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I Will Teach You to Be Rich

No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works (Second Edition)
Written by: Ramit Sethi
Narrated by: Ramit Sethi
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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“A unique voice on money, one singularly attuned to...his generation.” (San Francisco Chronicle

Buy as many lattes as you want. Spend extravagantly on the things you love. Live your rich life instead of tracking every last expense with Ramit Sethi’s simple, powerful, and effective six-week program for gaining control over your finances. 

This isn’t typical advice from a money expert. In this completely updated second edition, Ramit teaches you how to choose long-term investments and the right bank accounts. With his characteristic no-BS perspective, he shows how to squeeze every hidden benefit out of your credit cards. Crush debt and student loans. Learn the exact words to negotiate a raise. Set up an automatic payment system and get on with your life. Plus, new material on overcoming psychological barriers, love and money, new investments options, and real audience stories of how applying Ramit’s principles led to a rich life. 

“Don’t let the breezy, irreverent style of this book fool you. It contains serious advice on personal-finance decisions, from budgeting and savings to spending and investing.” (Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street)

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annoying read with unsubstantiated opinions

really struggled to finish this book. the author had a couple good point but frequently pointed out how a number of his opinions or recommendations have changed from the first version of this book. respectfully I feel that a lot of his position is opinion based rather than fact based and I suspect his third version will come back peddle a number of recommendations from version 2.

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not good was to vague, I wouldnt reccomend it.

not good l, too basic. Nothing for Canadians. basic things people already know. Not worth it in my opinion.

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It's ok.

Mildly entertaining. Very, very basic information unless you know literally nothing about common personal finance strategies. Highly focused on cutting small expenses like fees. Not much focus on how to generate a lot of income. Quite repetitive, there's really no need for the amount of time taken to drive home certain points. A couple of interesting nuggets. The author's opinions feel real and authentic which is good. It's fine, but no more than that.

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Great book....if you work at at McDonald's!

This book is NOT recommended for anyone who lives outside of the USA and is narrated to people with very basic money skills.

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Absolutely Awful and Aura Of Egomania

I listened to the first hour of this goddamn book and I already got the point. He brags about how his book has transformed people so much by sharing stories after stories — he never gets to the point. He also fails to understand that he will never know what being a lower SEC can do to people since he hasnt looked at any social sciences paper in his life. Cold, unforgiving and rude just like any successful businessman. He was well off to begin with so why take his advice to get rich? Btw I am in no way a low SEC myself and this book was so unbearable.

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This book WILL NOT teach you to be rich

At best it will teach you how to choose the best credit card for rewards points, big deal, you can’t retire on rewards points. This book provides zero advice on how to actually accumulate wealth. At best it provides advice that may guide you to a lower middle class education about money and getting out of debt. There are 1000’s of better money books. Leave this one on the shelf

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  • LT
  • 2019-09-11

Just okay

Most of the investments, banking and credit card recommendations don't really apply for Canadians. The author comes across as a bit arrogant and lacks humility in the way he describes his methods. There are tips and tricks that certainly help and the overall recommendations are good, but could be summarized pretty quickly. Still a good read/listen regardless.

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Okay, but repetitive and American-centric

The book is very well performed, but tends to constantly reinforce the same few key ideas instead of going more in depth or providing a wider breadth of examples. But I have to say my biggest problem is that many of the instructions are only useful to Americans. It doesn’t provide any examples of comparable actions to take if you live in a different country as I do (Canada).

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an 8-hour book that should have been 2.5

straightforward lessons about investing and finances mixed in with 50% filler of Ramit being cocky and egotistical. couldn't even finish on 1.5x speed. Read rich dad poor Dad

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A very valuable book to automate your finances

excellent read and very practical steps no BS. I recommend this to anyone wishing to take control of their finances.

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  • NWgal
  • 2019-06-18

NO, IF YOU ARE OLDER OR LOOKING BEYOND BASICS

I was many chapters in waiting to learn something new that I wasn't already doing to some degree. Finally, he mentions that this book is for those who are younger. That's how you get rich...start young. I'm going to listen to the end but it's hard because I'm hearing about tactics and strategies I am familiar with for an extended amount of time.

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  • Edward Mosqueda
  • 2019-05-26

Clear game plan

This was a great book! I have been researching the FIRE community and personal finance in general. This book gives some good advice that is in line with Dave Ramsey and other finance personas. But I like some of the different directions he suggest for savings, investments and perspective on spending. I’d recommend this book for someone who is looking to start their journey into personal finance but wants something that is easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-05

where's the beef?

interesting personal stories but other than that there's really not much to it. Personally recommending "The Richest Man in Babylon" versus this.

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  • ero
  • 2019-06-20

Repetitive - should be retitled.

Pros: Book is very insightful about how to create systems to be financially responsible with the money you are already earning / how to grow it incrementally over time. The book needs to be renamed, but I get he's trying to sell the book, however, the title is pretty misleading and should be renamed to "How to be financially responsible" Cons: However the book has no real answer to getting rich, unless you want the obvious answer — invest your money and save your money over many years with a retirement fund. Ramit constantly talks about how much he hates the advice: "Stop going out for coffee," however the amount of times he brings it up is more than i've actually heard in real life. Basically the book states that the best way to get rich is to get a job that pays you a lot of money / invest & save the extra money. Wow thanks for that amazing information, I didn't know that was the answer.

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  • Derek H.
  • 2019-09-17

Basic money habits

Found this book to be very basic advice on personal finances such as setting up a bank account, opening a credit card, starting a 401k, etc... this might be good for someone who is either right out of school or new to money. Some of the advice though I did not agree with and not sure why it's called a 6 week program. Thought it was also kind of odd to start the first chapter off with using credit cards to earn points for free trips. Although this can be true, this probably is not sound advice for someone who doesn't already know about everything else that is taught in this book. Overall I think the book lacked structure and was repetitive at times which made it boring and just not for me.

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  • Franco Espina
  • 2019-09-05

Really? Be rich?

I appreciate the book and I would like to thank Ramit as writing a book is not easy but there’s a big but. The title of the book is very misleading. Yes you can be rich but I don’t want to wait until I’m 70! Come on dude! Such a waste of time and money. Don’t waste your money. Pls change title!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-21

Very specific for USA

The book gives great advice, but it is very USA-specific. Although with some care, main concepts can be applied internationally.

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  • Billy D.
  • 2019-08-31

Great if you are 25

Did not interest me. 35 years ago would have been great advice, but truly only speaks to the young people.

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  • CMB
  • 2019-06-19

He only gets a few things right. Niche reader only

This book is only for young people who have a 9-5 corporate america 401k sort of job. Everyone else, pass on this book. Pros: Best part he gets right is his section on Credit Cards but you probably don't need this book to find the info. If you know zero about how to use CC's then yes, go for the book. He says Bank of America and Wells Fargo are awful and I agree!! Longterm investment strategies? 100% agree! He also has great showmanship in this book. Cons: He judges people by how they eat chicken wings? WTH kind of nonsense is that. He also, says people who end sentences with "..." are crazy um...okay, cool... Also, said Financial Advisors are all weirdos and unnecessary. I know plenty of advisors personally and yeah, some are weird but half the people in any sort of industry are weird, including authors. Plus, not all advisors are out to take you for a ride. Are some? Absolutely! Find a company that holds their advisors to a Fiduciary standards bc they do exist, maybe only a few, but they are out there. (FYI, FINRA enacted a law last year or the year before that ALL advisors have to be held to this standard now so...)And an advisor can really tell you how much money you need to retire, in a FREE consultation. Also, in what world does the stock mkt give you an 8% return consistently, even during recessions?? I know for a fact there are places you can invest for a tax free return (Yes, TAX FREE interest) at a 5% return which is recession proof. Sounds to good to be true? It's not, but you will need to consult an advisor to set up this unicorn of a strategy. The author keeps touting reader reviews who said they have saved $100k in I think like 5 or 7 years (Cannot recall exact #) since reading his book and at age 38 are set to retire at 54...um, what? $100k is great, but in retirement might as well be $100 bc that is not even close to what most need. The author makes plenty of apologies for things he got wrong with his first edition of this book which leads me to wonder, what will he apologize for getting wrong in second edition when he comes out with a third? (If you are wondering, NO I am not an advisor nor do I work for a firm. I DO however have longterm investments, longterm care insurance, disability, and life etc and if anything happens to me my family is taken care of forever. And yes, you can do all this without working for a Corporate America job)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-07

Surprised by the negative reviews

I get it that this book is towards the younger crowd and that it teaches the basics, but for someone who has read other financial books and articles, this book was still very helpful. I’m honestly surprised by the negative reviews towards small portions of the book rather than obtaining the full grasp of the book’s messages. Yes, I knew some of the things Ramit was saying before I listened to the book, but that is not enough for me to put 1 star and call it trash. Also, people call the title misleading because he doesn’t teach how to INSTANTANEOUSLY get rich, which sounds immature if you think about it. I guess it’s just me but when I read/listen to books I just obtain the information that I didn’t know and keep it moving, instead of complaining about it and call it trash where Ramit has clearly helped a multitude of people with their personal finances. Anyways, it was a great book. Definitely helped me on some aspects of my life. Highly recommended.

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