Today was the long awaited night – Edu Akadeemia organized the biggest personal finance event ever held in Estonia. 2,5K people gathered in Saku Suurhall to hear what different entrepreneurship and investment gurus had to say about life and universe. The main name, of course, being that of Robert Kiyosaki. So, how was it?
These are my first impressions since the event just ended a couple of hours ago and I’m jetlagged to hell, so take everything with a grain of salt.
- A+ to Edu Akadeemia for organizing the event. Even though I got there half way due to getting to Estonia a day late (thanks to TAP Portugal), then everything seemed to be flowing smoothly, there were a lot of volunteers who seemed to work well and overall the production value was good (it looked very professional).
- While I understand that this event is, foremost, always about sales, then it did get a bit silly at times. I don’t think Estonians react well to such sales pitches, and it just becomes a bit off-putting after a while to push the courses and books that much.
- Sadly I missed Asel (I’ve seen her once before though), meaning that other than the 10 minutes provided for Kim, the stage was once again all men. If you look at Success Resources’ speaker list, then once again…. so many men.(Out of the 28 main speakers listed on their page, only 3 are women, 25 are men (and some of them world renown assholes to boot.) It can’t be *that* hard to find any competent women).
- They tried to be inclusive to women, they really tried. But other than Kim, they kinda strayed a bit too far into the creepy land with all the sweethearts, emphasis on beauty and sex appeal, sex jokes and all the other stereotypes. We aren’t a separate species, and for me their attempts at reaching out really didn’t hit the mark.
- Eric Emeades was great. I’ve tried to get to some of his events before but they’ve terribly clashed with my schedule. This time even though I got there straight from the airport then I missed more than half of it. Oh, well, there is always next time. He was the only one who really managed to get the crowd going and left off a very well-meaning impression of himself.
- Kevin Green was an interesting surprise. Overall, he didn’t go too much into depth with his strategies (but I did add his book into my reading list), and it was somewhat refreshing seeing someone so publicly be unlikeable on stage – be like I’m rich, what of it? Definitely real life proof to Kiyosaki’s methods working, but he also seems to be the type of person who would’ve succeeded otherwise as well, he just had to be pointed in the right direction.
- Kim & Robert Kiyosaki combined were a terrible disappointment. I’d say that if the other performers (Eric, mostly) hadn’t carried the event I would’ve actually walked out disappointed, even though I did just go out of curiosity to start with. Taken separately, Kim is great. We were lucky to get a private meeting with her for the Women’s Investment Club on Monday night, so the women were definitely motivated. Nowadays she really seems to be the powerhouse in that relationship, so I’d honestly be more likely to listen to her on her own, since she seems to have surpassed Robert in some ways. Robert though – is honestly, just, old. I think his time has gone, and it’s time for a new generation. I don’t believe in what he’s currently peddling in terms of the crisis and it seems just slightly too self righteous, but he also just seemed burnt out. He spent much time just complaining about his critics and didn’t really get in depth with anything, which led the evening to a somewhat disappointing end.