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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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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.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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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.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Brandon
  • Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • 09-01-10

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.

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  • leif
  • salinas, CA 93906
  • 11-17-13

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.

49 of 55 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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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  • G
  • WINDERMERE, FL, United States
  • 08-02-10

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.

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This book changed my life

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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  • Ben
  • Houthalen, Belgium
  • 03-07-13

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

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. <br/><br/>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.

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  • carlos
  • 02-10-16

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.

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  • James Bradley
  • 05-30-17

if you're American 5 stars. live elsewhere 3 star

great book if you're American. Very geared to US system. not so great from UK.

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  • Chris Bennett
  • 08-26-14

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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  • chew
  • 04-07-17

Ok

Mainly directed towards an American audience, but a good listen nonetheless. Very insightful and some useful information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-17

Good if you are American, but still useful.

A little worrying that he starts off with the use of credit cards to gain points and miles and not address spending habits with credit cards. However, still helpful without any real insights or new info.

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  • Donna Eade
  • 03-25-17

Great book for getting to grips with your finances

Thanks to this book I've managed to automate my finances and look forward to finally growing my savings and never saying I don't know where my money goes again
thanks Ramti

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  • RODRIGO TORRES LADINO
  • 02-03-17

Great Content but how good for UK readers?

Its 2017 and I am based in the UK. I have opened my first credit card and checked my credit report. I have savings so now to figure out where to invest for UK equivalent funds.

It seems as though its a brilliant resource. Only time will tell. Thank you for the inspiration Ramit.

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  • J.G.
  • 12-23-16

smart money management for wealthy retirement

I disagree that the book teaches you to be rich. Instead it teaches you about smart personal finance. You'll have a nice retirement, maybe even an early one, but there's no techniques that will make you rich. At least not in the next 20 years. However, you'll learn how to save, invest and live pretty much debt free.

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  • Ben Phillips
  • 09-08-16

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.

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  • Miss M.
  • 07-12-16

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!!

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  • Landon
  • 03-01-15

Good advice but mostly USA specific

Some very good advice which can be used in Australia but alot is USA specific. That being said, still has smart, simple tips. He's a bit crazy too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

Thoughtful, entertaining and easily digestible guide!

Thoughtful, entertaining and easily digestible guide to begin to manage your finances. Interesting notes on how to have a conversation with others about money management and conscious spending/ saving. DO YOU DOLLAR COST AVERAGE!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-17

great financial advice

Listened to this over three weeks and loved it. Lots of great advice. Very catered for US readers but as a finance girl I'm happy to learn it. Loved the advice on negotiating and credit cards working for you and investing. Lots of references to women in the text, bit random but other than that a great read! Loved Remit's narration

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  • tash
  • 02-28-17

Brilliant. But needs an Aussie version

Super useful way of learning to be smart about your finances. But needs an Aussie version

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-16

Glad it was free

Read like an overenthusiastic Dave Ramsay convert without the requisite life experience. Cannot recommend at all.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful