I may open a can of worms by saying this but I don't like Dave Ramsey at all. I know he's in a better place than me but I don't like him.
I have tried listening to him but I just get irritated and go onto the next station.
One of the things I like about Dave is how he emphasizes personal responsibility. On other talk shows, when someone calls in with a sob story, the host pampers them and "you-poor-poor-thing"s them and totally feeds into their victim mentality. Dave, on the other hand, has a nice habit of telling the caller exactly what I
would say to them, if I could. People who call in complaining about not being able to find a job or how their 26-year old son and his pregnant girlfriend are bleeding them dry or how their BMW payment is killing them don't get much sympathy from Dave. He puts the onus back on them
to take some painful steps and fix their situation.
If someone is in a bad financial situation, and blames the economy or random circumstances, or their family, Dave points the finger squarely back at the caller. Sure, all those bad things happened, but what did you
do to prevent it? What did you
do to stop this nonsense from unfolding? And what are you
doing right now to fix it?
I like how Dave calls people out and puts the responsibility back on them to fix their own situation. It aligns with my own way of thinking. No white knight in shining armour is going to come and fix their situation (and certainly not the government), so they need to suck it up, make some hard decisions, and get on with the business of fixing their lives. This liberal concept that the world owes me happiness is garbage. You earn
happiness. You work
for it. You don't just ask the government to skim it off the paycheck of someone who works harder than you and hand it to you.
I can understand how that kind of an attitude would be very off-putting to people who habitually blame others for their own misfortune. People with deep-seated victim mentalities really don't like that aspect of Dave's outlook.
I'm not saying that applies to you