Welcome to Consumer Economics. Let’s think of this class as Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.
This class is near and dear to my heart, because, quite honestly, I’ve made every mistake I’m going to teach you not to make. I’m great at messing up. In fact, this class oughta be called “Watch Casey and Do the Opposite.”
Two books I like better than the textbook:
I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. If you haven’t read his work, Ramit is a successful author/entrepreneur. He’s built his businesses studying effective habits and training others. You can go to his website at iwillteachyoutoberich.com where you’ll get a ton of success habits free. Follow Ramit at @ramit. If you like his work, listen to this podcast with Ramit and author/entrepreneur James Altucher.
Bonus: Ramit and James are fairly well-known in entrepreneurship circles. Here, they read their hate mail in a four-minute YouTube video that’s worth your time. When you become famous, you’ll want to save your hate mail for something productive.
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke by Suze Orman. Suze Orman’s a rock star financial advisor. You can see her show on TV where she tells callers who request advice about whether they can make a purchase that they are “DENIED!” This book is interesting and practical. Here’s her website. She’s worth reading and watching.
More Books: The Entrepreneurship Library:
I have a set of reserve books in the Entrepreneurship Library. Some are hard-core business and others are motivational, relationship-building, career-oriented, or hard-core finance. They would all help you to build success thinking and give yourself the skills you need to succeed after you walk out the doors.
But wait…before you go…
Here’s a lame powerpoint to psych you up. You’re welcome:
[Photo credit: Ringling College of Art & Design: Money Matters]