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2012: The Year of Mastering The Game Being Played Around You

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I have a special talent for making women cry. It’s not intentional, it just happens. I remember, one year during college I was an RA, and one Saturday I had a series of back-to-back meetings with my residents to try to resolve all kinds of problems. I hate my roommate! I just failed my test. What should I do with my life? Stuff like that. By the end of the day, I was pretty hungry. So it was with great disappointment that I looked at my calendar and realized I had one more meeting, this one with two roommates.

One of them was a really sweet girl who just wanted the normal college experience. The other roommate was a little odd — she would wake up at 5am and immediately start typing really loudly and calling people on the phone to talk about her grades. While I was hearing their complaints, all I could think about was how my stomach was slowly eating itself. 15 minutes later, I found myself in the very odd situation of having two women crying on my futon while I ate a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. “Want some?” was pretty much all I could muster. The Cheetos were really good though.

What I learned from helping my residents — and later my friends — was that for many young people, there’s a game being played around us that we just don’t realize. It’s true of money (nobody teaches us this stuff), of jobs, of relationships, and of health.

This year, I want to help you cover some of the most important techniques, frameworks, and tactics you can use anywhere to live a richer life. These will help you find your passion, earn more, find your Dream Job, learn extreme social fluency, interview against the world’s top companies (and win), and integrate powerful systems into your life — instead of relying on fleeting willpower.

I was also debating including a 3-month series on cutting back on lattes, but I decided I would rather inflict 1,001 teen-angst/emo-style cuts on my body, then have my bloody corpse kicked around in a citrus field.

So, let me show you how I learned about the game being played around me — the origin of these powerful systems.

What Is The Game Being Played Around You?

In my early 20s, I finally discovered there was a game being played around me that I didn’t even realize.

I was working out regularly but not seeing any real results: Even after 6 months of trying to gain weight, I saw exactly 0 change. As a tall/ectomorphic guy, I had the body of a supermodel — a female supermodel. Not good.

I wondered why girls always went for bad boys, then complained about how these guys treated them…but avoided nice guys.

I couldn’t understand how some authors, bloggers, and business people blew up, while my blog couldn’t even get more than 5 comments per blog post.

What did I do? Did I decide to do exhaustive research and unearth the secrets of working out, women, and business? Did I dedicate 4 hours per day to create and test different approaches, then take detailed notes, then iteratively improve?

Of course not. I told myself I needed to “figure it out” some day. When I was out with friends, I would complain about it with them. Then I did nothing.

It was completely irrational! In the back of my head, I never connected this low-level feeling of complaint/malaise with actually CHANGING THINGS. I was just content to complain…or defer it until another day.

You guys know that I was studying persuasion and social influence at Stanford. I started to understand how human behavior really works. And as I started to study it intensely, I discovered fascinating insights. Mostly about myself.

Like your racist uncle who monopolizes Thanksgiving by saying that Obama is “too different than us Americans” (but who is really just racist), it turns out that, for people in our 20s and 30s, the phrase “I need to figure it out” is also CODE for something much deeper.

Here’s what it really means:

Look at that shirt. Shit just got real.
(In the video, you hear me referring to a Dream Job course. More on that later.)

For most of us, there is a game being played around us that we don’t realize.

For example, look at this quote from the New York Times:

“We did everything we were supposed to,” said Stephanie Morales, 23, who graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with hopes of working in the arts. Instead she ended up waiting tables at a Chart House restaurant in Weehawken, N.J., earning $2.17 an hour plus tips, to pay off her student loans. “What was the point of working so hard for 22 years if there was nothing out there?” said Ms. Morales, who is now a paralegal and plans on attending law school.

The game being played around Stephanie is that she believes she is owed a job. I’m willing to bet she believes if she sends out her resume enough, she “should” get a job. Only when it doesn’t happen, we blame everyone else…but ourselves.

“I have applied to hundreds and hundreds of jobs in that time, and despite a strong educational and professional background and outstanding references I have yet to get so much as an interview. ” —NYT

Over the years, I learned that I could blame the economy, I could blame women, I could blame everyone else…or I could try to deeply understand the game that was being played around me. For example, there were guys working out who were getting pretty ripped. Why wasn’t I? Ok, so women kept going back to what I considered “bad boys”…why? And I systematically learned the intricacies of building a business until, for example, I earned over $100,000 in one hour.

I found it fascinating that we’re “supposed” to know how to master these skills, but nobody ever actually teaches us how. Think about it: You graduate from college and you’re suddenly supposed to get a job. Who taught us how to do that?

We’re supposed to find a life partner. Who taught us how?

We’re “supposed” to buy a house, provide for a family, be healthy, respect our elders, have proper etiquette, travel around the world…but who taught us how?

That’s what I want to teach you: the actual strategies and tactics that I tested to get disproportionate results. Not vague platitudes (“keep a budget!” + “spend less than you earn!” + “Be yourself!”) but rather, actual strategies that have worked under repeated stress-testing. Stuff that is bulletproof and will work — including the actual word-for-word scripts that IWT has become known for.

It strikes me that the vast majority of people have huge, unrealized potential. Think about all the things we dreamed about doing at 22, right out of college. By 25, how many of us thought we’d have traveled around the world? Be making 6 figures (for some of us, even more). Or have an enviable job that we were passionate about — and made a huge impact?

Just a few years later, it’s amazing to see the difference between dreams and reality.

Now here’s where it gets interesting. MOST people, looking at the difference between their dreams and reality, begin to blame some external forces. The economy is bad! Those girls should choose me for me. Ramit, you’re out of touch…it doesn’t work like that.

But a very elite group of people realize that external forces like “the economy” mean very little to them. Look at this link, for example — it’s a discussion thread about a guy choosing between working at a hedge fund or Facebook/Google/etc.

Stop. Don’t throw up your hands in exasperation. Don’t say, “That might be fine if you went to STANFORD, but I could never get a job like that.” Maybe you can’t. But you can certainly learn from the discussion. Study the words they use. Analyze their mindset. What makes these people able to get elite jobs, while other people complain about the economy?

For my IWT students who have internalized this, they realize that macro-economics has nothing to do with their personal finances. These people begin to focus on systematically improving themselves.

I’ll prove it to you. In 2010 and 2011 the press was writing about how the economy was in tatters, which is a great way to sell advertising. OMG! CHICKEN LITTLE! RUN LOLFTW!! Yet in that same year, here are the results some of my students got:

“I’ve been a IWTYTBR reader for years, have the book and bought Earn1K. I’m now running a side business… that earned $25k+ last year.” – Jordan G.

“I finally asked for a review from my boss about a year after I began working here (freelancers don’t generally get a review)… Instead of making about $28,800/yr I now make $38,400. Almost a $10,000 raise feels like a lot, but I feel even better about it being a 33% raise – which was not left unmentioned by my boss. He told me it was unprecedented.…it’s really thanks to you that I had the confidence and the script to execute. A $10,000 raise was earned from about $15 for your Ebook, and a little extra reading and planning. I will definitely buy more products from you – whatever you’re puttin down, I’m pickin up!”
— Tessa

“[I interviewed for a senior position and] blew the interviewing managers out of their toilet seats. Why: because I changed the script, used the briefcase method, job shadowed my potential client, wrote a detailed proposal with 5 things they can do TODAY to save the company $1500/week EVEN IF they don’t hire me. Ramit, thanks for the extra $10k, 5+ weeks of vacation, and 6% 401k.” – Justin R.

(There are literally thousands of other comments like this here, here, and here.)

Bottom line: Let other people accept macro circumstances as an excuse for not hitting their goals. You know you have a very good shot at controlling your results using a systematic approach to testing. All to discover the game being played around you.

What I Learned From Testing My Assumptions

This is where it got interesting. As I started building systems to crack these codes and I started testing them, I found patterns I hadn’t seen before.

Think about these scenarios:

We all have friends who somehow knew what they wanted to do from day one. Not only are they successful at it…but they love what they do! How did they do that? Most of us have multiple interests, and it’s insanely hard to choose something and close the other doors. Yet somehow, these friends chose something, focused on it, and it worked. How did they do it?

Or we all know friends who are not as smart as we are, yet they’re more “successful” (whatever that means, e.g., more money, better lifestyle, etc).

Or we have friends who walk into a room and command attention, but we can’t put our fingers on how they do it.

Interestingly, we often complain about these important areas of our lives, but we do nothing — the exact behavior I exhibited in college. I was going to “figure it out” some day. For example…

Money complaints. I learned that most people complain about money for their entire lives, but never take one weekend to read a good book about how to automate their finances. They believe in “trying harder” to save, rather than using the power of psychology to make their money automatic.

Why “bad boys” get girls. I discovered that the “bad boys” most guys complain about actually have certain confidence triggers that they display. Had I not learned this, I’m sure I would still be complaining bitterly about the girls making these choices. Totally irrational! Yet how many of us do this with jobs/money/careers?

Interviewing mastery. If you ask 100 people what they do in a job interview, 90-95 will say “Answer their questions.” Congratulations — they’ve already lost. “Answering questions” is what everyone else does, while top performers walk in and convey a crisp message. These two approaches might sound similar, but they are profoundly different in practice. (I’ll show you the actual videos of how I did this later.) Once I learned how this worked, I started getting closing interview after interview, even beating out MBAs while I was a sophomore.

For the past 8 years — since this blog has been around — there have been random commenters/emailers who asked for access to the system I built to secure $100,000+ in college scholarships, or how to ace the world’s toughest interviews.

I was never comfortable releasing them because they had worked for me, but I wasn’t sure they would work for everyone. But about 18 months ago, I started thinking what would make the biggest impact on us living a Rich Life.

Not yet another post on cutting back on something, but something transformative.

Beyond Money. A Rich Life

I want to live a rich life, so it’s amusing to me to see that so many sites focus only on the money part, as if money is everything. Hilariously, even within the money part, these “experts” focus on one thing: cutting back. “No, you can’t buy that latte! No, you can’t buy those jeans. Of course not, you can’t go on vacation.”

If you’re reading this site, you realize you don’t want some 60-year-old dude waving his finger in your face and telling you what you CAN’T do with your money.

You certainly don’t want to be making your own laundry detergent.

Instead, let’s talk about what we DO want. I WANT to buy my friends a round at the bar and not worry about my credit-card statement the next day. I WANT to take spontaneous trips. I EXPECT to be able to buy a gift for my family and not worry if I have the money in my account.

How do we do that? Money is a part of it, but only a small part. I’ve covered earning more money, saving money, and automating money, and I’ve been impressed with the results that you’ve locked down.

Then, over the last few years, I’ve been doing research to figure out the BIGGEST area with the most potential on helping us live a rich life.

Think about it — where do 97%+ of us spend 8+ hours/day?

At our jobs.

And when you think about it, these 3 areas of living a rich life — our jobs, our finances, and our relationships — have one thing in common: We’re “supposed” to know how to master them, but nobody ever taught us how.

That’s why I’m delighted to share some of my very best material on Finding a Dream Job with you in 2012.

This year, I’m going to pull back the curtain to reveal some of the techniques I’ve used to secure job offers at some of the world’s top companies (including Google, Intuit, and a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund), generate millions of dollars of revenue, and negotiate hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary increases. Every one of these techniques is tested and proven to work with not just me, but a panel of students and friends who I’ve been quietly working with for several years.

Not just how we did it, but the actual word-for-word scripts, the actual emails, even the intonation I used in negotiations — all of which you can use, immediately.

It’s finally time to unveil them.

Now, it would be easy to roll out twenty “Top 10” lists, but I find them to be totally worthless, and I’m not here to waste your time — or to be your intellectual entertainment. Go read TMZ if you want that.

If you’re in your 20s or 30s, the rest of your career is a long time. To not be spending your time doing the HIGHEST and BEST use of your time is a travesty — something I find depressing. Can you imagine being in the same company 15 years from now? On the other hand, can you imagine strategically using your job to help you live a rich life?

What’s amazing about your dream job is that the vast majority of people do the exact same thing: They “update their resume,” (if you use these words, you have already lost…I’ll explain why in Week 3). They submit their resume through a website. And they wait.

Again, if you’ve done any of these things, you’ve already lost.

I can walk into a non-profit tomorrow and get a job. I don’t even like most non-profits. My top-performing friends can get laid off on Tuesday and have a new job by Thursday. I have access to people at the world’s top companies, and I’ve secured permission to have them share their best techniques on how to beat the hiring process. Not through tricks or manipulation, but through a thoughtful, systematic process — not random tactics (“Submit my resume to that job posting!!”) that 99% of job-seekers do.

This includes a SYSTEM everything from figuring out “What is my Dream Job?” to the most tactical questions of all, like “What is the perfect answer to that interview question?”

Sorry, but I won’t tolerate excuses. I’ve catalogued literally thousands of excuses and I’ve tested responses to all of them. For example, one of my favorites is “That only works if you went to Stanford.” False — I’ve tested this material with people from all levels of education. Another: “Well, you need more experience to get that job.” Maybe, but I’ve showed people how to beat out people with 10 years’ more experience. Imagine walking into an interview and getting a Dream Job — more responsibility, higher pay, and something you’re excited to do every day — and watching those people with 10 years’ experience walking out the door, rejected, stopping at the donut shop to contemplate their next pointless tactical maneuver. Ah, the love of watching dejection in action.

Anyway, what if you could use process for discovering your Dream Job, then know how to set yourself apart from other candidates…before you ever walked in to the interview room?

What if you could use these very same techniques instead of sending your resume through worthless recruiters or job-hunting websites?

I know you can, because I’ve tested it with thousands of data points. This will be challenging. This will require a total mindset shift as I show you a new way of approaching a rich life, because this material goes to the core of psychological and behavioral change techniques I write about.

But the rest of your life is a long time.

Some of the material you’ll learn:

  • How to discover our passion. This is the #1 question — “What is my passion?” What if there was an actual, step-by-step process that worked? One that didn’t require you to try to guess what you’ll love doing for the next 30 years. (Hint: It does not involve sitting in your room and making lists of the things you love…no matter how many career books tell you to do that.)
  • How to interview against the world’s top companies — even if you don’t have as much experience as other candidates. (Hint: 80% of the work is done before you ever walk into the room. But the other 20% involves very specific phrases and body language.)
  • How to negotiate the salary you deserve. (My students negotiate, on average, $10,000 more per negotiation.)

You’ll learn how to make your resume stand out so it rises to the top of the pile without submitting it through the “Black Hole of Doom.” And how to use your network to find jobs for you (even if you don’t think you have a network, you do).

All of this, to understand the “game being played around you” — so you can first see it, then master it.

You know what I’m most excited about showing you? The actual, nitty-gritty tactics, including the ACTUAL COPY of emails to send, the ACTUAL WORDS to say when you take people out for informational interviews, and the ACTUAL WORDS and BODY LANGUAGE to successfully interview and negotiate?

You can tell how much I love using actual, tested material, rather than worthless high-level career advice (“Don’t apply for a job you’re not qualified for!” “Make your resume 1 page!” “Definitely get on Twitter!”). Get the hell out of here.

If you want to stay at your current job, great — let me show you how to get a substantial raise and more responsibility.

If you want to find your Dream Job, even better — I can show you how, and I can point you to other people doing what you want to do who have made similar transitions.

And if you want to use this material for more than just your career — for example, to improve your social fluency, storytelling, or even psychological insights of what other people want — feel free. It’s here for you.

Here’s the plan: I’ll release a lot of this material here, on the blog. It will be free, but I’ll challenge you with lengthy posts, videos, and scripts. I love when whiny people complain about the length of my posts, because they are basically raising their hands and telling me they’re illiterate. Go read http://animalsbeingdicks.com/ and get the hell off my site please.

Then I’ll be releasing some deeper material on my Insider’s List. Again, it’s free, but to get this more tactical series of videos and scripts, you’ll have to trust me enough to join my list — and I know I need to earn that trust. And later, for those of you who want to go even deeper into implementing these tactics, I’ll have some new course material for you.

The rest of your life is a long time. And a core part of living a rich life is about mastering your career. Use these frameworks and techniques however you like — but I’m confident you’ll be surprised with how effective they are. These are some of my best techniques that I’ve ever developed.

In 2012, I’m going to show you techniques, frameworks, shortcuts, and actual tactics you can apply — tested techniques, including the very word-for-word scripts and emails that have secured 6-figure jobs, meetings with CEOs, natural networking to meet new business contacts and friends, and insane results in interviewing and negotiations.

Finally, this is important, and it’s important now. When we’re in our early 20s, most of us take whatever job we can find. We mess around for a few years, but in our mid 20s, something changes: Some people find careers — discovering what they love and what they excel at — and they rapidly advance. Others meander around, never sure what the next step is. By 30, the chasm between the two is so large, it’s difficult to bridge it.

Which do you want to be?

That’s why we can’t wait to “figure it out” some other day. Let’s start right now.

Today, I have three questions for you:

1. Is this interesting to you?
2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff.
3. What IWT advice have you implemented in the last year? (In other words, if I give you what you want from question #2, how do I know you’ll take action?) BE SPECIFIC.

Leave a comment below!

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Dilanka Wettewa
4 years 7 months ago

Holy Fucks Sake. Ramit.

I am not going to complain about the utter length of this post – but I must admit, I think I am feeling a bit of a bulge in my pants.

I won’t waste your time with a useless comment here – mainly because you laid down everything on the table with nothing more to discuss. Looking forward everything you have talked about thus far.

Thanks dude.
Dilanka

drea916
drea916
4 years 7 months ago

Well, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that has that kind of reaction.

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 7 months ago

Did you get an erection, or shit yourself? I could see how the post could inspire one or both.

Sterling
Sterling
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yup 2. Negotiation – my weakness is that I often empathize with the other side and sacrifice more than I should to make sure they leave happy. Social Skills – I have a number of passions I pursue, including my job, however I’ve put socializing on the back burner with a move to a new city and the start of a new job Relating to passions – I consider my job one of my passions and I’d like to learn how to create a system that allows me to learn what I need to learn for my work while… Read more »
Danielle
Danielle
4 years 7 months ago

I second that, how to carve out time to learn what you know you should amid continuous barrages for results/answers in your job.

IH
IH
4 years 7 months ago

I’m also looking forward to all your ass-busting info to come.

Personally, what I am still struggling with after several months of reading your blog/book/tweets is how to build and maintain a system to find one’s dream job.

Other than that, I’ve been taking notes, experimenting, and am constantly looking for new ways to implement what I’ve learned here.

Liz
Liz
4 years 7 months ago
Did I ever tell you you’re my hero? I’m teaching abroad this year and already that year is half way over. I have no idea where I want to go or even what kind of job I want to pursue 5 or 6 months from now. This year I’m going to take my finances seriously and move towards automation (it’s virtually impossible when you’re working with int’l banks) and make my money work for itself. This year I’m going to try to find that dream job, and hopefully even secure it before I even set foot in the U.S. again.… Read more »
Elaine
Elaine
4 years 7 months ago

Same situation.

Ramit, any advice you can give for those with geographical barriers would be greatly appreciated!

Writing emails that get a response? Fostering relationships with someone in a different city/country? Getting informational interviews without face-to-face contact?

Thanks!!! You rock!

amit
amit
4 years 7 months ago

Negotiation
Resume and job related stuff
Social skills

in that order and a gr8 post.
Thanx for changing my paradigm.

Regards,
Amit

Dominic Henry
Dominic Henry
4 years 7 months ago

Social skills – I work in the finance industry and while I think that I do well in one and one interactions (especially in a formal setting), I fail horribly at networking. I tell myself it is because I prefer to listen more than I talk, but then I see everyone else having a seemingly better time and I just wonder could a system improve my networking skills.

Mark
Mark
4 years 7 months ago

How to prepare for interviews for promotion.
How to find my skill sets that I an bring to new positions.
How to network in my field and outside of my field.

Chris
Chris
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit – great post as usual. I must admit I am different than your normal readers as I am a 40 year old accountant with a CPA, but I am just like the woman you mentioned earlier who thought that a college education would be enough to get the dream job, and the CPA would get me six figures. Hardly. I have spent too much time watching those less qualified get the higher level positions, and am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Time to learn a new approach and get off my ass. I’m looking forward to… Read more »
G
G
4 years 7 months ago

People tell me CPA will get my Resume to be noticed… how do you feel about that? (I’m in my 20s)

Jos
Jos
4 years 7 months ago

Good post. Please fix the axes on the graph 🙂

Ana
Ana
4 years 7 months ago

Ahhh right on time! I am three months away from finishing my mandatory internship and 4 or 5 months to finish my master thesis in engineering (of course, if it depended on me, it would be 4 months, but some bureucracy you just can’t fight…). I will start looking activelly for a good job in the middle of January. So thank you!!

1. YES!

2. Interviewing (I am still not confident enough) and negotiation. The second one if I really really need to pick just one.

Thank you for all your wonderfully uselful material!

A

Anders
Anders
4 years 7 months ago

Thank you Ramit for all the great stuff you produce!
1. Yes, it’s very interesting.
2. The invisible script I call “What if I succeed?” Often career advice deal with the question “What if I don’t succeed?” The question holding me up for years was “What if I succeed?” (I didn’t realize that of course.) Sounds ridiculous, but that was more scary because it involves a lot of change. Once changing my mindset, taking action was piece of cake.
Thanks again!

Troy
Troy
4 years 7 months ago
This resonates with me. Can you tell me more about how you got over your “What if I succeed?” mindset? I have always been a high achiever scholastically and excelled at every job – often getting quick promotions. However, the jobs have generally been low-level (retail, entertainment, etc.) and not reflective of my complete skillset & abilities. I don’t doubt my ability to be live a Rich Life, and with hard work and Ramit’s help I’m confident I’ll achieve it. However, when thinking about, “What would my life look like if I realize the success I dream about?” I find… Read more »
TGunn
TGunn
4 years 7 months ago

Seriously though, Stanford… fix the graph.

Coop
Coop
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. I seem to be able to get a foot in the door / start off at a lower level than I want to at a company I really like. What I would love to hear about is how to create a better job for myself once I’m there — how to get promoted, get a nice raise, etc. Thanks!

Darren
Darren
4 years 7 months ago
This is perfect timing! 1. Absolutely, this is exactly what I’m looking for. 2. No really, this is perfect. I just turned 25, and I’ve been at my first job after college for 3+ years. I’m struggling with negotiating for better pay. I’m repeatedly told that I’m one of the best workers, but I know that my peers are paid more than I am because they have 10+ years “experience” in the industry. Beyond that, I want to find a job that I’m passionate about. It’s time I start thinking about the long term future. Thanks for the great post,… Read more »
Ash
Ash
4 years 7 months ago
Honestly, I know what my passion is, I know what I want to do for the rest of my life…I worked hard for about a year to figure that out in high school! Yet now that I’m in my early 20’s I’m still not doing it. Why? Well for one I am still in college and finishing up my degree, but lets be honest that’s really just an excuse! And yes, what I want to do is something that some people may not see me as an expert as because I’m so young. (It’s working with families and relationships, so… Read more »
Kat
Kat
4 years 7 months ago

1. Very enthused and interested!
2. I’m most interested in the section on finding your passion – I have a lot of hobbies and interests but a hard time focusing on the one I like the most or determining which I’m best at.
3. I’ve used the tips from your book to great effect so far – it helped me save enough and make enough money to buy my dream house this year!

Jim
4 years 7 months ago

1) Yes, this is very interesting

2) Networking – I’d love to hear you talk/write more about networking. I know how to contact friends from school and have them get me some leads, but how do I get an introduction to decision makers at target companies?

David
4 years 7 months ago

Ah, excuses… Seems everyone around me has excuses why this and why that. Just do it! I’ve been at my job for 3.5 years and they only hire people with college degrees, and the last time I checked I didn’t have a college degree (and NO, I’m not cleaning their toilets).

Here’s a website where all of the interviewees could have the greatest excuses of why they can’t do this or that, but they don’t let it stop them. http://www.thebadassproject.com

It’s all about getting off your ass and just doing it!

Keep up the great work, Ramit.

Krista
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit you out did yourself. As always, awesome material. I can’t wait to see some radical changes in my life in 2012. No more talking and complaining, it is all about taking action.

G
G
4 years 7 months ago
1. This was highly interesting to me, and motivating, also forwarded to a friend who is planning on job switching as well, although I doubt he reads it. 2. Negotiation – In a standardized field: engineering, accounting, law, etc, where the goal would be (seemingly) to make it to the partner level. when switching cities, and subsequently a new firm, I am concerned with my ability to prove I deserve a higher salary than the people they currently have at my level. 2b. Getting in the Door – I feel I am a good interviewer when I can get there,… Read more »
G
G
4 years 7 months ago
Idk, I just have a feeling he will say, Ya I read the first few paragraphs, but I didn’t want to read it all on my phone, or didn’t have time to read it. We are both looking to leave jobs in a medium city, (hometown), to find a job in a big city, and test out life in a big city. Seems content with his recruiter looking for him. I think he could really benefit from you b/c has mentioned boss said He doesn’t care where he lives as he will be traveling across US for his job, but… Read more »
Zak Katz
Zak Katz
4 years 7 months ago
Epic. I delved deep into IWT and Earn1k materials during 2011, and the 2012 Dream Job materials look amazing Ramit. Last year, I got my finances sorted out via IWT, and I used the briefcase technique to build some contacts in the industry I am targeting. I then proceeded to blow the interview so I would absolutely be interested in learning about your strategies in approaching both informational meetings and formal interviews. In hindsight, I probably should have saved my briefcase material for the interview itself however I was having a very hard time getting the attention of people and… Read more »
Jialu Cai
Jialu Cai
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit! I used the script from your IWTYTBR book to negotiate a $20 charge out of my VISA. BOOM! Your book just paid for itself. I’m looking forward to more of that!

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is awesome and is getting me so, so pumped. Yes, yes, yes! 2. ‘Finding your passion’ and ‘negotiation’ are the two that interest me most – specifically, narrowing down your field of focus, passion-wise (to excel at one thing as opposed to juggling everything), and negotiating your way into the best possible client relationships for both yourself AND the client. 3. I discovered ITW in March 2011, when I was barely scraping by – literally. I had just left a job which paid alright, but that I HATED with every fiber of my being, and as such working… Read more »
megan
megan
4 years 7 months ago

1, Yes
2. Finding my passion. I join clubs and take classes that I think will be interesting to me, but nothing sticks. How to find your passion when your likes arent even clear.
3. I automated my accounts!

Jonas
Jonas
4 years 7 months ago

This is awesome, Ramit – over the years I’ve come to expect only the best from your material and this post didn’t disappoint.

I am supremely interested in learning more and know my weakest area has been in interviewing, (specifically phone interviews).

In the last year, I have carried over zero credit card debt, doubled my credit limit, increased my 401K contribution by 20%, and saved enough to pay for my wedding without any additional debt.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!

Brad
4 years 7 months ago
1. this is very interesting material. 2. I’m a grad student (getting a Ph D in physics), and I will be one for ~1.5 more years. The city I’m in now is terrible, so the plan is to move west (Colorado, Oregon, Washington) as soon as I graduate. I’ve read your material about meeting people in your desired field to help land a ballin’ job. As my goal is to move across the country, I can’t go meet people 10 states away for coffee/lunch. What steps could I take to get my name out there during the next year or… Read more »
AKM
AKM
4 years 7 months ago
1. Holy Kaw !! You mean all of it. Interesting… huh. I would delete all my social media accounts right now, If you asked me to, to get your awesome scripts and tactics. 2.Negotiation. 3. Here’s my story. You have to imagine an Indian scenario for this ‘coz many of the things won’t be valid for US. I am doing my engineering right now. I am in my 5th year of Electrical & Electronics Engineering. We are supposed to complete the 4-year course in 4 years. I failed a year (year back is what they call it here), primarily because… Read more »
AKM
AKM
4 years 7 months ago

Sorry. Forgot to mention the best part. I have not even graduated yet. I’ll be doing that in this month and starting with my job February 2012 onwards. m/

Chris
Chris
4 years 7 months ago

In my last post, I should have answered your questions. Sorry.
1) Yes, this is interesting.
2) I would be interested in finding your passion topics, interviewing, and negotiation tactics.
3) I have gotten off my ass and gotten tax and political treasury clients. I had formally been sitting around thinking “but no one would pay me for what I do”. I started putting myself out there, and earned $2,500 in income last year. Your topics changed my thinking on what I could do. Thanks, BTW.

TJH
TJH
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is very much interesting to me. I am slow to implement, but keep hitting me over the head. I’ve come to realize that trying harder gives disproportionate results..in the wrong direction. 2. Hook me up with negotiation. In my job, I have to negotiate with co-workers with competing ideas, clients for fees, and contractors trying to cut corners. Heck, everything seems to be a negotiation and as a typical American, I’m terrible at it. 3. Your contest for the personal assistant triggered a light bulb in my head. My team at my company has an assistant, I spent… Read more »
Philipp Ulrich
4 years 7 months ago
#1 – Yes, totally. #2 – What to do if you face special challenges. In my case I am dead sick and have 10 years to live at best. This does create problems at a job interview, because I’m quite often being prejudiced (“Sorry, but this is too difficult for us” is the nicest version of “Bad luck, we’ll find someone healthy and better looking than you, sucker.”). The thing is that I absolutely don’t want to lie about my health state, because it prevents me from doing my best at a job if I have to keep it a… Read more »
Margo
Margo
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes 2. I would like to hear you write more about combating the assumption of “I’m not qualified.” I’ve found that many people (myself included) discredit and preemptively disqualify themselves for positions based on how they perceive of their own skills and experience. I would love to expand on how to think outside of the box when it comes to our skill set so we can think bigger when it comes to our careers/job search. 3. After I graduated from grad school, I found that I was guilty of reading and reading and reading about what I “should” do… Read more »
Georgia
Georgia
4 years 7 months ago

While I was reading your comment I could relate to the “I’m not qualified” but at the same moment I was ready to BLAME somebody else… how OTHER people made me feel that way, funny, it’s almost an automated reaction….

I hope Ramit can provide some further insights… His material are simply GREAT

Lang
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Yes, it is, because I like to know about the games being played around us. The systems that are in place, that have limited our beliefs. 2. Please write more about finding your passion. I feel like I want to do something else then my current job, but don’t know what my passion is. 3. I have automated my savings. I use to manual go to the bank, or log online and transfer $150 dollars each month to my savings account. This took time and mental effort, and the result was I was never… Read more »
Jordan M
Jordan M
4 years 7 months ago

I would like to see your take on Cal Newport’s rejection of the idea that “following your passion” is the key to a successful working life. This is one post of his general thesis but gets the idea across:

http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/08/11/the-career-craftsman-manifesto/

Worth reading the others linked to at the end of the post as well. I’d like to see Ramit’s reponse to that.

Cheers

JM

Tammy
Tammy
4 years 7 months ago

Love Study Hacks. I’ve been reading every one of Cal’s posts since my freshman year.

Mel B
Mel B
4 years 7 months ago
1. Of course this material was interesting, how could it not be? 2. I would be interested in anything about resumes. I seem to be creative with everything else except for my resume. It is a chronological accounting of where I have been and what I have done. In other words, it is boring. 3. I actually used your negotiation tactic to negotiate a 25% raise and more responsibility within the first 90 days of my employment. Being a contractor at this company did not make it an easy task for me to get more money before I had been… Read more »
Charissa
Charissa
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Yes, you read my mind. 2. Negotiation-How do you come to the table in an less emotional state? You don’t really know what’s going to happen and sometimes, women especially, begin to get nervous and emotional which begins to break down their ability to communicate the need/want sometimes? How do you lessen your anxiety about being a better negotiator? 3. Actually, working on doing my research in the area of interest for my business, to become more prepared when I work to solicit those first 3 clients. I’m polling, and going out into the… Read more »
Laura in Cancun
Laura in Cancun
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. 2. I don’t need much more job advice because I’m already making 5 times what all my friends earn thanks to two very low-stress jobs, but my husband and I plan to get started buying vacation rental condos by this time next year so we can quit our day jobs by the time we’re 30. So I’d love to read advice on real estate, investing and saving, not to mention your usual inspirational posts that really kick me in the ass. (like today) 3. You inspired me to earn more at my current job, and I now always… Read more »
Raj Rajendran
4 years 7 months ago

1.. Yes
2. Challenges (And solution) of Fresh off the boat Indians trying to influence folks in this society (Traditional/Geeky Nerds)
3. Bought your books and have automated my accounts to a large extent !
You are a force to recon with !! You are now in the lead for becoming the “my mentor of year” award for 2012

Kathy
Kathy
4 years 7 months ago

1. very interesting

2. resumes, cover letters and acing the interview

3. I’ve connected with a former coworker working at a location I want to get a job.

Juan
Juan
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit: Yesterday I met a student (in tech area) who said: * Not being interested in humanistic classes. * All about ‘he’ and ‘his’ aptitudes, interests and how ‘he’ is the best in his area. I remember I was that way, not seeing what’s the game played around my selfish (and desperate) soul… until You got my attention. This post is utter interesting for me. After getting my brand new dream job, I’m going for more (your blog is addictive for me). I’m interested in how to get into their (my boss and our clients) minds so tehy can’t… Read more »
Alex F
Alex F
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit –

Great stuff and coming at a good time for me–I have an interview tomorrow and am in the middle of getting my briefcase ready.

I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on how relationships interact with a career and a rich life. Can someone be successful in his career and also be spending a lot of time dating? Is a solid relationship a precursor for high performance for most people? Is that kind of companionship like 8 hours of sleep or three meals a day, something that most of us need to thrive?

Brian
Brian
4 years 7 months ago
Great stuff, everything hits home! I would love to learn more about finding my passion, creating more effective resumes and cover letters, networking, etc, etc. Ok I get it. I am responsible for all that has occurred in my life thus far. My past does not equal my future. I know, I feel, I desirethat I must have a change in my life. I know I want to be in a situation where I have my own business, not trading time for money and not bound by geography. Where I contribute something meaningful to others and we all become wealthy,… Read more »
Jay
Jay
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve been following your stuff for just over a year now, and admittedly been challenged with implementing a lot of this stuff, I’ll spare you the details since I know you don’t care.

That being said, to address those details I’m using what you have shared so far to land a ‘dream job’. My target is to land the job and negotiate a salary that is 100% higher than what I made at the height of my career to date. I plan to have a positive report in for you by January 14th.

Happy New Year, and thanks for being you!

Richard
Richard
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is interesting – although I run a business and I’m not looking for a permanent job, I am always looking for ways to leverage that into more interesting things and possibly bigger 1-2 year projects where I could develop new skills&experience without abandoning my own business. Many of the techniques are applicable to this as well. 2. Aside from narrowing down what would be most interesting to do (still a bit of a challenge) I would be interested in learning about how to get more focused on a smaller market within a broad skillset and networking within a… Read more »
Girl in the Ball Gown
Girl in the Ball Gown
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Absolutely, especially the system-based approach. 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. How to “figure out” my passion, and how to make the most of informational interviews–what to say, what to ask. I’ve done some informational interviews, but I find that I tend to get stuck with boring answers, platitudes. Something must be wrong with… Read more »
Sarah L
Sarah L
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. Very much so. 2. I would love to hear some job tips for new graduates, starting with how to make a resume that wows and paying particular attention to interview tips when I don’t have a lot of experience. I feel like entry level jobs trap new graduates at the bottom of the corporate ladder for the first 5 years. I don’t want to spend the next 5 years of my life doing inane paperwork and customer service calls. The biggest hurdle (for me at least), is to show interviewers that I’m qualified to do more than just… Read more »
Shantanu
Shantanu
4 years 7 months ago

1. YES!
2. techniques for natural networking, “confidence triggers”, revamp our resume, of course interviewing and negotiation scripts/body language
3. I used your ideas to negotiate a 20% lower cable/internet bill with comcast for the basically the same service! plus another $30 bonus! 🙂 Interviewing tips landed me an on-site interview with a top chemical co. used the briefcase technique. only 2 (includes me) out of 40 that were interviewed in the first round on-campus made it to on-site. interviewed on-site recently, awaiting a reply. Thanks!

Shantanu
Shantanu
4 years 7 months ago

@Ramit: self-marketing techniques

Louis
Louis
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes! It goes without saying, but the best quality of your material is that it is tactical, not preachy.
2. What I hope to learn this year is how to measure my improvements at work. We all know when we get a new skill, but how to you measure you gain in the skills you already have?
3. The IWT book has helped me completely organize my finances after graduating. I can now laugh at people who have no idea how to save money or what to do with the money they’ve saved.

Sean Vosler
4 years 7 months ago

I’m thinking this needs to be a book! “I’ll teach you to be awesome?”

Aaron
Aaron
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Have fun reading all these comments (I must admit I skipped most of them). The top thing I want you to write about is how to figure out your passion. I’m a relatively bright guy, but my problem is that so many things seem interesting & I tend to go from one to another. I’ve gotten better at it by reminding myself that if I want to get really good at anything, I can’t work at everything. But what techniques do you have? I have used everything from your book that isn’t aimed at people who are in debt… Read more »
Brolin
4 years 7 months ago

I love your no BS approach to everything.

People claim to be straight shooters, but they always usually have an angle that they don’t tell you about.

You on the other hand, have put your angle right out in the open for people to make their own decision.

Thanks for everything Ramit! I’m currently setting all my friends up on automating their finances so I don’t have to her about their poor money management anymore.

Lisa Fine
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yup.

2. Interviewing. I’m tired of leaving interviews feeling unsure whether I nailed them. I want to leave feeling like I wowed these people.

3. I’m making money from my blog, and not just from some stupid ads. I got a sponsor for a trip I was planning to take anyway, and got media priveleges, which is leading to lots of great promotion and networking.

Bring on 2012, Ramit! Give it to us.

Amanda
4 years 7 months ago

1) YES!

2) Id’ be interested in reading about Negotiation, Finding your Passion, and social skills.

3) This past year, just utilizing the free info you put out there, I automated my finances, and ended up finding 3 new wholesale clients. Thanks!

jen
4 years 7 months ago

I am in that black hole of sending out resumes, and having the education but not yet the work experience. I would love to know your way around sending out resumes and waiting. So many companies don’t even accept follow-up phone calls or in-person applications. How do I get my resume in front of the right people and nail the interview?

Edgar Bateman III
Edgar Bateman III
4 years 7 months ago

Awesome post as usual. Time and time again I have found that my weakness is in closing. I don’t have a problem creating interest, building value or other parts of getting deals done. However, I always have trouble closing the deal. I do know that it is a mental thing more than it is technical. Please help!

Mike
Mike
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, #1) Yes #2) Perhaps what I feel is my biggest obstacle is that I enjoy too many things. I can spend hours learning about microbiology, robotics, then go out and run for hours at a time. Followed by coming home and yet spending possibly too long being creative in the kitchen and at some point in between tackle the problem of providing clean water to a remote village in Nepal. Where to start because right when I start to get going, I typically have to get back to my day job and have not figured out how to… Read more »
laura
4 years 7 months ago

networking info, please. I suck at it, and have always felt it’s lame and a waste of time. i’d love to know your thoughts about the subject.

Cindy
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, very interesting! I have a career I couls be launching into, but there are some challenges. (plus going back to college next fall) 2. How to talk to a group of people and have them smile back and enjoy themselves. How to approach a leadership position, even if I despise leading. How to want to do presentations and get past the dread. How to sell myself even if there are skills I personally feel aren’t perfect yet. How to inspire my husband; he has an exceedingly low opinion of himself and is much more valuable than he says.… Read more »
SAO
SAO
4 years 7 months ago

1.) Yes, totally stoked
2.) I work in a tiny, specialized part of a massive industry. There are only a handful of high-paying positions, in fairly isolated parts of the country. Do I compromise and work for a company I don’t feel connected to for the paycheck, do I start my own thing, or do I hunt for one of those positions?
3.) The strategies on this blog helped me move from an hourly position into a salaried job with benefits, 401(k) match, and a MUCH better paycheck.

Jen
Jen
4 years 7 months ago
1. Interested might be an understatement. 2. Is “all of the above” not specific? My first choice: negotiation. I undervalue myself. Most recent example: a professor I had nearly 3 years ago wrote to me to contact a person who needs someone to write a grant. He said to write to her and say he referred me. He also said that they could only afford to pay $20/hr, which suggested to me that $20/hr might be less than what I’m worth. Yet, even with that thought, I told myself I should do it for less (I’ve never written grants except… Read more »
Mohammed Shareef
4 years 7 months ago

1) Yes
2) How to go from “just good enough” to “girls are clinching on to your pant legs” confident while interviewing.
3) ask for help and test, test, test

Mohammed Shareef
4 years 7 months ago
Sorry, forgot to be specific in number 3. My resume’ sucked. My interviewing skills sucked even more. I used my university’s career services to help improve my resume and interviewing skills. My interviewing skills didn’t improve at all. My resume’ got scored a B- on Rezscore. I used my networking “skills” (reinforced by Ramit’s awesome articles and videos) to contact some of my friends’ friends and dad’s friends. I found a few founders and upper level managers that have helped me re-write my resume’ to get past the humdrum crowd, getting an A+ on Rezscore. Now they’re helping me tune… Read more »
Kirsten
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. 2. Finding your passion. I’m 42 and just retired in September. Since then I’ve been aimless and unable to get started on anything. I busted my ass to retire at this young age, but in doing so I burned myself out on the career I had. I don’t need to work for money, but I need to do SOMETHING to create structure in my life and get back the self-esteem I didn’t even realize I was getting from work. 3. I’m an Earn1K member. I used it to start a sideline doing math tutoring. I set my goals… Read more »
Michael Houlden
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Fabulous. I saw your interview with Chase last week and loved what you had to say. Last year, I stood up and left a great paying job, moved across the planet to pursue my passion and got stuck on figuring out how to meet people to provide my services to and who can help me advance my business. So, what I’m most interested in discussing with you is how to network effectively and how to get my services in front of people and then help them decide that I’m the best person to provide them with that service. What… Read more »
onkar
onkar
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Influencing people in decision making roles
3. I took your advice about not falling into the trap of trying to build a secondary income stream at the cost of my job and in the last one year I’ve earned a promotion and a switch to a role I love in the same organisation.

anne marie
4 years 7 months ago

How do I get access to decision makers?

Brian
Brian
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit! Thanks for the New Years shout out. I know 2012 is going to be an awesome year. 1. Heck yes! 2. Social skills. I want to know exactly how to meet interesting people and ask them out to coffee without, ya know, coming off as a weirdo. I also want to know exactly what to ask them and how to build a relationship that doesn’t end after the first time getting coffee. 3. I’ve set up automatic investments to my Roth 401K (company matched), Roth IRA, ING saving acct, and after-tax Vanguard acct. I also earned $500 on… Read more »
Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit I’m new here, I joined just after your show with chase Jarvis. I’ve just turned 18 and I start university next year to study film production (providing i get in. Lets hope, its my dream job! Huzzah!) Personally I find your content extremely interesting, especially because it sounds like the majority of the world seem unhappy and poor. I haven’t had that work experience yet, I have no idea what it’s like to be under a boss I hate whose paying me 10 grand less than he should. But it scares me that I might! I’m very young… Read more »
Kate
Kate
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Sam, Being a film producer – I can tell you don’t need a sprinkle of talent – you either need a shitload of talent or be incredibly resourceful and well connected and have a good work ethic. Know what you want to do as well – so many film students come out thinking they are going to be directors. Not many of them are actually that talented and if you want to survive directing aint the right thing to do. Pick one thing (either writing, cinematography, gaffing, producing, make up, distribution etc) – don’t be an auteur – there… Read more »
K
K
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Finding your passion
3. Automated deposits into various savings accounts; using a virtual admin

Matt
Matt
4 years 7 months ago
1. Absolutely! There’s so much here, I’m going to want to go back and re-read it at least a few times, assuming something new will hit me each time. 2. In my current company I’ve been told I’m ready to move up into a Management position. However, I’m interested elsewhere. I’ve made it to some management-level interviews recently outside of my current company, but I’m told the one thing that’s holding me back is my lack of management experience. I’ve managed volunteers in non-profits, and I’ve led and coached peers in my previous positions. However, hiring managers tell me they’re… Read more »
Tim Webster
4 years 7 months ago
New Year… New haircut! 🙂 1. Definitely interesting 2. I think there’s a gap between finding your passion and honing the skills and expertise needed to turn that passion in a profession. ie You’ve got a job you don’t like, you have a passion but it’s not realistic so you use some Earn1K tactics to test whether your passion could work out for you. Meanwhile, you build your network in that field and then find your dream job. So, I would like to see tips on systematising that networking process 3. In the past 3 months since discovering your blog,… Read more »
Brit
Brit
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes, definitely
2. Two things: One, building a support network within your own industry, but also how you begin to build networks outside your industry, in case you choose to transition elsewhere (i.e., if you transition from journalism to business, law to higher ed., etc.).
3. I’m a recent IWT convert…I got your book over the holidays and I just started it last night. Since then I’ve been in touch with my credit card company and received more credit, and my automatic payments are set. Great start.

Fernando
Fernando
4 years 7 months ago

Ramiit,

Damn!! This post was great. I recently finished school and am at a point where this is exactly what I need. The main issue that I have had is finding my passion, something that I REALLY want to do and not just go through the motions.

Regards,

Fernando

rose
rose
4 years 7 months ago
1. absolutely. 2. negotiation: I just have no idea how to approach getting a higher salary or better benefits. telling other people how great i am at my job: how do I build a network of people I don’t already work with without sounding like an egotistical asshole/making people feel like I’m just using them? 3. I focused on networking vs. my cover letter and resume. I got a new job this year due to networking — the new employers didn’t even ask for my resume when they asked to meet with me about the position. The word of my… Read more »
Camilla Hadlock
Camilla Hadlock
4 years 7 months ago
1. Very interesting to me. Thank you. 2. I’m sorry to say I can’t be specific — I need all of it, probably repeated over and over. You see, I am not in my twenties, I am 61. I have lived that meandering life. I have heard about the game, but never “got” it. Now I am looking at possibly 30 more years, half of the life I’ve already lived, and I want work that’s challenging, absorbing and remunerative. It would be really nice to get out of my head and into the world, so I will be very receptive… Read more »
Bhoopathi
Bhoopathi
4 years 7 months ago

1. YES
2. Need to clearly articulate my passion. I am in my mid 30s and I need to find my dream job in this year at any cost.
3. Looking forward to your help; this is going to be like my part time job until I realise my rich life in this year.

Dave
Dave
4 years 7 months ago
1) Of course I’m interested. I don’t waste time on useless crap. I’m the lone bread winner of my family with three kids (one autistic). 2) I want to follow my dreams of entrepreneurship in areas that I currently consider hobbies but no work experience (building a hockey rink for my area, solar power in central Illinois, car detailing). Time management is a big struggle here if I still need to keep my current job to support family while spinning up other opportunities. Also, techniques/scripts for selling investors in bus plans when you have little pro experience in the area… Read more »
Chris Hughes
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, this is the first time I’ve come across your site and I’m definitely impressed. 1) Yes this is very interesting to me. 2) I’d love to learn more about finding my passion. I love working with people and have been managing a small internet marketing business for the past 3 years, but I feel like I might need to get a job in order to make more money. I seem to be stuck at the same income level and I believe it’s because I have a hard time telling people I charge $50-$100 an hour when I know I… Read more »
Joanne Giordano
Joanne Giordano
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, 1) Thank you SO very much for your intelligent insights and for taking the time to share them with us. YES, this stuff is more than interesting; it’s tectonically mind-shifting! 2) My burning question is whether your material is meant to also work for a mid-career person (I’m in my early 40s) who spent the bulk of my early career in classroom teaching (somewhat fulfilling, but NOT financially) and has been dead-ended for the last few years. I feel like I have no network and never realized the fruit (a RICH life) of my potential (I was always… Read more »
Margo
Margo
4 years 7 months ago

Don’t discount your former students as part of your network. Chances are you had a few that you connected with and for whom you made quite a difference. What are they up to now?

Ariella
Ariella
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, this post was very interesting, and I read through the entire thing. No TL;DR here. 2. I’m most interested in negotiations and finding my passion. Both of those choices might seem surprising given that I am an attorney (you might think that I should be an excellent negotiator on my own behalf, for example, or that I already know my passion because I’ve got a career), but they’re not. I just moved from a job at a firm to an in-house position, which resulted in a 100% salary increase. The problem is, I’m not feeling very passionate about… Read more »
Cornelius
Cornelius
4 years 7 months ago
1. Hell yeah, hell yeah, hell yeah 2. Improving social fluency, followed closely by finding my passion. By social fluency, i want to understand how to focus on the other person and nudge/persuade them to do what they already want to do, but have yet to act on it due to whatever BS reason they have created. I love music. I have always been fascinated with how song writers and producers work together to create songs that tap into people’s emotion. I believe music is my passion, I “haven’t figured out” how to leverage that passion into a career or… Read more »
Will
Will
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, Thanks for the email, I am a first time poster from the UK. I can tell you that a lot of your techniques resonate across the pond too. 1. I usually find all of your material interesting and this topic is no different. 2. I’d be interested to hear a little bit more detail about the science behind willpower. I know we have limited reserves of the stuff which is why it is important to create systems and understand psychology but do you have a set amount of systems, habits and rituals you try to implement at one… Read more »
HeyItsMeSJ
HeyItsMeSJ
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Turning networking/meeting people/shmoozing into job offers
3. Paid off my credit card debt.

Simone L.
Simone L.
4 years 7 months ago
1. Absolutely. 2012 will be the most important year for me in terms of career development, so I’ll be devouring all your material. 2. I would love to read more about how to score a job at one of the top tech companies when you’re not an engineer & don’t have an MBA, but “only” an MA and a few years of professional experience (not in a leading role) — and especially when you’re not from the US. The whole process of blowing your own horn is completely different in Europe. Also, when I look at the job offerings, I… Read more »
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
1. It’s highly interesting to me. 2. I need help most with negotiation. I’ve been in business about 6 months and I know I need to raise my prices but I often find myself low-balling projects for fear that if I request “too much” I may not get enough higher paying clients to cover the deficit. This is a huge thing that I need to fix this year, starting TODAY! I also think having recently moved I need to be more active and known in the community. I know some people in town that are “known” for certain things and… Read more »
Dana
4 years 7 months ago
Thanks! I’ve read up on it but financially not only do I not have the money to join at this time but I also have credit card debt which I believe I’ve read you don’t accept from your students. I also feel like maybe I am in limbo of that program because I have my idea and am making more than 1k doing it, I actually started doing my dream job on the side before a friend of mine introduced me to your lovely emails – I made 1-1.5k nearly every month on the side, but unfortunately when I left… Read more »
Dana
4 years 7 months ago

Awesome thanks! I am pretty interested in that program, have been ever since I read about it but I was unsure if it was fit for where I was at with things.

I’ll get your book, pay that CC debt off and be in the class soon enough hopefully!

Thanks again for all the great info/material!

Andy
Andy
4 years 7 months ago
1. Absolutely 2. I’d like to read more about mastering social settings and using them as a way to enhance my career. How to leave a lasting impression on the CEO when you have 30 seconds of his time. How to effectively network and then utilize that network to get the opportunity you want. Methods to follow to become more comfortable in professional social settings . . . etc. 3. Just grabbed a copy of the IWTYTBR book and signed up for your blog over my holiday break and have already made changes. Set up a ING savings account today,… Read more »
laura
4 years 7 months ago

to answer your question, i have always found networking meetings and get-togethers too planned. i get most of my clients through word-of-mouth, (which, i guess, is a type of networking — albeit a passive one). when I TRY to network at those stupid chamber of commerce type events, or networking meetings, i find it’s a lot of losers standing around handing out business cards … desperately.

Bharat
Bharat
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe your target market has the time to read this shitty (a word I’ve never used in a comment before) long-winded post, but next time could you include a link that gets to the point in 10-30 seconds of reading? I will probably subscribe to whatever you’re selling this year, but please respect your audience’s time, if it’s not too much to ask.

Eve
Eve
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, this is awesome. 1. This is fascinating. I started working this year fresh out of uni – as ‘good’, ‘promising’ kids do (immigrant upbringing seeds the need to be good very deep) in the City of London. I’m bored. The assumptions that got me through school and uni make no sense. I want different results. I want passion and purpose in my life regardless of what the economy is doing. And not live confined by fear – because the genuinely huge stuff will never occur to you anyway. IWT is great. Helps getting advice on change from someone I… Read more »
Hooker
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, I for one am looking forward to all of your upcoming info. This was some post. I am 39 and looking at a career change, so I appreciate your insights.

I don’t lack motivation. I think I lack focus most of all, having trouble deciding on where to put my attention and then keeping it there.

I’m glad I found your blog.

Terrie
Terrie
4 years 7 months ago
Wow, Ramit, you’re talking to me. I am almost fifty, went to Stanford, and I am that person who has meandered aboutt. I’m in a passionless career in order to pay the bills and be near family — and my job doesn’t even pay well! I look at my classmates and wonder where did I go wrong? Well, I’ll tell you where I went wrong. I felt so lucky– not entitled, but lucky- for the weak opportunities I had that I didn’t think I could have more or could ask for more. Well, that shit’s played out in 2012 because… Read more »
Paul
Paul
4 years 7 months ago
1.Yes, a different though process entirely. 2. How do you start? It sounds simple, but it stops me cold all of the time. I love going out social dancing. The only way to get better is through getting up and practicing. I know this, yet I will sit there at the club, party, etc wondering how that guy got so good. He practiced, he took classes and lessons. He spent the time. This year, I signed up for classes and lessons. I have blocked out time for practice. Now I just have to start. For a dream job, it is… Read more »
James
4 years 7 months ago

I’d like to see more on how to practically test your assumptions/invisible scripts. It makes a lot of sense to me but I have a tough time making it actionable.

Bob Schad
Bob Schad
4 years 7 months ago
Yes job searching is a very interesting topic for me right now and into my future as I am trying to relocate and then go back to school to get the education I need to get my dream job. I am finding it very hard to make it through human resources and other barriers to even talk to leadership at new hospitals about potential job openings. I am a highly qualified and confident applicant and I would love to know I’m doing the best job I can in letting a potential employer know that. I would have to request that… Read more »
Will G.
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, I was laid off in mid-2009 and when you released your Earn1K course in early 2010, I had completely lost track of the course of my life. I’m the guy that always has a plan and always knows where I’m going, but being laid off killed that in me. I signed up for Earn1K and partially got my ass back in gear doing photography and IT consulting for photographers, but I just never took your course to heart like I needed to. It took more than a year of finding crappy gigs here and there before I really… Read more »
Marcella Burnard
Marcella Burnard
4 years 7 months ago

Interested. Have the passion – doing (and selling) the work, but now it’s time to learn the lessons that will teach me to blow sales out of orbit.

Need Networking badly (I am a geek, ergo, socially less adept than some of my peers. Scripts are brilliant because then I do not have to be.)

Deborah
Deborah
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes 2) Passion: How to go from your list of what you love to do to figuring out what job is your passion. Need more info about social networking and how that helps/works. 3) After my car insurance went up 2 x within the last 2-3 months, I called them and was able to save $540 per year! I did spend 1.5 hours on the phone doing this and got apt. insurance which leaves me with peace of mind, all thanks to you. 4) Did the briefcase trick and it worked like a charm – got a job within… Read more »
Nathalie
Nathalie
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes please.
2. Social relations and negotiating. I am moving country soon and will live in a town where I’ll know no-one so I’ll need to get out there to meet with new people, create new contacts,….
3. I’ve started automating finances and saved. As a result, I am moving and will be able to support myself while I’m building a business.
p.s. thank you for your video with Chase Jarvis. I really enjoyed it.

Lilace Guignard
Lilace Guignard
4 years 7 months ago
1. Absolutely 2. Interviewing and negotiations primarily. Also resumes, but I work in higher ed so it’s a bit different on the page (resume vs cv). There are a lot of unwritten rules about what you can and cannot negotiate for once you are hired or if you are part-time (like I am). I’d like to use your tips to bust out of that box. 3. What I’ve used from you this past year is to re-market myself in an area I didn’t have as much experience when the adjunct opportunities in my primary field ran out at the local… Read more »
Angie
Angie
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, for me the “problem” with your advice is that I get all excited reading/hearing it and I really think that you are saying the right things, but I am not yet able to actually DO your advice, I mean getting active and get my butt off the couch. I just do not know where to start. Money is really tight for me and I know I need your tips more than everything else. But I kind of think; “Yeah, he is right, but he is in a much higher league than I am”. Damn, I have this feeling… Read more »
Susy
Susy
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes!
2. Finding my passion…negotiating and social skills. I am a chemical engineer and I hate it!!!! Ideally I want to have my own business; I have been a wantaprenuer since I graduated college 6 years ago. My biggest challenge has been finding something to do that doesn’t feel like “work” and that will let me have a flexible schedule. I am also pretty shy, so socials skills are a must. And I have no clue how to negotiate, but would love to become bad ass at it.
3. I just started following your blog…

April
April
4 years 7 months ago
I’m self-employed, but I wish more people with regular jobs would read this stuff — then maybe I wouldn’t have to suffer through stories about how So-And-So graduated with a 4.0 from Ivy League University and can only get a job waiting tables at Applebees. Then everyone shakes their heads at the state of the economy, and I have to bite my lip to stop myself from saying “What a dumbass!” 1. Yes, even though I don’t want a 9-to-5 because E1K helped me quit mine! 🙂 I’m really interested in the part on finding your passion, though. While I… Read more »
Rob
Rob
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, Great questions. I’ve put together a couple of answers for you: 1. This is definitely interesting, as social interaction is the basis of everything. However, like cutting the onion, you can always learn a better way to do things – and you might not have known it exists. 2. Negotiation and Social Skills. Sometimes you don’t get a chance to hand in a well crafted Resume or have an organised interview when an opportunity comes along, and it’s important to be able to assess and act on it as best as possible. If you can’t capitalise, forget it.… Read more »
Jared
Jared
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely. 2. I’m extremely interested in how to systematically approach finding your passion. As a renaissance soul, I’m interested in just about everything…yet much of that interest is surface level. I want to know a little about everything, but most things I’m not willing to take the time to put in the effort to become knowledgeable or skilled in. I want to employ a systematic approach to identify what interest(s) I am passionate enough about, so I can devote my time and energy to the places I want to go in deep, instead of distributing it across a huge… Read more »
Annie
Annie
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, I am relatively new to your blog. I read your book and find what you gave to say very interesting and insightful. As for what interests me, I just started a new job and want to make the most of not only what I do but learn from everyone else around me. I would love to see info about how to intelligently approach upper management and my co-workers to learn and aquire new skills to add to my portfolio. Also, I want to incorporate a side income to help pay bills and live life! I can’t tell you… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 7 months ago

This information was very useful! Since using your stuff I’ve been testing my assumptions more, moving past excuses. I’ve been getting out into the world more by finding people to help me solve problems instead of me “figuring it out” on my own. Your advice has saved me years of frustration.

Bruce
Bruce
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, this is interesting. 2. Salary Negotiation At Big Companies: At the big company (+40,000 employees), salaries are based on defined ranges and the whole process seems bureaucratic. What is the best way to approach salary discussions at large firms where so much is defined by HR departments? 3. I started freelance writing in November 2011. In December 2011, I earned over $1000. I’m on track to earn over $1000 in January, but I want to get that up to $3000/month. The Earn 1K material helped inspire me to do this. Specifically, the concept of qualifiying prospects (able to… Read more »
Omar
Omar
4 years 7 months ago

Explain the step by step process in helping someone find their passion(s) they want to make money on.

No making a list until you cry bullshit.

Kristi
Kristi
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely interesting 2. Social skills/psychology, interviewing (personal brand messaging and how many questions to counter with), negotiation (ENTIRE compensation package, financial affairs like credit cards, recurring utilities and major purchases), research phase of dream job (websites & other places you research the companies and individuals, how to find red flags like lawsuits) and finally, how to ask a potential employer about possible red flags I encounter during my research phase (rumors discovered through common acquaintances that cannot be verified by internet searches). 3. I am focusing far less on cost cutting and putting energy and time into networking with… Read more »
Kristi
Kristi
4 years 7 months ago

Oh, and I used my brainstorming from Earn1K to negotiate a trade with my personal training gym. My photography for monthly dues. Win-win.

Pilar
4 years 7 months ago
Good evening Ramit, 1. Absolutely 2. Negotiation. I found out about you through your interview with Chase Jarvis, amazing program. I’m a photographer, sure about what my passion is, but getting wrong about marketing techniques or skills; it is complicated to establish a price on a creative work. Must the artist assume this part of the negotiation? Sometimes have to sacrifice any remuneration to pursue a passion and made the artistic work even knowing it`ll be for free. Is that part non-negotiable? 3. I think I have experience, skill, enthusiasm, but I`m using the wrong tools; I am desiring to… Read more »
Gina Campanile
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes!
2. Finding your passion.
3. Automating my finances–so simple and effective. I’ve recommended your book/site to all my family.

Jenn Mc
Jenn Mc
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Social Skills – I need to learn to network more strategically. Most of my circle are people that I have something in common with (duh). I need to learn to network with those that I may not have much in common with. For example, most males in the workplace revert to sports talk before meetings. I dislike sports so I’m out of the loop.
3. Through your strategies I have identified my Dream Job (I’m in first runner up right now) and I am taking steps to network and gain experience for this (teaching) position.

Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson
4 years 7 months ago

1. This is interesting to me
2. I would like to know more about how to interview and landing interviews .

3. I have started researching a potential career in marketing. This has led to me working on creating my first marketing plan.

twong
twong
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, I’m interested in this material. 2. The one thing that I want Ramit to write about… How do I identify the people who have my dream job, talk to them face-to-face and then get there myself? My dream job is one that will allow me to live a high lifestyle in an awesome, downtown area of a beautiful, coastal city, e.g. San Francisco, New York City, Vancouver, Hong Kong, etc. So far, my best technique of finding such a job is to go on LinkedIn and search for all jobs earning $100,000+/yr and within X kilometers of the… Read more »
ReneeFrancesConn
ReneeFrancesConn
4 years 7 months ago
Delicious! Happy New Year Ramit and Crew! This one was not on the list….but I think it would be helpful to me. Maitaining focus. Passion, I’ve got plenty of it….for plenty of ideas some I’ve taken almost to the tipping point. How to keep the faith and the laser focus required to take it to the next level. Understanding networking: Once upon a time I had it, after the death of my second parent, I went into hiding and although I didn’t burn bridges, I slacked on maitaining relationships for years. I still feel disconnected and want to change my… Read more »
Austin Yoder
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

Screw people who complain about the length of your posts or emails. They must not get many lengthy emails, so can’t compare quality-length to fluff. The writing, videos, topical content of your emails and posts is not the only thing people can learn from here. There are lessons beneath the surface.

Thanks for taking the time to put together such thoughtful resources for the internets. I’ll sign up for whatever list you’ve got so I can study the writing.

Peace and happy 2012!

terry
terry
4 years 7 months ago

1. Very interesting.
2. Several things, resumes, interviewing, and engaging business plans.
3. Automating my life. It has truly been transformational. I had no idea how much time I was wasting on the small daily/weekly/monthly tasks.

Alex Berman
Alex Berman
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, 1. This is exactly what I was planning on doing this year regardless of DJE. 2. I would love to know exactly where to start. How do you find what you want to do? How do you research companies? Once you have a list of companies, how do you get over the self doubt or the lingering feeling of “this isn’t what I want to do?” What happens after you’ve been at the job for a few months, the novelty wears off and you’ve mastered what they’re having you do? I worked at a Jimmy John’s doing deliveries… Read more »
Laura
4 years 7 months ago

Interesting? I’m devouring every word, link and video!

I’ve found my passion…I’ve even been able to early a fairly decent living as a working artist and event producer. But I want more: I want to be fired up about my work, so much so that I engage the best clients with my enthusiasm and expertise and command rates that allow me to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

In the last week, have opened a Schwab checking account and automated my bills. Now it’s time to automate savings.

Thanks so much for all you do!

Arti K
Arti K
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes! And I’ve been looking forward to your posts and emails on the subject. I have a ‘dream job’ search going on right now, and I’ve been incorporating all your advice to date in my job search. It’s been working (will provide more details in #3) 2) Networking – You mention ‘Natural Networking’ in the post and in one of your responses to the comments above, and I really want to master this. Scripts will help, but what would be awesome is to get in the heads of people you want to network with, and anticipate what they need… Read more »
Vincenzo
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? yes your tips are very good 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. I am trying to find my passion. I am 50 and a jack of all trades, I service my cars and motorbikes, I carry out repairs on my house, boiler, washing machine, fix appliances, i will try to repair any item. I… Read more »
Kay
Kay
4 years 7 months ago
1. Oh yes, cannot wait for the content to be released. I could have used this years ago. Perfect timing. 2. When I had my first office job, I did really well and got a raise (without negotiation) and a promotion (when the position was open and I applied for it). They all told me I was a star and had tons of potential but the job was dead end and boring, so I opted to be laid off instead. Anyways, had I actually known anything about career management/interviewing/networking (of which I am horrible at) I could have spared myself… Read more »
Comet
Comet
4 years 7 months ago
1. Everything I’ve read or viewed of yours has been very interesting and applicable. 2. I think it would be very helpful to have information on engaging other people. I am a very friendly and welcoming person and I have a dynamic personality. I am very comfortable in conversation with others. I could use help in getting interaction started, whether it is socially, teaching, business related or networking. I just never feel comfortable finding a starting place in engaging others. 3. I have applied the information you provided about negotiation in my life. Being a college student struggling to get… Read more »
Andrew
Andrew
4 years 7 months ago
1) YES!!! 2) I would like to learn about meeting more women, especially in non-bar settings, social psychology, and leadership. This might be too far off topic but, most of all, I would LOVE anything that pertains to academia. I am getting a Ph.D. in a scientific field and I would love to stay in the field after I graduate, but the academic path is extremely constricting — oftentimes, you don’t have a choice as to where you end up, you only get one job offer and you either take it or you don’t. A silver bullet like the briefcase… Read more »
Steve
Steve
4 years 7 months ago
1. Incredibly interested. This post has prompted me to reflect on my experiences in the past year, while attempting to pursue a “better living” (for me : more money and free time, with enjoyment in each day. Not much to ask for right?) 2. I feel like I could use your advice for pretty much all of the topics you listed relating to finding your passion. Finding you passion – I have found small successes in my career path to this point because I pride myself on achievement and won’t allow myself to fail at any task I take on.… Read more »
Kelleigh
Kelleigh
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit – Yes this is very interesting to me and great timing. I’m “mid-career” (early 40’s…) been working for 20+ years and I don’t know where to go next. I need help with both finding my passion and negotiation. I really suck at that.. no matter how prepared I seem to be it never goes the way I’d expect. I always end up caving in and settling.. not sure how to fix that or what I’m doing wrong. I have a decent job, but I know I could do better. I often take on learning new skills or roles… Read more »
Lesley Myrick
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit, I’d love to learn more about negotiating a great salary. I’m an artist and interior designer, and I work in a creative job as a copywriter and design blogger. Because I don’t directly produce revenue for the company, I find it challenging to negotiate a salary because I don’t have any specific numbers or stats that I can present to back up my work. Thanks!

Patrick
4 years 7 months ago

If this wasn’t interesting and motivating as all hell, I wouldn’t be leaving a comment right now.

Interviewing and negotiation would be my two biggest wants for reading material from you. Looking to make a career altering change in which I want to look back 20 years from now and say fuck yes Ramit, fuck yes.

I’ve automated all of my bills and have started my own company to increase my revenue instead of cutting back on lattes and other pity ass expenses.

Odette Bradshaw-Sheeley
Odette Bradshaw-Sheeley
4 years 7 months ago
Yes, yes, yes – this is interesting to me. Like several others above, I’m no longer young and have spent way too many years being one of the herd. I am very interested in having a better script for contacting potential mentors. One of the things that I’ve done after receiving many of your emails is to take a deep breath and send an email to a perfect stranger and ask them to lunch, Only one, but damn, that was hard! I haven’t heard back yet, but I feel really good about taking that first step. Having said that, I… Read more »
Mark Hanson
4 years 7 months ago

As a photographer how do you get Creative Directors and Art Directors to trust you enough to give you a chance over someone they are already using and how do you get them to agree to a meeting with you?

Michael
Michael
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, i’m 61. I worked for 20+ years at a job that i really loved and excelled at, but ultimately reached an executive level where my day-to-day tactical way of dealing with issues at the job, combined with an economic downturn (of 10 years ago), ended up in a lay-off – after i had laid off most of the people that worked for me, it became my turn. I had kept my head down, working diligently, enjoying, excelling, pleasing customers, but it ended up not being enough. I kept telling myself i’d figure it out. I’ve spent the last 10… Read more »
Brian
Brian
4 years 7 months ago

I guess I could still be considered a “young guy” and I love this sentence:

“Your message is just as relevant to an “old guy”, and perhaps even more urgent, since we have even less time remaining to make a difference for our descendants and our legacy.”

I hope 2012 is a great year for your business.

Thadeu Freitas
Thadeu Freitas
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, this is very interesting to me. 2. I am 35 years old and I would like to read about finding my passion. I’ve had a number of different roles throughout my career so far and now it’s time to specialize. They have all been generalist type roles, most related to data analysis and building reports. I have lots of different interests and I used to be afraid of picking one in detriment of another but I am OK with that now. My only insecurity is that I enjoy technical stuff and I feel that people much younger than… Read more »
L Short
L Short
4 years 7 months ago
Thank you for the great post. This is extremely interesting to me Previously I worked a shit job in my early 20’s. I am now 25 and am working as a 9-5 photographer for a small company. Specifically I would love to figure out a way to quantify the importance of what I do to my boss in order to secure a better salary in the future. He considers me an important part of the company but I need to find a way to show that the quality of work I produce has increased the bottom line. Finding a way… Read more »
L Short
L Short
4 years 7 months ago

As a side note I am new to your blog and have loved every bit of it so far. I have Chase Jarvis to thank for finding your great advice.

Patty
Patty
4 years 7 months ago

1, Yep, this is interesting to me . . .
2. Finding you passion. I think many entrepreneurs have three of more ideas rambling around inside their head, and find it difficult to isolate/dedicate themselves to nurturing one idea.
3. One of your posts focused on asking five questions to distill how to achieve a goal – from “I want to lose weight and get into shape” to “I will visit the gym twice a week and work out for an hour” – again, people with multiple ideas seem to need direction to funnel energy into just one of them.

James Robertson
James Robertson
4 years 7 months ago

This comes at the perfect time for me because I will be getting married in 2012 and this has cause me to reflect a lot recently about what where I am & want to be in my career.

I’m very interested in the shallow steps you describe to start to find my passion and the additional research that will increase the likely hood for success later on in the dream job search.

With the last couple years I’ve used your framework for automating my financies to simple my life & save for retirement.

David
David
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, New to the site, learned of you from the Fortune article. 1) Yes this is very interesting, I think I am pretty well automated and will be purchasing your book for more insight, if that is my best option (see #2) 2) I am a wealth manager relatively new to Seattle, most of my clients are on the opposite coast from where I live now. I am in my dream job, I love investing, I think any networking advice you have would really help me. What I am looking to do is add more high net worth clients… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes! 2. How to balance between a full time job and freelancing. Last year I managed to up my income by getting jobs on the side but as a result it totally drained me because I could only work on them after my full time job. My health took a toll and this year I’m reassessing how to do this better so that I can still continue to increase my income without killing myself in the process. The way I see it, aside from cutting back on timesuckers activities, increasing my productivity and possibly outsource some of the things… Read more »
Tammy
Tammy
4 years 7 months ago
1. Great post 2. I would like to learn more about interviewing, social skills, networking, and a little about finding your passion. For interviewing, I want to know more about body language, how to speak, and how to be more natural. I’m quite awkward and it takes tremendous effort to sound natural. For social skills, its the same as interviewing, I need to be more natural and less akward. I also don’t have much to say. For networking, I just don’t get it, know how to build a better one, or how to use it. I have a few prospects… Read more »
Luke
4 years 7 months ago
Nice! That was a ridiculous amount of info to give away for free – thank you! This topic might be a little out of your area but since you recommend automating I thought I would throw it out there. It could be related to social skills. I’m sure most of the readers have a people in their social circle that we consider to be our closest friends as well a significant other. I really do want to invest in those relationships but at times they get put on the back burner. Specifically with the significant other I would love to… Read more »
Angie
Angie
4 years 7 months ago

Now I am looking really forward to Ramits answer 🙂
This is a question that could never come from me. My problem is exactly the opposite. I am perfect in investing in people and loved ones, only the making money question is unsolvable to me:-)

Luke
Luke
4 years 7 months ago

Haha, I know that sounds bad, but just as most people get lazy financially I get lazy romantically. To clarify, is there a way to apply automation to relationships? Can we put systems in place that direct our romantic “capital” to the best accounts? Horrible analogy. May not be possible but just wanted to throw it out there and see what you thought. Thanks for the reply!

NC
NC
4 years 7 months ago

Hilarious!

Margo
Margo
4 years 7 months ago
If you were periodically prompted to do something (buy a gift, plan an activity), would you follow through? My dad is a total gem but my stepmom says he’s not spontaneous in the least. He is, however, super organized and good at following through when prompted. Solution: at the start of the year, he pre-programs things like “buy wife flowers” or “buy theater tickets” or “leave love note on kitchen table” into his Outlook calendar on random dates throughout the year. This reminds him to do the things he’d be more than happy to do, but aren’t always top of… Read more »
StephanieK
StephanieK
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes, definitely.

2. Finding my passion and social skills/networking are most valuable to me right now. I find that I can get jobs fairly easily but quickly become bored with doing the same job day after day. On the social skills/networking side, I discovered that I have a terrible habit of talking about myself too much during conversations.

3. One o the most impactful things I’ve done from your book is automate my savings. There’s no way I would have ever saved $1k+ in 3 months with willpower alone!

Mike L.
Mike L.
4 years 7 months ago

Improving social influency

Jason
Jason
4 years 7 months ago
1) This is very interesting to me! Life long learner always looking to make more money to pay off my school loans! 2) It would have to be about negotiating salary. I have found my passion and love my job. However I started with them early on in college and just don’t feel I am where I should be salary wise. I have been there 6 years. Although I have been given more responsibility I don’t feel the pay reflects it. I am a very poor negotiator and lack confidence when I get in the room with the big dogs.… Read more »
Peter
Peter
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I am absolutely interested in this. As someone who graduated college during the peak of the recession I found myself without a job for long time; even now I’m only employed part-time, though at a place I fairly like doing somewhat interesting work which is completely unrelated to my degree. In general I’d like to move toward being full-time employed this year doing similar work, preferably by convincing my current place. Specifically on resumes/interviewing – how do I deal with large employment gaps? How do I deal with the fact that my technical expertise is limited to my 2… Read more »
Donna
Donna
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, Great post and superb videos. In response to your questions: 1. Yes. 2. I am having difficulty getting to speak with my potential new boss. I would love to see scripts that would help me get my calls put through or emails that would get a positive response without sounding like a sleezy salesman. I’ve been using my university’s careers advice about cover letters and it is not working. 3. I don’t send a resumé until I’ve thoroughly researched the company, and my potential boss (and her boss). I’ve also been using my network much more than before… Read more »
PJ
4 years 7 months ago
1. It sure is. I’m a USMC officer who isn’t afraid of working hard to get what I want. 2. Everything you’ve mentioned above would be great but I would like to see some information on finding the right people to talk to and how to get in front of them in the first place. 3. In the short time I’ve been following your stuff (7 Days) I have already started working my network and have two people from my network out there tracking down stuff for me. If you want to help I need an introduction at Amazon! I’ve… Read more »
Peter
Peter
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, This one struck deep with me. My script is one form or another of “I’ve got to figure it out..” I’m 55 and saying that for a long time. I’m intimidated by most of this material because I’ve been blue collar all my life and only graduated with a high school degree. I’ve always wanted more but have all kinds of internal dialogue that repeats constantly. I am currently working on clearing up debt but really want to work on the other areas of my life. My current job is frustrating at best..And I would like to live a… Read more »
Kyle
Kyle
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes!
2. I would like an article with an easy streamlined way to look into my past to put clues together about what my passion is deep down.
3. I just found your website at the end of the year but have started to implement the atomization of my finances!

footinmouth
footinmouth
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. 2. How do I go from sitting behind my computer to hooking up with an old coworker to talk about possible jobs they might know about? I feel cheesy asking like that and I actually really want to see how they are doing as well, but need to know a classy way of also conveying the message that I’m looking (even though I have a job) for a new job or contracting work. 3. Read your book 6 months ago, had to read many of your posts like the fortune one and watch the chase interview to figure… Read more »
Heath
Heath
4 years 7 months ago
This is super interesting to me. Networking. All my best jobs have come from people in my network, but mainly by accident. I know I have a network, and I know it’s more extensive then I realize, but I’ve no idea how to really put it to work for me. I’d most like tactics for: Discovering how extensive my network is. How to put my network to good use. And a system I can use to maintain and grow my existing network. I’m terrible at maintaining relationships with people I don’t see on a regular basis. Creating a conscious spending… Read more »
Shannon
Shannon
4 years 7 months ago
1. You already know the answer. 2. How to figure out what your passion is – I have a lot of diverse interests and random expertises that make those list-making ideas a little problematic (I’m good at math, baking, knitting, construction management processes, puppies, etc). The closest I’ve come to figuring out what drives me is I enjoy improvising new processes, learning new things, and creating something. I’m horrible at maintaining systems, but I try. 3. A goal for this year is to go through the Earn 1K course for real, I caused myself issues last time. This past year,… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? It is, but I’m not always sure how to apply your career advice to my career and place in life right now – an engineering/science Ph.D student. 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? I’d like more advice on staying in touch and networking non-obtrusively with former employers / mentors. I’d also like advice on how to convince interviewers of ones qualifications in a “hard” field like the sciences. After I graduate I want to move into… Read more »
Prue
Prue
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes! 2. I’ve worked out my dream job but it doesn’t have a nice traditional name. How do I get other people to value my skills? (ok SPECIFIC) I love to network and connect people, if you like I’m a bit like a business matchmaker. I find networking really easy and I get a huge buzz out of it, unlike some others. I particularly love doing this internationally – so I help exporters (from Australia because I am an Aussie) to find markets, buyers, collaborations etc. My skill is knowing who is who in the zoo ( especially who… Read more »
Dave Lane
Dave Lane
4 years 7 months ago

Very exciting, Ramit! I’m totally ready for this.

2. The networking and social fluency seem most useful to me at the moment, but negotiation is definitely a big life skill i want to master.

3. I have automated my finances and invested in an index fund based on advice in IWTYTBR the book. I also rehearsed a successful job negotiation based on tips from taking the earn1k course. Finally, I recently got a refund on a stupid bank error with zero effort – I just walked in with confidence and asked for it.

Shannon
Shannon
4 years 7 months ago
@Ramit – Don’t know how to respond directly in the thread. The issues I had were that I let myself get overwhelmed with the picking one thing part, and overwhelmed with the amount of things I wanted to try. Led to paralysis, overwhelm, and procrastination, the usual. I’m great at starting things, not always great at the follow through. Around the same time, I got a new job. So between that and choosing to invest time into my relationships (boyfriends/girlfriends are not able to be automated, no matter what that guy above is hoping for), I read the material and… Read more »
Heather
Heather
4 years 7 months ago
2. Re: Finding your passion – I’m not sure if your other readers have this issue, but I’m having a problem with seemingly conflicting desires to have a job that I’m passionate about and having a job that provides stability. I find happiness being a cog in a wheel (I made this unsexy realization about a year ago) but I also want to feel…I don’t know, freedom? Control? Sacks full of money? 3. I haven’t implemented anything major, just small things like negotiating with my credit card to remove an interest fee (even though I paid late, I usually pay… Read more »
Lindsey
Lindsey
4 years 7 months ago
1. This was interesting, obv! 2. Here’s what stumps me/something I need help with — I have AMAZING contacts and resources at my fingertips from my first job at a startup which sold for 40 mil 3 months after my first day. I am still in casual contact with the CEO, CTO, and one of the VPs. We live in the same area and hit the occasional group happy hour. They have helped others find good jobs and have been great resources for others. Good stuff right? Well, here’s my dilemma – I want to get closer to them, and… Read more »
David Weisberger
4 years 7 months ago

1. Nice technique with #1, Ramit!

2. Networking – not to get a job, but to get known as an expert and leader within a field.

3. Automated finances to pay of family debt faster and make some of your other techniques possible.

s.
s.
4 years 7 months ago

1. yes
2. social skills- I’m a girl- so how should I talk to guys, etc. totally clueless
3. I automated my money into savings

s.
s.
4 years 7 months ago

hahah, i meant more like in the dating world. u talk about guys have “confidence triggers” that women are attracted to, what about the other side- how are some women (who might not even be that pretty) constantly dating great guys? these guys are approaching them one after the other and seem to meet them out of nowhere.

thanks for the reply 🙂

Angie
Angie
4 years 7 months ago
1. I found this engaging so I didn’t mind the length. 2. The briefcase technique and getting inside people’s heads to ace interviews like Justin in the example above. This sounds wonderful, but I can’t figure out how to execute the briefcase technique, and I’m not sure how to get inside people’s heads. How can I get my hands on this kind of information if I don’t work for the company? Through my network? Perhaps my real question should be about effective networking – a term that I still detest greatly. Any tips for getting past the bad taste networking… Read more »
Julien
Julien
4 years 7 months ago
Wholly fuck Ramit, I was excited about 2012 before I read this article, this is going to be an awesome year. 1. Fuck yea. 2. I want it all, but specifically I’m eager to better my social skills. I’m not exactly bad, but I find it hard to get the quiet people to talk (including myself…) and I tend to sit back when a whole bunch a people are talking and just listen. 3. I’m new to your site (first came to it less than a month ago) and I very recently signed up to Earn1K. I’ve set my goals… Read more »
Colby
Colby
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, I find this interesting. 2. There are 3 things: (1) what to say when reaching out to someone new for an informational interview and whether to use email or phone; (2) I’m still in school and many employers have rejected me for that reason – should I include I’m still a current student in my job search or what scripts/transitions can I use to take the focus away from my studies and towards my skills; (3) what are the behavioral and verbal cues that show social confidence? 3. I negotiated a 25% decrease in my rent; I paid… Read more »
Frankie
4 years 7 months ago
1. I’m extremely interested…I have been since you announced Dream Job Elite. 2. I’m having trouble finding my passion after graduating from college in May. I’m interested in startups and entrepreneurship, but I can’t tell you what field/industry. I feel like I have so many choices, yet I don’t know where to start. I’d absolutely prefer working for a smaller and/or innovative company. I also have been getting interviews at great companies (i.e. Google, Dropbox, etc.), but haven’t been getting offers. I know my interview skills need to improve, but honestly I don’t know how to do that. A lot… Read more »
Sven
Sven
4 years 7 months ago
Yes it is interesting. Sometimes i will skip through some of the text but i read every word on this one. I moved from the big city in England to rural New Zealand to make a new start four years ago but I seem to be doing the same job but just in a different country. I would love to be doing something else but am afraid I won’t earn enough to cover the debts/mortgage. I do not have any children but I do support my wife as she has struggled to find a job in this location. I want… Read more »
Amy
Amy
4 years 7 months ago

1. VERY
2. I guess this would fall under social skills–I struggle with projecting confidence in the workplace. I’m indecisive by nature, but my job (public relations) depends on my clients having confidence in my skills and recommendations. My natural impulse is to temper my recommendations with, “I think…” and I speak rather timidly (often doing that annoying thing where I turn my sentences into questions with my intonation). So…help!
3. Haven’t done it yet, but planning ahead to negotiate during my annual review later this month.

Rajesh
Rajesh
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Ramit, for the awesome post. Always inspirational.
Reading from your post I sense you read a lot or better being automation fanatic you automatated your body and mind, pls. share some tips. Thanks. Being a lawyer it helps.

Meredith
Meredith
4 years 7 months ago
This is so exciting! I actually do have my dream job working in arts education management and research. The problem in my field is getting paid and no institution seems to have the money to do so…I don’t need to make a million dollars but I need more than I am getting right now if I want to achieve my long term financial goals. I do work as a musician on the side but that doesn’t pay a lot either. So I’m thinking about adding some consulting in my field on the side. My invisible scripts are that consultants are… Read more »
Meredith
Meredith
4 years 7 months ago

Oh, and in the last year I have implemented IWT advice from Earn 1k on the side (started a side business which has been successful thus far), negotiated my way into a management position, and have been devoting more of my resources to various investments as you recommend in your book.

Rakhee
Rakhee
4 years 7 months ago

HI Ramit,

Happy 2012!
I have been reading your post of and on for about 2 years now.
1. Yes, this post was interesting because you talk about a “rich” life. I have always known that just “money” would not make me happy.
2. Finding my passion is important to me. So far I know what I don’t want to do.
3. Well, none (saying it like it is). I have been lazy. I hope to take action this year!

Thank you!

Mark Dansie
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes, keep up all the good work! 2) Negotiation, social skills and building up personal business is towards the top of the list I desire to learn about, yet I have found VALUE in everything you’ve put out. 3) Ramit, It has been less than two weeks ago that I have come across your materials through Chase Jarvis. Already I believe this will be a turning point in my life! I have up to now finished most of the material sent on the back office including: Idea Gen, 12mo goals / Time Clinic (starting 30day Hustling with a Mastermind… Read more »
Rahul
Rahul
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes 2. I am passionate about my current work although I have to admit that the promotions and recognition has been slow to come. I just suck at selling myself and my accomplishments and I have lately started acting upon it systematically. I am also about to finish five full years at my current work and it’s time to reevaluate my options. It would be interesting to find out what it takes to get hired into some of the other great companies out there. I will be interested in finding out what it takes to get through the door… Read more »
Jeremy
4 years 7 months ago

1. Hell yeah!

2. Pitching, negotiation, etc. I need more confidence and better strategies for pitching my photography services/stories to clients and raising my prices confidently and steadily. I’d like to (quickly) move into more higher paying clientele.

3. I’ve automated my expenses and investments/savings using your strategies… and I only discovered IWT a few weeks ago!

Keith
Keith
4 years 7 months ago
1. Interesting? Yes. Specifically, the idea that there is a game being played around us is VERY interesting. I am soot not sure that I believe that anymore. This is something that I felt my entire young life…that there was something underneath it all that I needed to figure out in order to succeed, and that others had already figured out what that was. The reason I felt that way is that the people I saw as successful acted so confident. No…it was more than that. They acted as if they understood how things work; as if they had figured… Read more »
ashley
ashley
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yup 2. I have a killer job that essentially has a fixed term of 5 more years. My job provides an incredible opportunity, if I knock it out of the park, it will likely ensure that the rest of my career is as meaningful and rewarding as I want it to be. I spend half my time convinced I am on that path and the other half sure I am not experienced enough and everyone knows it–which leads to me sitting quietly, afraid to say something stupid, in rooms with the top people in my field. So, I am… Read more »
Nikki Syreeta
Nikki Syreeta
4 years 7 months ago
Can I just say an email from you just lights up my day. I know I’m going to learn something exciting that day. Answers to your questions: 1) Hell Yes. Somehow I always feel like i’m not alone in this. 2) I’d love to learn about the research part of it. I’m pretty good with research but I don’t know how or where to look for the job I want with whatver company. I mean, once the job posting is up I don’t have “weeks” to reseach before I send out the resume. How do I find the job before… Read more »
Brandon
Brandon
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes 2. Interviewing. I go in to them knowing I’m qualified and can do the job, but leave feeling like I haven’t done enough to convince the interviewer of that. I’ve tried practicing, roleplaying with other people, but I just feel like something is off when I interview. Also, I’d love help in figuring out what my dream job is and then going for it. 3. Lastly, I’ve used the debt snowball to pay off three credit cards in 2011, and I’ve got two more to go before the only significant debt left is my student loan. Can’t tell… Read more »
Craig
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, 1. This is all very interesting. It’s great to see the progress you’ve made in your material and presentation in the last year. Your Hustle posts leading up to Earn1k were very useful to me; they helped motivate a complete turn-around in my business and led to the best year of my life personally and financially. I am certain this pre-sell is going to be significantly more useful and much better presented. 2. I’d really like resources on networking and social skills. I used to be incredibly active socially. My 75k graduate school fellowship was 100% because of… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago
I’m pretty good at networking, but my resume and cover letters suck wind. Not surprising I got headhunted for or alternatively ended up designing/creating every (highly competitive) job I’ve ever had. Yet, for the jobs where I have actually applied through standard procedures, I’ve generally failed to get the job, sometimes even failing to get an interview. When I can get headhunted for jobs way beyond my experience based on networking but fail like this, I know something’s going very wrong – a little help please Ramit! Same goes for negotiating/pitching work when your only interaction is by email. I’m… Read more »
Stephen
Stephen
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. How to identify true passion and how much time spent doing undesirable tasks I should consider acceptable. My first instinct is to say none since it can be delegated.
3. Finances are automated and briefcase technique already used for successful promotion.

Bradley C
Bradley C
4 years 7 months ago
1. Fascinating. 2. For me, finding a job that I can be passionate about. Almost all my life I’ve always assumed that it was impossible to have a job that’s exciting to go to. No one around me seems to like their jobs, so I kind of figured that’s how it is. Also, how to be a better storyteller. I’m not good (yet) at captivating my audience. 3. 2 weeks ago I waived a late payment using the script from the book, after being at my current job for over a year I finally enrolled in my companies 401k and… Read more »
Wee
Wee
4 years 7 months ago
Once again, excellent, excellent job Ramit. I’ve just started (for about a month or so) on a job and feel the need to get out of it. Technically, it is my dream job. I’m working with a company which does the exact services as I defined in my dream job description in college. It even pays as much. How could I be so wrong? Maybe because I defined my dream job based on what everybody else thought would be a dream job in my field (so guys, don’t do this :)) What I’d be most interested in reading are the… Read more »
AAR
AAR
4 years 7 months ago

Sounds pretty good,

I’ll be testing your approaches on my test dummy (girlfriend).
It’d be cool seeing to see your work translate into her world as a “struggling actor”.

AAR
AAR
4 years 7 months ago

Sounds pretty good,
I’ll be testing your approaches on my test dummy (girlfriend).
It’d be cool seeing to see your work translate into her world as a “struggling actor”.

Harry
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes (duh) 2. I have Aspergers/very high functioning autism. I know full well that there are games going on over my head right in front of my face, but I don’t learn anything by “picking it up,” especially social stuff. I need someone to break it down and explicitly explain what it is that I’m supposed to learn and the logical context of how and why. Once I’ve got it I’m golden, and this works great for engineering, but not for *life*. Most people can just look at someone and know how they are feeling – I need to… Read more »
Karine
Karine
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, very interested. 2. Getting a resume, improving social networking, getting a job after a 5 years off the working market because of illness –> I think it will be a nice challenge for me to convince a company and people to hire me after so many years away from the market. I hope you can help about that. I’m a good storyteller, though. I know I’ll be ok. I have the good mindset. 3. I didn’t find the script yet (since this page is the first one I’ve read but I’m on my way to do it and… Read more »
Sophie
Sophie
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, Loved this article, and the momentum behind it. If I could have my pick of articles to read, I’d love to hear how to directly approach potential clients and convince them that their business needs me. I’m starting a business in 2012, creating custom Facebook pages for local SMEs. We’re targeting businesses with a client focus, eg sports clubs, gyms, hairdressers etc. However I’m nervous about doing the cold-call approach, and my sales technique needs work! I’m starting with sports clubs, as I know one or two people in local football clubs, but many of them are old… Read more »
Georgia
Georgia
4 years 7 months ago

We all know that you do an amazing background research ,that’s why each one of the subjects you defined are all on my new years list! Looking forward reading your material.

Nathaniel Wyckoff
Nathaniel Wyckoff
4 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit,

I’d like to know more about finding a different set of projects within my current employer’s company – not necessarily more responsibility, but different and more interesting.

I’ve recently read your book and started an automatic savings plan, soon hoping moving on to more complete automation of finances.

Thanks for all this material.

Mike
Mike
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Great post. Here are the answers to your three questions + BONUS material (two questions that you MUST ask in any interview / sales prospecting etc.) 1. Yes 2. How to discover your passion? I have read several books, tried workshops, talked to friends, and still have not gotten great results. They tell me I am friendly, a people person, thinker, listener and that I am an ENTF (or some crap) personality. All these things just give you a personality profile and stop short at that. How do I take these traits and find the right role, industry, profession… Read more »
Ole
Ole
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, I’ve been struggling making a choice. I get passionate about a thing, learn it really fast to the point where I know the stuff but not an expert – then I loose interest and move on to the next thing. I’ve pursued both employment, start up and freelancing. The result of this is that I’m getting nowhere. I now start year 6 of freelancing in a field that I’m pretty good at but that I’ve considered temporary until I “figure it out”. So I’d like to ready more about finding your passion, but also committing and sticking to… Read more »
David K
David K
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes, you hit the nail on the head. I have a habit of saying “I’ll figure it out” and “I did everything I was supposed to”. Both of those lines of thinking have left me only with a job I despise.
2. Specifically what I can do to get a job I have minimum qualifications for that would be considered an unreasonable leap above my current job.
3. I raised the limit on my credit cards to improve my credit score.

Michael Graf
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Thanks for releasing so much for free, no one made you do it and I think you’re a good person for doing it. 1. Is this interesting to you? This could not be more interesting. I am at a junction in my life, one that says “To hell with all this effort, its all a lie” and one that says “Holy shit, I never knew I could leap from there to here”. I really want to be the latter, but will definitely require all of the network support I can find. 2. If you could have me write about… Read more »
Cathie
Cathie
4 years 7 months ago
I’m on the older side (43)of your demographic. And in a new phase of life where it’s not about moving upwards, but in a totally different direction. From running my own businesses to now being an artist I have a dream of having my creativity in the public realm in large scale. I have no contacts, and my confidence is a little shaky. I know that I have something to share on a large scale. Just picked up your book a week ago and have implemented a few things with more to follow. Once I put my mind to something… Read more »
Chris L
Chris L
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Once I found my dream job how do I stay passionate about it or know when it’s time to move on?
3. I’ll write back to report my success

Mercy
Mercy
4 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit! Great post. I have been following your blog for some time and I have been trying to translate your material to what would work for me as I am not in the USA. Tough, but it’s coming along. I am interested in negotiating skills and social skills as well as selling myself. I have so far automated my finances so far and enrolled in the Earn 1K program.

Vivella
Vivella
4 years 7 months ago
Still trying to find my ‘passion’. I am in my fifties already and am generally good at everything I do. Been doing bookkeeping all my working life, but I don’t enjoy it. After being retrenched from my last job a year ago, I have applied via email for over 60 positions and rarely even get a reply, despite the fact that I have excellent references, am professional, etc etc. From what I see (here in South Africa) they have hundreds applying for the same job due to the economic situation. I feel deflated because I KNOW I make a great… Read more »
Geoffrey Williams
Geoffrey Williams
4 years 7 months ago
1. Hell yes! This just seriously got me thinking of the Futurama fry theme “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!” 2. I would like to know more about the emails or phone calls you make to schedule an appointment to meet someone in a field your interested in. For example, how can I get in touch with the decision makers at a medium sized website? And if I can get in touch with him/her, what in the hell do I say to not sound 1. creepy 2. spammy 3.needy; and rather, come off sincere and non-needy (lack of better word)… Read more »
Renee
Renee
4 years 7 months ago
1. Shooshyeah this is interesting to me!! I need to know this stuff because I am graduating college in 5 months…I WANT A FRICKIN AWESOME JOB when I get done. Besides, I have a business concept (several, actually, but one that I am working on right now) that I want to take more action on when I’m finished with school. The one I am working on right now may require a meeting with a CEO and I need to be able to make them understand why I would be of value to them instead of them doing the business on… Read more »
Renee
Renee
4 years 7 months ago

By some weird mistake, the submit button got clicked before I could edit it any further than #2.

Kerry NZ
Kerry NZ
4 years 7 months ago
1. Hell yes! 2. How can I best establish social connections with women (and finding women who are interested without going to bars). 3. I have obtained $22,000 in graduate scholarship stipends (plus a fee waiver) for the 2012 academic year (and might be in line for another $6,000). The key was ignoring my internal scripts – the I’m too old to have a chance (I’m 40), my academic record is too patchy, my subject area (lit) isn’t a priority for research funding, etc – and ACTING. I’ve also applied for the US Diversity Visa scheme (will know if I… Read more »
Hitendra
Hitendra
4 years 7 months ago

I read about you in the Fortune magazine and then landed up on your website. And since then, I have been reading and reading. I have decided not to given to the “later” syndrome and I want to connect with those who have the resources to execute my pathbreaking ideas that will literally change the world for millions of people. I absolutely have ideas that, when executed, will absolutely benefit day to day lives of millions of people. And I am determined to see it happen.

Cheers!

Hitendra

Thoa
4 years 7 months ago

The sad thing is I’ve been reading your blog for many years but I still haven’t gotten past just the saving money every month part [$1,000/month].

I want this year to be different. The only worry I have with finding something I love to do is that I might have to work for myself and that thought scares the shit out of me.

Randhir
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit – Great Post!!! Truly inspirational. Don’t remember which one. But one of your posts in early September got me off my backside and into action. I decided to launch my own Resume Critique and Feedback Service on my website http://www.randhir.net and this was more to prove to myself that there is money that can be made online. More than did that over the 3 months with just one campaign. Have now set some ambitious goals including setting this up as a stand-alone website and launching some related services. I am also working actively on an ecomm startup (more details… Read more »
Paul
Paul
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, it’s more than interesting. 2. I think social/networking skills are where I really need help. My life is comfortable, but limited. As a 45 year-old who has spent over 20 years reading and practicing “improvement” strategies I’ve changed a lot yet it’s clear I’ve missed something. I’ve thoroughly mastered “cutting back” – frugality in the extreme has made me feel perversely proud of myself for being able to get by for a month on what others would spend on one night out. But at the same time there’s an intense frustration at now having to be frugal rather… Read more »
K
K
4 years 7 months ago

1. This post made me very excited about 2012.
2. I would like to know more about how these techniques can work internationally. For instance, if I am in a job in one country but want a job in another, how can I network from across the world?
3. My main problem is time management. I’m looking forward to learning how to save time with tasks at my current job and free myself up for more time to spend on my passion.
Thank you for the kick in the right direction.

shiggi
4 years 7 months ago
Awesome read, and truth written in regards to folks who complain about posts being too long. If you’re looking for answers or pointers you’d read until you were blind (but hopefully find the answers/pointers well before that!). Anyway: 1. Yes, hugely interesting. I’ve given myself 5 months not to figure shit out, but to get shit done! (it was my 26th birthday yesterday…i completely threw away my 25th year and i’m really pissed off at myself for it) 2. I’m 99% sure my passion is DJing (and sound engineering for events). When I do it I’m happy and so are… Read more »
Anne
Anne
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, every time I read your stuff one of two things happens- 1. I feel like I just got punched in the gut (’cause you are calling me out on stuff that I need to be called out on). 2. I feel like I am one step closer to living the life that I really want. Both of these happened for me in this post. 2011 for me was spent working really, really, REALLY hard on ‘Random Tactics.’ Oops. 2012 for me is going to be much more focused, precise, and spent working less with bigger results. One of my… Read more »
Brooke
Brooke
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, Thank you for this. As someone who can’t afford to spend money right now on a course…this information is a God send. I woke up today and am fed up with feeling horribly stuck in my life. In my job….in my relationships…in my money world. I want to know more about landing a job. What it takes to write a winning resume and cover letter. What it takes to get that offer. And as I’m searching myself, I will use your tips. I want to win at this “game”. I am tired of living my life in fear that… Read more »
Daniel W.
Daniel W.
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes, this was extremely interesting to read/watch.

2. I would most be interested in learning about Social Skills & Networking. I’m still not exactly sure how to use those for business purposes.

3. I took your Earn1K course at the beginning of 2011 and in the process was able to use your negotiating scripts and tactics to get a nice raise and a promotion from my current job!

Stephen
Stephen
4 years 7 months ago
Thank you for this post Ramit. It is very obvious that you have put a lot of time and effort into the presentation and delivery of this valuable content. As I work in the creative field, I particularly enjoyed the high quality audio and video production. In my opinion, it goes a long way towards conveying the “telling it like it is” theme of this post. In response to your questions: 1) Yes, this is very interesting to me. It’s easy to read, well organised and puts across some strong messages. 2) If possible, it would be great if you… Read more »
L
L
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes Of course
2. I will like to know how to improve my social skills, because I can understand that networking will help me with negotiation skills, and more in interviewing, and in addition also the talking to different people and broaden my circles.

3. From the 1K course, I am currently helping my friend to startup a non-profit organization now in a foreign country. I am hoping with more materials and more insider help that it will provide a good example for you to talk about and also a successful organization for me.

Adam
Adam
4 years 7 months ago
Can’t wait, Ramit! Your blog & Earn1k have really helped my freelance business. I know how to ask for almost twice what I was making as recently as July, because I know I’m worth it. I have recently stumbled into helping businesses directly–working directly with the CEO of a pretty good-sized company, doing high-level conceptual work–and I wonder if I can find more projects like that. Normally I work for a production company who works with an agency who works with a client exec who works with the CEO. I think it might be much more interesting and lucrative to… Read more »
Aaron W.
4 years 7 months ago
1. Hell yes it’s interesting to me. Is that even a question considering I read the whole post? 2. I would have you write about the interview approach: what are key phrases to use and to avoid? what are the biggest body language factors? how quickly do hiring managers REALLY make their decisions? 3. Many things. I signed up for ING and broke out my savings into various subaccounts. I began using a credit card (secured) for the first time. I found my first profitable idea (website design for small businesses in my city) using your e-book, then I began… Read more »
Jake
Jake
4 years 7 months ago
1. YES, extremely. 2. Passion, passion, passion. I need systems and proven examples of people discovering their passion(s), and then FINDING and LANDING those occupations of choice. How did they identify the passions? And don’t tell me they wrote down their habits or skills, or things they find themselves thinking about. I took your $100 course on it, and it was excellent, but I already had 95% of that info. And by the way, thank you for giving me the requested refund. I’m still here, and still absorbing your material like a sponge, and forwarding your content to friends and… Read more »
Kate
Kate
4 years 7 months ago
1. Of course I’m interested! 2. I would say it’s a toss up between interviewing and negotiating. I feel fairly confident interviewing, but I’d like to leave with the certainty that I have the job in the bag. Additionally, I’d love help with negotiating. I’m working on changing my view on this (what I can do for them, etc) but not entirely sure what would be the best verbiage. 3. Since finding your blog about five months ago, I’ve begun automating my finances and paying off credit card debt (two down!). Also, your book is awesome 😀
Ada
Ada
4 years 7 months ago

I’m interested in interviewing techniques.

B
B
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Finding how to translate what motivates me into something that will make me money. Step by step on how to accomplish all of the stuff you mentioned. At the moment i lack focus, and need help figuring out what i need to focus on.
3. Advice about investing in yourself (working on identifying and budgeting for courses I feel might help me – not easy as i want to it all). Advice about find your niche (still experimenting with best way to market the niche)

Stephen
Stephen
4 years 7 months ago
Earn1K students are both disproportionately responsive in their comments because we know that over-communication is a good thing. It isn’t possible to leave constructive feedback if you only reply with very basic information. Most responses have been constructive and interesting to read, but some lack specificity. If you can’t communicate what you need help with, how do you expect someone else to help you achieve future results? Disproportionate results are as a result of working things through a systematic process. We haven’t just thrown everything at the wall to see what sticks. We have begun to understand the game played… Read more »
Stephen
Stephen
4 years 7 months ago

Forget the “both” in the first line of the comment above!

Jeremy Roell
Jeremy Roell
4 years 7 months ago

I am using the briefcase technique today to try and help land a job. I am 25 and interviewing for Director of Marketing for a non-profit. If I land this job, I owe you!!

Jeremy Roell
Jeremy Roell
4 years 7 months ago

The briefcase technique worked wonderfully! Already have a second interview for tomorrow.

Ken Siew
4 years 7 months ago
1) It’s very interesting! 2) I’d like you to write more about social skills related to networking with people who could lead you to your dream job. What questions do you ask? What words do you use? Where do you bring them to? How do you prepare for conversations like this – what types of research and knowledge do you need to demonstrate? Most importantly, what do you say before you leave the place – Do you ask to meet up again, or ask for someone who could potentially hire you? In addition, I’d like to know what you should… Read more »
Smit
Smit
4 years 7 months ago
3. What IWT advice have you implemented in the last year? (In other words, if I give you what you want from question #2, how do I know you’ll take action?) BE SPECIFIC. 1. I’m absolutely interested in learning more about the game being played around me, and I’m looking forward to more IWT material in 2012. 2. Interviewing/resumes – You say top performers can be laid off and find a new job in under a week, and I’d like to learn how to leverage my own support network to get similar results. (I’m only just starting my first job… Read more »
Nick H.
Nick H.
4 years 7 months ago
1. Phenomenally so! 2. I’m interested in all of the areas you listed, but most of all would have to be finding my passion. I’m quickly approaching that mid 30’s point you referred to and still feel like I haven’t hit on what I really love doing. I know several things I don’t care to do after experiencing them first hand. I often enjoy what I do now, but I can’t say I love it. I think this likely will extend itself to the social networking aspect as it is likely to be the best way to get insight into… Read more »
Trevor
Trevor
4 years 7 months ago

Sweet Sassy Molassy!

This post is the most exciting thing I’ve read in a long time.

1) Yes!
2) Finding my passion. I feel like a spinning compass. My career has been one of those Family Circus cartoon routes that weaves everywhere with no purpose or intentionality. I’ve made a million lists of things I love to do and I feel no closer to really truly identifying passion.
3) I’m just getting started. Got your book 1 month ago and I’ve automated all bill payment and stopped making only minimum credit card payments.

Trevor
Trevor
4 years 7 months ago

To clarify #2, I find it hard to be specific about what I’m looking for because I feel so incredibly lost about where to start with regard to finding my passion.

Steve
Steve
4 years 7 months ago

When you already have your dream job and good side-income, the only thing remaining is getting the pay you want at your dream job!

I’d love some scripts and scenarios on getting a 33% raise. That will put me right into the pay target I’m seeking for this year.

Nat
Nat
4 years 7 months ago

I LOVE YOU.

John M.
4 years 7 months ago
1. Tremendously. 2. Negotiation. This is an invaluable skill that I believe few take the time to truly master. I recognize that the ability to negotiate with confidence and charisma can save you thousands – e.g. when purchasing a car, home, etc. – as well as earn you thousands – e.g. job interviewing, negotiating a raise, etc. By that logic, negotiation has to be one of the most profitable skills with the highest ROI for your efforts. As I have recently begun a career in Business Development, I also recognize that negotiation is a skill that I will use everyday.… Read more »
Z1229
4 years 7 months ago
1. Does a bear shit in the woods! 2. Early 30’s and would like more information on how to get my wife on the same financial mindset after reading IWT. We have two credit cards we stopped using and paying them down ($1500 and $900). Monthly we go over a spreadsheet of our financial obligations (mortgage, student loans, medical bills, etc.) and know what we’re paying and why. Over Christmas our family gifted us money and the first thing from my wife was “We really need a couch!”. How am I to answer that? I tried “Hey, I thought we… Read more »
Leslie
Leslie
4 years 7 months ago

I’d love to see some information about re-entering the work force. I willingly left my great career about 10 years ago to sling apple juice, wipe noses and kiss boos boos for my 3 kids. Now I’m ready to get back out there. I’m 10 to 15 years older that your demographic but have been a follower of your blog for years. I can assure everyone out there that making your own laundry detergent sucks.

Mini
Mini
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit,
I have not read your book but read some of your blog posts and resources. Your article sounds promising.
I want to know more about networking, interviews and social fluency.
After reading couple of your posts, I actually started interacting with my network.

Ali
Ali
4 years 7 months ago
1. This stuff isn’t just interesting, I feel like I should take it to my Head of Department and get them to implement into the degree I’m studying. 2. Personally I would be most interested in Resume and Interview techniques. Applying for internships, I know I should be writing something completely different to what everyone else is (your Chris Rock essay springs to mind) but I’m struggling to find a way of saying what I want to say without sounding like I’m kissing their ass (though this could be an invisible script). 3. I have automated savings in to a… Read more »
Gus
Gus
4 years 7 months ago

1.- Yes
2.- Finding your passion will be the first one, others will be good to know.

christie
christie
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, it is interesting. Would love to know more about the psychology of change and taking action. I don’t want to read textbooks… I want a simple outline with a reading list. Change can be very hard. People seem to want to do the same thing over and over .. ( My favorite restaurant knows my drink order with out asking.) Very impressed with your comments about how no one teaches you HOW to find a life partner. There is another website and book series on that one. 2. Need to change mental scripts about what I “should” do… Read more »
Asav
Asav
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yup, I’m in. 2. Improving social fluency is one of my 5 goals for 2012. Perfect timing Ramit — last night, my s.o. and I were discussing each goal and planning out how to execute on it this year. My ‘improving social fluency and deepening relationships with people’ goal was the most amorphous and ended up being the least developed, so I’m all ears. 3. Over the past year, I’ve been taking advice from your book. I bought it when I graduated from college a year ago, checked the box on what I had already done and set a… Read more »
Stefan
Stefan
4 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit, this does indeed sound interesting. In this post I can recognize the same “psychological hooks” used in marketing “wonder pills” and “wonder workouts”, so I am intrigued whether if the followup will really deliver.

As for number 2, i am interested in persuasion, negotiation, psychology and anything that could aid in closing a sale, as next week I will be starting my first days in the sales field 🙂 (nevertheless i have already started learning about this)

Paris H.
Paris H.
4 years 7 months ago
1. How can turning my life around NOT be interesting? 2. I would like you to write about social skills. The reason for that is because I think with the right social skills, in any situation, they can help overcome lack of experience, a tough job interview, a flimsy resume, a nervous first date or what have you. The best social skill I would like you to talk about is being charismatic. I think having people like you (or want to like you) is a big leg up. It works even better when I know what i am talking about.… Read more »
Ben
Ben
4 years 7 months ago

Love the long form sales technique. Works for time share, works for you.

1. Yes
2. Finding my passion. I achieved my ambition years ago and have been drifting ever since, I need to find the next thing I really want to do.
3. Bought Earn1k, health got screwed (not an excuse, actual medical fact), I’m recovering and looking forward to the next challenge

Wendell
Wendell
4 years 7 months ago

Looking forward to it Ramit! Looking forward to info regarding salary negotiation.

Adam
Adam
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is VERY interesting to me. The economy may be in the toilet, but there are always jobs for people who know how to be creative and know how to solve problems for people willing to pay. The issue is finding the people willing to pay and knowing how to appeal to them. 2. I’m very interested in negotiating, and also interested in social skills. If I had to pick one of the two, I suppose it would be social skills. If you have exceptional social skills, perhaps you won’t need to negotiate as much right? I’m interested in… Read more »
David
David
4 years 7 months ago
1. Hells. Yes. This is one of your best (public) posts ever. (And I was doubtful you would ever top the Hustle posts from January 2011.) 2. I work in Sales at a young B2B company (3 years old). I have never worked B2B sales before this gig, and I owe my boss (VP of Sales) big time for taking a chance on me. I have learned and executed an crapload in the past two years (over 800% bookings growth from FY10 to FY11), but a few things stick out for me: 1) I still suck at negotiation without bringing… Read more »
Jonathan
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is very interesting and inspirational. The thought of having my dream job while in my 20’s sounds incredible. 2. I am a “jack of all trades” so it is difficult for me to determine exactly my dream job would be because there is so much that I am capable of doing. I would love to nail down what it is I’m passionate about but I don’t know where to start. Also, I would like to know what makes a resume and cover letter good. I know updating your resume is one of the detractors from doing what really… Read more »
Mike Russell
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely interesting to me! 2. I am 39 years old and I have no idea what my passion is. I have the ability to do very well at any job, but it’s never my passion. I have found myself (yet again) in a rut. I’m not a “master” at any one thing, but can do many things well. I need assistance with interviewing, resumes, and especially negotiation. 3. To-date, i have purchased the first profitable idea e-book. To be honest, i didn’t read all of it, that’s my mistake. I have no choice but to be engaged now with… Read more »
Chris U.
Chris U.
4 years 7 months ago
1. yes, this is super interesting. long is good: more stuff to learn. 2. anything you can teach about finding your passion would be of immense value to me. Something beyond the usual advice and woo-woo tactics of following your dream, follow your heart, what are the things you used to do in childhood that made you forget time…I have done years of reading (and all the exercises!) in “finding your passion” books, taken Myers-Briggs indicators, worked with life coaches, etc etc etc. I’m still nowhere. I feel a bit like Jake above: I have started several businesses that seemed… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
4 years 7 months ago
1. Well, duh. 2. Passion! Even though I really dislike the phrase, “Find your passion.” Sounds cheesy. I’d really be happy “finding something that I’m good at, like, and that has a positive effect on my personal life.” Less catchy, though, isn’t it? Anyway–I have this really lovely, extremely vague picture of me doing something that I enjoy, do confidently and well, and earn a comfortable living by doing it. But I’m so far unable to get that picture to crystallize. Partly this is because of a serious issue of under-selling myself to, well, myself. I’m not good enough/who would… Read more »
Allison
Allison
4 years 7 months ago
1. Can you please write a book on this 2. I need 2 things happening in my life this year. One, miraculously getting a market level raise at mid-year. (I jumped a project within the company and the new project is using my another skill. Now I am being underpaid. I am earning 85k now and the market norm with my skill set is 120k-150k. Not seeing how this can happen without finding another job. But I love my team and the company. Two, I want to expand my network. I am an introvert and have some nasty childhood/college social… Read more »
Steve
Steve
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is interesting to me. A lot of your material from the last… year? More? … has been, or seemed to be, about entrepreneurship and freelancing. Entrepreneurship and freelancing aren’t interesting to me at all. Learning how to reliably secure an ongoing job? That’s interesting. 2. Really and truly, I’d love material on the entire job-hunting process – how to find or create opportunities, how to apply, how to interview. All of it. I’ve been at the same company for close to 6 years, with what I consider a good amount of advancement in that time (one large title… Read more »
drea916
drea916
4 years 7 months ago
1. Of course. 2. Once I get out of paralegal school, how am I going to find a job when all the jobs require experience? I have a few ideas, like trying to get promoted at the firm I’m at (not likely, but I’m going to try anyway) or do an internship or two. I’m afraid that I’ll end up at some sole practitioner’s making minimum wage for two years. Right now I’m an office clerk at “big law” making a great hourly wage (for the work that I do.) I don’t want to go back to poor for a… Read more »
Nichole Girard
4 years 7 months ago
I don’t have an erection, but pretty f&%*ing close. At 34, I’ve been freelancing (multimedia/web design/DJ/music production) successfully for years now, but you have opened my eyes to A LOT and got my ass moving even faster down the road of Being Happy. 1. Um, YES. 2. I’m still new to you so maybe you’ve written about this already and I haven’t found it yet. I’ve built up a great reputation over the last 12 years so I get called for work most of the time, but a few months out of the year I have to go on a… Read more »
Patric
Patric
4 years 7 months ago
1. Incredibly 2. I would ask you to write about becoming tech-savvy in implementing the automation of my finances/business. I’m old enough to be pre-computer age, and the multifaceted nature of the rapidly merging technosocial learning curve is exponentially steep for a stone ager like myself. I’m finding it to be one of the major issues in implementing certain aspects of your financial strategies. I grasp the broad strokes of your concepts, yet the technical details are a bit overwhelming. I’m learning all the time, but it seems I’m always playing catch-up. I really want to find a way to… Read more »
Liz | Two Weeks to Travel
4 years 7 months ago
1. Keep this stuff coming, it was an epic post and I cannot wait to see what else is next. 2. What I’d really like to know more about is the networking/social part of moving to the next step. I am building a side business that I want to lead me to location independence in 2012 and want to know how to improve my success rate in being able to connect and build relationships with people both online via social media and offline. I think this could be a big aspect in being able to get more clients/testimonials/opportunities/friends etc., but… Read more »
AP
AP
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes.
2. Specific scripts for setting up informational interviews while conducting a cross-country job search. Actual wording. I’ve tested some responses on my own, but I’d like to speed this process up as my list of target companies is pretty small (it’s in a specific, small niche).
3. Finances are automated. Have a Bento database running for said cross-country job search which I use to test responses to my networking inquiries. Used that method to score two meetings last month in San Francisco (100% success rate).

Alex
Alex
4 years 7 months ago
Wow, Ramit, that’s quite a promise! I would be most interested in learning about how to avoid the “unconscious yourself”; how to create systems that let you push yourself to the right track. A classical one is “do not save what you are left with after saving, create instead automatic transfers”. We are not rational human beings and therefore we should learn to navigate through our shortcomings. In lesswrong.org have some ideas but I would love to get your fresh, practical point of view on such matters. Perhaps I am being too unspecific, so: – How do I show confidence… Read more »
Peter
4 years 7 months ago
1) I found your blog through the AJ and Jordan podcast and the material you’ve provided have been highly interesting so far. It’s great to see that you’re not someone who just rehashes the old advice about scrimping and saving and not going out so that you’ll be a few thousand richer when you’re old and boring. 2) I’m highly interested in “mobile income”. That is, a job or business you can run from anywhere and without having to be tied to a 9 – 5. I’m highly interested in travelling/seeing the world and as someone who is leaving their… Read more »
Alex Drysdale
Alex Drysdale
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? –Yes 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. –I would love to learn more about learning more social skills to start growing my network to include more high value, motivated friends. I have been doing better at it myself lately having decided not to hang out with all my buddies I grew up with that… Read more »
NE
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit, the small things you do make a difference:

1) I used your script to get out of paying a late fee on a credit card, and
2) I got two top people in my field (education) to email me back a response. But how do I stay connected to them?

The SMALL things you’ve given me are working. I have no doubt it will move to bigger things.

Madz
Madz
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely! 2. I’d like to know more about interviewing (vs. just getting a laundry list of usual questions and “expected” answers) which i can use for my quest for my next dream job and also about negotiating tactics / mindset which i want to use not only to get the salary i want but also for negotiating with banks and clients (more on this below) 3. I’ve really learned a lot from your blog so much so that it really led me to evaluate if I was still happy doing what I was doing. From an outsider everything looked… Read more »
Tiffany
Tiffany
4 years 7 months ago
Yep, kinda loving this site, the information you offer and the *real* way you deliver it. So 1. Yes, this is interesting. Its a topic I’ve explored (and continue to explore) at length… the figuring it out phase post undergraduate degrees. I went from (what I thought was) my dream career to a hedge fund without batting an eye. Then when I was banking what others were making annually through my holiday bonus, I left. To follow my passion. When music education began to take a downturn, my interests have transitioned to entrepreneurial endeavors and I have a few years… Read more »
Emma
Emma
4 years 7 months ago

1. Definitely. I know what my dream is and want to get paid for it.
2. Love the idea of a mind shift – absolutely agree interviewing is not answering questions…how can we “bring it” and upgrade the game ourselves? Also tips on negotiating the familiar power dynamics of person with a vacancy/money to pay/contacts and person wanting the job/opportunity.
3. Found you in Oct. Implemented the 3 question email to professional contacts- fantastic results- engaged them in an interesting conversation two contacts of which i had never met but they were responsive and generous.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Yes. 2. SPECIFIC want: Scripts that show how to socialize with industry/corporate/start-up people to learn more inside information about jobs. How else do we find our dream job? It is very difficult to know what type of job you would like unless you hear the insider perspective on it. I would love to have ACTUAL scripts on how to set up lunches/coffees and then follow up and create relationships that allow me to gain insider information to find out what jobs are ACTUALLY like. I want to learn how to tap the so-called “secret”… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
4 years 7 months ago

Damn, this post really speaks to me. Alright, here goes.

1. Yes
2. Social skills & finding your dream job.
3. I’ve automated my credit card payments and have opened a savings account. I’ll be opening a Roth IRA this year.

Jalil
4 years 7 months ago

Firstly awesome post. It really not only teaches me things about my job but how you are so successful in the first place (given that I am new to your blog and book).

I think most valuable is the ACTUAL emails & language to secure meetings and get the desired outcome.

Also anything about sales and how to be the best at getting deals.

Lastly is just a tip cause I liked your post on StumbleUpon and realized it hadn’t been ‘liked’ yet so I left a review. You should get set up with them as they drive tremendous traffic.

Katie
Katie
4 years 7 months ago

1 – of course, or I’d be too lazy to leave this comment.
2 – negotiating a raise. I’ve never done this and find the idea of it terrifying.
3 – I nabbed two wonderful tutoring clients after subscribing, reading, and actually implementing your advice. I also got a part time gig teaching MCAT and have made some phenomenal contacts. I needed a butt kicking to garner the courage to get out there and DO something besides study all day and evening.

Katie
Katie
4 years 7 months ago

Just forgot to check the insider’s kit newsletter box before.

jimb
4 years 7 months ago
1) Absolutely! Short story time: 2010 was hands down the worst year of my life. The girl I wanted to marry left me, and a few months later my mom passed away. 2011 was my recovery year (emotionally as well as financially), and now I’m ready to kick ass in 2012. 2) Social skills. I’m definitely shy and an introvert. I don’t necessarily dislike interacting with people and networking, but it takes a lot of effort on my part and wears me out, and I need alone time to recover from “social time.” For example, I play bass in a… Read more »
Leo Altenberg
Leo Altenberg
4 years 7 months ago

1) Yes, This is everything I have secretly wished my parents had taught me.
2) I would like to learn more about networking, social skills and more about being a top performer.
3)I am new to IWT and have started the job I have wanted for years and am restructuring my finances / automating rewards credit cards.

Chris J
Chris J
4 years 7 months ago
1. Wouldn’t leave a comment otherwise. 2. Beneath the idea of “I’ll figure it out” lies fear that I’m really not that good enough, that anything new I try I’ll fail at. I know you’ve mentioned this concept before in some of your material, but somewhere along the line adults forget how to fail with a purpose. We get embarrassed, and rather than taking another shot, we quit. Maybe it’s because the older you get, the more you’re surrounded with people who are more successful than you. And it’s worse for those who did well early on, since learning from… Read more »
B
B
4 years 7 months ago
I am a scientist. I know you say not to make excuses so I am not. I want to know how I can make this difference in my job search. I cannot go into an interview and tell my future boss I can save them money or sell the most advertising. I want to know how I can sell myself as a great scientist, even if I am not! Also, I am not even sure that is my passion anymore. So I guess I would need help there too. How do I go after a job I have never trained… Read more »
B
B
4 years 7 months ago
Also- 1. Is this interesting to you? 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. 3. What IWT advice have you implemented in the last year? (In other words, if I give you what you want from question #2, how do I know you’ll take action?) BE SPECIFIC. 1. Very Interested 2. I am terrible socially Socially awkward they call it. I… Read more »
Jen
Jen
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? No, I clearly meant to spend time at icanhascheezburger instead. (See novel below for rebuttal of that snark.) 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. If I could have you write about anything, it would be about finding the RIGHT social situations and networking events so I wouldn’t find them so incredibly boring and useless… Read more »
Rich
4 years 7 months ago
As a long time reader of your blog and also your book I have learned to apply certain teachings toward accomplishing some goals. As with anything you have to get past your own bullshit to get ahead. I respect that approach 100%. I emailed you awhile back about my situation as I was curious on your opinion. For whatever reason either the email never reached you or was just not something you could comment on. In any case I learned that the biggest hurdle is me.While my situation in severely different then any of your readers I know a time… Read more »
Rich
4 years 7 months ago

I hit submit too quick but wanted to say that you have done a magnificent job helping tons of people. Keep up the great work

Vinayak Maheswaran
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, This is fascinating stuff as always. Really good mental tactics in dealing with the negative stuff on the media and a wonderful point about the love affair with the 8% unemployed when there are 92% who have jobs and are looking to get ahead. I really I am focusing on investment banking and I want to be an investment banking analyst. Looking to get into private equity and a hedge fund in 3-5 years probably after an MBA at an elite school, I am looking forward to your material on mastering interviews and the social network side. I… Read more »
A.
A.
4 years 7 months ago

I can say 2011 saw a lot of change because of the advice I used from these types of posts. In January, I negotiated a 50% increase in my salary, which I renegotiated in May with another 30% increase – this, at a company supposedly “crippled’ by the economy. I automated my expenses and am finally saving 20% of my income without even noticing it leave my bank account. I can’t say that I am doing my “dream job” but maybe after implementing some of the tactics in this post I’ll make my way there. Thanks, Ramit!

Erik
Erik
4 years 7 months ago
1. This is very interesting and I want to learn more. 2. Social skills is a must. It’s an area that I know I need to improve on immensely. I just never know what to say and dread the awkward pause. Communicating effectively is 90% of the battle for me. I just want to be able to speak with confidence and not be tripping over my tongue sounding as if I’m nervous around the other person. I want to know what to say in order to keep the conversation going and sound confident when I’m talking about something. 3. In… Read more »
Greg
Greg
4 years 7 months ago

I went and read animalsbeingdicks, then I came back to finish the article and sign up for the e-mail list.

I’d be interested to hear more about:

1. Narrowing down broad interests to a manageable set of positions.
2. Writing resumes and cover letters that stand out from the pack.

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes 2. I’m a musician with a day job. My dream job is to perform and create music for a living however, with the changing landscape of the music industry, it’s difficult to focus on where sales come in. You get people to join an email list with a squeeze page where you send periodic updates that get them to a show, then offer an exclusive that gets them merchandise and inside info, then offer the smaller percentage an opportunity to play a house show for a much larger price and make a living playing house shows. Here’s my… Read more »
john
john
4 years 7 months ago
This is very interesting stuff. I can’t count how many times I too have fallen into the “ill figure it out one of these days” trap. I feel that I do it almost every day too!. I’m a year out of a masters degree in my later 20s and started my career at a big firm, still I feel that I have underutilized potential and feel an entrepreneurial spirit building inside me. I see myself going 1 of 2 routes, either jump ship and start a business, god knows what that would be. Or gain insight into building a killer… Read more »
Financial Advisor Sydney
4 years 7 months ago

Love your passion, Ramit. Going to check out your book.

Keith
Keith
4 years 7 months ago

The quote in this post from Tessa, “I finally asked for a review from my boss about a year after I began working here (freelancers don’t generally get a review)” encouraged me to do the same thing. Just sent an e-mail to my client for a review so I can offer him improved service in 2012. This is just one of the many great things from this post. Thanks Ramit!

Rick McClelland
Rick McClelland
4 years 7 months ago
Currently in college and preparing a reel & resume to search for an internship. Specific tips for how to properly do this would be the bomb. Used your advice from the website/book in the last year to: Sign up for my first credit card Open a Roth IRA Get better bank accounts (ING & Schwab; I now also mock my friends for having poor ones) Automate finances from my part-time job Secure $3,200 in scholarships (Which is a million times better than my previous amount: $0 Didn’t even bother to take action until I read your stuff. Likely could have… Read more »
Chris L
Chris L
4 years 7 months ago

looking forward to what’s to come. It sounds exciting and very helpful.

Jaisy
Jaisy
4 years 7 months ago
I got what I thought would be my dream job about 7 months ago. What I wasn’t ready for is the 2-3 hour commute each day and working through lunch culture here.In addition to a change in responsibilities from originally discussed and re-org effective this week. Now I’m sitting here writing this and just hating my job. My finances are getting in order but my work and personal life could use work. I need to know simply how to get along with the people I work with and deliver beyond performance goals inspite of my lack of experience/drive and/or mediocre… Read more »
Tony Zarembski
Tony Zarembski
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit, thanks for kicking my ass into gear. I’m going to email you the specifics of how your site helped change my life. In the meantime, I have to ask: does your site track which links people click on? I’d love to hear how many people visited animalsbeingdicks.com.

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 years 7 months ago

1) YES!!!

2) To find out my passion. I would also like to find a company or place to work that is a good fit for me, so I can be excited when I go to work. I want to be valued as an employee, not just another number to the company I choose to work for. So pretty much everything you talked about now comes into play…

3) I have automated my finances

Laura
Laura
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, very. 2. As many people have mentioned, I’m interested in the “not enough experience” problem — especially in a field (teaching/school administration) where many job descriptions have very specific experience requirements (I do have the necessary certifications). 3. Through my network I heard about a job that was way above what I would have thought I’d be considered for (and that would have tripled my current salary). I applied anyway and got an interview. The weekend before, based on the idea I got from your blog, I spent several hours putting together an eight-page “briefcase document” detailing proposed… Read more »
Jodi Combs-Kalla
Jodi Combs-Kalla
4 years 7 months ago

Good stuff. I’m officially a fan. I really appreciate what you’re offering out here. Thanks for the help.

Mark
Mark
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes, this is always interesting.
2. I’m interested in negotiating a raise in a large company that is very strict on rules & fairness. An example of that is being denied a health incentive credit because it wasn’t coded as such on the bill and HR rejecting my personal appeal “because of the necessity of applying eligibility conditions equally to all members”.
3. I automated my finances (set up credit card/ach’s for all bills), asked for 2 credit increases now, and set up a target retirement roth IRA.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years 7 months ago
1. 50% applies to me, but there are enough gems in there that I know I’ll follow along to glean what I can. 2. I already know what I want to do & have been doing some freelancing (pattern making for the garment industry), but want to increase my freelancing so that I can leave the 3 day a week job, or at least get them to pay me more. At the same time, want to start my own product based company (4 hour work week, baby). So, networking and negotiating are key. 3. In the past week I increased… Read more »
Keith
Keith
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I love your stuff, and if all your posts are going to be like this, I think 2012 is going to kick ass. I know where I want to work, I have networked and researched the hell out of it and know who I need to talk to. What I need to know is how do I make my Resume and Cover Letter stand out so that I can get into that interview. I know my interviewing skills will get me the job, but I have always had trouble creating a kick-ass resume and cover letter. Please help me… Read more »
cjhuitt
cjhuitt
4 years 7 months ago
1: It was interesting enough I also read through the comments to see what other people were saying… well, OK, I skimmed them, at least. 2: I would like advice on molding a job at a company into one you enjoy more. Specifically: a) Introducing new processes, or changing processes. There are many ways we do things at work that could be better in the long run, but the short-term costs are often all that’s seen. Of course, the long-run results are only a possibility, not a certainty. b) Introducing and changing tools. Many of the same issues apply for… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
4 years 7 months ago

Ramit – I recently took a great job at a financial startup (doing well, but lots of work). I desperately need help in socializing with my co-workers and billionaire boss(es), as well as handling the political game. This is new to me (with a background at very small businesses), and I cannot afford not to be a master socially (like at the holiday party when you see some people connecting and advancing while I wonder what the F to do!). I have a huge opportunity before me and my family needs me to make the most of it.

Leon B
Leon B
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes Ramit, this is interesting to me. 2. I would like you to write about dealing with setbacks in your life, when things don’t go to plan and I believe you mentioned briefly in the above post about having lots of passions/things that interest you and not knowing what to go for. Surely it can’t be as simple as going for the passion that is the biggest earner financially can it? 3. I have only recently discovered you through Tim Ferris’ Facebook post referring to you. IWT? (I Will Teach?) I dunno. I’ve signed up to your newsletter and… Read more »
Jessica Rudder
4 years 7 months ago
Right now I could use some hard core resume advice. I’ve read resume info in your archives, watched the Penelope Trunk interview on resumes you recommended (good stuff!) and so on. Then I sat down, hand wrote a resume, thought, “This is kick ass and as soon as I type it up I’m gold” and didn’t touch it for four months. When I came back to type it up, I discovered my ‘kick ass’ resume is actually lame and cheesy. It would settle nicely into the middle of the pack which is not where I or my resume want to… Read more »
Julia Megan Sullivan
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes, interesting. Scrolled through the comments looking for a “no” for fun – and to see what I could learn from their comment. No dice. 2. When researching a company/dream job/lunching with someone in the inner circle of the company, how do you know when you’ve struck gold and found the nugget (or nuggets) that you need to move forward and really nail it? You talked about going deep, but how deep is too deep? At what point are the diminishing returns of research just not worth it? 3. Totally different approach to preparing for interviews. Starting with research,… Read more »
Justin Mares
Justin Mares
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes 2. Knowing specifically how to get people to meet with you in their field of expertise, even before/when you aren’t doing anything they might find interesting. I found that I only had people wanting to meet with me after I started executing on some things in my own life, and not before. 3. Automated my finances, bought and read first profitable idea which lead to over $1000 in income in 2 months (I’m still in college). I also got offered 2 jobs by people in my network I had to turn down, and landed a $50k development contract… Read more »
September
4 years 7 months ago
I love your writing. Thanks so much for sharing – and being open and trusting to your followers. What would I want most from you – to meet you. I would just really enjoy talking to you in person. But that isn’t what you asked. I would want some help narrowing down my market, marketing my services and tweaking my business idea. I have started a consulting biz to help companies with social responsibility, team building and event coordination. Apparently it is a great idea when I tell people about it – but I am having a tough time converting… Read more »
Rachel
Rachel
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Yes, very much so 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. A combination of negotiation/social skills, interacting with colleagues, my former colleagues/network, with c-suite, groups of girlfriends, men. I am a “textbook INTJ” and sometimes these interactions drain me way too much. I tend to swing from one extreme to another; either I kick ass… Read more »
C
C
4 years 7 months ago
I know my passion, or should I say, passions. I’m a truth-seeker when the world wants engineers. In the field I work, lots of people (including a 2nd level manager) are offended when I point out what they’re doing wrong. Rather than say something like, “Wow! I never though of X that way!”, I get, “You hurt my poor little feelings.” I actually stopped dressing up for conferences because of the tremendous discomfort I felt: I was competing with the other clown suit wearers to impress others. Now, if it weren’t for my Southern accent, I could say I was… Read more »
Julie
Julie
4 years 7 months ago
I am so tired hearing I have to be passionate about my career. If I did not grow up hearing about this, I probably would be in a much better position today and have initially explored careers outside of art in high school. Some of us are quite content with a sounds sorta boring day job that pays the bills. I’m trying to find one of these. Not that I’m a slacker, but I do not have the capacity to be passionate about everything in my life. I want to pursue my passion outside of work, for enjoyment. However, I… Read more »
Maureen
Maureen
4 years 7 months ago

I apply the 80/20 rule regularly to my retail business. During peak retail season (Q4), I only concentrated on re-stocking my top performing products versus researching new products.

Thank you Ramit!

Syed
Syed
4 years 7 months ago

Former student of yours from ‘Earn 1K’

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Yes. 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. I’d love to work through some material on social skills. I’ve swung and missed at many a networking event namely because I’m not sure how to strategically move around the room figuring out which people I could forge a mutually beneficial relationship with. Do you have scripts… Read more »
Marian
Marian
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes! 2. I know what I like to do and I know the fields that interest me, but that’s still too broad. How do I narrow down the options I have? How do I know what jobs fit best with my skills, interests and ambitions? I am currently in an interesting job, but I know there are many more out there, and a lot higher paying as well. I am pretty sure these jobs aren’t the ones advertised. So HOW do I find them and let them know I exist? 3. I have automated my finances, asked for a… Read more »
Tim Brauhn
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yup 2. Social fluency – I have not a lick of understanding when it comes to turning “Oh Tim, that sounds really interesting” into “Oh Tim, let me give you some money for that interesting thing.” I guess that’s mostly face-to-face sales conversion stuff, but I could use some guidance on essentially telling people what they want and need instead of getting a bland response to “Are you interested in these products?” 3. This is too general: I got inspired and got off my ass and set up some hustles. Some of your invisible scripts stuff got me into… Read more »
John
John
4 years 7 months ago

I want to know the confidence triggers you discovered that “bad boys” display. There.

Olivia
Olivia
4 years 7 months ago
This is all very interesting. Though I guess what makes me stall on all of your advice is self confidence. I want to do it all but I really cannot believe that I can. I’ve been starting out small and testing bits of advice here and there and I’ve gotten a few results – mainly sit some one down and talk about their job. It was a great experience for me – I’ve managed to network and considered a job that I see potential in though a year ago I would have never even considered it. Yet despite the success… Read more »
Paul
4 years 7 months ago
#1. Yes. this is incredibly interesting. I did my Masters at Columbia University in the Psychosocial Study of Human Movement. It was a program based in NLP, Ericksonian Hypnosis and Gestalt Therapy. I know better than to “keep trying to figure it out” Unfortunately I’ve often spent more time helping others to take action while sometimes the advice myself. #2. I am 49 years old and have been a Division I college coach for over 20 years. For most of that time, I worked 80 hours a week, 45 weekends a year and at least 35 of those weekends on… Read more »
Chad
Chad
4 years 7 months ago
Honestly I never feel like I can add anything to the conversations here, and I almost closed the window rather than write this. I have been lurking on your site for 5 years and am ready to pull my head out of my ass. I’m moving to the other side of the world in a few weeks and have spent the last 3 years breaking through my psychological barriers (Think hiking 2,000 miles and living in a disaster zone). Now I’m more than ready to hammer on the job front. I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts and insistence on… Read more »
chad
chad
4 years 7 months ago

oops, didn’t realize that I left the 3rd question blank. I took a lot of your advise on networking and tested it in an environment where I built an NGO from the ground up. Our work was focused on logistical support and connectivity so it was an interesting place to try different networking techniques. Other than that I have to say that last year was a bust for using your advise. This year is a whole different matter.

Abhishek
Abhishek
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Fuck yeah 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. I would definitely say negotiation and social skills. I graduated college a few weeks ago, am 21 years old, and am a very social person. But I don’t seem to know how to use these skills to even find the answers I am looking for in… Read more »
Holly
Holly
4 years 7 months ago
1. ABSOLUTELY!!! 2. I’m interested in learning more about networking and social fluency. It’s only been recently that I’ve been introduced to the concept of networking. I find it incredibly intimitdating. I’m also interested in learning how to land interviews and blow people out of the water. I’m wanting to do teach internationally. Getting interviews and building connections overseas is something I need to learn how to do. With the distance how do you get a foot in the door in another country, even without experience? I’m curious to see your info and learn how I can apply it to… Read more »
Virginie
Virginie
4 years 7 months ago
Dear Ramit, I am 37 and working in a full time job that I love, so probably a bit different from your normal demography. However, I would benefit from those two topics: 1. I would like to negotiate the possibility to work in the summer from our beach house. I am already in a remote office so I proved to be independent and efficient by myself; however working from home has not been so far accepted by the company. 2. I am interested in your outsourcing ideas. I am going through my work week to check what I like and… Read more »
Jonathan Chhabra
Jonathan Chhabra
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes it’s very interesting!
2. I’d love to learn more about social skills. I could always use some more tips on networking.
3. Your July 11th post on how to stop being lazy has helped a ton! I’m trying to teach myself coding and your baby steps advice keeps me going everyday.

Pat
Pat
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes

2. How to negotiate a better salary. Scripts and the % of what works.
3. Automating my finances. Stop wasting time paying the mundane bills every month, take the time to get things setup so that they are paid for me monthly and I just review the information monthly.

Do the research to start my own business and to start small…..like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.
Pat

Jim
Jim
4 years 7 months ago
I’ve always excelled at my jobs but I’ll admit there were times I asked myself how I got it. I always felt confident in the interview process but I did wonder what it was that I was saying right that got me where I am. I’ve never felt uncomfortable when I’m being interviewed. Negotiating however, is my weakness. To the point I’ve been trying to help a brother who has been beat down job wise and I’m struggling. I do feel action will be one of the best ways to show him using your processes will give him the kick… Read more »
Nick S
Nick S
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. I am interested in overcoming my fears and anxieties and learning how to talk to the right people and start conversations which will help me land my dream job. For some reason I’ve been hesitant to actually reach out to people to try to learn about the industry I am interested in,… Read more »
Katja
Katja
4 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, shouldn’t read your posts before bedtime.. call to action collides with a call from my bed. In answering the question in your blog post: I’d like to know more about the process of finding my passion, I’m having a serious Ugh field [1] around the whole future planning process. While I’m still a student there’s already been trouble because I missed deadlines on optional but great stuff (like exchange programmes) because I wasn’t sure what I really wanted and whether I was on the right path anyway. Cheers, Katja [1] http://lesswrong.com/lw/21b/ugh_fields/ You most certainly don’t have a lot… Read more »
Omar Hashmy
Omar Hashmy
4 years 7 months ago
1. Abso-fu**-lutely 2. Would love for you to elaborate on the “confidence triggers” that bad boys display, and also more about finding my passion. While I have a pretty good feel for what I’m good at, and can excel in, I am always struggling with committing because I fear that I will get uninterested in the work I’m doing, and others will not be so impressed (petty, I know). 3. Automating my finances. The biggest help for me has been setting up the ING account that automatically withdraws money from my paycheck deposits every week. Also, I have set up… Read more »
Allen Youdim
Allen Youdim
4 years 7 months ago
1. definitely 2. I would like to know what steps can be taken before or to get the interview. I have done the research for the company, using the 80/20 approach, but what can be done to influence your resume’ getting chosen or being considered for interview. 3. I use the briefcase technique when I sign up a client for my freelance social media services. I do my research and impress them with what I have came up with. Also I will be applying for jobs next year and my cumulative gpa is not too good (hopefully this past semester’s… Read more »
Todd Medema
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely – I’m more of a startup-creator than a job-seeker, so as I read I’m mentally thinking of how to apply these strategies to making my startup (AutoRef.com) successful 2. The most useful to me would be on the negotiation and networking fronts. I’ve always had a knack for only doing things I love. Because of that, I’ve been free to notice how many opportunities in my life have come from seemingly “chance” connections, which are really just the results of networking. Once the opportunities come along, though, I struggle to negotiate them to their absolute maximum potential (sometimes… Read more »
Marcos
Marcos
4 years 7 months ago

1.Yes
2. Social skills will be the best, but all topics are interesting. I’m very bad at interpersonal relations, and I have almost no social life, and no network.
3. I cant say now, because I discover you site this 2 weeks ago, but I reading your archive and the email list and soon I will can tell the results

Leonel
4 years 7 months ago

I am very pleased with this post. You’ve done an incredible job marketing yourself, it takes a great deal of skill to do that.

I am a struggling serial entrepreneur with a passion for art, mainly acting. I’ve gone on auditions and haven’t booked a gig, 2012 is my year.

I want to be wealthy and debt-free. I have to network like crazy and study my craft and how to market myself more.

Marie Dela Torre
4 years 7 months ago

Of course IWT is always interesting. I always love to read more from you.

I’d love to learn more about negotiating and being more assertive, learning extroversion. Being authentic and being professional at the same time. Transitioning from solo entrepreneur to employee.

I applied your briefcase technique at a job interview, where I was referred by my colleague. Nailed it! Now, I actually have my dream job, focusing on doing what I love and loving what I do — while learning to once again tread corporate waters.

Nemy
Nemy
4 years 7 months ago

1.Yes
2.Are there social skills that are universal in most situations…the ones that the cool guys have down to a habit?
3.Implemented conscious spending technique for my travel desires…went down to my local credit union,sat down with a rep,and had rep create savings accounts titled Japan Travel,and New York…as reminder to pour money in.

Whittney
Whittney
4 years 7 months ago

Deeply excited for this. I’m a law school almost-graduate – this feels perfectly timed to get me changing everything from job searching to life-management in this next year.

2. For me personally, right now I’m focused on resumes and interviewing. I graduate in May; student loans start coming due in November.

3. I’ve been on your email list for a while, but mostly skimmed – currently looking back through all my kept emails for things I can start implementing now.

LaughingMouse
4 years 7 months ago
1. YES! Very very interested. 2) Negotiating in a current position. You talk a LOT about systematic and strategic process, but it’s hard to “experiment” on your boss. You can only go in and try to ask for a raise so many times. –Also, YOUR techniques for me as a single 30-something at finding love. Not the “straighten your hair,” “Lose 40 pounds,” “Go where the men are,” types of advice that are old and either don’t work, or aren’t working by themselves. 3. I think what I have implemented would be more like not following the advice you’re not… Read more »
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Katie
Katie
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes 2) Negotiating a raise. I love my job, but my firm is very standardized in terms of raises and promotions. Despite this, I feel like “top performers” could make it work (and what’s the harm in trying?). I see two outcomes: I get a raise/promotion or I learn that I’m not doing top performer work worthy of a larger raise/promotion, which in itself is useful feedback. 3) I felt too intimidated to start investing and was stuck in the “reading, not doing” phase, although that’s what brought me to your blog (it was a link from GetRichSlowly, in… Read more »
Zari
Zari
4 years 7 months ago
1. Definitely 2. Social skills – I want to become more outgoing and friendly. I tend to be the shy, observant person in the crowd. I want to be able to walk into a room full of strangers and strike a conversation whether its in a group of peers (twenty somethings) or an older crowd. Also, in conversations I usually ask all the questions and end up hearing whole life stories from the other person. I want to know how to turn this around to the point its mutual sharing of information. What are the cues that can shift conversation… Read more »
Marcos
4 years 7 months ago

Your #2.
Start small. Don´t expect to become that outgoing person in a party first-time. Start with your aunt – next time you see her, don´t let her tell you her whole life again. Just nicely walk away if she does not show you some interest too. Or your boyfriend, friend, etc.

Post it back when you´ve managed to give the first two steps in this direction!

Topher
Topher
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes, this was very interesting. I especially like when someone can bring something to light (say, if 2k resumes didn’t work, 2k&10 won’t be any better) that seems obvious, but CLEARLY is not. I’m always trying to look at my personal system and see what repetition isn’t working for me, but I also look to outside advice to make it more apparent. I have not sent out 2k resumes by the way. I also enjoy the fact that we’re reading the same articles and having the same feelings/annoyances when finished. I appreciate your writing, because its another point of… Read more »
Tj
Tj
4 years 7 months ago

#1 YES

#2 Negotiating would be a great skill to learn in general.

#3 new to the blog and mail list but eagerly awaiting your advice.

Judd
4 years 7 months ago

G’day Ramit,

If you’re willing to tell people to go away, I’m willing to stay.
As my Dad use to say, “Give it to me straight Doc, don’t sugar-coat it.”

Cheers

Judd

Amy
Amy
4 years 7 months ago
I am looking for real life ways to handle internal salary negotiations as I find them different from changing companies and being on the outside. There is poor info from what I can find and realizing other advice I am getting is not so good either. My personal case is – I have interviewed, been selected as their first choice but have not received salary details (yes I want the job). I am feeling at disadvantage since they have salary history and details on me but also benefit of stellar track record and reviews. I have found to similar info… Read more »
Meo
Meo
4 years 7 months ago
1) Yes 2) I’d like to learn how to get around the barriers (read minimum requirements) that companies have to apply. Or at least learn how to spot the ones that aren’t really requirements even though they say they are. (I want to get into banking, but it seems everyone requires the series 7, 63, 67 or some combination of those. Unfortunately, you can’t take the test for them unless you’re sponsored by a financial institute. Talk about a catch-22 for a fresh out of college.) I’d also like to learn more about how to get around the hiring websites.… Read more »
Andy
4 years 7 months ago
1. Is this interesting to you? Definitely. Particularly because I’ve been job-seeking since April! I’ve had loads of interview with great companies (Google, Amazon, EMI, Sony Music, the list goes on and on) but I think my price point has been too high (or not justified. 2. If you could have me write about anything related to finding your passion, interviewing, resumes, negotiation, or social skills, what would it be? Please be SPECIFIC — write as much as you need to — so I can hook you up with my best stuff. Interviewing – I consider myself an above average… Read more »
Galen
Galen
4 years 7 months ago
1. 400+ comments later it is still interesting. But like your other blog posts and newsletters, what’s best about your material is that it is challenging. 2. More material about social skills and networking would be instrumental. I’m bad at talking to people when I have any kind of motive or desired outcome, like acquiring/sharing information, asking favors, etc., probably because it makes me feel disingenuous. On the other hand, I could be friends with anybody if I’m just having fun and being casual. To be honest, I don’t think I even understand what “networking” really means, how to define… Read more »
Marcos
4 years 7 months ago
OK, I´ve been reading your posts for like… 3 days, so what I´ve done is technically not in the last year. But, 1. I´ve challenged you to let me translate your works into Spanish. I´d never had done that in the past (BTW, telling me you were not interested was one of the most valuable answers I´ve ever got) 2. I´ve shared with many what I´ve learned, what is gaining you more readers, and me more “listeners” 🙂 3. I´ve determined to take an MBA in Stanford or Harvard (instead of the average college I was planning to attend before)… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
4 years 7 months ago

1. Yes
2. Social skills & networking. I know I express low-competency ALL THE TIME (like here, heheh)
3. After listening to your briefcase technique this afternoon, I used a modified version of it in a meeting an hour later – prepared a detailed plan & reasoning for my decision.

Marcos
4 years 7 months ago
Your #2 What´s with girls? I recognize there´s the culture and us men´s bad influence, telling girls they´re not worth what they really are. But you can change that. Start your confidence workout plan by promising yourself YOU will never, EVER again talk about your supposed -or real, I don´t care- low competence. That would be a GREAT fresh start. Let´s see. How would you rewrite your #2? (Ask Ramit what you want, but making you sound like a winner) Come on! [Tip: Be more specific. Exactly WHAT about social skills would you like Ramit to write about in one… Read more »
Maxime
4 years 7 months ago
1. Yes. I don’t remember when or if you wrote something that wasn’t interesting. 2. I want to use your material for more than just my job. I’m a Belgian starting a new eco-industrial plant in Cameroon with a Cameroonian partner. I know there will be a game played around me and I want to master it. I don’t know if you put it in negotiation, persuasion, networking or social skills but I’d like to read your advise on how to enter and influence the business decision-makers people in Douala, the town where my startup will be. Maybe this need… Read more »
Maxime
4 years 7 months ago

Oups, a little mistake.
I meant : I’d like to read your advise on how to enter and influence the *club of* business decision-makers people

naresh tahiliani
naresh tahiliani
4 years 7 months ago

I find it very interesting— can’t wait to hear your response to my queries.
I would love to hear from you on how to find my Passion.
Normally if i find something interesting in any interaction, o make it a point to try out same in my life within next few days.

Diana
Diana
4 years 7 months ago
1. Well, duh. I read the whole thing and watched all the videos without complaining. 2. I need help creating and maintaining a wide network that will allow me to explore the job world as a recent graduate. To be more specific, how do I present myself to others in order to maximize the given situation/to get off on a very solid footing without a) talking about myself too much while b) making it clear that I’m awesome? 3. This past year I’ve successfully automated my (meager college student) finances (after reading IWTYTBR). All of my bills are automatically paid… Read more »
LisainAustralia
LisainAustralia
4 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, I always find your stuff interesting and am glad you’ve branched out beyond personal finance to material that’s applicable no matter your country. So far I’ve taken your advice to get specific about what you want in your dream job and am in the process of taking out for coffee the people who have the jobs I want to find out exactly what is done day-to-day so I can be even more specific. I work in PR and already know I never, ever want to do change management stuff, it’s just too “big evil corporation” for me –… Read more »
Anna
Anna
4 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I’d like to learn more about and really just HOW to go about finding my passion. I’ve been following you as of a few months and watched your Webinar late last year and your resume presentation last night. You mentioned that along with “figuring it out” (something I’ve been saying for a while” and beginning a job search comes this feeling of anxiety and in my case, hopelessness. I realize that a “dream job” isn’t one that will necessarily last forever, but I am ready to find my passion, something that will not only show my worth to others… Read more »
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