He Will Teach You To Be Rich (and show you great Thai food in NYC)
First off: Thank you all for your notes and emails about the council and please keep them coming as you get inspired. Last week was full of milestones: I found out that I was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and I met Ramit Sethi.
Ramit is the author of the bestselling book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and he writes some very inspiring blog posts about how to increase your earning power at his site, iwillteachyoutoberich.com. If this is the first you’re hearing about him, you can thank me later. And even though I’d recommended his blog in my book, Get a Financial Life, and we’d doled out personal finance advice together in the New York Times Bucks Blog, we’d never actually met in person until this week.
Let’s just say it was a total mind-meld. Over panang curry (at Pam Real Thai, which I highly recommend if you’re ever in midtown Manhattan), we discovered that despite our contrasting financial personalities (I’m the “save it for later” realist, he’s the “earn more to afford the lifestyle you want” optimist), the values of frugality and smart spending that we learned from our parents are remarkably similar.
Are you more of a “save it for later” realist or an “earn more to afford the lifestyle you want” optimist?