Carl Richards was my guest on the latest episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast today. (Subscribe to the podcast here.)

Carl Richards is a columnist for The New York Times and the author of The Behavior Gap and his latest book, The One-Page Financial Plan. Carl will also be a keynote speaker at the FinCon Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 2015.

Carl Richards

In our discussion, recorded recently, we discuss topics from Carl’s latest book. Carl and I also talk about his experiences as an independent writer getting an opportunity to write for the New York Times and getting a call from Penguin Books. What can bloggers do if they want to take the traditional publishing route, and what happens next?

Other topics include Carl’s sketch art and experiences in gallery exhibitions, and at the end of the episode, listeners will hear a preview of Carl’s planned keynote address at FinCon.

Listen to the full episode here, or visit Consumerism Commentary to read the full transcript.

The Plutus Awards has five copies of The One-Page Financial Plan (the hardcover book itself is actually 211 pages, not one) to giveaway to bloggers and readers. Winners will be picked randomly from among the comments below, so leave a comment about this interview if you’d like to be considered.


3 Comments

Donna Freedman · June 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I couldn’t agree more with his suggestion that we stop thinking about what friends/family/colleagues do and instead focus on what would make US happy. Intentional living rocks!

But it isn’t just a question of noticing where your money goes. As the author notes, it’s necessary to have a plan so that we know in which direction to direct our dollars. Even if we can’t instantly fund retirement plus kids’ college plans plus homes of our own, we can have that picture of what we want. Looking at our one-page plan lets us say “the deep yes” to that and a regretful-or-not “no” to things that don’t support our plans.

Here’s to a non-sleepwalking populace. Thanks for the interview.

Jeannette Anderson · June 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

I’m just an ordinary person, but happened to retired early with not much savings in hand. Being very frugal, we have managed to build our nest egg even after retirement. It was a choice we made and we couldn’t be happier. Could I have made more money by continuing to work until I had my million saved? The million would never have happened. and honestly we don’t need it. After listening to the interview with Carl Richards (which by the way I found fascinating), I think we’ve made good choices and focused on our plan. We are always trying to learn new things to work on. Makes me want to go out and buy Mr. Richard’s book, but I’ll wait to see if I’m lucky enough to not have to buy it. Thanks for a wonderful interview and great information.

Tom · June 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

Carl’s advice is great. Got a ton from The Behavioral Gap. Look forward to reading the new book. Thanks for the great interview.

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