Personal Finance

Courses I’d Like to Take

Wooly Woman tagged me to post about courses I’d like to take if they were offered. My mind actually jumped to courses I’d like to teach, which probably doesn’t say anything too flattering about me (I’d rather have the chance to force people to listen to me then listen to someone else 😉 ).

Course #1The no BS course for landlording

$300 for 11, 6 hour sessions (over 3 months – 66 hours total), much like the H & R Block tax course. Would cover buying property (running the numbers), dealing with sellers and real estate agents, lawyers, renovating, tenants, etc, etc. Course instructor would have no hidden agenda other then providing information (wouldn’t try to sell the students anything). It would be the opposite of the popular (and scummy) guru crud.

Course #2The Pursuit of Happyness

Without any spirituality or cult stuff, a course that would investigate the meaning of existence, false paths people pursue attempting (and failing) to find happiness, and approaches that do lead to meaningful, fulfilled, happy lives (perhaps with psychological research backing it up)

Course #3Startups for Fun and Profit

A course that would provide the “Coles Notes” of a business education for techies that want to start up their own company. Present ideas from people like Paul Graham and suggest worthwhile books that present non-technical subjects using an approach that would make sense to techies (something like “Selling for Engineers”). Critique business plans and provide connections. Sorta like Y Combinator but easier to get into.

I’ll take Mike, Money Gardener, Growth in Value and Telly (in the comments perhaps?) to continue this meme.

12 replies on “Courses I’d Like to Take”

ooo, I would definitely take the first two classes. Very nice. Maybe you could send me the syllabus?

So besides the above two, I would probably want to take the following classes:

Nerdin’ It Up Big Time: Creating Your Own Spreadsheets for Budgeting / Investing

Deatiled Early Retirement Planning: Start the Countdown Today

The Jones’, F-ck ‘Em: Tips for a Simple Life


Telly – lol, I like the last one.
Mr. C – I’ll post mine – and like you, some of them are ones that I would teach 🙂


What’s the pricing on courses 2 and 3? 1 sounds like a pretty good deal, but I’m hoping there will be a chapter covering “how to get rich overnight with no effort–guaranteed!” Wait– is that the guru crud?

I’m looking for the moneygardener’s course, too. I want the “How to Drink Beer, Not Gain Weight, Become an Alcoholic or Get Hung Over” course. And the “How to Have An Additional 6 Hours In The Day To Accomplish Everything” course.

On a serious note, I would love a basic estate planning course – I need to find one someday. I think that’s a key area of personal finance that no-one is really very familiar with.

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