Ramit Sethi was one of the earliest bloggers to inspire me when I first started writing my original site ‘Thrilling Heroics’ and building my professional network.

A Stanford alumni who studied technology and psychology, Ramit was one of the original co-founders of Silicon Valley startup PBworks, and runs the hugely successful I Will Teach You To Be Rich blog to help college students and young professionals take control of their personal finances and succeed with entrepreneurship.

I first met him in person in our hometown Sacramento, California, one chilly winter day in 2006 when he was home to visit his family, and I had the opportunity to interview him about his education, entrepreneurship experience, and his perspectives on new media.

One of the first bold moves Ramit made in his career was to call up Seth Godin and negotiate a job opportunity with him. He later consulted with Omidyar Network, the philanthropic social innovation firm started by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar.

I Will Teach You to Be RichIn March 2006, Ramit published his definitive personal finance book, which immediately hit #1 on Amazon and made him a New York Times bestselling author. His educational background in social psychology translated well into a thorough guidebook that helps readers make real behavioral change:

At last, for a generation that’s materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi’s 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance—banking, saving, budgeting, and investing—and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

This week Ramit is adapting his bestseller into a six-week online bootcamp

After meeting recently with him in San Francisco, I’ve been wanting to bring him on for a video interview to share what has changed in the last three years. Here’s our fascinating discussion:

Check out the full video interview here for the following:

  • How Ramit turned his writing and personal expertise into a 6-week personal finance training program
  • The massive importance of TAKING ACTION
  • The value of FREE content versus INVESTING in your success
  • How to use a blog as a laboratory for launching your own business and life experiments
  • What defines a RICH life? (what Ramit values most)
  • How to leverage failures to reach SUCCESS
  • How Ramit made the leap from blogger to NYT best-selling author
  • Personal finance & entrepreneurship tips for travelers & expats

lifestyle design Ramit Sethi interview

To learn more about Ramit Sethi, social psychology, technology in business, scrappy startups, and x-man abilities, make sure you also read my 2006 interview with him.


    7 replies to "Ramit Sethi Illuminates the Path to Financial Success"

    • Jonny | thelifething.co.uk

      Excellent post.

      I have to say that I am usually very skeptical with books that are titled “I will teach you to be Rich” however after watching the video I can definitely say that my initial viewpoint skeptical viewpoint was unfounded.

      Raimt comes across as an incredibly interesting and engaging, confident character that really knows his stuff. More importantly, in my opinion, he really lives and believes it and it’s ability to help others. He is the kind of guy I would enjoy spending time with and would trust, and all this from just a 20 minute video.

      Cheers Cody for hosting and if you are reading these comments Ramit, I would love to get in touch.

    • John Bardos - JetSetCitizen

      Awesome interview Cody.

      Ramit seems like a great business person. Video is so essential to connecting with people. It is really hard to identify the person behind writing, but video makes that so much easier.

      Your pay back on the bootcamp is also very generous!

    • Ronnie Nurss

      Awesome interview Cody. Great questions asked and equally insightful information answered back. Even more cool to me is that you, Ramit and his brother are also from Sacramento and they attended my high school…very motivating and great to see them, as well as you, pursue their mission and make their mark on the world.

    • John Carey

      Great interview Cody! You are looking good my man. I have a copy of Ramit’s book and I plan on applying the principles once I win the $10k prize from the weight loss competition!

    • Robert

      It’s funny how small the world is despite how many miles apart we all are.

      I’ve contacted Ramit a few times, a legit great guy, I didn’t think he crossed over into lifestyle design but I continue to be proved wrong. Awesome interview, the boot camp looks well worth it for anyone to carve out some extra dollars and set up smart planning investing going forward. Awesome link up.

    • Rajesh Kanuri

      will follow ramit sethi.. his tips were awesome..

    • Cody McKibben

      His site’s got a controversial name like Tim Ferriss, but Ramit truly is an awesome guy with some tremendous accomplishments under his belt. Really knows his stuff.

      Please remember if you signed up through my link here on Thrilling Heroics, make sure you email me at cody at thrillingheroics dot com with your receipt & transaction ID so I can give you your $75 bonus after the 30-day money-back guarantee.

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