Interview with Duane Harden + Rags to Riches $10,000 Giveaway

Duane Harden just doesn’t teach you theory but rather you learn through his very own life hands-on experiences that come along with building a strong portfolio of successful businesses, including residential and commercial real estate, a restaurant, a music company, and many more. He began with no financial education, but he was determined and inspired. Today he leads a Cash Flow Club where he mentors entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their business so they, too, can become financially free.

His latest book is 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It.


Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Give and it shall be given unto you!” is one of the “Keys To Life” I teach and is the inspiration for writing “5 Easy Steps To Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It. 

In 2003, I formed a Rich Dad, Poor Dad Cash Flow Club in Manhattan.  I must be honest I formed this group purely for selfish reasons.  I reached a point in my real estate investing career where I began to doubt my talents.  I wanted to surround myself with positive like-minded people that would be a sounding board for my ideas.  Today, that group has grown to over 600 registered members.  We meet once a month to reenergize ourselves to go back out into the world to pursue our dreams.  I volunteer as the leader of this group.  Our mission is to learn and share techniques we can use in business, real estate investing and the market.  These are the core concepts you learn from reading the Rich Dad book by Robert Kiyosaki.  It’s free to be a member of the group and all that we ask is that what you learn you share with someone else. Pay it forward.

I realized early on the wealth principle of giving back.  As the leader of the cash flow club, I’ve experienced the impact that our group has had on its members and our community.  We’re changing the World one bank account at a time.  I then thought what if there was a way that our teachings could impact more than just my neighborhood.  During one of my summer vacations in Ibiza, Spain I completed writing my book with the intention that everyone can chose to have financial freedom in his or her life.  Again, another key I teach is “live in the world of abundance and not scarcity”.  I know there is plenty of wealth to go around and I’m not afraid of spreading it.  My book assist the reader in unlocking God given talents and figuring out how to turn passions into profits.  I would leave this earth a happy man knowing I was part of the catalyst that rids our society of poverty.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

The hard part was getting over the fact that I had gotten a C- in English my freshman year in college.  As an engineering major, I doubted my talents as an author.  I knew I had something valuable to say as I do it every month in our Cash Flow Club meetings.  I then approached writing like I did my other businesses.  I realized that I didn’t have to do it alone and our team of editors, proofreaders, illustrators, etc. would make the writing process very easy.  My advice to other writers is to get out of your head, let the negativity wither away, pick up a pen and then start writing with integrity.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?


Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

No.  I joined a few groups in the New York City area and their guidance made the self-publishing process rather easy.

Q: Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

I was overwhelmed with a dream accomplished.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

Right now, I’m working on a book that dispels the myths behind debt.  So many people fall victim to “get out of debt quick” schemes from debt management companies that they don’t realize the serious financial implications of their decisions.  This book will provide them with the right education to make the right decision.  It will be published after my summer vacation in Ibiza, Spain.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

The difference between poor people and rich people is simply the right financial education.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Let what you do be for others. When they get it … you get it and the planet shifts in the right direction.

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