One of the more interesting people I've met since moving to San Francisco is Ramit Sethi, bestselling author and blogger at I Will Teach You to Be Rich.
He takes an out of the box approach towards personal finance that resonates well with me. In particular I like how he focuses on conscious spending and automation. His stuff is extremely practical, to the point of sharing fill-in-the-blank scripts to be used when calling credit card companies and banks.
His advice is practical and immediately applicable, and he focuses on getting people take action and really improve their lives, rather than sit and read about it all day.
Needless to say, his stuff gets my seal of approval. He gave me an early look at some of the materials for his upcoming 6 week financial bootcamp and asked if I'd be interested in promoting it on my site. I liked what I saw, and felt like it could benefit my readers.
The bootcamp has a different focus each week, and is a mix of take home exercises (which you submit to Ramit and his crew for feedback), live webcasts with Ramit and some cool guest speakers, and a bunch of other stuff. In other words, it's interactive and engaging. He also backs it up with a 30 day money back guarantee (which I will also personally guarantee, since you might know me better than Ramit at this point).
To make things interesting, we decided to also do a contest!
Here's how the contest works:
Ramit and I played five rounds of Liar's Poker, a bar game played with dollar bills. On Thursday I'm going to post a video of our game. Your job is to guess the final score AND the last digit on each of our dollar bills from the final round of play.
So a sample guess would be: "I believe Tynan will win, 5 to 0, and the final two numbers will be 0 and 9".
Put the guess in the comments and make sure you've used a valid e-mail address.
Here's what you win:
The winner will join Ramit and I in either New York or San Francisco for a tea or latte. You're welcome to ask us anything and get some advice and coaching, or just hang out and chat.
If you can't meet us in NY or SF, we'll do a 30 minute or so conference call with both of us.
Here's a video of us talking about his bootcamp and the contest:
For more information on the bootcamp, click here.
Tynan wins 3-2
final numbers 1 and 4
this guess is based on hundreds of hours of analysis and astrological calculation.
5-0 Ramit, final numbers 1 and 3. Its raining in Flores, Guat, but finally found some decent wifi...
On Tuesday I announced a contest to help Ramit promote his upcoming six week financial bootcamp. The premise was this: we played five rounds of Liar's Poker, and whoever could guess the final score and guess the final digits on our last dollar bills would win.
Before I show you the video with the results, I have a few comments. First, I wish that everyone won who predicted I would win 5-0. If I had giant buckets of money, I would buy each of those people a baby elephant for a pet. I would also buy wild hungry crocodiles for each person who said that Ramit was going to win 5-0.
So who won? The ex professional gambler or the bestselling financial advice author? Well, I'm not going to tell you -- you'll have to watch the video and find out!
Here's how much I've been following football this season: I just went back through my archive to make sure that I got the ridiculously long title for the post correct and I was amazed to realize this will be week 8. I was thinking it was somewhere around the fifth week. This really dampens the excitement I had for the fact that Miami has won three games. Whatever week it is, the kids are otherwise occupied, so it will just be me picking the games. I'm sure this will actually make things go worse, but you never know. Let's do it!
Carolina at Tampa Bay
This is the part where I blatantly cheat by picking the Thursday night game after it's already been played. I can only assume that the Panthers are continuing to be terrible, so I won't pick them on the road, but let me look at the score just to be sure...
Panthers to win!
Dallas at Detroit