Ramit Sethi’s “I Will Teach You to Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works” is a guide that does everything that its title promises. You get to choose your own investing adventure with this book’s help. Sethi offers several no-nonsense, judgment-free approaches to success in personal finance. Unlike many others, this author refrains from shaming readers about their coffee purchases or suggesting that they lower their current standard of living. If you have been struggling to get your finances into gear, then reading this book may be the push that you need.
Readers learn how to fight off any strong negative feelings about their finances. Sethi also addresses the roles of media, information overload, and cynical thought patterns in why most people do not invest enough. He even tackles some controversial topics such as weight gain and relates them to finances. He is not intimidated by readers challenging his ideas. In fact, the author encourages readers to email him with any questions that they might have. His stories and scenarios are accessible and inclusive to readers from all walks of life. You do not need to share the same dreams that he had to benefit from his expertise.
Written in the style of essays, this book lets you skip around to any part of it that appeals to you. However, Sethi notes that he has made many updates since the first edition of this guide. You may want to re-read this title if it has been more than a decade since you first read it. Among the content that he has added is his concept of “invisible money scripts,” defined as the emotional messages from others that influence a person’s financial choices. Sethi provides diverse examples of these scripts throughout the book as they relate to the lessons.