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Meet me this Saturday, buy me food

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One of the people I interviewed for my upcoming book was Laura Levine, Executive Director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy. I was asking her about why young people say they want to learn about personal finance, but they routinely don’t attend classes that are offered at their schools.

“It’s not just young people,” she told me. If you have a seminar for middle-aged people, they won’t come either. Do you know why? Because attending is a big admission that they’re lacking education. Quite frankly, if they go and see their neighbor in the parking lot, they might just turn around and go home.”

Anyway, this Saturday I’ll be at Jovino in San Francisco this Saturday (11/10/07) from 11am-3pm. If you want to talk personal finance / entrepreneurship / publishing, feel free to drop by. I’m the Indian dude cursing at my notepad.

Btw, is it too gaudy to say that if you come to visit, you have to buy me something to eat? I think that ship sailed a long time ago.

PS–Laura writes in to call this a…”Ramit and Greet.” hahahahhaa i hate you so much

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john
john
8 years 8 months ago
you aren’t kidding on the attendance problem. the directors of my credit union were working on a similar program (money smart) provided through the FDIC. we held a dozen or so meetings to discuss various aspects of financial management – open to the public, well-publicized & free food & give-aways. do you know how many people showed up? ZERO. it’s unfortunate, b/c programs like these provide a wealth of information that translates into real dollars down the road. i’m sure laura’s statement is a big part of the lack of participation. i think there’s also a lot of people that… Read more »
Rance
Rance
8 years 8 months ago

“Gaudy” i think the work you were looking for was “tacky”.

Gaudy would be wearing a Hawaiian shirt with matching pants.

dan
dan
8 years 8 months ago

Speaking of personal finance classes, when I was in college, one of my finance professors told me they used to offer a personal finance class. I don’t know why or when they stopped offering it, but I think that they should bring it back, and perhaps make it a requirement (Gen Ed or for the major).

Jeannie
Jeannie
8 years 8 months ago

I think people don’t show up because they think they are going to be pressured into buying something, such as investments, insurance etc…

Allen
8 years 8 months ago

I would agree with Jeannie.

Emma
Emma
8 years 8 months ago

at Rance: I disagree. I would say ‘gauche’ is what Ramit was after.

Phil
Phil
8 years 8 months ago

Ramit, I was at Jovino today and you definitely didn’t look approachable. You sat alone, hunched over your Thinkpad with scraps of paper all over your table and you were plugged into your ipod earphones. I think someone at one time took your other chair. Next time, maybe you should take appointments or have a speaking engagement at a pub during happy hour; I’ll buy you a drink in exchange your financial wisdom. Cheers.

dan
dan
8 years 8 months ago

phil, buddy, you just got OWNED.

"Maybe"
"Maybe"
8 years 8 months ago

Phil didn’t want to buy Ramit food. Ramit, I appreciate your frankness, even when it is one of your readers (or perhaps, especially to you readers).

Phil
Phil
8 years 8 months ago

Yep, owned. Don’t get me wrong, I mean no disrespect. Barriers aside, I’m overly cautious now since I was recently burned badly by what I assumed was nice friendly people while looking for an apartment off of craigslist. There is also a financial side to it too; I’ll have to submit my story to Ramit for his comments. Cheers.

Adam
Adam
8 years 8 months ago

Ramit,

Any chance you’ll come to Colorado? I wish I was in SF this last week. Let me know when you do come, I’ll buy you a drink at Vic’s coffee. 🙂

kevin
kevin
8 years 8 months ago

yeah, come on over to the mile high city.
First couple pints are on me at Wyncoop.

Yes, Phil was owned.
Phil-stop making excuses.

Kiwi
Kiwi
8 years 8 months ago
I agree with Jeannie. “I think people don’t show up because they think they are going to be pressured into buying something, such as investments, insurance etc…” Thats why I don’t go to any “free” financial presentations. I went to one at Barnes and Nobles once, and felt highly pressured to buy the book of the presenter, along with her services as a financial planner. Chairs were set up in a manner that there was no escape for the entirety of the presentation. Banks and other debt oriented businesses have also infiltrated high schools and colleges to sell their version… Read more »
Helen
Helen
8 years 7 months ago
hey ramit!! this is super late, but the meeting we had was really helpful! (btw, phil, i would be the reader who showed up and talked to ramit for 2 hours, so yes he is approachable despite the fact that he looks busy). i just wanted to update you. i’m going for my second round interviews next week! i tried calling human resources directly and she had me bypass the entire online/electronic application process. i flew out to dallas for my first round last week and they loved me! YAY! also, i met up with mimi a few weeks ago… Read more »
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