IWillTeachYouToBeRich turns 2 years old today

Ramit Sethi

Two years ago today, on August 17, 2004, I wrote my first post for I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

Today, I took a minute to catch my breath and look back over the last couple of years. Good god, I had no idea what I was getting into when I wrote my first post (which you’ll notice still has 0 comments). Here are some stats I just dug up:

Number of posts: Over 300
Number of comments: Over 2,000
Number of ads run on or off the site: 0
Number of people I’ve given my 1-hour talk to in person: Over 4,000 around the country
Emails received and replied to: Thousands (I lost count)
Growth: I don’t know how this happened, but receives more visitors before noon each day than I received in all of May 2005

The traffic is cool, but who really cares about that. Today, I think this blog has some of the smartest readers of any blog, anywhere. Check the comments and I think you’ll agree. Notice the lack of trolls and the actual conversation that goes on!! How novel!!

As I’ve written this blog, I’ve tried to keep a few simple things in mind: Getting started is more important than being the smartest person in the room. It’s ok to make mistakes. Read a lot so you know when to call BS, but not too much–action is more important than reading. Ordinary actions get ordinary results. And there’s a difference between being sexy and being Rich.

This year, there’s much, much more to come. I have an entire series planned on getting your dream job (how to find the best job, how to out-interview anybody, and how to win at work), more advanced and beginner topics on investing, more posts on personal entrepreneurship, more talks around the country, and a couple of big announcements to come.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for reading, commenting, and emailing. I know it’s hard to dig through some of the older posts, so today I went through and picked 5 of my favorite posts from each category. Take a look. And thanks for being with me.

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Introductory Articles
Why do you want to be rich?
The Best Decision vs. The Financially Smart One
Cheap versus frugal
A big fear I have of this site
2006 Makeover, Step #4: Open your retirement accounts

An analysis of 1000+ IWillTeachYouToBeRich survey responses– and some new decisions (Best feedback ever)
Dumb: “Don’t invest; you can’t beat the pros”
All about stocks and bonds
All about mutual funds
Read Warren Buffet’s letters

What are we doing on this site?
I bought a tie (I love this post because of how angry the comments are)
Cost vs. value: Why I bought a new car (Sorry guys, but I stand by what I wrote)
Boy am I stupid

Personal Entrepreneurship
Barriers are your enemy
We love to debate minutiae
On greed and speed
The Myth of the Great Idea

Here’s how I set up my financial accounts
Letting your parents manage your money is dumb
The Power of Compounding
Time is NOT money–at least, not yours
Cook at home, you lazy bastard

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  1. noah kagan

    you are the reason i wake up in the morning:)

    can’t wait to see what you’ll do next.

  2. Flexo

    Happy birthday, Ramit! It’s been a fun two years… looking forward to many more.

  3. Innovation Zen

    Yeah keep up the good work. By the way, why do you provide only summary feeds? It would be better if we could receive full text feeds.

  4. Ramit Sethi

    It is full-text…a number of people thought it was summary-only, but it turned out to be a problem with their RSS reader. If you can’t get it to work, try the Atom feed on the right side of the site.

  5. Kimber

    Happy birthday IWillTeachYouToBeRich (I assume that Ramit is older than 2)!

    Keep on making a difference. That is all that really matters. (Though a few dollars in the process would be nice too).

  6. ricemutt

    Congrats! Though I just discovered your site not long ago, I’ve enjoyed it very much.

  7. Amy

    Mazel tov on your 2-year, Ramit!

  8. JonisJon

    Congratulations on 2 years of this. Keep up the great work Ramit.

  9. Cody McKibben


    That’s all there is to say. I think yours is my favorite blog on the web, Ramit. 😉

  10. Sam

    Hey Ramit,

    Congratulations! I’ve been with you eight or nine months, and have enjoyed every post, and have contributed a bit to your inbox too. I start my dream job in London tomorrow, so I’m really looking forward to “how to win at work”. Bring it on!

  11. thekarns

    Congratulations…..I will not go to bed without reading your words of wisdom first!

  12. Jason

    That middle paragraph where you summed up your themes was fantastic. I’m gonna print that out and tape it to my steering wheel so I have to read it 1000 times a day.

  13. Dave Martin

    i i i i i i i i i i i i
    | – H A P P Y -|
    | ___________ |
    | //////////////|
    | – B – D a y – |

    Blow out your candles Ramit. You’ve done great things with this blog. Thanks for all you do.

  14. JLP at AllFinancialMatters


    I know I wrote a Birthday post yesterday but I didn’t come by and personally wish your blog happy birthday. So, here I am now!

    Here’s to another 2 years! My blog’s 2nd birthday is coming up on October 13th!

  15. Tim

    That’s impressive, keep up the good work. That’s pretty neat that you give lectures. Do you ever mention your blog at them?

  16. Jonathan

    Cool. Your blog is one of my favorite. Thanks for everything!

  17. ryanvilla


    You are sick. That is all.

    Seriously–thank you for creating this site.