As is my Friday afternoon routine, I was reading the Nashville Business Journal and noticed that the second most-read online story of the week was by Dave Ramsey. It was entitled “Dave Ramsey on dumb business decisions”. Though I think Dave makes a very valid point in his overall message of living a debt-free life, I’m not a big fan of him in general. He’s an egomaniac and leans very much to the right and is a bit too “holier than thou” for me.
I attended one of Dave’s seminars about 2 years ago and thought the information was good, though it’s basically common sense. Don’t live outside of your financial means. Got it. About halfway through, John Rich pops up endorsing Dave and I left. I got up and left.
If you live in Nashville, you know John Rich is a jerk. Yes, his “Save a horse, ride a cowboy” song is catchy as hell, but the guy is just a loudmouth nuisance. His house is lit up like a Christmas tree on crack and his neighbors complain about his incessant parties. He gets drunk, gets arrested and just keeps making himself look like an ass. I just don’t like him. So, when I saw the video endorsement from John Rich at the Dave Ramsey seminar, I lost respect for him. I correlate Dave Ramsey with John Rich.
After reading the article, I tweeted :
John Rich responds with this tweet:
Cool. He checks his tweets and sent a simple and non-jerky response. (An interesting note: the tweet is no longer in his feed). Then the Dave Ramsey fan club rolls in with their support of him, which is also totally acceptable and expected. We all have our opinions and obviously can share them freely via Twitter. Quite a few folks respond to me that both Dave Ramsey and John Rich are super successful. My response was “success doesn’t make you nice”. Dave validated my point with this tweet:
And with that, he made my point for me. And just in case that wasn’t enough, my friend Thomas made sure with this:
“Oops! Looks like Dave Ramsey forgot to follow his own advice!”
Another interesting thing to point out is that Dave Ramsey has his tweets protected and is only following 55 people. You have to request to follow him, which is not a great social media practice for a business owner in general.
This post isn’t about how my opinion is right and how everyone else who likes Dave Ramsey or John Rich is wrong. I am not a public figure with a verified Twitter account. I am a strong woman who stands up for what I believe in, and chooses to surround myself with positive, genuine and honest people. I make careful decisions about who I do business with and what causes I support. I don’t support either of these men because I don’t respect them and that is my choice.
Social media allows us to share our opinions, and also allows us the choice to respond to other people’s opinions of us. If you represent a brand, or heaven forbid, you ARE the brand, keep your tweets professional. Dave Ramsey acted like a jerk on Twitter, and in turn, that reflects on the people who work there and the people he aligns himself with. I wholeheartedly agree with Dave’s advice of “think before you tweet”. If only he took his own advice…
Update after my post went live:
Dave Ramsey’s posts are not protected from everyone. Just those he blocks: