How this radio host went from rock-bottom debt to becoming a financial guru

Dave Ramsey, who gives financial advice to his millions of listeners, is one of the most listened to talk radio hosts in America.
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So fn we out breathe. Reporter: After lecturing about fincial responsibility at his church, he tri HD at a local N, G financial advice. Grandma saidave moneyor a rainy day becauseetimes it rains. When you THR something like at, you have some- no matter what say, you know, used to do th but N mar what, I'm never doing that again, it hurt Ror best-selling book "The total moneymakeover" breaks down hisy toea baby steps, like save $1,000 cash emergencies, orep ur, invest 15% of your income in retirement. A philosophy rooted in rudimentary mhe but an ethos pulled straight from the word ogod. I Bel in god. Andelieve he says, don't borrow money. Way that borrowing money worked. Orter: Inhe suburbs of Nashville, antdee is expanding this is your home office,'re buding a new O? Yeahwe're scatred over about five buildings in a twle radius, inefficient. Expdi We're growio 750 people, 800 by the end of the year. Buss is good. Very good. One of the habitsn into T saves me Mon iseal planning. Reporter:eir apparent to the vast re, rlcr, maidenehelmsey. This really is a Fam're involved, your husband's evolved. Iis's a family business, but comparison to your fa's. I WOU say mytyle is more of, I'mourfriend I'llal beside you. My I see evyone's like fun-lo uncle B will get the truth. Repr: While T wallsre littered with success stories, some of the financial sere criticizera C expectations. There are critics who argue lo of sna oil salesmen, right, who promise this shortcut. How do you livhat space? Well, I am of those guys, if you asky critics. So -- that I'veped O poor ople selli books. Those poor people who gut of debt don't think I remember them off. We paid off $260,000 in debt. Reporr: After finish Robby and Juli found themselves Imming in er a quarter million doin debt. That was until juliatumbled acss book with Dave ra's face Found it at a yard sale for. Weead it verickly. The car within the firsuple of yes. Reporte motivate do more for their growingfamily the couple W after their home mortgapaying it within five years. Thanks, ey say, to Dave raey. That Bly the best dollar'v everpent. Reporter: Today Robby and Julia are at Ramsey headquarters do song called a debt-free zone. E'ee! Reporter: A tradition here, it's exactly what it sou likefree! Wow. That never gets pe don'have to worry abmoney. And he secretour success is, we've helped a bunch of next, how SeaWorld is saving

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