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No More Ramen: The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide: Straight Talk on Jobs, Money, Balance, Life, and More Paperback – September 1, 2006

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"Shows you how to be your best now and in the future. It's a must-read for everyone in their 20s."  —Doug Ducey, CEO and chairman, Cold Stone Creamery

About the Author

Nicholas Aretakis is an executive with a leading technology firm and runs the website He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Next Stage Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977622401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977622405
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By vivat on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
You can see a pattern in the ratigs' posting dates: very often it's two reviews per each particular day, then they wait a week to post two more. Fake reviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J B on August 29, 2007
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No More Ramen is an excellent resource for college students preparing to enter the "real world." However, it may seem like an ideal gift for a recent college grad but I believe No More Ramen would be most helpful to students still in school, specifically those beginning the second half of their college career when things tend to start getting serious and the future becomes more of a realistic concern. Of all the topics Aretakis addresses in the book, I found the section "I Don't Know Jack About Money" to be the most valuable considering many college students may never encounter budgeting, retirement plans, or insurance policies in their courses while in school. All in all, No More Ramen is a valuable tool for students ready to get serious about life after college.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany C. on October 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Tiffany Chang
Junior, 20 years old
New York University

Like the typical Entitlement Generation-er, I've always considered the future as a puzzle that would work itself out, the world as my very friendly oyster, and success to fall easily at my feet. Lo and behold, we face the real world and realize, oh my goodness--we are in way over our heads. Nicholas Aretakis's No More Ramen is a great read for those who suffer similar revelations and need guidance...and actually to anybody who THINKS they don't need guidance--because you'll be surprised at what you don't know about the real world.

This self-proclaimed "real world survival guide" is exactly that--a manual for figuring out the little details of the work place and personal obstacles, and just how to be a personal success in life. Aretakis's book is a casual, conversational read, privileging readers with forgotten tips like what to say in a conference, what to look for in a job, and how to translate academic success to professional success. For all of you out there who have heard too often the clichéd schpiels about dressing to impress, running over portfolio pitches or simply following your heart to that perfect job that seems nonexistent, Aretakis gives you a little bit of that--and then blows you out of the water with the more important specifics.

From personal rating charts, goal sheets and answers about everything from sick days to tax forms to housing plans, No More Ramen is a clear shot of a book at giving you success in life in a nutshell. I recommend this book to all 20-somethings, and even those younger, and definitely to parents. Everyone must take a bite out of this delicious No More Ramen--the solutions offered are answers to questions you never even thought to ask! Guaranteed this is not just a guide, but a 20-something's key to avoiding regretful hindsight and future panic attacks.
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Nicole Walker
Senior, 20 years old
Pennsylvania State University

I have to say, I was a little skeptical in reading a book entitled "No More Ramen". It wasn't exactly seeming like it would be very informative but boy was I wrong. I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. It was extremely insightful and surprised me with how true everything in the book was. Nicholas Aretakis takes complicated subjects that are plaguing all of us college age students such as budgets, graduation, work, interviews, co-workers, investing and other topics that most of us are clueless about, and gives advice on how to handle it. The book is also written so it's very easy to read. It's written in a no B.S. style and he really tells it how it is. It includes numerous charts and spreadsheets that will help you map out your goals and plans and even sample charts on how to set up a budget and start investing. He provides answers to questions such as: "How can I get what I want out of life? How do I balance work, family, and fun? How do I gain financial independence? How do I keep myself on track? Why does it feel so overwhelming to be a 20 something heading out into the real world?" These questions and many more are all answered in this book and I really gained valuable insight.

As a graduating senior I'm in the process of looking for a job, planning my future, figuring out how to pay for everything, and planning to live on my own which can be a scary thing but this book definitely give some good guidelines to help get you started so you don't flounder once you leave the safety net world of college.
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Most young adults just stepping out into the real world either think they pretty much know what to expect, or they have absolutely no idea whatsoever. Nicholas Aretakis' No More Ramen: The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide, offers a no nonsense, real life manual that clears up the many misconceptions harbored by young adults across the nation. Coupling the thoughts and concerns of 20-somethings throughout the country today with his own life experiences, Aretakis offers insightful suggestions and solutions to the life problems, questions, and concerns harbored by many on there own for the first time. He presents ways in which it is possible to achieve a life full of success and happiness through planning and balance. Aretakis is ultimately able to illustrate methods in which young adults may better plan and balance their lives through an effective interactive approach they can actually grasp and put to use.

Unlike many guides, No More Ramen never falsely proposes the simplicity and ease in which goals may be achieved. Aretakis lets the reader know what can truly be expected, whether or not it is of a difficult nature. He acknowledges the patience, determination, and sincere hard work needed in the work force as well as in life. However, he also notes easier ways in which hard long-term goals may be achieved. Furthermore, Aretakis presents key questions the reader should ask his or herself, as well as step by step guides to help break down different procedures and courses for action. He covers everything from choosing the right career path to landing that perfect job, and beyond.

Although No More Ramen targets career goals, it holds invaluable advice on succeeding in all areas of life from relationships to personal health.
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