taking actions to improve my financial intelligence. Things are constantly changing, from tax laws to trends, and it’s imperative we keep up-to-date as things evolve.

There’s no doubt that a strong financial education remains the absolute best way to get ahead and build a solid foundation for your future. If you are still stuck in the rat race and searching for a path toward financial freedom, then I’d suggest enhancing your knowledge with books, free courses, games, and tools. You can improve your situation in 2018 and lead the rich life you deserve.

What Did You Learn This Year?

I recommend creating your own “highlights reel” of 2017—one that encompasses your own experiences, failures, and accomplishments. This list will allow you to celebrate the year we are leaving behind, and begin looking ahead toward a fresh start in 2018.

Original publish date: December 21, 2017