This video uses adult language. Not recommended for youngsters!
Loud. Brash. Egotistical. That’s how I would describe Ramit Sethi, the New York Times best selling author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”. Ramit was the keynote speaker at the Financial Blogger Conference I attended and presented at earlier this month. He kicked off his talk with this video, which ticked off a lot of frugal bloggers.
After the conference my friend, Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, chatted me up on Skype.
Jen: Ok, I just watched the video…Funny, yes, but a TOTAL insult to frugal bloggers. So, was it funny in the context of his talk, or if you are a frugal blogger sitting there, would you still have been totally insulted?
Don’t want to read into it, but thought it was pretty nervy.
I understand his point, since his whole thing is about making money and don’t get caught up in saving $3 here and there. But what he forgets is that 80% of finances are behavior and emotion and if you can’t get your spending under control in the little things, it doesn’t matter how much you make, you’ll still have money issues.
So that is my beef with that. And since you were there, wondering your feedback. (Not like I am about to take on a NYT best seller or anything, BUT…… 😉
Julia: Yeah, the video was making fun of frugal and coupon bloggers, but I didn’t take it personally. Ramit is known for being inflammatory and making waves, so I guess I just saw it as another attempt to rile people up.
I believe in what I do and I know I save my readers thousands of dollars, not the pennies he showed in his video.
Not that I would try to convince him of that. Not worth my time, if you know what I mean!
Jen: I thought that probably was the take, that even frugal bloggers would chuckle if you were there and that out of context, it was just rude, but I did laugh and kind of laughed at him since he has no clue how the mentality of saving a bit here and there adds up to a lifetime of $100,000. Not everyone can be making 6 figures by just being entreupeneurial. But glad that everyone has that chance if they want to go for it.
What’s your take on Ramit’s video making fun of coupon clipping and frugality? Is this guy a total jerk?