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To celebrate 25 years of The Dave Ramsey Show, we’re remembering some of our favorite guests who joined Dave on the show! From authors to celebrities, we’ve had a diverse group of people walk through our doors over the years. Here are 10 of our favorites who have been on-air with Dave.
In 2014, businessman and investor Mark Cuban was in studio to talk about the student loan crisis and how to develop a strong work ethic. Even billionaires come from humble beginnings—Mark shared about the time he used to eat ketchup and mustard sandwiches just to survive! It should come as no surprise that, like Dave, he doesn’t look too fondly at debt either. In fact, Mark has zero tolerance for consumer credit card debt. “If you use your credit card, you don’t want to be rich,” he said.
The then-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson joined Dave on the show during the height of the election season. He discussed having a “can-do attitude,” and shared a touching story about his hardworking, single mother and her influence on his life. “She believed in hard work and she did not believe in excuses,” he said. Although his presidential bid didn’t pan out, Ben Carson now serves as the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary.
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Dr. Meg Meeker
Looking for tried and true advice on how to raise great kids? Dr. Meg Meeker is the guru! She’s the best-selling author of numerous parenting books, including Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters and Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need. Dr. Meeker has been on The Dave Ramsey Show multiple times, and she always provides great answers for some of life’s trickiest questions.
Armed with grit and knowledge, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with Dave about her book Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom. Her goal is to reignite an appreciation for the democratic process and for our country’s history. “We sometimes don’t stop to celebrate the fact that we live in such a free country where we can say what we think and worship as we please,” she said. “Democracy is a remarkable gift.”
In 2013, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson (and his epic beard) joined Dave in the studio. Willie shared his insight behind running a family owned business and the values that built its success. Duck Commander is a multimillion-dollar company with a majority of the team being Robertson’s relatives.
Drive and determination are qualities this former NFL coach knows plenty about. Not only has Tony Dungy coached two NFL teams, but he’s also won two Super Bowls! With that kind of history, it comes as no surprise that Tony wrote a book on his experience in leadership. He talked with Dave about how we can all work to become a servant leader in our own lives.
Seth Godin is the author of numerous best sellers, including fan-favorite Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? He spoke with Dave on how to make a difference in the marketplace, and gave his best advice for college students. Seth encouraged everyone to sit down and write something every day—no matter what your craft is. You don’t have to be creative to create.
New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews has been Dave’s guest several times throughout the years. In his latest stint on the show, he spoke about his book The Little Things, and the importance of actually sweating the small stuff. Andy says, “At the end of it all—whether you have created a masterpiece or a disaster, it will have been done one moment, one decision, one tiny brush stroke at a time.”
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College football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz is a legend—and the only college football coach to have led six different college teams to bowl games. Still, he knows that good leadership is essential to success both on and off the field. Lou keeps his leadership advice simple and straightforward: “There’s never the right time to do the wrong thing, and there’s never the wrong time to do the right thing.”
Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have appeared on the show more than once, and always bring a good time. Dave and Brad have yet to sing a duet together, but we’re still holding out hope. Maybe it’ll happen to commemorate the 30th anniversary? Stay tuned!
These influential guests have played an important part in helping our listeners make real change in their lives. Here’s to 25 more exciting years filled with informative and influential guests!
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