Author Interview: Duane Harden ‘Don’t be afraid to make mistakes’

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.

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Welcome to As the Pages Turn, Duane. Why was writing 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It so important to you?


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.


How will this book change my life?


This book will show you how to turn passions into profits.


Can you tell me about this Cash Flow Club?


At our monthly meetings, the members review where they are in the 5 Easy Steps and we assist them with getting through that step.


Let’s say I run a successful business but people say I’m cheap.  In other words, my prices are low but we have a steady inflow of customers but we’re still not getting rich doing it.


What do you suggest?


We have to first quantify what “getting rich” means and we do that in “Easy Step #3: Finding Your ‘I’ in Passion“.  The “Life Assignment” exercises in this step get you to really look at and refine your living expenses so you know what’s the dollar amount you need to become financially free.  You will also discover that you may create multiple streams of income or PIGs (Passive Income Generator’s) as I call them as perhaps it will take 2 or 3 businesses to create the income you need to achieve financial freedom. Also,  “Chapter 19: Blueprint Point 3 – Manage Your PIG” is where you would refine your current management team in your business to bring aboard someone talented in evaluating market conditions and devising a strategy to set your price points that maximizes your profits.


What advice would you give the newbie business person when they start a new business?


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.  The most successful people are successful because they are really good at failing.


You started out with no financial background.  How did you learn the ropes?


I wasn’t afraid to step out on faith and take a chance.  I did my own “on the job” training except I wasn’t working at a company I was working for myself.  I constantly attend webinars, seminars, networking group meetings, etc. to learn as much as I can.  However, it is from life lessons where I’ve learned the most and placed them in my book.  My book is not not based on theory it is a reflection of what I’ve actually experienced during my investing endeavors.


Can you give us an excerpt from your book?


Keys To Life

–       All you need to know … is that you will never know … everything there is to know… and once you know that … you can move on!

–       Live in the world of abundance and not scarcity!

–       Give and it shall be given unto you!

–       Whatever you do in life, do it for love and not for money!

–       You are what you think and will become what you dream.

–       Embrace your fear!!!

–       Your network determines your net worth.

–       Taking the first leap of faith makes you successful!


Now that 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It has been published, what’s your next project?


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.


Thanks for this wonderful interview, Duane. Do you have anything you’d like to tell our readers that haven’t been discussed?


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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