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Ramit Sethi

I was featured on an ABC webcast with Charles Gibson today.

See the webcast here or get it on iTunes (warning: it’s a little cheesy). I’m still getting used to the camera-in-the-face thing. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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  1. Paul Singh

    About the camera-in-the-face thing – it reminds me of a talk show host or something along those lines. In any case, I want your autograph on my desk first thing tomorrow morning. Actually, I want an autographed copy of your ebook – yeah, that’s what I want.

    Seriously though, this is awesome – congrats, Ramit.

  2. FMF

    Congrats! You’re the man!!!

  3. Frugal Dad

    Enjoyed the ABC piece – I thought it came off very well. I agree with your sentiments on teaching young people about money. Unfortunately, it is something we don’t do very well in this country at the public education level. Keep up the great work!

  4. sabrina

    Ramit, what percent of your blog posts are completely useless to your loyal readers? If I had more time I’d calculate it, but it’s definitely too high.

  5. Online Money Finance

    Way to go Ramit!

    Don’t fret about the camera in the face thing, it was very well done. You’re a true inspiration.

    Thanks for your blog and daily advice, and congratulations!


  6. Steve

    Hey Ramit! I saw this webcast on my zune this morning. You seem like a cool guy who’s really taking an easy-to-understand, common sense way to approaching personal finance. I am in the middle of getting a budget together for myself, and I’m sure your blog will really help.

    I have been using to keep track of my accounts and spending online. It’s a pretty cool tool. Maybe you should review it sometime.


  7. Kent Irwin

    Ramit, Great piece. I liked it a lot. Very fresh and positive. Keep up the good work. Particularly good was your comment about stocks, so much craziness out there when it comes to buying stock and the stock market. I saw a commercial the other day showing a guy who is so excited that he bought stock online in China – pretty silly.

  8. Kiran

    Awesome, I’m glad to see you’re getting some recognition for the good ideas you’ve been spreading around.

  9. Christina

    I agree with Sabrina……

    You’re great in front of the camera. Good job 🙂

  10. moneymonk

    sweet, you look more mature without the glasses

  11. Mr. Sir

    @ Steve, you just actually admitted in a public forum that you own a zune. Buy an iPod.

  12. Chris

    @ Sabrina… “Making mistakes is ok” may not have been the focus of this blog post, but it was in there and when I read it I repeated it to myself a few times because sometimes I forget that and focus too heavily on the mistakes instead of the progress I’ve made. So I guess it depends on what one considers useful. And not all information is useful the first time we read it, so maybe on a different day this post may resonate differently.

    Now if Ramit would just stop posting links which feed my pen fetish… 🙂

  13. Junn Bug

    I saw the ABC World News Webcast yesterday and that’s how I first got to know about your blog. So I put in “I will teach you to be rich, blog” in the Google search box and that got me here. And now I subsribe to your blog. Thanks for all that info!

  14. John Thomas

    Seriously, you did a great job on camera. You were articulate and showed passion for your topic. Congrats. Hopefully this will continue to open doors for you.

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  16. Flexo

    Nice segment, good job!

  17. Pamela Slim

    Great job Ramit … I loved the piece.

    You are a natural in front of the camera. Anderson Cooper, watch out!

    And … common sense is rarely common practice. Keep hammering away at the basics, because that is what the majority of people need.

    Keep on working it!


  18. JT

    Great job on camera, congratulations!

  19. AS

    I read your blog on a semi-regular basis. I find you preachy. I keep coming back because I hope it will be less preachy. I have to say, after watching the ABC piece, I will be visiting regularly. Your blog photo does not do you justice. You are adorable on camera. 😉 Congrats!

  20. WB


    So nice to see you getting some air time! I love coming home after a long day at work and reading what you have to say.

    Keep up the good work.

  21. Rickina

    I think you did a fabulous job. Great straight to the point information, well told and I actually got it. And most of the things my husband and I do now. 🙂 Nice…

  22. Kirk

    Great job! Super advice delivered in such a short time frame.


  23. Rita B

    Excellent and above poster is correct-you are better looking than I knew. 🙂

  24. Fernando C

    Nice segment. One comment about the site though: can you add an rss link? It will so much easier if I could log into Google Reader and read you latest content.

  25. Tillman

    I think you did a phenomenal job! I am sure that a lot of financial people are scratching their heads about the powerful advice given in manner that anyone should be able to follow. I showed it to some of my business partners and they are so impressed they have been reading your blog most of the afternoon. Keep up the good work.

    VP Operations
    Vast LLC

  26. Aaron S

    You nailed it man.

    IWTYTBR reader for one year strong!

  27. KS

    Great job Ramit! You looked like a pro.
    Very professional.
    We need more people like you, this stuff should be taught in high schools.

  28. jblee

    Great video Ramit! Using easy-to-understand words in personal finance is just right for the individual who’s starting to grasp the concept of frugality and smart financial decisions, while keeping it professional.

    Fernando C: Google Reader has an RSS feed for Ramit’s blog. It’s under the finance section.

  29. Blair


    I think you did a fine job. You also did a great job of summarizing the basic principles that you put forth on your site. Overall, great work!

  30. Chris Sundberg


    I thought it was excellent. Keep up the good work.

    -Chris S

  31. Missy

    hey, you should talk with ABC news about bailing out that family in Clayton, NC. Such a bad idea… They had an $175,000 ARM and was crying about the rate going up so fast and how they couldn’t keep up with the payments all the while they have a big home, fancy pool table and kickin’ dish network.. blah.

    Great to see that you’re getting some national coverage. you should smile more often.

  32. Jonathan Bennett

    That was excellent, Ramit. You seemed very natural to me. Nice job.

  33. Working Dollar


    That was very well done, not too in your face at all. I think your got your message across very well, and camera was nice to you. In other words, you looked natural, like you belong there. Great piece.

  34. Saurabh

    Have a Mac, so thought of watching it in iTunes, it downloaded 85Mb of data, watched it, but no sign of Ramit Sethi! Watched it again, chapter by chapter, only to realize that I was watching yesterday’s (30th Jan) show and my RSS Reader mentioned the blog post date as 24th Jan. So came again to the post, and this time clicked on the webcast instead of iTunes and it worked fine.
    iTunes link doesnt work and it just subscribes the ABC World News. Nice feature though, seems like you are already becoming a celebrity!

  35. elburro

    i also agree with sabrina…

    why is it you have to make a “welcome / site roundup post” everytime you’re “featured” somewhere? i mean its ok the first time but this is like the 3rd time already… if the people want to know more, they’ll eventually click on your articles

  36. jen

    very cool. you can be an ABC financial correspondent now!

  37. Bobby Saini

    Congrats! You pulled it off really well. Like Paul I would like an autographed copy of the e-book as well, I will get it from him when I make it over to the West Coast. Congrats once again, you deserve it.

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