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I Will Teach You to Be Rich Audiobook

I Will Teach You to Be Rich

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At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's six-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

©2009 Ramit Sethi; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Erica 03-08-11
    Erica 03-08-11
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    "Behavioral approach to money sets this book apart"

    I LOVE Ramit Sethi. His style is irreverent and occasionally obnoxious but hysterically funny and deeply influential. Ramit's emphasis on behavior and his back ground in psychology is what sets this book apart from the average personal finance book. I was convinced that this was one of the best books out there by the 4th chapter but the last chapter "A Rich Life" blew my mind. More than just money management strategies this chapter dealt with the real value of money, what it takes for you to feel rich, how to handle money issues in relationship, and negotiation strategies for anything from buying a car to getting a raise. I would recommend buying the text version as well if you like what you hear but you can get the bulk of the message with the audio version.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-27-14
    Elizabeth 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspired Me to Overhaul My Personal Finances"
    If you could sum up I Will Teach You to Be Rich in three words, what would they be?

    I got this book on a whim (even though the title made it seem kind of dumb) and I'm glad I did. It's the first book I'd ever read on personal finance and Ramit's good advice and fun approach motivated me to make some serious financial changes. Now I'm tracking my finances, I started high-interest online checkings and savings accounts, I got a credit card, and I'm going to be opening a Roth IRA. I didn't agree completely with everything he said (I kind of balked at his advice about salary negotiation and I ended up picking a different bank for my savings account than the one he recommended), but his personal finance strategies are great and it was fun to listen to him.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Houthalen, Belgium 03-07-13
    Ben Houthalen, Belgium 03-07-13
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    "A good book on how to save money"
    What did you like best about I Will Teach You to Be Rich? What did you like least?

    + Ramit Sethi explains his concepts with an appealing, if oddball kind of humor. Which is perfect for 20 to 30-somethings interested in learning how to save money.

    - A large portion of the book is focused on concepts that do not apply on Europeans. ( such as credit score )


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Will Teach You to Be Rich?

    He explains that you should always be looking for angles and be willing to negotiate and gives you examples on how to achieve this.


    What does Ramit Sethi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he explains the concepts by introducing stories or anecdotes is best heard, not read.


    Was I Will Teach You to Be Rich worth the listening time?

    If you are American, I can see how it is interesting to listen to this audiobook. For Europeans however, I would skip it, since there are a lot of concepts that simply do not apply.

    The book won't teach you how to be reach ( Ramit Sethi is mostly teaching himself to be rich by writing these kind of clever titled books / blogs ) but it is a good introduction for those who are interested in handling their money in a more responsible, structured way.


    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    G WINDERMERE, FL, United States 08-02-10
    G WINDERMERE, FL, United States 08-02-10
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    "Excellent book to plan out your personal finances."

    This is a no-nonsense book written by a normal person who knows what he's talking about. There are many opinions that might seem counter to the mainstream, but with a lot of truth. I have internalized many concepts from here and I'm already putting them in practice, and telling everyone some of the great concepts in here. I've read several books about personal finance, but this one is my favorite so far. Very accessible.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    DangerD 02-10-15
    DangerD 02-10-15
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    "Very Insightful"

    I'm a bit outside of target age, but did begin investing within that range. Author enlightened me in several areas that will still benefit me going forward. Great info. I would highly recommend to the targeted age, but there is much for others. I feel I'm a bit more security conscience than the author portrayed, and would weigh some advice more so from that perspective, but that does not take away from the central thought of this book. Well done!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael CAULFIELD, MO, United States 05-28-15
    Michael CAULFIELD, MO, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Potential investors... Don't miss this one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book makes sense of a very intimidating topic.


    What about Ramit Sethi’s performance did you like?

    I was afraid of listening to a multi-hour narration by a non-U.S. author (apologies in advance). Ramit makes fun of his own ethnicity a couple of times which is refreshing, however there is no need. His command of English is impeccable. He is passionate about the topic of finance, self directed investing, saving money, and having money for retirement. The job he did in narrating his own book could not have been duplicated by a "hired gun." Nice job.


    What did you learn from I Will Teach You to Be Rich that you would use in your daily life?

    I have been trying to save and invest for many years. Remit accomplished a miracle in his book (with me) in that he got me started. I picked from among his recommended vehicles and got started the next day. He made it so understandable and easy that the fear was gone. I actually got started and it is simple once you understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I had gone through several professional advisors including two "fee only" and one major chain broker. I also have my own trading account and some friends who know what they are doing. None of that really helped. Ramit's book helped. I was so sick of educated pros talking in circles and trying to get me to do what was best for them that I was paralyzed into inaction. Now, although I am not an expert, I have gotten started and I feel that I understand what I am doing to the point that I am as safe as anyone else who is earning interest on their money. The book is also perfect for those who have little but want to change that. Don't be intimidated or hesitate. This book is worth ten times the money and might just get you on the path as it did me. I highly recommend it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Santa Monica, CA, United States 09-01-10
    Brandon Santa Monica, CA, United States 09-01-10
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    "great advice"

    Technically you could find all of this information for free elsewhere, but Sethi very clearly, very entertainingly and very practically gives tons of advice on how best to automate your money to go to the right investment accounts, what you should look out for and what you should avoid. In a similar vein to the "Four-Hour Workweek," Sethi trains you on developing habits for looking at investments and expenses that stick with you after you've accomplished his weekly action lists.

    Although I enjoyed this audio recording, I might recommend getting a printed version because there's a lot of information you'll need to reference at later times.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    leif salinas, CA 93906 11-17-13
    leif salinas, CA 93906 11-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great if u live in the USA, don't buy it u don't"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you live in the States it is a great book, but 90% of it does not apply if you live outside the US.


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    haqtech 12-19-14
    haqtech 12-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Good book to start in your 20s but light"

    the content is good, in fact, I'll give it as a present to friends that just graduated from college. Now, if you are in your 30s, 40s, etc... and you have already read other marvelous books like "The Millionaire Next Door" or you already have a decent personal finance background, I think this book adds little value. thx.

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    Dusty 09-23-10
    Dusty 09-23-10
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    "The content is much better than the title"

    This book was recommended to me twice by two different friends. I was skeptical of its value due to the cheesy title, but apparently you can't judge a book by the cover. I really liked this book.

    This is not a detailed financial book, it is a very practical "this is the bare minimum you should be doing, and here's how you do it" book. Which for me, was a perfect starting point. I used a lot of Ramit's advice.

    If you're young and just getting started with *really* managing your finances, this is your book.

    I bought the audio book and half way through bought the paper back book so I'd have quick reference to the resources Ramit frequently cites.

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  • Chris Bennett
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    "Great 'How-To' guide that anyone will benefit from"
    Any additional comments?

    As a 21-year old British student, I found Ramit's step-by-step guide action inducing - by following the tasks set in each chapter and thoroughly informative. This will provide a solid financial foundation for anyone struggling with credit card debt but also for those planning for the long term. For me however, the most valuable lesson, is Ramit's financial philosophy of saving/investing but maintaining a pleasurable lifestyle where you learn how to enjoy your money. I'm grateful to catch on to this book early, to lay the foundations for financial stability and success in the future and avoid many common mistakes made by many. I have and will continue to recommend this book to friends/family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • carlos
    2/10/16
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    "Brilliant - starting from the beginning right now"

    This was a well structured, well thought-out and very simple guide to sorting out personal finances. It is a common sense approach that isn't all that common!

    I am British so for British listeners: a "401k" is effectively a pension or SIPP, and a "Roth IRA" is an ISA. Just remember this as they are both mentioned frequently throughout. - if you don't know what they are then google them first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Phillips
    9/8/16
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    "Uncomplicating the complicated world of money"

    This is the beginners guide to becoming a grown up with your money. Wish I'd have discovered it 5 years ago. Funny, well paced and a much needed kick up the arse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss M.
    7/12/16
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    "Dull, predictable, not worth the time let alone money"

    This book could be summarised into 15 mins! I don't know why I carried on listening, just waiting for a nugget or something interesting I suppose. Well I got to the end and everything is common sense or I knew it beforehand. 2 nuggets were spreading your asset base (60/20/10/10) and lifecycle investing. There you go, you don't need to read the book now! I certainly wish I hadn't wasted my time!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Sebastian
    5/25/16
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    "Great!"

    Just what I was looking for learning about money, didn't know anything about it just that you can spend it, if you are like me this will be very useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bills
    4/14/16
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    "really good for beginners"

    loved it, really useful advice for people beginning their personal finance journey, aimed at 20 year old as a preferred audience. a little patronising at times but definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duane
    2/12/16
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    "Clever, informative and funny but..."

    An informative look at your finances. Very well narrated by the author whose passion for your financial organisation is clear. There are many funny moments in the book, which you wouldn't expect unless you knew a little something about the author. I enjoyed it and look forward to sorting out my finances with this insight on board.
    The only downsides are a clear nod to the younger demographic throughout and the obvious problem of financial matters differing in country to country. There is still plenty to be going ahead with all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Maschwitz
    1/19/16
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    "no way."

    couldnt finish it. how not to be rich maybe. great if you want to know about credit cards and general everyday things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • filipy2kit
    11/18/15
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    "TKO!"

    Mastery of intro to your finances.
    Although this based on the realities of the US you could still get an idea of the basic concepts which will enable you to start to research. Before I thought I knew but I had no idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    8/28/15
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    "Fundamentally Disagree"

    It's hard for me to review this because the first part of the book was all about getting credit cards.

    From his website: "Anyway, in the first chapter on credit cards, I shared the details of my favorite credit card at the time"

    Maybe I should have been a bit more open minded and stuck it out. But I just can't agree that credit card debt is the route to riches. I couldn't continue after that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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