It's like Lance Armstrong telling you that all you need to do is pedal really fast. It's true, but you're still not going to win the Tour de France by following his advice.
FWIW, I've loved Alan's posts since Day One. Always a great and insightful read, his stuff is.
Time for An Opinion
There's a sizeable chunk o' truth in Alan's assertion. I buy Dave's story about his "I worked hard to get out of debt and never have to worry about BK again, and you can do this too!" But the simple fact is that at some point, Dave was able to leverage (pun intended) his personality and brains into a business gig that paid stupid-big dividends. And the vast majority of folks he preaches to don't have an ounce of the Dave Ramsey Personality and Marketing Magic that allowed him to build the business that he has.
Their means are not his means, and never will be. Their challenges are not his challenges — and probably never were, no matter what he tells us.
Sure, Dave was at one point "as lost as a ball in tall weeds," and many of us have been there, too. At some point he pressed the BK button, and then worked his way up the other side. Kudos for that. He had resources, both inside and outside himself, that allowed that.
Same for me: I'm nothing special, and haven't attained anything particularly noteworthy in my life. But I've done okay, and there are a lot of things I no longer really have to worry much about. But the resources I've had to work with are not the same resources a single mom with two teenage kids has to work with. I can tell her all day long what to do with her money, but that doesn't mean there isn't a better way for her specific situation ... a way that I would've never had to learn.
Dave's advice is very sound, for the most part. That's why I devote a large amount of space on this site to furthering his message and, in particular, his "Baby Steps" plan.
But I think we do have to be very careful when we place any guru in a "his/her way is the gospel" position.
The world, and how we manage the money in it, just isn't that simple.
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