I Will Teach You To Be Rich

By: Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a 2009 personal finance book by Ramit Sethi who writes a blog of the same name. The book, published by Workman became a New York Times Bestseller. 


This book focuses on money management suggestions for people in their 20s and early 30s who want to build wealth over time by taking little actions and exercising discipline. It works on autopilot to help you save money while letting you indulge in your favorite hobbies guilt-free.


It may be difficult to get started accumulating wealth at first, but the good news is that it will become easier as time goes on. 


There is a wealth of free information accessible to assist people in improving their relationship with money and, as a result, their quality of life. Unfortunately, many people have failed to improve their financial circumstances. Here are some key points to remember from this book. 


  1. Credits are always beneficial if they are utilized properly.
  2. When it comes to bank accounts and investing plans, make effective choices.
  3. Be conscious of how much money you spend, how you spend it, and what you can do to increase your savings.
  1. Credits allow you to purchase items when you don’t have the funds to do so. Understanding how to use it correctly is a major concern. If handled appropriately, credit can be a valuable resource. Your credit cards can operate as an interest-free loan, help you manage your spending, and even earn cash incentives, air miles, and other rewards if you use them properly and pay your bills in full every month. You’ll also be more appealing to lenders, who will provide you with better loans and rescue you from a nightmare of interest payments.

    You must maintain good credit activity, which means avoiding using up your entire credit limit in one swipe.

    The trick is to cut your costs and make your payments on time. You can also request that your credit card company send you feeds and service costs so that your annual percentage rate is reduced.


  1. You must discover which bank offers the best interest rates if you want to be an investment expert. Online banks, according to the author, do exactly that. After that, all you’ll need is a checking account and a savings account. And you might wonder why You need so many accounts. Simple: put the money you need to invest in your checking account, where you can make frequent withdrawals, and the money you need for goals in your savings account.

    The majority of experts advise keeping your checking account at your local bank and your savings account at an online bank, owing to the high interest rates.

    Once you’ve understood this, it’s time to get serious about investing.

  1. Use a conscious spending plan to become more aware of how you spend money and to plan how you’ll distribute your monthly take-home income. You must develop a spending strategy that includes purchasing only what you truly require, allocating a portion of your income to investments, savings, and tiny pleasures that you simply cannot resist. Then decide how much money you want to put into each of the four sections.

    Set up your money flow to run on autopilot by investing some time. This will keep you from procrastinating and will save you time in the long run. After that, you’ll just need 1-2 hours every month to evaluate your invoices and accounts.

    Don’t waste money or take on unnecessary debt. Set up correct investing methods and live on less than you earn. You will get rich over time. Too many people believe that getting wealthy is out of their reach. But with a few simple methods and a simple plan, it’s possible. It is possible for anyone to achieve their financial objective of being wealthy.

About the Author

  • Ramit Singh Sethi is an American personal finance advisor and entrepreneur. Sethi is the author of the 2009 New York Times Best Seller, I Will Teach You to Be Rich and founder of GrowthLab.com, owner of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com, and owner and a co-founder of PBworks, a commercial wiki website.

  • He attended Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, CA,[citation needed]. In 2004, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts (Information & Society) in Science, Technology & Society with a minor in Psychology. In 2005 he received a Master of Arts in sociology (Social Psychology and Interpersonal Processes), also from Stanford.

  • In 2009, Sethi released I Will Teach You To Be Rich. He re-released an updated version in 2019.

  • Sethi also has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans.

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  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Second Edition): No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich: The Journal: Dream Your Rich Life, Then Make It Happen Releases 3/29/2022

What Ramit Singh Sethi believes

  • Buy all the lattes you want. A $5 coffee is not going to change your financial life. But learning how to automatically invest, how to select the right asset allocation, and how to negotiate a $15,000 raise will. I believe in asking $30,000 questions, not $3 questions.
  • Your Rich Life is yours. A rich life can be picking up your kids everyday from school. Or buying a $1,000 cashmere sweater. It can be buying a round of drinks for your friends, or traveling for 8 weeks per year. You decide. Your Rich Life is yours. (Here are some of my Money Rules.)
  • There’s a limit to how much you can cut, but no limit to how much you can earn. I have readers who earn $50,000/year and ones who earn $750,000/year. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people earn more money by negotiating their salaries, investing, and starting businesses.
  • Spend extravagantly on the things you love, as long as you cut costs mercilessly on the things you don’t. I don’t believe in cutting back on lattes. In fact, I want you to spend more on the things you love. What if you could double your spending on travel, or eating out, convenience, or charity? I call those Money Dials and I’ll show you how.
  • The 85% Solution: Getting started is more important than becoming an expert. You don’t need to be perfect to take control of your money. It’s OK to make mistakes. Get 85% of the way there and move on with your life.
  • Investing should be very boring—and very profitable—over the long term. I get more excited eating tacos than checking my investment returns.
  • You’re in control. This isn’t a Disney movie and nobody’s coming to rescue you. Fortunately, you can take control of your finances and build your Rich Life.
  • Money is political. You can simultaneously acknowledge personal responsibility and real systemic problems. This is a core part of the I Will Teach You To Be Rich philosophy. Housing is political. Healthcare is political. Voting rights are political. If you’re looking for bland tips on cutting coupons, this site is not for you.
  • I consider it a tragedy to live a smaller life than you have to. So many of us have been raised to believe that money is something to be scared of. We use phrases like “I’m not good with money” or “Money changes people.” Yes, money does change people. Money allowed me to dream bigger, to be more generous, and to be more adventurous. It can do the same for you.
  • A Rich Life is lived outside the spreadsheet. What’s the point of all this saving and investing if you’re simply going to wait until you’re 80 to live? No thanks. I believe that once you’ve set up your finances, you’ll see that the most important part of a Rich Life is outside the spreadsheet—it involves relationships, new experiences, and giving back. You earned it.

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