Be Do Have

In The Cashflow Quadrant™ Robert Kiyosaki discusses the “Be Do Have” model. For me this is one of the most important concepts I have learned from Robert and yet one I still (almost 20 years since first hearing it) struggle to fully embrace.

It means who do we have to “be”, to “do” what is necessary to “have” whatever it is we want to have. Goals are the “have” part of the three words. Once most people they have worked out what they want and write their goal down they begin listing what they have to do to achieve it. They focus on what they have to do rather than who they have to be.

If this is the first time you have heard the concept it may seem weird or difficult to grasp. It did for me! Over the years I have continued to develop a deeper understanding of the formula.

The example Robert gives in the book is one that happens for many people. When it comes to money, people often try and do what rich people do and copy what they have. They go and buy an expensive house or car and send their kids to expensive schools. Often they get themselves into debt trying to look good and this causes them to have to work harder (do more).

Robert says that moving from the left to right side of the Quadrant is much more about “being” than “doing”.

It is not so much what people from the “B” or “I” quadrants do that makes the difference, but how they think. The thing is we can all change our thinking. Sometimes it is hard to change but we can do it. There are people who are skilled in helping others make positive changes. I encourage you to seek them out. Another very important factor is who we hang out with – do our friends and family support us?

Who do you need to become, to do what you need to do in order to have your desires? Do you know? Please leave me your comments.

10 thoughts on “Be Do Have

  1. Belinda Cunningham

    I love Robert Kiyosaki. I too have just really ‘got’ this concept having moved from an E to a B quadrant. Redundancies can do that to a person but I am so thankful and grateful that it did. I have his game Cashflow. I have been a teacher for the last ten years and dearly wanted to help educate students on the concepts of getting out of the rat race. Alas the education system just doesn’t give too much space to teach students the real lessons that will help them become financial free. So now I follow my passion by my blog and look forward to reading some more of your blogs. Belinda

  2. Sue Post author

    Hi Belinda
    Thanks for the comment. Great you have the Cashflow Game as I think it is an excellent way to learn how we do the money game. I first played the game just before it was released in Australia in the late nineties. It was in a workshop and Robert was walking around saying “how you play the game is how you play life” – so true.
    Congratulations on making your transition I am sure you will put your teaching skills to great use.

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  4. Chris Bernardo


    Thanks for writing this post , i find the information that you have shared of great value to the people that i connect with and going to pass this on to my tribe. I look forward to reading more from you.


  5. Sue Post author

    Thanks Chris. I love the concept and over the years have “got” deeper layers of understanding each time I revisit it.
    I hope your tribe gets value from it.

  6. Adam Robinson

    I think this is similar to Stephen Covey’s concept “Begin with the end in mind”. He says that first, we need to envision what we want to become later in our lives. Then he says our minds and our bodies will automatically follow that vision. This technique is to ensure that we remain on the right track.

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment Adam. I love the saying “Begin with the End in Mind”. In fact I have a used that as a title for a report I have on starting a home based business. Too many people treat their business like a business. I am a Stephen Covey fan too.