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2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

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The Year of Unapologetic Matery
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A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my mom and dad. About halfway through, my mom cleared her throat. “You know, I was hoping I could go to India next year,” she said. “Oh really?” I said, knowing where this was going. “When are you thinking?”

“Maybe in January.”

“It would be nice if you could send me a ticket,” she added in a tone that only moms have.

For any white people reading this, this is common with Indian moms. They basically give up their lives for their kids, so the kids take care of them as they get older — especially the oldest sons.

(Actually, all Asian moms are hilarious.)

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“No problem,” I told her. “I’ll get you a ticket.”

I started to pick up my slice of pizza when she looked at me. “You know, your mom doesn’t fly coach any more.”

WHAT THE HELL!???

My sweet mom went from raising 4 kids on one income — including shopping at Ross on Tuesdays for the discount and only eating out once a month — to demanding an international business-class ticket to India?? This lunch just cost me $10,000.

My dad was just sitting at the table laughing. Soon, I started cracking up too. It was hilarious that she would ask for a business-class ticket. Who does that?

But I was glad I could buy it for her. It’s a 20-hour flight to India. If there was any way I could make it easier for my mom — arranging a car, giving her a seat with room to stretch out and sleep, and a chance to eat good food — of course I’d do it. If I could give her the chance to see her father (my grandfather), I’d move heaven and earth.

And for my mom, who spent years reading to us, taking us to soccer practice, making dinner every night, now she gets to reap the benefits. This is what success lets me do.

How would it feel to know that you can take your Rich Life, and help your parents live comfortable, worry-free, for the rest of their lives? To me, that’s what a Rich Life is about.

I’ve written about my parents before — on their anniversary, and even when the New York Times profiled them — because I think it’s important to talk about where we came from.

In all the years they raised me — when my dad was helping me as I struggled through my math homework and my mom was making sure I got to school on time and taking me to music lessons — they never once told me to focus on money.

I never grew up thinking, “I need a million dollars in my bank account” or “People like him more because he has better shoes.”

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Instead, they threw out little phrases that I’ve come to realize were deceptively profound:

  • “Why don’t you just write that up?” (Translation: Your ideas are good. If you try to share them, what’s the worst that can happen?)

  • “A year from now, you’re going to be a year older. What are you going to do?” (Time is going to go by no matter what you choose to do. Looking back, would it be worth it to spend a little more time and energy doing it right?)

  • “Sometimes, you just don’t give yourself choices.” (More choice is not always good)

Do you think sitting at my dining-room table, practicing spelling for 2 hours a day, was really about spelling?

No! Looking back, it was about the idea of working harder than anyone else, and following through even when it got tough.

How many of us could use someone to help nudge us in the right direction? To support us when we succeed, but to be honest when we could have put in more effort?

For many of us, we haven’t had someone like that since we were kids. For some of us, we’ve never had that person in our life.

As your surrogate Asian father, I demand more for you.

Sometimes — just like my parents did for me — we need a gentle nudge to know that we have more potential than we even realize. In other words, it’s easy to give up, and it’s easy to be ordinary.

This doesn’t have to be drudgery. I have a friend who wants to lose weight, and every time he talks about it, he starts with a sigh. “I know, I should really stop eating carbs…”

HEY!! I want to shake him, kick him, then throw him in a McDonald’s playpen. THIS CAN BE FUN!!!

When I was struggling with calculus, my dad literally picked up apples and oranges to show me how to rotate conic sections.

When I’m teaching people how to start a business, or find a dream job, I tell jokes, I make fun of myself, and I have them do crazy exercises.

Yes, this is hard work. But it’s also fun.

(You know what else is fun? Winning.)

When you do the hard work, you get to share in all the disproportionate rewards that come along with being a top performer.

Like this:

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This is awesome. The video trailer is here

I think there’s something really special about being able to share your own journey with your friends and family — and letting them share in your hard work and great fortune.

Imagine how good it feels to be able to publicly say, ‘YES! I grew my business 5X in a year! And yes, I had help from friends and mentors and I appreciate them.’ And then to be able to watch the comments and Facebook likes flow in from your family, your friends, and all the people around you.

Those massive rewards are the by-product of choosing the right goal, working hard, and following through.

As James Altucher wrote,

“Money is a side effect of achieving mastery. Derek Jeter didn’t say, “I’m going to be rich” when he was a kid. He said, “I’m going to practice for three hours a day hitting a tiny ball that is coming at me at 100 miles an hour.” Mozart was certainly anguished about money. But his true happiness came when he freed himself from his father’s clutches and was able to compose and perform the music he loved.”

I love this. When I focused on building my own skills and sharing them with the world, the money came. I can hire a personal chef and a trainer. I can have two apartments — one in NYC, one in SF. I can buy gifts for my family, just for fun, without any reason and without worrying about how much it costs.

And I want to show you how to do it, too.

Every year, I announce a theme for I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

2012 was the year of mastering the game being played around you.

2013 was the year of taking control.

This year, instead of thinking small, instead of chasing some arbitrary number, we’re going to focus on the subtle nuances that others ignore. I’m talking about the psychological techniques to crush our own doubts. The strategies to launch and grow our businesses 10x. And the tactics and word-for-word scripts to improve our social skills, become more productive, and live the lifestyle we want to.

What is a Rich Life to you?

Is it having enough money to take an international vacation and stay in luxury hotels without worrying about how much it costs? Is it being able to quit your job and work flexible hours because you run your own business? Is it being able to pay off your parents’ debt…or even your own student debt 10 years early?

I’m going to show you how. But to do this, we have to go deeper.

You won’t see “Top 10 ways to grow your Twitter account” here. If you’re looking for quick intellectual snacks or bursts of motivation, I suggest you unsubscribe. You don’t come here for hugs or unicorns. You come here to win.

2014 is the Year of Unapologetic Mastery.

2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

Has anyone noticed that when you try to improve yourself, you get lots of weird reactions?

When I was in my early 20s, I wanted to dress better. One of my friends knew all about fashion and I finally listened to her advice about going shopping with her. She was amazing — I’ve never forgotten how she taught me all these things in one trip:

  • “Don’t even look at the price tag until you know if you like it” (Get a few key pieces, so focus on loving it first, then think about price)

  • “Wow, that looks AWESOME!” (I was nervous about trying on anything different, but her enthusiasm made me feel better)

  • “No, you don’t have to match your shoes with your belt” (Know the rules, but the very best break them all the time — on purpose)

Here’s the weird part: The first time I hung out with my friends wearing my new clothes, they looked at me like I was an alien. Any guy who’s ever worn something different around his friends will know the reactions I got. “Dude, where are you going?” “Are you gay?” “What is that, a cardigan?”

And honestly, when you’re doing something new — wearing a new style, trying a new sport, practicing a new language — you’re already insecure about it. It doesn’t help when the people around you are skeptical.

It took me a long time to get comfortable with that reaction. And that’s just clothes. Now, I can wear a bow tie, or a leather coat with crazy sneakers, and I love it. Imagine trying to do something that’s even more “weird.” Starting a business. Reading different books. Even joining some online course by a weird Indian guy.

In theory, all our friends and family want to support us trying new things. But when it comes down to it, how come so many people want us to be the same?

Our reaction to this could be, “I don’t care. I’m going to try it anyway.” But it’s way easier to just stay within the lines and do what society expects us to do.

That’s why you see uninspiring advice and generic pablum out there:

  • Keep a budget.

  • Don’t spend money on lattes.

  • You should be lucky you have a job in this economy.

I look at so much of what personal-finance experts recommend, and it’s so dreary. “Disconnect your oven light and you can save $0.36/year!”

It feels like we’re being nagged to death for things that don’t even matter. Is anyone else tired of the mediocre, dim goals we’re told we should pursue?

What if you don’t want to have 2.5 kids, a white picket fence, and retire by 65? What if you want to travel, or start an online business?

What if you’re willing to work harder, but you want something to show for it?

I actually think ambition is GOOD. We’re told we should just be happy with what we have, especially in this economy, but there’s a difference between being happy and being satisfied. I’m happy. But I’m still hungry.

If you want to live a Rich Life, you must be ambitious. (Note: Don’t confuse ambitious with greedy.) Not only is ambition OK, it’s required for living a Rich Life.

Let me share how I think about ambition in this clip. Watch this — I think it’ll challenge your views:

This is the year of UNAPOLOGETIC mastery. You don’t have to apologize for wanting to live a Rich Life. You don’t need permission from someone to start a business, or to double your income, or even to dress better. And you don’t have to settle for small wins.

Remember how I mentioned my parents sitting and teaching me spelling and calculus? If I deconstruct that process, it seems pretty simple:

If I started off by doing interesting things, I would find a few things that I really liked.

If I found a few things I really liked, I’d be more likely to practice harder and longer.

And if I practiced long and hard enough, I’d get really good at one of them.

And when I got really good at one of them — with some luck and a lot of practice — I could get amazing results.

If I could systematize this process — learning how to learn — I could replicate it.

And when I focused on the process of becoming better, all the benefits and accolades came. The New York Times best-selling book, the millions of readers, the money, all of that.

But I never started by saying “I want X dollars or Y readers.” I just said, hey, let me try this weird thing, no matter what anybody thinks.

This seems so simple. So why is it so hard?

Being the best is never an accident

One way I tried to deconstruct this was by studying masters. I LOVE mastery. Even when I see something fictional, like watching a Jason Bourne movie, I love knowing that there are people who are the very best in the world, and they know 100x what the #2 people know.

Being the best is never an accident.

For example, I was cruising YouTube the other day looking at a capella videos (What, doesn’t every 31-year-old Manhattan bachelor do this?). I stumbled across this one:

I was reading the comments and I found this:

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So now I’m reading a press release on audio mixing, which I know nothing about, talking about audio frequencies, IFP, PL…but here’s the point.

You don’t have to be some bombastic public speaker to be a top performer. You can be quiet, you can be introspective, you can even be behind the scenes. These audio mixer guys? They’re amazing at what they do, and I had no idea they even existed.

We all have it within us to be top performers. But when our friends and families subtly discourage us, and when we’re not even sure where to start, it’s a lot easier to stay ordinary.

Let’s play a game

What are you really good at?

If you’re not sure, imagine your friends had to name one thing you’re amazing at. What would they say?

Strategy #1: If you were a robot…
Imagine you were a robot. It was the same you, just stripped of any fears or doubts. You could stay focused for as long as you needed to.

Now, what if you — the robot you who never gets distracted and has all the motivation in the world — could find time to take the thing you’re good at and practice for 30 minutes a day? Maybe it’s helping your friends with their relationship problems. Or helping your dad lose weight. Or being an Excel analyst or graphic designer.

A year from now, how good would you be?

Strategy #2: Studying the best
After a couple months of practicing for 30 minutes a day, you realize this is getting easier. You want a bigger challenge, but you don’t want to wait 30 years to “pay your dues.”

That’s when you decide to learn from the best.

If you’re a stylist, you follow the best stylists on Instagram and devour their videos, interviews, the books they read.

If you’re starting an online business, you find the very best people, buy their courses, read everything they read, and even fly across the country to take them out to coffee to learn.

(Btw, my student Naveen — the one from the Facebook picture above? He flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles just to meet me for brunch. Last year, he 5X’d his business.)

What if you could learn from the best…and apply just 10% of it? We’re being realistic. You’re not going to apply every single thing you learn. But if you systematically studied the best, and applied just 10%, what would that look like?

What would you look like one year from now?
Can you imagine what your life would look like if you:

  1. knew what to focus on,

  2. could overcome the fear and distraction of starting, and then

  3. got the amplified boost of studying the very best and short-cutting your learning?

Think about what that would look like tangibly.

Would you be able to buy a round of drinks for friends without worrying about how much it costs? Would you wake up without an alarm clock because you run your own company? Or would you go to sleep stress-free since you’ve now paid off all your debt?

This year, I’m going to help you get those results. No, I’m not going to make you a robot, but I will show you how to pinpoint what you want to improve, then systematically work on getting distraction-free results.

What will you do differently this year?

One thing I LOVE reading is http://www.reddit.com/r/progresspics, where people post their progress as they hit their fitness goals.

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I love this because it’s so easy to look at a model and say, “I could never look like that.” And sure, maybe 5% of people are born with it and have amazing genetics/metabolism that allows them to look like that. But these pictures show the hard, sometimes daunting work that goes into a healthy lifestyle.

As my trainer says, “‘My friends look at my shoulders and say, ‘Ahh, you just have ridiculous genetics. Maybe I do. But how about being in the gym almost every day since I was 14?”

I find these pictures inspirational not for the end result, but for the beautiful process that they willingly went through. Becoming a top performer — whether it’s your career, your social skills, or your body — is not for the faint of heart.

A year ago, it would have been easy for those people to come up with a bunch of reasons why they couldn’t do it.

  • “I don’t have time”

  • “Yeah, I should do that…”

  • “I don’t have the right clothes” / “I hate sweating” (this one is me) / “I’m just not the kind of person who can look like that”

Don’t scoff. All of us basically say these things with something in our life, whether it’s fitness, finding a dream job, managing our money, or having better relationships. Some of those reasons might even be true! You may really not have an extra 60-90 minutes a day!

But ultimately, time doesn’t care. A year will go by. Looking back, will you have taken steps to a richer life? Or will you be stagnant, leaning on those reasons as a crutch for not taking action?

Are you prepared to do things differently this year? Can you withstand people looking at you skeptically as you try to improve yourself? Would it be worth it, a year from now looking back, to have withstood the self-doubt?

If the answer is yes, I have a simple challenge for you.

To do today

We know this is the year of UNAPOLOGETIC mastery. It’s OK to be ambitious. We’re going to be open about wanting to live a rich life.

Let’s assume you know what you want to do this year (even if you don’t, I’ll show you how to find this out).

What’s the ONE area where the people around you might not be supportive?

Specifically, what would they say?

For example…

  • If you change your diet: “Why are you eating like a bird? You should enjoy life”

  • If you decide to find a better job: “You should just be lucky you have a job in this economy”

  • If you tell them you’re reading online self-development: “That sounds like a scam. Why would you read that?”

By the way, if you’re YOUR OWN WORST CRITIC, you can include yourself here!

Let’s predict what the skeptics and naysayers will say — perhaps including ourselves — so when they do, we know how to handle it.

Be specific and include how you could handle their skepticism. Leave your comment below.

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Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

I could show my critics this essay – read it and weep!!

David Hunter
2 years 7 months ago

Amanda just won “Comment of the Year 2014!”

Ramit, if we showed your post to our critics they would say, “That sounds like a scam. Why would you read that?” (See above third point under “To do Today”)

Let’s all print out this post and see how many critics say the above phrase. Whoever gets the highest number wins a “You Rock!” comment from me. 🙂

Brandon
2 years 7 months ago
I have bigger plans to start a consulting business of sorts, but my small goal is to move to Atlanta before this summer. Many of my friends know that I’ve been unemployed here in NY for a while, and I still get flack for just wanting to leave because of that. But what I’ve been telling people who are skeptic about my plan to try my hand at living and working in Atlanta is that I’d much rather go and see how it turns out, maybe even ‘fail’, than to stay in New York and regret that I never followed… Read more »
Lucky
Lucky
2 years 7 months ago

Brandon, what a great goal! How awesome to realize that personal desire is a perfectly acceptable reason for major life decision. If you’re not already a part of Ramit’s Brain Trust I would highly recommend joining; the Atlanta group is truly amazing.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years 7 months ago

Do it! The best thing I’ve ever done was to step out of my comfort zone and move away from home to a city where I didn’t know anyone. It cut out the distractions and challenged me to step up and reinvent myself to be the man I am capable of being, not just who I was becoming as a product of my environment. It sounds like Atlanta could be the fertile ground you’re seeking for the next chapter of growth. Then if you choose to go back to NYC later on you’ll have momentum and a fresh perspective.

joey
joey
2 years 7 months ago

That is awesome, man! You can do it! Plus, guess what? When you are in Atlanta, you won’t be hearing the people say you can’t do it.

Brandon
2 years 7 months ago
Lucky, I am part of RBT and I’m going to be getting more active right damn now. And I’m seeing that just telling my story is freeing, even if I feel a little embarrassed by it… Jeff, that’s exactly what I’m looking forward to! I’ve found that if I’m in a ‘safe place, I get complacent VERY easily, so I usually need to do something relatively drastic to spark some personal change and action. I know a handful of people in Atlanta, but I am actually looking forward to that feeling of starting fresh and fostering more growth. Joey, you’re… Read more »
Shana
Shana
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Brandon, Go for it! That was one of my goals a few years ago. I quit my government job and moved to Atlanta. No regrets– I have since moved on to another state, but I love Atlanta and the friends I made there. I have no regrets.

Nick B.
Nick B.
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Brandon,

I actually live in Atlanta and love it. Is there anything I can do to help out?

Maria
Maria
2 years 7 months ago

I just started following you and reading your material and I’m hooked! You have the most positive and influential material I have ever come across! Great job!

Stephen
Stephen
2 years 7 months ago
One thing I know my family would definitely criticize me for would be paying a hefty sum “just for advice” from someone like Ramit. Reading this blog has convinced me of the disproportionate results and ROI from talking with a true expert, but unfortunately I highly doubt my family has heard of Ramit or anything similar. Truthfully, I would try to hide my purchase/travel as long as I could and reveal it once I reaped the rewards, but if they found out before that point the only thing I can think of right now is to shrug and say “I… Read more »
John Corcoran
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Stephen: Don’t feel bad about that… unfortunately, it doesn’t go away as you get older, after college. But the good news is as your income grows and you have more control over your finances, you are more able to spend your money and your time how you like.

Jendrik
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I’m my own worst critic. In 2013, I quit my well-paid job as an Aircraft-Engineer at one of Europe’s biggest airlines to pursue my dream – an online business in the fitness-niche – fulltime. In fact, I started living my dream and I never look back. Where I criticize myself is how to develop my business further. It’s easy for me to get lost in the nitty-gritty (emails, comments, research for new blogposts, writing), where I actually WANT to develop new digital products that increase my revenue. What I tell myself is: “I will do that, but FIRST I… Read more »
Danny
Danny
2 years 7 months ago

I suffer from this as well. I had a great thing going in my business ($300k in Rev in 14 months), and “failed” to raise money because I didn’t want the best possible scenario that that company could end up as. I feel like I’ve developed a very disgusting habit of being afraid to win – that is why I’m here reading and humbly learning to weed myself out from being disgracefully scared to dominate life. Keep it coming, Ramit – thanks!

g. von bear
g. von bear
2 years 7 months ago

afraid to win = self-sabotage that i am prone, too. @Ramit, any pointer how to cut through own BS (being brutally honest is step#1), what would you do next?

Stephen
Stephen
2 years 7 months ago

Dude, you mom rocks.
To be in a position to do something similar is my motivation for the year!

CoCo
CoCo
2 years 7 months ago

Me too. I would love to be able fly my mom first class wherever she wants to go!

Alex
Alex
2 years 7 months ago

I’d love to do a Ramit course in 2014, but I just don’t know how applicable it is to me in Sweden.

Anyone in Scandinavia who’s done a course and can chime in?

As for my goals for the coming year:

-Get ripped
-Have more threesomes
-Start a SaaS business and do so using functional programming in Clojure

Also known as GTL = Gym, Tail, Lambda 🙂

Andy
2 years 7 months ago

Alex

You should do some of Ramit’s courses. I’m not in Sweden but in Australia and had no problems with logistics – even if you miss a live session, you can always watch the recording. I did one course a few years back and I still go back and review parts of it as a refresher.

Ramit’s not paying me to say this but welcome to buy brunch when next in Sydney.

Andy

Dani
Dani
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Alex, I am a New Zealander, and have been living in the netherlands. (currently back in NZ) I bought earn 1k. (and I’m now on RBT) Because of what I learnt from that (I waited and saw for a year before finally the earn 1k opened up) I was able to follow my dream of living in perpetual summer – traveling between the hemispheres. I started a company with my husband. I am no longer working 5 bad paying jobs – I work literally 4 hours a week (got a bit from Tim there…) So yes, it is absolutely… Read more »
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Phil
2 years 7 months ago

“Disconnect your oven light and you can save $0.36/year!”

Thanks for that! I had a big laugh. All that meat loaf in the dark for nothing—I’m screwing the bulb back in today!!

And your “Strategy #1: If you were a robot…” —-brilliant concept. Particularly “stripped of any fears or doubts….. stay focused as long as you needed to…..finding time to practice for 30 minutes a day…” Domo Arigato for this technique!

Look forward to more of your 2014 wisdom,
Phil

JM
JM
2 years 7 months ago

So… Does your mom realize you’re actually a dude?

Simi
Simi
2 years 7 months ago

That was someone else’s email that he used an example to showcase how some Asian mothers are.

Janet Hill
Janet Hill
2 years 7 months ago

Yes – I want 2014 to be my year to change. I know change is hard for me but I want to be committed to getting started. I am not sure of the first steps I should take.

Hanna
2 years 7 months ago
Wahoo, you’ve used stylist as an example! (Love that.) I’m a personal shopper helping professional women look put-together and stylish at the office. I’m also a wardrobe stylist for TV commercials and print advertising. I don’t have too many non-supporters in my life. However, I want to begin a more passive income source within my private styling business. They may say, “You’re a service-based business. You don’t have the readers or followers to do xyz” (Consult for brands? Style celebrities..etc) I have an extraordinary app idea that I am SO excited about. Meeting and talking with developer. This post and… Read more »
Sophia Stravoravdis
Sophia Stravoravdis
2 years 7 months ago

Hanna, You go for it! There is always room for new ideas. I too am inspired by this post. Mainly it has reminded me to sort the wheat from the chaff where negative people are concerned. As a creative person who loves to help others I can see the value of your idea and I can see the value of my determination to help others. Make sure you let us people know about your new app. Sounds like fun!

Yours,
Badly Dressed Busy Mum
London
UK

Adrienne
2 years 7 months ago

I think my naysayers will say “We just want to make sure you’re making the right choices. We worry about you. We just want you to be smart.” Yes, I know that it’s risky to massively cut down my work hours. But that is the only way I can audition for theater. You can’t have one without the other.

Africa Archield - Joy Strategist
Great article, Ramit! I definitely have issues with my family saying they are completely supportive, but then undermine my efforts. It reminds me of the story of the crabs in the bucket – if one starts crawling out, the others drag it back down. Goals this year: * my business completely supporting family * be physically fit enough to keep up with my 4-year old son * finish my doctorate Criticisms from family & My replies: * “Step away from the computer. You don’t need to read/write/work/study that much.” – I’m planting seeds now to reap the rewards later. Would… Read more »
Danial Owens
Danial Owens
2 years 7 months ago

Profound !!!!!

Monifa
2 years 7 months ago
More often than not my worst critic is my husband. It worries me at times but he is so supportive the majority of the time and his done self help programs with me before. I know much of it is because he hasn’t found a way through his self-doubt to accomplish the things he wants to do with his life. He really didn’t want me to buy your course because he is a salesman and “he can tell me how to do those things.” Well, as he said, I was going to do it anyway and I did, lol. I… Read more »
Kpakpo
Kpakpo
2 years 7 months ago
Yes! This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about over the last few days. It’s weird – I feel as if people close to me see great things in me, then become unsupportive &/or critical if I don’t manifest those things exactly how they want me to. Then the lack of support feels weighty & deafening. I just want to throw of all shackles & start sprinting in my chosen direction I’ve designed a comfortable life but I want more for me, my life & my family. It’s time to claim everything that the false starts have promised. Middle finger… Read more »
Jeff J
Jeff J
2 years 7 months ago

The biggest thing I think some of my friends would be discouraging about is paying for online courses like what Ramit has here. As I told Ramit last week, you should never be apprehensive about investing in yourself, because you invest in so many other things without pause.

I can debate with the best of them, but progress and results usually close and case. Just like math teachers would always say “show your work”, I plan to do so for any friends who think “I’m getting scammed”, and it will be awesome!

Jeff

B
B
2 years 7 months ago

I will self soirce in and close a deal this year. The naysayers will tell me that I’m too junior, not enough gray hair. To that I will reply, how else will I earn them?

Cassie Jeon
Cassie Jeon
2 years 7 months ago
Goal: Publish my novel by the end of 2014. I think the main reason my family/friends will be skeptical is the amount of money I’ll be spending. I’m spending about $3000 on 10 writing classes from a guy who has decades of experience in writing and the publishing field plus I’ll have the chance to get direct feedback on my writing from a professional. And once I learn the skills of writing novel/story, I have them for the rest of my life. But I know I’m going to have people worry if I’m going to be scammed or that an… Read more »
Michelle Keep
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Cassie,

I’m a self published author and have made a decent living off it last year (my first year). If you’d like to chat or would like for me to share some resources with you, let me know. You can contact me through my website.

I can recommend some editors and cover designers that won’t cost a lot and do fantastic work.

Seonaid
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Cassie,

I just self-published my first book a couple of weeks ago (though mine is non-fiction). What a thrill! Even if I don’t get back the money I spent on an editor and cover designer (and I really do think I will eventually), I know so much more about the process now. And having a book on Amazon gives me more reach and credibility than just my website alone, so I think it’s worth it from that point of view alone.

Good luck!

Seonaid

Henrik Saetre
2 years 7 months ago

I’m an entrepreneur who has yet to enjoy financial success, and I’m still going for it, as I’m getting better and better, and I believe that I will indeed succeed.
It is tough though when my father talks about how I’m “unemployed”, and is pushing me to take employment now, saying that I can always go back to starting my own business later.

I do see though that putting hours and hours into the business without getting the financial success, I need to work smarter.

LaLaLa
LaLaLa
2 years 7 months ago
When I tell people I want to stop drinking so much so frequently I am often met by incensed dissent from my “friends.” They say I’m so much fun when I’m drunk, and I should just learn my limits. However, they know as well as I do that once I start I keep going. I think they like to have me to laugh at to make them feel better about what they do. It’s hard to get serious about stopping when all of the people I’m around encourage me to keep going. To deal with this lack of support, I… Read more »
Michelle Keep
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve learned that there are a lot of people who don’t want people to better themselves because they don’t want to better themselves and when others do it (exercise, eat right, etc.) it makes them feel worse about themselves. I’d definitely say you’re right in your assessment of your ‘friends’ based on this.

I wish you all the luck with this. It’s not easy to do, but picking up some new hobbies that aren’t revolving around drinking could be a fun way to meet new people who won’t pressure you into doing behaviours you don’t enjoy.

Good luck <3

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 7 months ago

Time for some new friends. These aren’t people who are interested in your well-being at all–they are already actively discouraging you! Find some new hobbies and new people this year. Stay focused and best of luck!

Larissa
Larissa
2 years 7 months ago
I think that Michelle and Jessica are right. While you have some good replies to your current friends, they are clearly intent on remaining the way they are, so your replies may fall on deaf ears. If you want support, you will probably need to get involved in other activities these (so called) friends are not involved in so you can meet new, healthier people who will be supportive of your goal to better your life. These friends don’t seem worth keeping if they remain the way they are. Don’t let them hold you down. It’s your own life you’ll… Read more »
abby
abby
2 years 7 months ago

I very often play too small–diminish my efforts, my accomplishments, my requests, my ambitions. I am definitely my own worst critic. So this was the best line in the whole post & I’ll be taping it to my monitor:

“As your surrogate Asian father, I demand more for you.”

(I don’t think my real (and generally very supportive) dad would be supportive of being replaced though.)

Toya
Toya
2 years 7 months ago

I guess my biggest critic is my husband.

Me: “Babes, I plan on doing such and such for my business”

Him: “yea.. sure” doubtful look “you never finish anything. why are you even bothering?”

Me: .. flatline.

My tactic this year is to shut the hell up and do it. I can’t get any negative response if I just do what needs to be done, I can always apologize later. Add to this I work two jobs that take up on average 10 hours of my day, I am trying to as systematic with my time as possible this year.

King
King
2 years 6 months ago

This is Law 9- Win through your actions, never through argument.

If you want to go deeper into this, check out “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.

King
King
2 years 6 months ago

This is Law 9- Win through your actions, never through argument.

If you want to go deeper into this, check out “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.

Lisa Hoffman
Lisa Hoffman
2 years 7 months ago
I am my biggest defeater in doing something amazing. I don’t have enough time (single mom), I need more money to start, I need more education, information, research, live somewhere else, blah, blah, blah. I’ve known forever that I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg of greatness, that I am capable of so much more. This is the year I’m going to do it. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve wasted enough time being defeated by myself. My favorite saying of my mother that always moves me out of my comfort zone is that regardless of what… Read more »
z.ky
2 years 7 months ago
I’m a software engineer in Ireland, where the only industry teeming with jobs is IT. I used to mention randomly that I would love try being a tattoo artist…graphic designer…pianist (been playing since I was 6)…and would get blasted back with “Yeah, but those are just hobbies”. Nowadays it would probably be “But you are so lucky to have a job and be in demand!”. Thankfully I have really supportive friends but my family are the first to criticise me on my personal interests and goals. My response would be “There is tremendous value in art, which should not be… Read more »
Umar Shafiq
Umar Shafiq
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit,

A couple of things to do this year or atleast vying to achieve would be

1) Find the dream job by literally going through the DJ program, which I have stop started quite a few times
Critic/Stopper: C’mon this stuff doesn’t apply to you/ You are doing fine, you can always do it later (Procastination – my worst enemy!)

2) By the end of the year have a scheduled workout going on for at least the last 3 months!
Critic: Why should you join a gym? C’mon give more time to the family (My wife :P)

Margo
Margo
2 years 7 months ago

This is a great time to think about “AND” rather than “OR” —

Could you find more time for fitness AND for family by combining the two? Go for a walk in the evening with your wife, play sports with your kids, or something along those lines

Lang
Lang
2 years 7 months ago

Goal : Improve my singing voice and sing without getting coarse and tired, and hitting high notes flawlessly and without strain.

Cristisms:From parents : “Why are you practicing singing , you’re like 30 years old, why don’t you go and do something more productive? What’s the point of learning to sing, you’re not going to get famous anyways, why you think you gonna go on canadian idol, that show got cancelled .

From friends: You gotta practice singing ? forget that , lets go eat out …

Alixandrea
2 years 7 months ago

Lang, wanna be accountability buddies? I need to improve my voice as I want to teach singing and be a session singer for my next career (and also for my band’s sake). I’m currently focussing on practicing an hour or so every other day as I want to rest my voice between sessions (the way you do any other muscles). Happy to keep you motivated if you’ll do the same for me!

Also, what course/s are you using? I’m always on the look-out for new singing and teaching methods to incorporate. 🙂

Kim K
Kim K
2 years 7 months ago
I realized as I was thinking about who is naysaying my new project that hi, it’s me. I started making jewelry in November and I made a third of my investment back already. Still, I’m continually surprised when people buy things or tell me they like what I made. After all, what the hell do I know about jewelry? Where do I get off thinking I can be successful at this, I don’t know shit about anything. I should start looking at facts instead of what I think I’m doing. Also I do come here for unicorns. Not hugs though,… Read more »
Jen @ Daycare In Demand
2 years 7 months ago

Just had to tell you that I love this post–and your mom. 🙂 Found myself laughing out loud at, “This lunch just cost me $10,000.”

Daniel
Daniel
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

I desperately want to start my own business. I have ideas, but truthfully am struggling to validate one in particular. I’m ready to change my circumstances. I’m going to do it this week. I’m definitely my own worst critic.

Love this article. Very motivating!

pibes
pibes
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I’m my own worst critic. In 2013 I was dedicated to improving myself. And I did (by leaps and bounds). But my main goals of quitting my job, becoming more socially skilled, and getting in better shape were only 1/4 of the way completed. I did WAY better than in 2012, but I could have done so much more. The hours I spent going through courses, reading books/blogs, and consuming information: God only knows. The hours I spent implementing the information: single digits. It’s so much easier to keep consuming information because I’m not “good enough” or “not ready”.… Read more »
Andrew Slominski
Andrew Slominski
2 years 7 months ago

I watched the video on the sing-off and I was trying to predict what that comment was going to be about that you highlighted below. One of the thoughts that went through my head was “wow look at all of those microphones. Must be a nightmare during a liver performance.”

Seriously I’m a dork!

Andrew Slominski
Andrew Slominski
2 years 7 months ago

*live
DAMN autocorrect

Suz
Suz
2 years 7 months ago

Point #3: you’re spending money on what?
Worst skeptic is often in our heads though.

Loved every word of the email!

Diana
2 years 7 months ago
Nearly every day I do something called 750 words. It’s a habit-forming practice for writers to write three pages worth of words each day. So yesterday I was actually addressing my fears of starting my own business and what I could to to eradicate those…all based on your advice from your newsletter, Ramit. It all comes down to me saying, “I don’t have enough experience so what makes you think you can pull this off?” My answer was this: In the words of Selena Sio, “You don’t need more experience, you need more courage.” Skeptics will say, “What are your… Read more »
Alekhya
Alekhya
2 years 7 months ago
I like having a good time with friends on the weekends. But my friends enjoy going out during the week nights as well. Me on the other hand like to work harder to launch my own business. Often times, I get caught in between as there is always a temptation to step out with them. There are times I can control myself and there are times these awful inside voices tell me to just enjoy life and even worse , my friends give me a hard time for not enjoying life as they are not aware of what Im trying… Read more »
Alixandrea
Alixandrea
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve already had my best beloved family members voicing their concerns about my plan to take redundancy from my job this year and spend the time the pay-off will give me building a new biz. They know I have in the past become really, really stressed out by money worries, so their concerns have been similar to, “are you sure you’re going to be successful enough to afford this?” Or “you haven’t done enough yet to prove to yourself that this is a good idea.” Friends on FB have either been supportive when I’ve posted personal development stuff, or they’ve… Read more »
H
H
2 years 7 months ago

I’ll get push back when I decide to leave my job and take extended time off (like 3 months traveling the world).

Skepticism:
– Your job/company is awesome
– You’re giving up a lot

Responses:
– I can find a great job when I get back
– I need some time to rest my mind before I go all in again
– I have enough financial runway to do this
– Why should I wait till I’m old to travel?

Paul
Paul
2 years 7 months ago
Perfect theme for the 2014 Ramit, thank you. I am my own worst critic. This past year I’ve sacrificed a ton of time normally spent on my own development in order to visit family. I want so badly to make progress on my projects but instead I guilt myself into visiting my mother. She is not unable to take care of herself, she just doesn’t, so instead of improving my career and health I spend time cleaning her floor and taking out piles of trash. This year I will stop feeling guilty about focusing on my career and marriage by… Read more »
Erin
2 years 7 months ago

Seriously, I need to not check my feedly when I’m half asleep. I read the title as “unapologetic misery” and thought, well that doesn’t sound productive…

Ryan
Ryan
2 years 7 months ago
Thank you, Ramit, for being the surrogate Asian father I never had growing up as a Scandinavian-blooded white dude. On reflecting a bit, I’m ashamed to say that in the past I’ve been the one judging others for improving themselves (dressing nicer, seeking new projects, etc.). It did lead to conflict in those relationships, and now I can really see how that must have felt. As I pursue change and mastery in my life this year, I fully expect it will come full-circle. Specifically, I am going to pour my efforts into earning my first $100 consulting. I expect friends… Read more »
David
David
2 years 7 months ago

My largest inhibitor currently is myself, as I have the most difficult time saying No, and end up over-committing myself to tasks that are not my most high valued activities. This time suck drains valuable time and will need to be addressed this year by: learning how to say no, asking for assistance and not having to do everything myself, and determining the lower value tasks and paying for people to help perform them.

Randall Pitts
2 years 7 months ago
Like you say most people are not ambitious and cannot relate to people who are. This is probably because an ambitious person’s very presence makes them feel bad about themselves. Surrounding yourself with ambitious people is a great way to avoid being dragged down, but the person lacking ambition won’t even be aware of this. He or she is part of the mass of underachievers. I like what you say about potential. Most people are not even aware of what they are capable of achieving even when considering their strengths. And now for my related specific comment: I am responsible… Read more »
Greg Freebury
Greg Freebury
2 years 7 months ago

For me, I don’t have critics so much as people who just don’t understand what I’m doing. I will tell my friends or family that I am taking an online business course or becoming a smoking cessation specialist and they usually just go “Oh…..” and uncomfortably trail off because concepts like that are just so foreign to them. Normally, I would allow that to make me feel uncomfortable and change the subject. Now, I am just going to own it and keep talking about it anyway. So what if people think I’m weird!

Sam Montoya
2 years 7 months ago
Hey Ramit, loved the post and even more, I love that they are Megaposts. Last year I was more dedicated to Dream Job and that’s where a lot of my focus had been. Finding out what suited me, where I wanted to go/be, and so on. With a lot of that now on more of autopilot, it’s time to focusing on other areas. This year I’m going to be focusing on two major areas, new revenue streams (Earn1K) and health. With that, having been a member of RBT since the beginning, I am now starting to leverage it more. I’ve… Read more »
Solomon
Solomon
2 years 7 months ago
Great theme for the year. I’m not exactly sure what the rest of your posts will state throughout the year, but I also did not want to sit around and wait too long for them. I made an early resolution to perform at a comedy standup (for my first time) before our first child is due in late February. I invested my time into an online comedy class, got some direction (as well as a good contact as the instructor is from my area), and did the scariest thing this year. I hit the “Send” button of an e-mail to… Read more »
Michelle Keep
2 years 7 months ago

This year I want to learn to better manage my time, and not waste so much time and energy that things that don’t bring me joy or income.

Marc W
Marc W
2 years 7 months ago
I have already received the criticism, and we are less than a week into the year! The biggest critic is, and has been, my wife. When explaining to her that I want to be a top expert in a niche area of my field, a niche that my background already indicates that I should be in the top 10%, she scoffed back saying that I should be focusing on my day-to-day job instead of trying to expand my skill-set. In the end, she tried to discourage me from making those contacts that would help me achieve my new goals, and… Read more »
Jason
Jason
2 years 7 months ago

I have a small business where I publish digital products, but I got comfortable with the success in 2012 and 2013 and now it’s sliding downhill as I do less and less.

I was living off the fruits of my past labor, but need to build it back up again.

I didn’t have the pressure on myself to do much last year, so I didn’t. And it showed. I still made recurring money, but that is waning now.

This year I want to start outputting a product or device up every month, and just start hustling again.

Stacy McKenna
Stacy McKenna
2 years 7 months ago
Just before classes ended last year I had a PROFESSOR ask me why I would torture myself by enrolling for a full course of 4 classes/12 units in my graduate program. This is after he tried to convince me the focus I am aiming for (data organization and retrieval methods) is dying and useless – in the INFORMATION AGE!!! Talk about weird push-back! I’m an unemployed stay at home mom with student loans piling up and accumulating interest as we speak – why WOULDN’T I get my coursework out of the way as quickly as possible?! Additionally, I’m working on… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago
This year I have three main goals: 1. Learn enough JavaScript (Node + Angular) to start taking on web dev clients. 1a. Make enough money to pay my rent and my student loans in one month with web dev by June ($1200). 2. Get healthier by cooking and exercising more. This looks like exercise 3 days a week with weekend rest and 4-5 dinners cooked at home every week. 3. Surround myself with more people who are ambitious, motivated, doers. As it stands, I am stuck in a cesspool of mediocrity and “good enough” (and this includes me and my… Read more »
Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago
Forgot to list my scripts! I’m definitely my own worst enemy here. 1. “Why would anyone pay a noob like you to do something you just started learning six months ago?” or “What makes you think you have the right to just teach yourself something new and then charge people for it?” 2. I live in Beijing, which means I have considerable challenges to my health just by virtue of being alive in this place. Sometimes it’s all too easy to just say “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” and then go to the McDonald’s that’s five minutes… Read more »
Joseph
Joseph
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, your stuff rocks! I’ve used it to land a job that would usually be out of reach for someone like me. Because of your material on interviewing, I can confidently walk in to an interview and know that I can get to the next step. I used it to get job offers, which I then used as leverage to get the job I really wanted. This year, I want to start my own business on the side and want it to match or exceed my monthly salary by the end of the year. I live in a third world… Read more »
Jill
Jill
2 years 7 months ago
“You can’t make money on the Internet!” But I do. Every month. I make things, people watch things, I get some money. It’s like magic. “But not enough to live on, and anyway, it’s not a proper job.” It’s not enough to live on *yet*. Which is why I have a day job. (As for ‘not a proper job’, that tends to be what people say when they don’t understand what someone does, or can’t fathom the idea of enjoying something AND getting paid for it.) I want to make my Internet-based income enough to live on. After all, other… Read more »
Gina D
Gina D
2 years 7 months ago
I would love to be a fashion stylist. When I was laid off at 26 I figured I would take the time to devour everything I could about fashion styling. However, after a few months reading and even trying out craigslist to assist others, I felt compelled to get back to “real” work. Being a fashion stylist/designer seems like the most ridiculous idea ever to me and others around me. Why? What others say: It seems more of a hobby than a job. You have a job doing something completely unrelated. How are you going to make money? You haven’t… Read more »
Sonia M.
Sonia M.
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Gina D. I’m not Ramit (obviously), and I’m in a totally different field. A woman’s online group I belong to actually touched upon this topic very recently, and some of the points we discussed might help you with your next steps. I’m also using insight I’ve learned from Ramit to elaborate on a few things. In a nutshell, this is a service a lot of women want, but either are afraid/ashamed to ask for or do not know where to go. Many of us (women) are totally clueless when it comes to fashion and style. We tend to wing… Read more »
Barbara
2 years 7 months ago

Rameth,

You are a true inspiration, words of wisdom . Please write about how you tell your mom , fiancé , daughter you too busy for them when your studying a new skill. Without offending them

Sincerely,
Your follower

Ellen
Ellen
2 years 7 months ago
I’m my own worst critic. Here are my biggest goals for 2014 and what I tell myself about them: – lose 16lb – ‘you’ll never manage it, you hate exercise and love cake. You have no willpower.’ – Get my driving licence – ‘You’re a terrible driver and the driving test in this country is scary and horrible. Don’t even bother. Buses are cheap.’ – Self-publish two ebooks – ‘When do you even think you’ll get the time to write them? And who do you think is going to buy them?’ – Get a traditional book deal – cue hysterical… Read more »
Michelle Keep
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ellen, I love cake and thought I hated exercise too. I just wouldn’t do it, and I /knew/ I’d hate going to the gym. Then I tried going to the gym and now omg I love it so much. I do the classes, and I do the circuit, and I do it all by myself and I look forward to it! This is because I found something that worked for me, and I found a time that worked for me. You can too, I pinky swear 🙂 And as for who will buy your books… I write fantasy erotica.… Read more »
David Kadavy
2 years 7 months ago
“That’s more the exception than the rule.” “It’s a rare person who can do that.” I heard stuff like that all of the time throughout my life: about colleges, taking hard classes, or getting out of homeland of Nebraska. Fortunately, by the time I had a book deal in front of my face, I had learned to ignore the naysayers. I even talked to fellow authors, many of them talking about how it’s so “rare” for someone to sell enough books to even pay out their advance. Haha, I even talked to *you,* and you warned me of the challenges… Read more »
Eric DeHart
Eric DeHart
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, This post is incredible. It’s fascinating that you continue to build on things you have talked about for the past few years, focusing on diving deeper rather than shifting gears the way most blogs do. Diving deeper is the only way to get where you want to be, and it is true that everyone will try to keep us from doing that. The best way to deal with this all-too-pervasive subtle criticism coming from people trying to force you to embrace mediocrity is to gracefully accept their advice while continuing to push harder, effectively visualizing the naysayer’s life vis-a-vis… Read more »
Eric Stout
2 years 7 months ago

i’m going to start a blog as a men’s health advocate as a young cancer survivor. there’s no voice for that. do you think anyone would read it? surely there are young men out there concerned with their health that, as you pointed out, don’t think they’ll ever be a model. how about hearing it from a person whose overcome unique and challenging health problems striving each day to be better.

Jacques
Jacques
2 years 7 months ago
This was a tough one, as I used to always buckle in a never ending “let me appease your concerns for the sake of placating our relationship”. It’s sometimes still difficult for me, but I’ve enjoyed being forthright about what I choose to do, for the reasons that I see fit. “Y’know, it may appear that this isn’t a good idea, but it would be the most helpful to have your support with my decisions so that I can discover the path that’s going to be the best fit for me.” It’s empowering to stand by my own reasoning, and… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago

Did you add an item for “Mom’s First Class International Travel” to your conscious spending?

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, There are many things that I would do if I were a robot, but I knowthat I will have to choose from the in real life. The first thing I thought of was exercising regularly and mastering a martial art. I started taking martial art classes but my own insecurities and university schedule made me stop but I want t continue practicing because I quite enjoy it. I am also learning French and planning to take piano lessons. However, I really need to put more effort in my university studies even if I did not like my major… Read more »
Shayra
Shayra
2 years 7 months ago

I just want to be confident enough to not just strike up a conversation with complete strangers but to keep it going. The only naysayer I have is myself. My love ones are always encouraging me to not be shy, to stop feeling self-conscious. I want to truly experience tha benefits of learning how to banter.

James
James
2 years 7 months ago
When I tell people that I’m going to hire virtual assistants or interns to help me with tasks for some of my side gigs, that is almost always a recipe for them to criticize my methods: “Why do you need an assistant?” “You could use that money for advertising or adwords” “Can’t you just do that on the weekends?” I even got this from people in my family (although a little less harsh). While I believe in getting outside help (and paying for it) when people doubt me like this it can sometimes chip away at my confidence in the… Read more »
Margaret
Margaret
2 years 7 months ago
For years my mom had been telling me that if I paid off all my student debt, it would do mysterious “bad things” to my credit. Then last year I read your book, realized I didn’t have to live in fear, sorted it all out and paid off my debt. I kept it a secret till it was done, and then bam! Everyone was impressed! This year I want to get past these mysterious “bad things” that I think will happen: “Selling your handmade work will get you in trouble with the IRS” Response – “Um, no… because (researched, clear… Read more »
Adam Daniels
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit recently e-mailed me, it was an eye opener for me. I decided to stop trying to pretend to try and be successful with a long shot poorly researched online “muse” and instead refocus on what I am already qualified to do, which is to teach. If I want realistic side money I need to tutor, as well as network with the best teachers and principals. What’s keeping me from doing this? I am afraid of not having mastery, fear is holding me back, Ramit helped point that out. I am in the process of identifying the deep seated psychological… Read more »
Jamie
Jamie
2 years 7 months ago
I’m a professional musician who’s always been the workhorse of the band. Over the last couple years, I’ve noticed that I haven’t been working as hard. It’s because I’m tired of pulling dead weight of people who’d rather go out drinking with friends than be in the practice space working on music. They’ve pulled me down. Becoming aware of that ambition-draining made me realize how horrible the negative power of lazy people can be. For starters, I’m going to have “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Kendrick Lamar on constant loop in my head. Then, I’m going to start connecting… Read more »
Nate Kinsey
Nate Kinsey
2 years 7 months ago
Great article Ramit! Love the fact that 2014 is the Year of Unapologetic Mastery. Great motivation for myself moving forward into the next year. I am definitely my own worst critic, or better said biggest doubter. Always thinking that I won’t be able to live my dreams or be happy following my passion, which is working on environmental policy and sustainability issues while living in SF. Professional goals for this year are: 1) Accept an environmental fellowship position to work on environmental policy issues in DC 2) Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality 3) Grow my professional… Read more »
Joe
Joe
2 years 7 months ago
I’m working towards a life long dream of writing now and finding a lot of success at it while working my full time job. I hope to quit the job later this year and go full time on what I want. If I told anyone? They would all come down on me about “throwing my life away”. Understand, I will be making *more* money at writing than my current job as a programmer, but I’ll still get people worried about me once I tell them. It’s outside of what they consider ordinary, which automatically means it’s bad. I’m handling that… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago
I’ll be following the comments on this post very closely! I am about to quit my job to take my side-hustle to full-time (electronics design), and my parents are NOT on board. They say “You just need to float your resume to new jobs, and then next year you’ll be in a better position to start a company.” (Yes, this is exactly what they said last year, and I’ve been in my industry for 6 years.) I’m making the leap in Feb, but it would be nice to have them not quite so worried about me, so here’s what I… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago

OH! And I forgot the best part:

Briefcase technique where I pull out a resume for 2015. It will show how this “wasted” 2014 year will look to a future employer if I do, indeed, fail big and have to find a new job.

Lylaaaa
Lylaaaa
2 years 7 months ago
Thanks to Ramit I was able to avoid a $200 flight rescheduling fee. The first time I called (prior to opening Ramits book that I asked my mom to buy me for Christmas) there was “nothing they could do” …none of my horrible excuses for changing my flight worked. After reading ONE PAGE (p.24) of I Will Teach You to be Rich, I called back, said the magic words, waived my wand and they were “happy to waive the fee.” The hardest part was making sure the woman couldn’t hear me grinning from ear to ear and stomping my dancing… Read more »
Travis
Travis
2 years 7 months ago

I currently have nothing to do at work, literally nothing and keep telling myself I should take the free online programming courses I’ve been wanting to take which would help with my current job…instead I seem to dink around and tell myself I should be working instead and end up wasting my time doing nothing instead.

I keep saying now is the time but never seem do it, almost like I don’t want to really try so I can say well you tried but it’s just not for me.

Ragnar
2 years 7 months ago
Because my goal is to establish a sort of “digital nomad” lifestyle, while sticking to the more forgiving countries for starters. (Thailand, Philippines, Paraguay Uruguay) other countries that are safe, sunny and have cheap living costs) I’m sure I will hear all kinds of things. But the main four I’ve already heard. “What about your future?” Or “What if you fail?” “What about your friends/family?” “What about finding a girlfriend/wife/whatever?” For my future I would argue that I still have time to get established in a traditional career if that proves itself necessary, and that taking action and going for… Read more »
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Alex'x
Alex'x
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit, all I’d say is “Bring it on.” My mind’s made up. For once I can live following my heart!

Daniella Renee
Daniella Renee
2 years 7 months ago

Every time I read one of your posts, it’s like getting a hug from a unicorn. A unicorn which farts butt kicking rainbows and unrelenting high standards.

This is the best IWT post ever.

Now excuse me, I have some world domination to manhandle.

Samantha
Samantha
2 years 7 months ago

I wish someone would explain the rainbow farting unicorns to me.. I feel so left out of the loop on that one.

Mathieu
Mathieu
2 years 7 months ago
If I had to think of two traits that ambitious people around me have in common, I’d say it’s having a very clear focus. They know what they want to invest time in and also what not. The second trait would be that they work in a very results-oriented manner. I have two specific goals for 2014: to finish my PhD and to read more. I’ve purchased more than 10 books that are still waiting to be read. A lot of them are self-improvement books (Mastery, Letters from a Stoic, Pitch Anything, Predictably Irrational). Related to that, I want to… Read more »
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Meg Sylvia
2 years 7 months ago

This is really powerful stuff. Really needed to read this!

One of my goals this year is to surround myself with those positive people you talk about. Going to my first self-development/entrepreneurship meet-up tomorrow, and simple as this is, I still get feedback from people closest to me like, “you’re really going to that? But you won’t know anyone there…won’t that be awkward?

Maybe it will be a little uncomfortable at first. But I can’t wait to have people in my life who motivate me to try more “awkward” situations!

Robyn Coe
2 years 7 months ago
OK, Ramit, it’s true – I’m up for your challenge. I love it! But this big skeptic in my life, who would read your fabulous essay and rip it apart, is my biggest hurdle. And this is the person that would benefit most from my success! So that means, in real life, I usually can’t talk about risks I want to take or investments I want to make in my career. It’s like having on those heavy diving boots! So instead of growing my business 10x/year, I’m growing 2x/year, at best. That’s not nothing, but it’s not a 3-week international… Read more »
Scott
Scott
2 years 7 months ago
Love this, Ramit! To answer the question, here are two ambition-killing thoughts/criticisms that I’ve come across recently: 1) Over the holidays, a family member told me after a moment of frustration on my part: “Scott, you’ve got what 99 percent of the people in this country want.” He was right–things have really come together for me in the past few years thanks in no small part to your material–I finished my master’s degree in ’11, married in ’12, got pregnant with my first kid in ’13…plus, I have no debt, I’m in great shape, and have a cool job “consulting… Read more »
Eric
Eric
2 years 7 months ago
So I’ve been trying to get a blog and online fitness company going for 2-3 years now–and all along the way I have heard the following from friends and family: “You are only 25 years old and have 2 years of “official” professional experience, why would anyone listen to you?” “You’re too late in the game, there’s already enough (or too many) people with information like yours” “You are worrying too much about “art” and not enough about what really works” “No one cares what you have to say about that” The thing is, I’ve been studying everything related to… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago

You should check out bonytobeastly.com

They did something similar, and they are incredibly open and warm guys (went through their program, gained 11 lbs in 4mo, and now we nerd out about entrepreneurship stuff). If you’re interested, I’d be glad to introduce you.

Simone
2 years 7 months ago
Eric, go for it! I would love to see the site you’d launch. I only recently discovered a passion for nutrition and fitness, but people like Steve at Nerd Fitness and Amy at Strong Inside Out have helped me realize that this is what I’m passionate about. However, unlike you, I got a degree in something completely different and am only now beginning to pursue additional information for future coaching/etc. I’d also like to have a website, but aside from blogging for a college site, I have no experience with web design, etc! Despite even people like my doctor (a… Read more »
Mariana
Mariana
2 years 7 months ago
I can relate to being called ‘weird’. When I was growing up I absolutely loved to read and the library was one of my favourite places in the world. My friends and peers didn’t understand why I would pick a book over going to the movies or hanging out at the park etc. so I was labelled as being ‘weird’. But it never bothered me and I would counter this with ‘yeah, I am weird and it’s pretty cool!’ Soon enough the ‘she’s crazy’ looks turned to acceptance and it didn’t bother them (because as far as I was concerned,… Read more »
Tim Stephenson
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, thanks from the bottom of my heart for your clear approach and speech. I’m torn, though: during the day I work for a Fortune 100 company as a junior computer wizard, and of an evening I restore old photos as a side job (damagedphotorepair.com). I’ve also looked into a large number of money-making opportunities and even wrote an ebook on the subject (www.heroicmoney.com: your readers can use the promo code DISH to get it for free if they want – this ain’t a commercial). I originally wrote this book for one of our staff who kept trying to bum… Read more »
Katy
Katy
2 years 7 months ago

I’m not your usual reader – I’m 62 and just got laid off from my aerospace engineering job, with not a lot of prospects for an equivalent one. As much as I loved my work over 40 years and will miss it, I feel good! This year will be devoted to learning, with a goal of figuring out what else I can do, and how best to do it. I can still be amazing!

Janine
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit, I want to write novels and of course so do about 2billion other people. My friends say I’m ok (are they being nice?) – I have to test it for myself. Novels take ages to write and somewhere in the middle of that process i decide I’m rubbish and go back to my day job. I never get to test.
I loved the story about your mum wanting an upgrade and I loved that no one reading that would question that you did it for her.
Happy New Year – let’s get masterful!

Michael K
Michael K
2 years 7 months ago
Novels don’t have to take ages to write. I destroyed that invisible script when I wrote 50,000 words in 15 days of work for NaNoWriMo. That’s a short novel in two weeks. Prior to that, I barely wrote at all. Is it a literary masterpiece? No. But writing is far more about rewriting and editing anyway. Much better to have a first draft to edit after two weeks, than no novel *ever*. What it did for me is what’s important. I no longer have excuses like, “Novels take too long. I’m not a fast writer. I can’t write original characters.… Read more »
Natalie
Natalie
2 years 7 months ago

I am my worst critic. I have wanted to start a niche beverage kiosk as a money muse and because I want to see if I can do it. I have started the business plan, it is unfinished. I have visited a potential supplier and factory, the info is in a file in my desk. I have thought about future actions and made list. I have no excuse. I just need to MOVE ON THIS !

Matt
2 years 7 months ago

Oh, too easy. I know I want a better, more appropriate job, but if I even mention that possibility to my father or hint that I’m, gasp, unhappy in my current job, I get the usual “lucky to have a job” stuff, or “are you going to go back to retail” (not a chance!), so I kow I can’t depend on him for support. So it’ll be fun when I surprise him with the news when I DO get a better job.

Swathi
Swathi
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit Your blog made me laugh out loud. I buy flight tickets for my parents to visit me from India, I buy gold necklaces for my mom and latest smart phone for my dad and I don’t think twice about it. Growing up, I have had similar experience like you did. And even though I spend 300$ on a pair of shoes, I think twice about spending $3 on a chai latte 🙂 My biggest internal fear is about quitting my job which I absolutely hate everyday and ‘how can I leave high six figure salary’ when so many people… Read more »
Sarah
2 years 7 months ago
Yoooo I am definitely my own worst critic! I started my own online business a couple of months ago and it has been a bit slow (I’m selling awesome second hand and imported clothing online and also have a blog about fashion/beauty related stuff). I think I’m just frustrated and being impatient. I’ve actually had loads of people say things like they love the clothes I put up and they love the blog and it’s inspiring for them. But… Why aren’t the clothes flying out the door? I need to solve this problem. I’ve also found I’m more drawn to… Read more »
Ethan Wilson
Ethan Wilson
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit, I have an Asian mom and she says shit like this: “You should just be lucky you have a job in this economy”

Pamela Slim
2 years 7 months ago
Great post! And I love this year’s theme! I am so happy to see Naveen’s success. After I did a master class for one of your classes that he was enrolled in, he religiously attended my monthly free calls. He was very clear about the advice he solicited. He always followed up with me to report on the results. (You know how you and I both value the follow up after advice is given!) All this to say that he ABSOLUTELY worked for and deserves every bit of success he attained. You were so smart to feature him. I appreciate… Read more »
Naveen Dittakavi
2 years 7 months ago

Thank you for your kind words and guidance Pam! Ramit and I talked about your feedback and guidance in the interview. I just emailed you a note as well.

HEATHER
HEATHER
2 years 7 months ago
Thank you. thank you. Very on-point here. I have been thinking about transforming my entire life after been out of work for sometimes now. My dreams have only gotten larger and wider that sometimes i think of where I am now, I do not know where i would even meet int the middle for my very extravagant dreams. My mother keeps bringing up my sister that she is married with now two children and whenever I think of it, I see that as settling and I cannot picture myself with a little house in the country. I have a very,… Read more »
Rivka
2 years 7 months ago

This post was wonderful
especially the part about imagining your progress if you were a robot
but I just wanted to say:
YOUR MOM ROCKS.

Laura
Laura
2 years 7 months ago

This year I will start a business, especially now that I have a clear idea, and I will earn more! My biggest critic is myself (not disciplined enough and don’t have the money) but I’m getting more comfortable with the uncomfortable and practicing good money management, so I believe I can do it!

Meghan C.
Meghan C.
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, you got me! I have the exact negative script you mention in your video that says ambitious people spend too much time working and lack balance and don’t spend enough time with their families. Family is the most important thing to me and a huge part of my idea of living a rich life is to spend lots of time with my family and would love to be able to do things like buy dinner or plane tickets for family members without worrying about the cost. I work mostly from home right now so I can raise my 5… Read more »
Sonia M.
Sonia M.
2 years 7 months ago
I was actually told the following – sometimes over and over… and by the same person – about various things I’ve been doing: Opting for the Paleo diet – after being on a gluten free diet for gluten intolerance: ‘A little rice won’t kill you”… “I’m sure you’re going to develop some kind of deficiency from not eating grains”… “You’re telling me you removed even more stuff from your diet, what the hell do you eat now?” — I just let them vent, then I simply answer that 1) I’ve never felt better; 2) I actually feel I have more… Read more »
Terry gillespie
Terry gillespie
2 years 7 months ago

i love ur sensé of humor

Kelly
Kelly
2 years 7 months ago
My parents are my main skeptic – I want to move to New York (from Vancouver, BC but currently in Sydney, Australia) and change jobs from Account Manager in Advertising to client-side marketing for a luxury brand or fashion company. Extremely risk-averse, they’re the “be thankful for a job you have now”, “New York is very expensive…” type of people. To handle this, I need to continue confident self-talk and not let myself internalize their fears. I must remind myself that I can’t live small because that’s where they’re comfortable. My other main skeptic is myself. I recently read ‘The… Read more »
Judith
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I love the story about your mom and the business class ticket! I have two grown children– one of whom I’m still helping out– but I need to get my own career and finances back on track. Over the past couple of years, I’ve dabbled in a few things, done some traveling, sat with dying friends, and worked on another book, but Jan. 1 it hit me that I need to get my tutoring business going and get a job in the meantime. My biggest fear is that it is too late, that I don’t have what it takes… Read more »
Vince
Vince
2 years 7 months ago
My friends are all nerds and ridicule anyone who dresses nice or does business school or works on self-improvement. Hell, I won’t lie, I’ve been guilty of it myself, though I felt ashamed afterwards. A lot of what you said validates some of my actions and it feels good. When I lost 90 lbs in 2013, I lied to my friends and told them I had a stomach condition and my doctor told me I couldn’t eat anything but liquid food. Yeah it’s bad, and no offense to people actually suffering from stomach problems, but I had to do it… Read more »
Christie
Christie
2 years 7 months ago

Dear Ramit,
It is such a long trip to India. Wouldn’t your mother enjoy a companion? Surely, she must have a friend or relative that could join her. You should definitely be getting two tickets.
~ Christie

Joe
Joe
2 years 7 months ago
My goal this year is to make $60,000 dollars through my own tutoring business. My naysayers- specifically my parents- would say that this is absolutely ridiculous considering that I’ve never made over $15,000 in a year, and am currently employed at a tutoring business where I only take a 33% (at best) commission off of my work. Here’s how I plan to respond: First, doing my work quietly and building up my study materials, articles, and videos for becoming a top performer in Organic Chemistry and being the most attractive candidate for Medical School admission boards. Second, asking them eventually… Read more »
Brian
2 years 7 months ago
When I watched your ambition video I noticed an invisible script that comes up for me is, “when I look at the people running their own businesses that I actually respect and admire–and would willingly listen to the advice of–I notice that they are so much further down the path than me that I can’t imagine anyone paying/following/caring about someone at my level (because I know I wouldn’t).” Often it’s actually DE-motivating to look at these people. I find it helps to look at how people got started rather than read about their recent triumphs. It’s somewhat ironic since I’ve… Read more »
Simone
2 years 7 months ago
Brian, I feel the same way! After a childhood of hating sports, I started getting into fitness in college, but I’m still on the road to being stronger, more athletic, etc. Eventually I’d like to help others find the fun you can have with nutrition and fitness outside of the gym, but when I look at people who are successfully doing just that, it seems overwhelming and unattainable. And if I do become successful myself, I don’t want to appear intimidating and unapproachable to other beginners out there who I’d love to help! I like your point about “how people… Read more »
G.
G.
2 years 7 months ago

I’m my biggest self-critic. I am lucky to be surrounded by loving, supportive, inspiring family, friends, and colleagues.
Two points jumped out at me wrt self criticism- “one year from now, you’ll be one year older, what are you going to do about it” and the idea of being a robot stripped of fears/doubts and what you would focus on. For someone without a history of ambition, or successful ambition, lasering in on to the vision of a dream distilled and completed as the tool to help you get over the start-up fear and avoidance is really important.
Thanks, Ramit!

Tara
Tara
2 years 7 months ago

The people around me are actually very supportive of most things I do; most of them want to hop on board, actually. It’s my inner critic who’s the real monster. I need to figure out how to rein her in.

Jenny
Jenny
2 years 7 months ago
I want to not only survive, but to make the most out of living at home with my somewhat crazy asian mother for as long as I can. (It’s always great hearing stories about other crazy asian mothers, thanks Ramit:) Even though I just graduated from college and I would love to move out, it’s more beneficial for both of us if I stay, at least for a year. My friends (the skeptics) think she’s controlling me by making me pay rent AND work for her (she’s a landlord) to an excessive point. Even more, they know as well as… Read more »
Tristan
Tristan
2 years 7 months ago
I changed my diet, and my parents are telling me to eat junk with them. I stuck to my diet, but it’s not the ideal one for me because I still accommodate the eating preferences of the people around me like friends and relatives. So in short, I still eat junk, haha. I’m investing in seminars, etc to learn about businesses and to be a bit hands-on, and my mother keeps saying that they are just scams, and that I should just start a business that’s focused on something that she thinks will make money, but we know zilch about.… Read more »
Joy
Joy
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Tristan, just wanted to give you that extra push you needed. I’m from the same country and I’ve purchased some of Ramit’s courses. 🙂

Cindy
Cindy
2 years 7 months ago
There are two areas for me, which people closest to me do not support: 1. Diet. “YOU are not eating rice and fruits and noodles and bread and cereal?! And you’re eating black beans instead of rice?? Bleh!” I’m Chinese. Our household diet is white bread for breakfast and unapologetically Chinese for lunch and dinner. I tried to switch to slow carb diet, which should have been relatively easy to just swap rice out with beans. Yet thus was the reaction I got from my parents and my husband, all of whom have not do subtly said I need to… Read more »
Kesha
Kesha
2 years 7 months ago

I am my worst critic. It actually seems the people around me have more belief in my ability than I have myself. I say things to myself like…you have tried this so many times before is this really gonna be different. You will be right back in the same place… My goal is to develop my business idea as well as the confidence required for its success.

Mike
2 years 7 months ago
Hi, everyone: I’m very grateful for advice here, it helps me look into myself. One of the goal for 2014 is to know more about myself, get a job and start graduate study of engineering management in Stanford. After graduate in May 2013, I have been unemployed and out-of-school for almost 7 months now. Jesus, I did not realize it has really been that long. It has worn my energy out quite a bit. 2013 was not the best year I have encountered, broken up with ex-girl friend before marriage, got a job and lost it before of visa issues,… Read more »
jp
jp
2 years 7 months ago

I’d say lets talk after a year!

Nathaniel Wyckoff
2 years 7 months ago

Some people will not be supportive of my writing a sequel to my first novel, Yaakov the Pirate Hunter. “How do you have time?” they’ll ask, knowing that I already have a fulfilling full-time job, a family and community involvements. I interpret “How do you have time?” to mean, “I can’t write, and you make me feel insecure by telling me that you can; please have the decency to fail so that I can raise my own pathetic self-esteem by gloating over your failure.”

How would I respond? Amanda, the first commenter, said it best.

Sara
Sara
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is to quit my current job (teaching) and open a cafe. When I talk about why I want to open a cafe specifically, most of my friends will nod or even be enthusiastic about it. Mentioning it to my family, on the other hand? I get: -You’re good at what you do. (this is true) You should develop this career. -You’re lucky to have a job/steady income/live where you do. -The market is saturated; no one needs this. You’ll eventually just convert to a Starbucks. (thanks, that’s nice.) -There’s no money in starting a small business. (and there’s… Read more »
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jak
jak
2 years 7 months ago

One area in my life I want to change is to be able to motivate myself to finish a task. I’ll be honest I started E1K but I haven’t finished it. I’m my biggest critic and biggest downer. If it doesn’t come smoothly then I feel like I’ve done something wrong when most likely there was no right or wrong it just didn’t work.
I just wanna shut off this little voice in my head that pokes holes at everything and over thinks it all.

Michelle
2 years 7 months ago
I set several goals in my annual review this year. I will finish my economics degree magna cum laude and end the year with at least 6 contacts in my target branches of the Federal Reserve. This is part of my Dream Job journey. Sadly, I already know the worst critic and what she’d say, because my mother has been harassing me about it for 2 years already. I’m “throwing away a good job and a pension” by not staying in the military for 20 years. Nevermind that it’s a job I hate, that advancement is trickling right now, and… Read more »
YOHAMI
2 years 7 months ago

awesome stuff bro.

Ben
Ben
2 years 7 months ago

Awesome post, Ramit. Very inspiring.

I’ve found the biggest area of critique has been on any change in self image – if I start buying better clothes or lose weight/gain muscle, there are plenty of comments. Hidden in the minor praise, though, are phrases like “I thought you looked fine before”, “you didn’t need to lose weight”, etc. that imply that change isn’t only unnecessary, but somewhat undesirable. Maybe it’s just my own insecurity, but this stuff gets to me.

Simone
2 years 7 months ago
Great post. It’s going to be a great year! I graduated in May with a degree in Asian Studies. 18 year old me wanted to be a Chinese interpreter, but no more. Despite being an asthmatic, sports-hating bookworm as a kid, in college I discovered activities that I enjoyed, and am now really passionate about health and fitness. (I actually found you, Ramit, through Steve at Nerd Fitness. He basically has my dream job.) I’m a healthy weight, but I’m working on developing a stronger, more athletic build (which I never, ever imagined *I* could have), and like Steve, I… Read more »
Jonathan
Jonathan
2 years 7 months ago

The goal I’d have the biggest critics would be starting my own business. Recently I’ve been writing down more ideas than ever and researching the ones that stick with me to see what opportunities exist. Launching something feels inevitable. It’s exciting.

My biggest critics, though? Both my mother and my mother in law. I can hear both talking about how risky it is going out on my own – as they both have before.

Something will get launched this year, success or failure.

Erick M
Erick M
2 years 7 months ago

Fitness – “You ABSOLUTLEY have to have breakfast” (Everyone) “If you keep lifting weights you’re gonna look abnormal, like a bodybuilder!” (Friends)
Online business – “In this country (Mexico) NOBODY buys stuff online” (Myself)

Greg
Greg
2 years 7 months ago
I go to a college which is known for having an incredibly tough workload, and people complain about it being impossible to have any free time at all, but that’s not true. We (or at least I) spend time often irresponsibly and inefficiently, and we might spend 6 hours playing video games, then get behind and struggle to catch up for the rest of the week, but those 6 hours weren’t free time, because we felt like we should be doing something. We also try to do too much — 18 credit hours + tons of clubs. I believe that… Read more »
Jane
2 years 7 months ago
Last year I quit my job to work for myself. I’m now making and selling art and doing consulting. I participated in 2 art/craft fairs at the end of 2013 and I currently have one large consulting project that is taking up most of my time. I have actually had to start saying no to projects. Things are going well. For what feels like forever, my dad has been telling me that I should work for myself. He has worked for himself for a number of years (with my mom) and has been a good source of advice. After 3… Read more »
CS
CS
2 years 7 months ago

“You’ll fail!”
“No one will buy from you”
“Customers will think your prices are too high”

I’ve been afraid to find out that what my target market really wants is what I can’t offer. So I don’t go out there and look for feedback.

Angelique
Angelique
2 years 7 months ago
2013 was my first year of being a full-time freelancer web desginer + developer. Given that, I’m actually surprised at how few fears got expressed in my general direction. I guess because I didn’t really talk to people much about my plans, I just dove in, set realistic goals and worked my tail feathers off. It has been SO rewarding. Goals for 2014 : – Raise my rates for my birthday ( I doubled my rates when I went FT freelance, and, since I’ve been booked fairly solid for months at a go, it’s time to go higher. I’ve had… Read more »
Michael Riley
2 years 7 months ago
This post really resonated with me on a number of levels (loved the cardigan sweater comment btw!). I’m in the middle of IWTYTBR now and have been loving your content since subscribing last year. I want to become a better writer. I’m good at it, and people have communicated that to me. However, I find it difficult to do write every day, do not really have an audience, and do not write about one topic exclusively. I write more about things that are bothering me in my life or lessons I’ve learned. A naysayer might say, “You’re not an expert… Read more »
Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

I am trying to eat less to lose some weight. So at dinner I try not to fill my plate to the brim, and my wife always points this out. She says, “Are you sure you’re going to have enough to eat?” or, “Do you not like what I’ve cooked.” It makes me feel bad. It also makes me want to scream, because she doesn’t eat very much. Anytime I point this out, she gets offended.

Michelle Keep
2 years 7 months ago

Have you tried talking to her before she cooks? Just saying something like “Oh, just one potato for me is fine” or whatever might help remove the ‘skill’ from the equasion. It’s not about how good her potatoes are, you’re making a conscious decision to eat less. Or telling her that if you’re still hungry in an hour or two you promise to go back for more.

Pushing away a plate with food still on it, though, can sometimes feel like an insult even if it’s not intended. I’d say try to handle it before it gets to that point 🙂

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been meeting with a group to work on a software project on the side for 2 hours a week, and the biggest naysayer has been my wife with “This is time you could be spending with the kids and me.”

I’ve been addressing it by setting aside specific family time and date nights, but other times I just avoid answering. My takeaway is that I need to develop a system for improving the quality of family time, not just the quantity.

Margo
Margo
2 years 7 months ago
Ask yourself what’s behind her need for time with the kids and her, and you’ll open up some creative solutions. If she is a SAHM, she may need you around for relief from the constant effort of watching the kids. Could you hire a sitter for a few hours a week? She could feel some envy that you have both work and a pet project to engage you intellectually – perhaps she needs time and stimulating conversation with adults. How could you get that for her? Could you find other time in your schedule, such as your fitness time, and… Read more »
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Mary Grace
2 years 7 months ago
This year, on the side, I will start a blog directed towards young professionals. I am constantly asked how I was able to jump into a corporate job that required over a decade’s worth of experience when I only had two years’ worth or how I was able to graduate from undergraduate and graduate school debt free or how I bought a house and helped my parents buy their first house all by my mid-twenties. In the past, I’ve agreed to meet 1-1 with people so that they can pick my brain, but a blog would allow me to help… Read more »
Clay Hebert
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit,

I love the theme “Unapologetic Mastery”. It’s perfect.

Hope you’re well.

/c

Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
2 years 7 months ago
I’m 22 years old and feel social interactions are the hardest thing ever. You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you see an old classmate from high school and know you have to talk to them and it will probably be awkward. I absolutely hate that I think that way and feel if I was better in social situations life would be more enjoyable. So my goal is too develop social skills and social awareness so I can move through life not ever worrying about how I interact with people. Here I m trying to improve myself… Read more »
stacey
stacey
2 years 7 months ago
Hey Eric, One thing I am generally amazing at is meeting people. I was a socialaholic and worked in sales jobs and did a little drama and just seem to enjoy collecting cool conversations. Now, I had a couple of friends who were very shy too until they came to work with me doing market research survey interviewing. We were students or had day jobs as well and it was great extra cash I am not sure if you have a job or need one right now, but would recommend doing something where you have to talk to people you… Read more »
Mark
2 years 7 months ago
I want to become an inventor and an entrepreneur. I love creating things, even a dream job doesn’t ring as well to me as being my own boss and bringing my own projects to life. (wow i’m so excited i might sprint a mile! no, three miles while yelling LET’S DO THIS!!!) The skeptics, oh how there so many!!! And they have so many voices!!! – Its too risky/difficult – you don’t have the money -you should finish school -the market is already saturated for that idea -the market is too small for that -you don’t have enough experience -the… Read more »
Mark
Mark
2 years 7 months ago

“not trying is more risky than trying” is what my first response was supposed to say

Deborah
Deborah
2 years 7 months ago

If I tell my significant other that I am not eating gluten: “just have some toast. Or, do you want a beer?”

If I say that I am spending this week on my business and have a list of tasks -” take a break. You don’t need to work so hard.” Or, even better, “do you want to go for a walk/drink/shopping?”

Richard
Richard
2 years 7 months ago

Today I outsourced the programming of a lot of sales automations that earned me $12,000. Really simple stuff I had been putting off for no good reason.

I’ve been outsourcing everything lately and seeing big returns. Tons of naysayers regarding this – but the proof is in the pudding.

Jean-Michel
2 years 7 months ago

My family is skeptical about my “non work” projects. Why do I do them? Will I ever make money from them?

Who knows? I am not sure that I ever will; but I enjoy them. I enjoy writing a book with a friend on surfing and Buddhism. I enjoy(ed) running an online clothing store (which never made any money), and I enjoy building a company on the side around capoeira.

What is like to do this year, is take these side projects to the next level. Publish the book, and complete and launch the capoeira business.

Aron
Aron
2 years 7 months ago
Today, my professor, lecturing to a bunch of 4th year students with significant student loans and are who already anxious as it is says, “If you are in this profession to make a lot of money, you’re in the wrong profession!” I almost choked on the apple I was eating! I’m in my 4th year in medical school with an emphasis on natural medicine (big emphasis on diet, exercise, prevention), and I’ve been through Earn1K and Dream Job and have since been cranking away making connections with a lot of docs who are passionate about their work and are also… Read more »
Mary Catherine
Mary Catherine
2 years 7 months ago

Awesome and inspiring / thanks for encouraging and modeling – BIG thinking!

Marsha
Marsha
2 years 7 months ago

O Surrogate Asian Father, I am IN.

I have great motivation and then get lost in “busyness” (yes, in quotes). Then I feel like a loser, and berate myself.

I need to start reminding myself that resistance is human – and that I have the CHOICE to overcome it and make some space for making progress.

Hollie2
Hollie2
2 years 7 months ago

I started my own business so that I can eventually leave my employment and have more flexible time to raise my children.

As I am now doing both, my time with my children is less and it takes a lot of self talk to remind myself why I am doing this but also in the society I am in it’s almost a sin if you choose to work over being a homemaker. I feel like I have to come up with reasons why I have to work rather than being ok with working because I want more in my life.

Liviu
Liviu
2 years 7 months ago
Last year, I left my comfortable yet increasingly-stagnant position as an academic and began freelancing and pursuing my passions of art and writing. I started in hard and fast, supporting myself through programming and design work while reading and learning from the best. I tried writing “seriously” for the first time, and submitted my work as an application for the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. I also joined an advanced course on visual arts, and pushed my skills to the level of winning first prize in a competition for scientific-themed art. Halfway through the year, however, I transitioned back to full time… Read more »
Simone
2 years 7 months ago

My critics would say… “you should stay in your job for as long as you can”
“how could you possibly make as much money in a side business as you do at your job” “why would you want the uncertainty in your life”

I would say I have a different idea and goals for my life and I’m not going to let societal norms or pressures dictate my life.

michele c.
michele c.
2 years 7 months ago
My Critics say, “Why are you doing that?” Do you actually think you are going to make a lot of money doing it? Why do you want to be an entrepreneur in this economy? You’re going to fail.” I say, “I’m willing to test myself and see if I can do this. If I fail I can get another job, even though I am older than most who enter the job market. I don’t want to deal with “If I shoulda, woulda, coulda done X, Y and Z, then….” Besides, if I don’t do it now, I’ll be dead before… Read more »
Michael
Michael
2 years 7 months ago

Everyone in my life is supportive of me but myself. I am really good at making to-do lists but terrible at executing them. I’ve always had a problem finishing projects no matter how small (putting away clothes) or big (getting six-pack abs). I’ve gotten to the point where I know I’m probably not going to finish something so I’m less motivated to try new things. Need to find a way to fix this because I know I have more potential than I’m showing

Jason
Jason
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit, thx. I have been putting your stuff TO WORK( No, not just “thinking” about it lol!) and it works. I also wanted to pass along a valuable resource( not scam or spam) for those who REALLY want to get serious about implementing this stuff. Put your goals into ACTION!

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Josh
Josh
2 years 7 months ago
My Big Win is to start and grow a business. – My grandparents would say “just stick to your job and be happy you have such a good one. Save and dono’t spend anything. Ever.” My answer would be that times are different from when they were younger, but I generally would worry them until I was successful. – My parents would say “just stick with your job and don’t make us disappointed in you. All that study to throw it away? And whatever you do, don’t tell your grandparents!” My answer would be that I don’t plan to give… Read more »
Erinina Marie Ness
Erinina Marie Ness
2 years 7 months ago

Thank you for this post and being the unapologetic, optomistic leader you are. I’ve followed off and on for a few years. But this post made me fall in love. Cheers.

jon
jon
2 years 7 months ago

Everytime I think a plan or goal to go for I am my own worst enemy by saying, :silly you, you dont want to really do that, you wont like it, you’ll get tired of it and then you wasted all that time”.

So I do nothing…

stacey
stacey
2 years 7 months ago
Well, people are going to say: it’s unrealistic, it can’t be done, there is something wrong with me, my parents will say they don’t know what they did wrong with me. When I announce my boyfriend of another race it will be another disappointment and embarrassment even if they get over it and see he is a nice person. If I move country, I will be told it will be like putting myself at risk on purpose and shortening my life. When I start my business, people will say I have no clue. When I publish a book, the ones… Read more »
stacey
stacey
2 years 7 months ago
Oops be specific in handling skepticism: 1. I have to get boyfriend to meet parents and present him as conservative, nice and similarly human to them and as career minded and a good prospect for me. I want this to happen by Easter. 2. I will initially look for jobs abroad with a company or org. that is international so my family will have a point of reference there and feel a little more secure in my choise. 3. I will not tell my friends about my book. I will keep it to my online writers group which is more… Read more »
Joshua B
Joshua B
2 years 7 months ago

Member of E1K and Finisher’s Formula.

I want to make more money to put back into self-development (Success Triggers and a monthly of RBT to start) and to invest in freeing up time (getting a housecleaner and laundry service) and to take my wife out on more dates. I’m deadly afraid of not finishing, but I’m working on this script (“I can try breaking this down and seeing this as an experiment). Next step is making this measurable and actionable.

And eventually want to move to a job where I can work at home to take advantage of my late-night productivity.

Madeline
Madeline
2 years 7 months ago
I’m a single mom with three kids and a very loving family. Every time I try and think of ways to increase income (side job? better job? go back to school?) or I try and start working out, I get the same reaction: But you already have so much on your plate, so many responsibilities, how on earth can you possibly take on more? And to be brutally honest, this is also what I have internalized and tell myself. I have NO idea how to handle this because I do very much feel overwhelmed already and am fearful of taking… Read more »
João
João
2 years 7 months ago

The one area people would be my eating habits. I am not fat but I’m not lean either, so I’d rather take care of this now before I tip the scales any further. However, my family and even myself doubt I can do this.

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