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15 Little Life Hacks

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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  1. 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 think financial matters are boring or beyond them.

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

    Gaudy would be wearing a Hawaiian shirt with matching pants.

  3. 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).

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

  5. I would agree with Jeannie.

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

  7. 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.

  8. I’m sorry, Phil, but your comment really pisses me off. I put an open invitation to every single one of my blog readers and you knew it.

    I looked like I was writing because I was writing, but if you had taken the initiative to say hello, you would have found that I’m a pretty approachable guy and I love meeting iwillteachyoutoberich readers.

    In fact, maybe you could take a lesson from another iwillteach reader who sent me a note saying that she appreciated the invitation and would be showing up around 1:30pm. When she did, I spent about two hours giving her career advice.

    I’m consistently amazed at the excuses people come up with to justify not doing something out of the ordinary. “It’s too far,” “it’s raining today,” or in this case, “you didn’t look approachable” (despite having explicitly invited people to drop by). The successful entrepreneurs I know would kick down doors to meet with someone they wanted to — not be stopped by “scraps of paper all over a table.”

  9. phil, buddy, you just got OWNED.

  10. 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).