I just got a message today from Lynnette Khalfani, a former collaborator on an article I wrote for Startup Nation called 3 Steps to Financially Prepare for Starting Your Own Business. She is going to be on Oprah tomorrow, in a segment on dealing with financial windfalls.
Lynnette found me through my blog right before I was going to write the Startup Nation article, and I jumped on the opportunity to work with someone with so much experience and expertise. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and financial reporter for CNBC, she wrote a New York Times bestseller called Zero Debt . She has gone on to write her latest book, The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million.
But besides all that impressive professional background, the thing that excites me the most is that she is a truly humble, kind and nice person. She is a working Mom with small kids at home and is very down-to-earth. Not once during our conversations did I sense any ego, superiority complex or condescension. She was excited, passionate and helpful.
At the time we talked, Oprah was just launching a season-long segment on reducing debt and she featured 3 financial coaches on the show who worked with couples throughout the season to improve their financial situation. I told Lynnette "You should be on the show!" She agreed, but said it was a difficult thing to do.
It is hard to put into words, but I am just so excited for her and feel so inspired that we can ALL think bigger and more expansively about the possibilities in our work. I know she worked her behind off to get where she is today, and probably spent many many long hours at the computer when she was tired and overwhelmed. But she kept going and made it happen.
Good for you Lynnette – I can’t wait to check you out tomorrow (Wednesday, December 1 – check your local station for listings.)
The next person I plan to see on Oprah discussing the very needed topic of financial education for college students and recent grads is my young pal Ramit Sethi from the very well-written, funny and educational blog I Will Teach You to Be Rich. Ramit is a 20-something Stanford grad who is taking the world by storm, all with an infectious enthusiasm and sharp wit. He just closed a book deal to write, not surprisingly, I Will Teach You To Be Rich. The title is a bit tongue in cheek, for it is not a "get rich quick" scheme, but rather practical, useful financial advice for those that need it most, impressionable college students.
I met Ramit when he interviewed me on his blog awhile ago, and now one of my other very enthusiastic young blog readers Cody McKibben just interviewed Ramit on his blog. I guarantee you will be inspired by all the things Ramit is working on.
What I love about people like Lynnette and Ramit is that they are smart, funny and talented, but also genuinely nice human beings. In my perfect world, these are the kinds of people who should get astronomical exposure so that they can make some big, lasting changes.
Oprah’s producers, if you are reading this, (ha ha, talk about fantasies!) you heard me suggest Ramit as a guest first.