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I Will Teach You to Be Rich | [Ramit Sethi]

I Will Teach You to Be Rich

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-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.
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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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    Dusty 09-23-10
    Dusty 09-23-10 Member Since 2010
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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.

    7 of 7 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 2012
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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.


    11 of 12 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-27-14
    Elizabeth 06-27-14 Member Since 2011
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 09-05-11
    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2011

    Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.

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    "Sound Advice"

    If you are looking for the silver bullet; look elsewhere. But if you looking for solid good money management advice, then buy this book. His advice does work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 12-22-10
    Ed POINT COOK, Australia 12-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny and informative."

    Yes the advise is very basic if you already have personal finance acumen, the book is aimed at the younger crowd and provides some good foundational advise and background on asset classes and the diffence between diversification and asset allocation. Ramit is a vibrant reader and keeps you interested right the way through.

    2 of 2 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin United States 10-12-12
    Kevin United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sound Financial Advice"

    This book is mainly geared for 20 - 35 age range. Ramit has an exuberant personality and got me excited about doing finances the right way. The book is filled with excellent real world examples and methods for controlling finances. I was skeptical about using a credit on this book at first because of the corny title. I'm really glad I did. I'm actively using at least 75% of techniques described in this book.

    When you are ready to seriously start thinking about finances.. listen to this book first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great 'How-To' guide that anyone will benefit from"
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    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.

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