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+ 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 )
He explains that you should always be looking for angles and be willing to negotiate and gives you examples on how to achieve this.
The way he explains the concepts by introducing stories or anecdotes is best heard, not read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yes, the book makes sense of a very intimidating topic.
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.
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.
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.
If you live in the States it is a great book, but 90% of it does not apply if you live outside the US.
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.
i purchased the paper book 6 months ago and it completely changed my financial life, i also purchased this audio book about a week ago and it was great listening to Ramit read his own book i also listen to chapters frequently when i need inspiration or a refresh. his blog by the same name is also a daily read now too
Great work Ramit
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