How green is Dave Ramsey?
I had the opportunity to go see Dave Ramsey for free yesterday and although I had never heard of him myself lots of other people recommended I go. Since it was free and would get me out of work for three hours I thought why not. I know it will be shocking to some people that I don’t know who Dave Ramsey is since he has his own TV show, radio show, and a couple of books out. All I can say is that never having been seriously in debt or in need of money I’ve never looked to books or TV or radio shows for financial advice.
Overall it was a great show. I thought it would be boring, as finance classes often are but Dave Ramsey is a very charismatic and energetic person and keeps you engaged throughout his appearance. He walked us through seven baby steps to financial well being/freedom. He oftened referred to the movie “What about Bob?” He also uses lots of props like a ball and chain (and no it wasn’t a reference to marriage), shopping Barbie and a very large set of shears which he uses to cut up credit cards. Apparently there are ten steps total but I guess you only get seven for free?? Since they are all pretty common senses and straight forward (his words not mine) I’m guessing I could figure out the last three. Of course number 6 is paying off the mortgage and sine you can’t skip steps I’ll probably be in my 60’s before I even need to wonder about 8-10.
So what does this half to do with being green (besides the kind we have in our wallets)? Well he teaches some very green principles although not for the sake of the environment rather for the sake of your bottom line. He preaches to sell the car to just about anyone that asks him anything because it isn’t a necessity. He also teaches that we should buy everything used and beware of excess possessions. Step 7 is to give your money to good causes. Even though he has millions of dollars he still has a budget that he keeps his family too. He doesn’t give his kids everything they want instead he teaches a strong work ethic and the fact that a brand name doesn’t mean something is any better just more popular. Those are pretty good lessons and there are millions of people listening to him through various media forms. So whether or not he is teaching people to be environmentally aware or even really being aware himself as least his teaching that less is more and that giving is better then having. Those are lessons we should all take to heart regardless of whether or not we believe in Global Warming or we think it’s some government ploy.