Dave Ramsey on Life’s Lessons Hard Earned

Dave Ramsey on Life’s Lessons Hard Earned

You can wander into debt but you can’t wander out. So says Dave Ramsey, the immensely popular radio talk show host, best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and personal finance expert. Creating financial peace of mind takes dedication and getting brutally honest with yourself. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Ramsey details the dangers of debt, the difference between money and wealth, and why smart personal finance is only 20 percent knowledge and 80 percent behavior.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the June 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Ramsey most people live tactically rather than strategically. They wait for the next problem to solve rather than finding ways to avoid those problems in the first place. Learn how to live above your problems.
  • It’s not enough to want to live financially secure, you have to make the small, daily thankless steps to get there. What’s holding you back?
  • Finally, hear how Ramsey plans to leave a legacy that won’t weigh down his children’s futures, and what his greatest fear is.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“You gotta have something that’s bigger than simply making money, that you gravitate to and that you move to. It gives you energy, it gives your team energy and it even gives your customers energy when they’re coming alongside you.”

—Dave Ramsey

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Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and DallasCowboys.com. Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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