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How to ace the world’s toughest interviews

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It seems we’ve given up on being ambitious these days. How often do you hear the press saying, “Young people would be lucky to get a job in this economy”?

In fact, it’s almost un-cool to be ambitious: If you say “Yeah, I really want to work at [Top-ranked company] or get into [Elite college] or [Ridiculous goal like travel around the world for 2 years], lots of us would get weird looks, since we’re just supposed to be happy to have a job. Any job.

This invisible anchor of low expectations makes us give up on ambitious dreams because it would be “weird” and uncomfortable to talk about the bigger goals we have.

Compare this low-performing mentality to top performers, who are still getting more job offers than they can handle, making more money than they’ve ever made before, and living a lifestyle that would be envious to most people. But they don’t get press very often.

I think it’s cool to be ambitious. It’s great to dream bigger than your friends and parents. And if you take action to hit your goals, the critics will fade away.

For example, I had friends that used to say things like “So when are you going to get a real job?” A couple years ago, that changed to, “Man, I wish I had your schedule.”

And much of this low-expectation mentality is due to our invisible scripts.

Here’s an example from uber-entrepreneur Steve Blank, who writes about a fascinating story: Some of his former students had started a company, and while it had been successful for a few years, they were now selling merger deals and found themselves mysteriously losing deals to bigger competitors.

After Steve listened to their challenges, he said this:

“My first observation is that you guys don’t even know what you don’t know,” I suggested. “Large procurements for government agencies are being played out on level you aren’t participating in. There’s a game going on around you that you don’t even know about.

That last line — “There’s a game going on around you that you don’t even know about” — is a profound truth that most people never realize. They truly believe that if they simply try harder, they’ll get a promotion and make more money.

They truly believe that if they go to grad school, it will be the single-best thing to improve their job prospects.

They truly believe that buying a house will give them financial security, and that listening to their financial advisor will give them “trusted” information, and that choosing a marketable major in college will get them a good job.

Sometimes these assumptions work, but often not. Is it any surprise that many people are frustrated that they’ve been sold a bill of goods? That the American dream doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to?

For many of us, there’s a game going on around us that we don’t even realize. Today, I’ll share some of those games with you.

In fact, this week I’ll be covering more on “invisible scripts” in my 30-day free course on hustling your way to success.

  • Monday: Automating your invisible scripts
  • Tuesday: Examples of successfully automating scripts (bonus email if you’re on my free pre-launch list)
  • Wednesday: Expert case study on hustling
  • Thursday: LIVE webcast where I’ll do live teardowns of your invisible scripts and show you how to take action with them (keep your evening free)
  • Friday: Winner of “Take Action” award for this week, plus preview of next week’s content

At the end of this month, I’ll be launching Earn1k 2.0, a new version of my comprehensive program on hustling and earning money on the side.

Now, check out the invisible games that go on around us…without us even knowing about them.

Behind the scenes: How to ace the world’s toughest interviews

A few months ago, I met a college student at a conference. He was telling me about his job search. “I have a few companies I want to go after,” he said excitedly. “I’m pretty sure I can get a job offer from all of them. Then I ‘ll have to pick! I just have to start working on my interviews. What do you suggest?”

I asked him if he’d researched the interview process. Had he done any practice interviews with friends? What about reaching out to older friends who worked there? He shook his head no impatiently. Then he told me he’d get to all that, but did I have any “tips” to share with him?

I didn’t know what to tell him. He had no idea what he was getting into.

The companies he named were some of the most competitive in the Bay Area. He had little experience (which is fine for college students) and a competitive GPA. But his communication skills were terrible. As we talked — with him talking at me instead of with me — I compared him to a group of friends I had in college.

During interview season, this group of friends and I sat around the dining halls and shared our best interview techniques on a regular basis. We shared the craziest questions we got, the best answers we’d given, and the strategies that alumni — the hiring managers — had let us in on. My friends from this group went on to get jobs at McKinsey, BCG, Google, Goldman, and other extraordinary companies.

This isn’t meant to brag. But let me share what was happening in these dining-hall meetings. Each of us was relentlessly focused on becoming the world’s best interviewees. We studied interview techniques — for hours every week. We tested our best material with interviewers. (Many students would schedule interviews with companies they have no interest in to use as “practice interviews.” Like it or not, it works.) Then we brought it back to the group, compared notes, practiced our cadence, rhythm, and tone, tore each other’s answers apart, and systematically improved our interview skills. Over and over.

So when this random guy at a conference was telling me his interview strategy, there was a game going on around him that he didn’t even realize. Serious applicants to companies like McKinsey were practicing their case-interview techniques for MONTHS before they ever stepped foot in the interview room. These same applicants that had talked to alumni/friends currently at their target companies to get the inside scoop on what really mattered in the interviews. They’d read books and Vault Guides and had attended info sessions. By the time they got to the interview, they were absolutely ready.

And, as with virtually any other complex transaction, 85% of the work was done before these serious candidates ever stepped foot into the interview room.

And the scary thing is, this is what most top performers do.

What does this mean for you?

Am I saying that you need connections and dozens of hours of interview prep to get a job with these companies?

Of course not.

But it sure stacks the odds in your favor.

Ambition + preparation

There’s a difference between being ambitious and realistically ambitious. Anyone can say they want to be President, or work on Wall Street, or travel around the world on passive income.

But realistically ambitious people articulate their goals, then describe the action they’ve taken to achieve them.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to claim you want something…without working for it.

  • “I want to have 6-pack abs!” (But I haven’t scheduled in 3x/week to go to the gym.)
  • I want to be rich!” (But I haven’t even read one good personal finance book)
  • “I want to work at [TOP COMPANY]!” (But I haven’t done any serious research, including informational interviews, mock interviews, and investigations into how people get jobs there and what they do afterwards.)

The key difference is bringing ambition to reality through testing.

When I met with my college friends every few days during interview season, we were systematically testing our interview theories and skills. When we started, we knew we weren’t the best. But by the end, we could walk into an interview and close it like nobody’s business.

Over the next 4 weeks, I’m going to be pulling back the curtain on a different topic each week to show you what’s really going on behind the scenes. Today, we covered interviews for top companies.

  • CURRENT invisible script for job interviews: “If I do a little research and show up, I should probably be able to turn this interview into a job.”
  • REALISTIC invisible script: “I’m competing against people who are 3x as qualified as I am. The actual script

And there are more invisible scripts for jobs, relationships, earning money, big projects like writing books, and virtually every other area of life.

 

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Results from last week’s test: TAKING ACTION

Last week, I asked people to list 3 assumptions and test them. Of course, once you ask people to take action, a small fraction actually do. So today, here are some actual results that people got in 48 hours’ of testing their theories.

Actual results from 48 hours’ of testing:

– “I talked to two potential customers. 1 called me back the next day to hire my service.”

– “I actually got a $1,000 raise. They completely agreed with all of my points!”

– “Biggest result so far? I GOT OFF MY BUTT AND DID SOMETHING. I’ve *finally* launched an ad campaign of some kind. Now that I’ve done it, all I have to do is tweak it. I haven’t sold one yet, but over 100,000 people will see my ad. If even *one* actually buys the eBook, I’ve done more than I have in the last nine months.”

– “I launched a web site with a few hours of work.”

– “I wrote a 23 page eBook, sent out to 15 people to test it, and got 3 response, and two pending.”

– “I wrote one paid article and applied for two job offers on a job board and it didn’t even feel like working, because I was so “in the zone” and happy about doing what I had been putting off for weeks.”

– “I was checking for vegetables when I saw this cute girl. She was obviously looking for something specific. I knew I had to make a move. I wasn’t able to do nothing. Just like that I hear your voice Ramit. You told me go for it.  I said to her are you looking for something. She said yeah I’m looking for ground corn. I could say yeah it’s over there but instead I ask for her recipe with ground corn.  A nice conversation begins. My next move was to ask her number. I was ready for a big no. Guess what? She gave it to me. I was surprised. I’m not sure I can duplicate this success but I will try it again another day.”

–  “I only ever hit on girls that I hadn’t met before, so this was an AMAZING experience for me. I started out by just approaching two girls I already knew, out of which one I had a crush on for SEVEN years! The idea that they were impassable when compared with girls I didn’t know was completely dispelled and my confidence increased TEN-FOLD. I flirted with them as I would normally do, and I expect to take them on an AWESOME date next week. You just helped me break a pattern of ignorance that lasted SEVEN years!! Thank you!”

– “I talked to the president (of the company), spent some time understanding his specific problem, and offered him a solution. I made sure to quote him a rate that I’ll be happy charging him for all of 2011, and he agreed.”

– “ALL THREE BIDS, for the three projects, at the higher price, were accepted! The customers didn’t even bat an eye! I am quick, detail oriented and efficient and I now realize that people are happy to pay a higher price when you give them results they didn’t even know they could get!!”

Not everyone had such success:

– “I also noted 3 other organizations I would like to practice my speaking skills with and sent them an email as well. Results: nothing yet.”

– “None, I was told the only fees the bank would refund are ones that are of bank errors. Since this was due to an error on my side, they have to adhere to the Terms and Conditions.”

– “I heard back from 2 companies about working with them, I failed miserably and made gross pancake type things, I was told there was no way I would qualify for the University of California San Diego and should attend another college.”

Do you see what’s going on here?

Many of these people got more done in 48 hours towards their goals than they had in years. Notice what I wrote: “towards their goals.” We can spend every day doing meaningless tasks, but if you take an honest look at what you accomplished last year, did it take you closer to your biggest goals?

Even the failures are a positive trend. While they may have tactically failed on this small task, they made an important change: taking action, instead of waiting for something to happen to them.

Negative invisible scripts

There’s a game going on around you that you don’t even know about.

How many of us go through life without testing our theories? Here are a few of the most insidious:

SCRIPT: “I could make $160,000/year if I just had a law degree.”
REALITY: Going to law school is likely to leave the average student in crushing debt — and law schools are systematically deceiving students. This is why top performers know to only go to top 10 law schools, or they don’t go at all.  (The same is true of business school.)

SCRIPT: “Why would anybody want to help me? What would they get out of it?”
REALITY: People LOVE to help people who take action. If some random emails me and tells me his delusional dreams, I’ll probably ignore him. But if he says, “Here’s my plan…I’ll email you back in 2 weeks with results. Then I’m hoping to get some advice after I’ve showed you that I can take action.” I’ll always respond. Who would be willing to help you?

SCRIPT: “I need to read more and more about investing before getting started.”
REALITY: You could set up your investment accounts by the end of the week and contribute $50/month to it — and be better off than someone who spent the next year “researching” their investments. (Note that I’m not saying you should just open up an account and dump your money anywhere. You need to do your research. But you can find out a basic place to invest, and “tune” your contribution amounts and asset allocation over time. I cover this in detail in chapters 3 and 7 of my book.)

Of COURSE there are exceptions to every one of these trends. There are huge successes that go to non-top-10 law schools and end up wildly successful, just as there are entrepreneurs who have hit it big without ever opening an investment account. But if you talk to most top performers, you’ll notice these trends time after time.

Do you have any these negative scripts do you have in your life?

Positive invisible scripts

Here are a few key positive scripts that top performers hold:

– “People want to help me, so it’s OK to ask them for advice”
– “I have a larger network than I realize..including my friends, friends’ friends, alumni, parents’ friends, and even people on LinkedIn and people whose blogs I read”
– “It’s GOOD to be ambitious”
– “I want to out-prepare the SHIT out of this interview/application”

See the difference?

Negative scripts are about holding you back. Often, they’re so deep you don’t even realize how they’re constraining you.

Positive scripts dispense with the “Should I?” and get right to the “How can I…” part.

It’s not “Should I apply to XYZ…?” it’s “How can I get INTO XYZ? What would make me irresistible to them?”

Advanced step: Automating positive scripts

Last week, we focused on identifying and testing our assumptions, which are invisible scripts that prevent us from getting what we want.

There’s one more step: automating the solutions into your life so you’re not dependent on willpower.

SCRIPT EXAMPLE: “I want to contact 5 people per week to offer my freelance services to”
– BAD implementation: “I should definitely do that. I’ll get started some time next week. Yeah, 5 people/week would be good.” (Notice loser language, including “should” and “would.”)
– GOOD implementation: “On Mondays, I do research on whom I should contact for the rest of the week. I write down the names and email addresses. Tues-Fri has 15 minutes blocked out each day on my calendar to contact and respond to my prospects.”

SCRIPT EXAMPLE: “I want to find a better job”
– BAD implementation: “I hate my job…I need to get something better…I should read some books on finding a job, and see what else is out there. I need to update my resume, too, and probably log into LinkedIn.”
– GOOD implentation: “I want to find a better job — which means it pays $5,000 more and lets me focus on XYZ area that I love — within 60 days. This week, I’m going to make a 7-week plan for finding a new job. I’m guessing I need to research my field, figure out which industries I should be looking at, narrow down the target companies to 4-5, then figure out who I know at each company. I could probably do each of these things in 1 week, but I’m going to give myself a little more time in case I have to wait on other people. By Friday, I’ll add a list of to-dos to my calendar for the next 7 weeks.”

See the difference?

Positive scripts are specific, measurable, and focused on HOW to do something…not if you SHOULD do something.

They don’t depend on your willpower: As long as you honor your self-set calendar reminders, you will know precisely when to do something.

Now I want you to focus on turning your invisible scripts into constructive successes.

THIS WEEK: What to do

I told you that each week this month I’m going to give you one specific action item to hustle your way toward your goals.

If you accomplish JUST these simple steps, you will get more done this week than you’ve done in the last 3 months.

Here’s the action item for week 1:

1. Identify ONE new invisible script of success and find a way to AUTOMATE IT into your life.
2. Leave your implementation results in the comments section of THIS post with the heading “WEEK 1 RESULTS” by WED at Midnight PST.

This isn’t just a random action item. Remember, each step in this 30-day course on hustling is designed to get you to achieve a BIG WIN. For those of you who take it seriously and take action, you will see incredible results. (Just see above for people’s results within 48 hours.)

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Dan Schawbel
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit, this article proves yet again that it’s not just about technical skills when it comes to interviewing. You really need confidence, persistence, luck, and passion. If there are one hundred people interviewing for the same position, with the same set of programming skills, the one’s that actually want the job are going to get it. Hiring managers aren’t dumb and can see through people who just want a paycheck!

Alex Dumitru
5 years 8 months ago

I believe the combination you need is confidence and technical skills. Those 2 are worth more than 100 degrees and every other paper you may bring with you.

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Alex Shalman
5 years 8 months ago

Ahhhhhhh…. damnit, why didn’t someone TELL ME that being ambitious was uncool. This explains it all. Thanks 🙂

Blake Erickson
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to sell 81 books by Jan 31, 2011 Implementation: – Tuesday I will study good/successful email campaigns and send mine out Wednesday to my email list. Friday I will send out the same email to everyone who didn’t open my first one. – Mon-Sun I will write a daily blog post with an offer to buy my book at the bottom of each one. Statistically the more views my sales page gets the more books I sell that day. My goal in putting the link at the bottom of each post is to double… Read more »
Sam Buddy
Sam Buddy
5 years 8 months ago

@Blake Erickson
Instead of “send out the same email to everyone who didn’t open my first one”, e.g. instead of bugging people twice, why not ask those who did open your email and pitch them further until they take action you need?

Katie Valeska
5 years 8 months ago

@Sam @Blake

You could do both, really, Blake. I work in the retail industry and re-sending an email is called a “re-blast” and can be quite successful. I would definitely agree with Sam’s idea to court the people who did open your email. Good luck!

Erin
Erin
5 years 8 months ago
If you’re going to dream big, you have to be able to tune out counterproductive feedback. You’re going to get a lot of fear-based reactions and a lot of people projecting their own low-expectations onto you. Constructive feedback is great, but you have to be able to discern the different between constructive and destructive. I started taking action to achieve my “big dream”, and now I feel like the ball is really rolling, things are falling into place, and I’m moving full-speed toward the end result. The first few steps were small, very small even. It’s exhilarating to take on… Read more »
Gal @ Equally Happy
5 years 8 months ago
Ok then. This week’s tasks: 1. Reach out to 3 acquaintances and set up a time to catch up with them. I think I should be doing this every week so I’m going to put a weekly reminder for myself. 2. Devote 1 hour a day to my blogs. Will put this on the schedule so I can’t put it off. Maybe I’ll finally get to writing that guest post for you. 🙂 By the way, I got into one of the top 10 business schools out there (Haas) by doing exactly what you said. I got my boss to… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago

I did a similar strategy when I wanted to get into Grad school. I went and did an informational interview and spoke with the decision maker. Even though she essentially told me at first that I probably wouldnt get in (potentially crushing) we continued talking about what my goals were with grad school, and the program of study I wanted to follow. After the interview I followed up, thanking for the time she took. Results – I got into the grad program and even had the DM as my advisor.

Rob in Madrid
Rob in Madrid
5 years 8 months ago
My nephew got into a top tier internship (RIM) inspire of attending a second tier school (Conestoga College vs UofW) by doing the same thing friend of a friend put him in contact with the person who ran the program to find out how they sorted through all the applications. Later he sought advice from my Wife on how to interview and what job to apply. As an aside he didn’t get the job he wanted (messed up the interview) but it turned out very well as he got a job he liked much better. Currently he’s in Israel for… Read more »
Alichino
Alichino
5 years 8 months ago

Like Erin, I too have dealt with naysayers and destructive people that were needlessly holding me back from where I wanted to be in life. Now I make sure to surround myself with those who are positive and supportive, but at the same time they don’t blow smoke up my ass and will point out potential roadblocks to me.

It only takes a spark to get a fire blazing. 🙂

Casey Friday
5 years 8 months ago
Excellent post. I often hear people saying they wish they could travel more. I’m proof that you can have a day job and STILL travel. I ask my boss for vacation all the time. You know what the answer ALWAYS is? Yes. He always says yes. I took my fiancée to London for a weekend, to ABQ for a week, I went to Tampa for a long weekend, and I’ve taken numerous other days off just in 2010 for vacation purposes. It all really amounts to action. Thinking you can never get what you want is MUCH different than knowing.… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years 8 months ago

Casey, does your boss give you paid leave whenever you ask for it, or are you taking unpaid leave but the point is that you’re willing to ask for more time off than you get in PTO?

I totally agree with your approach, I’m just curious to clarify what you’re asking for.

Casey Friday
5 years 8 months ago
Hi Rebecca! Yes, the leave I’m talking about is paid. I do have the PTO to use, but I hear a lot of people afraid to ask to even use that. Another bit of the point I’m making is that I ask for vacation so often. I try to take a nice vacation every quarter. A lot of people (in my office, at least) seem to think that you’ll get in trouble if you take more vacation. I just make sure my work speaks for my capability and hop on the plane! Thanks for asking 🙂
Jason Nguyen
5 years 8 months ago

These are things that I think I’ve reasoned out for myself quite a few times, but it never hit me with the same force as you’ve so clearly put it here. It’s true, being smart and having skills isn’t enough if I don’t have a reasonable attack plan for achieving my goals.

Thank you for the reminder!

Amber
5 years 8 months ago

I didn’t respond to the 48 hour hustling post, but I did take action. My script: I want to find work this year as a second shooter for weddings – with someone awesome.

On Mondays and Fridays, I will research and write to five local wedding photographers who do great work and ask them to take me on. I will do this until someone hires me long-term, even if I have good prospects from previous contacts. Last year I put all my eggs in one basket and that person fell through, leaving me with no second shooting gig.

kate
kate
5 years 8 months ago
I got voluntold to organize a repeating event at my work that involves inviting a different local speaker to give a talk each week for all of 2011, but I originally didn’t feel like I knew enough people because I am fairly new in my field and not very influential yet. With a few google searches for possible relevant presenters and my LinkedIn network, I now have speakers through the end of February! How I will keep going: I will spend an hour every Sunday evening emailing prospectives and POLITELY following up with people who aren’t able to say yes.… Read more »
Ben
Ben
5 years 8 months ago

hey Remit, really enjoying this new material and getting great results from week one, spent yesterday reading about the fundamental attribution error after your email outlining what you’d be covering each week. Fascinating insight I never even realized how my own perpsective and others shift around this, blew my mind when just after that I was at party and two people I know had a fight which was a textbook example and I’ve been seeing it everywhere and made me think a lot about my own view. Looking forward to working on my own scripts this week!

sarah
5 years 8 months ago

random debugging thing. If you try to tab through the fields on your email subscribe form it takes you to the form in the upper right column. in FF

Maggie
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to become an import model — In 2011, I want to be a model at one car show. Implementation: By Tuesday night, I will send out FOUR emails. These will be to a local club about a dancing gig, two models for advice (models I would have previously been afraid to contact) and one to an organization I’m interested in working with on what they would like in their models. This is so that I have a better, CONCRETE idea of what I need to do to get a few steps closer to my dream, not just… Read more »
Gabor Javorszky
Gabor Javorszky
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to get my web app to beta to be able to test it by 28th February. Implementation: – By Tuesday 11th, 6pm GMT+1 I will have set up parental controls to only allow me to reference sites (jquery, wordpress, css, thesis, etc). I will also have established what the bare minimum is for beta testing. Each day I will contribute 2 hours towards getting the app into beta according to these rules (added to google calendar): – If I’m off for the day, or on holiday, between 14-16pm. – If I’m on late shift… Read more »
Elaine
5 years 8 months ago
The way you redefine scripts is to make things concrete, attainable, measurable, and with a given timeline. This sure has been true for me with weight loss. I’ve failed without a timeline, but succeed easily when I had external motivation of a hard deadline. Also, thanks for the regular emails. I don’t know when the course will be right for me (sorry the 50+ weeks at work right now are killing my free time). And totally not trying to make excuses. 🙂 I will say though, your emails keep me motivated and optimistic, and provide a reminder of what I… Read more »
Rachel
Rachel
5 years 8 months ago
I need to follow the script: Work in a field/area that I enjoy. I’ve been working for almost 3 years in a field that I don’t love, and for a company I actively want to leave. I found that in job interviews I feel like I am having trouble communicating to interviewers why I enjoy working in my field, but it is because I am having trouble justifying to myself why I work in this field. If I cannot convince myself I love it, how could I convince someone else? And more importantly why then am I actively seeking a… Read more »
Paul
Paul
5 years 8 months ago
Why not just ask a few people if they’d be interested. Get the first 3 customers and go from there. You’re already setting up barriers by using never-ending tasks as concrete milestones (eg. researching). Ramit is a much better motivator than I am, but just start asking. Research is like laundry: it never ends, and you’ll eventually need to buy new close anyway. I’d be supremely interested in a spice depot of sorts where I live. Getting my spices from Wal-Mart is very disappointing. You’ll need fewer loans with fewer customers, and you can grow organically (without loans, from word… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
5 years 8 months ago
Rachel, See if you can find some way into your new field even before you have a business. I’ll give you a recent example: I saw videos on YouTube of people roasting coffee in electric popcorn poppers just like I’ve seen at thrift stores for a couple of bucks. I love good coffee, and I’m always up for trying something new, especially if it saves me a couple of bucks. I ordered an assortment of green coffees from one of the big online sources (just Google “green coffee beans”…you’ll find them), and bought three second-hand Poppery popcorn poppers at two… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago
Rachel you could also start this right away! I dont know what kind of scale you are thinking of, but there are people who sell crafted tea blends and such on sites such as etsy.com and foodzie.com You can always grow as you get more momentum and learn 🙂 Plus these communities are full of people who are willing to help you get started, I know etsy has crafter communities – people who are from the same locality or have similar niches. See if there is anyone local or online that you can reach out to and find out how… Read more »
Alex
Alex
5 years 8 months ago

Automatic Scripts

Script: I want to finish my dissertation proposal

Mondays: figure out my reading/writing schedule for the rest of the week, be specific, which articles, which books, which sections will be completed. This is also the time to follow up on meetings with advisers and faculty contacts.
Tuesday-Saturday: Spend 3hrs every morning completing the reading/writing plan

Script: I want to raise $3500 for yoga teacher training

Sundays & Wednesdays; post blogs about how yoga has impacted my life and ask for donations
Mondays: send out emails to potential donors
Tuesdays: work on social networking outreach
Thursdays: plan fundraising party

Janet
Janet
5 years 8 months ago

High standards are always in style. I think ambition is still cool … maybe not as prevalent, but still cool. 🙂

David
5 years 8 months ago
What I want: To be a master of communication. I want to be the kind of public speaker that can give you chills, the guy at the cocktail party that everyone remembers. Where I’m at: I’m pretty interesting, can talk about most subjects that interest me passionately. Generally have good interactions with people. My script: Communication is a skill that I must practice in order to master. I am setting up calendar reminders for myself in my phone to do the following things at 6pm every day: Monday) Watch one TED talk or other great speech and take note of… Read more »
Julia M.
Julia M.
5 years 8 months ago

great post- one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was from a coach that told me every single goal I ever set for myself needs to be quantifiable in some concrete way – whether an athletic, academic or personal goal, there always needs to be some way to measure your progress!

Danny Rosenhaus
5 years 8 months ago
When I was in college I knew I wanted to pursue a career in marketing. So starting sophomore year I decided not take unrelated jobs and focused instead and doing anything related to marketing (in the midst of the 2008-2009 recession where finding internships or jobs was extremely difficult). Upon graduation I was working part time in marketing and just a few months after that, I have a job at a marketing agency, full time. While most people I knew went to plan B jobs or grad schools, I had a career underway (even while jobless rates and poor post… Read more »
Karisma
Karisma
5 years 8 months ago

I have been working on my interview skills; having friends and professionals critique my answers, posturing and tone. I’m also in the process of making a better resume. I’ll be graduating in May and want to obtain a budget analyst position (preferably with the DoD). Your advice reiterates that I’m on the right track for putting my best foot forward (and crushing my competition).

Sandy
Sandy
5 years 8 months ago

I am enjoying the new material – thanks for the email!

Shay
5 years 8 months ago
The great thing about taking action is that it has a domino effect. I got email and phone happy this weekend. I kept asking myself “Ok, who else would want what I have? What else can I do? How did so and so do that? Maybe I can follow her/his steps.” Week 1 Results Script#1: I can’t be a public speaker because I don’t have a book to “back me up”. Script #2: I can’t write for nationally recognized websites because I don’t have the credentials.” Results: I sent 5 emails to websites like WebMD to see about contributing an… Read more »
Shannon
Shannon
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I will to be efficient with my time and get more done. I will divide my day into two halves to fit my working pattern better. In the mornings, I tend to be on the go and task oriented. I am not easily distracted. After lunch I tend to get distracted UNLESS it’s something I am interested in. So the afternoon will be more project oriented and I’ll will pick items by importance or desire. I know it will work because I noticed my own pattern on why some days are better than others. Of course I can be… Read more »
Justin
Justin
5 years 8 months ago
To increase my income, aside from running my own side-venture, I’m studying computer programming to work for programmer-friends of mine that are in desperate need of help. The problem? I’ve never programmed in my life. My head just never worked that way. Well, after living with one of my friends for a month to study over-his-shoulder and build small/sample applications, and contribute some to their project, I’m now on my own and need to progress my skills independently before I can work for my friends on their larger, more complicated projects. My negative script seems to be: “Programming just doesn’t… Read more »
George
5 years 8 months ago

Justin, check out http://rubykoans.com/
I’m also learning RoR but I do have a development background.

Script: Launch a new web app for beta testing by Feb. 1.

My weekly goals are to have a weekly phone conference with my partner to go over features and update the current status of the project. In two weeks I plan to line up at least 20 beta testers. My daily goal is to do 2 hours of development work (at least 10 per week)

Tim R
Tim R
5 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the extra bit of emotional support I receive from your emails. Keep ’em coming, I read every one.

Sarah Kathleen Peck
5 years 8 months ago

Here’s a terrible Invisible script I work with all the time: It has to be exceptionally high-quality or perfect before I can do it (therefore there’s no point in finishing something if it’s not high-quality).

The result is that NOTHING happens instead of something. And more often than not, doing something is better than nothing – get a draft of a book out; put it in front of reviewers, and get feedback. Don’t sit on it for years trying to make it perfect.

Hamza
Hamza
5 years 8 months ago

I can definitely relate to this one!
It took me a LONG time to get that invisible script out of my head. One way I did it is that when I assessed an item to be around 75-80% finished (as I would never reach 100%=perfection). I would stop, take a deep breathe, and release/submit it. It’s not easy if you’re a long time perfectionist but it worked for me after a few (sometimes painful) tries.

Hamza
Hamza
5 years 8 months ago

After releasing it you then adjust/tweak it of course, based on feedback. Which can be COMPLETELY different from what your original idea of the perfect status – ss the concept of the “perfect” product is never attained until you put it on the field and get feedback from the interested parties.

Kristine
Kristine
5 years 8 months ago

omg, do I hear you! I’m trying to find the “good enough” point and get it out there as you say!

Alex
Alex
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit, I’m really enjoying your emails and blog posts this year. Thanks for all of your help and keep up the good work!

Henry
5 years 8 months ago
I like this. Right in time for my interview Next Monday (1/17)! Positive Script: I want to CRUSH my interview and put myself in an awesome position to negotiate my offer. All I need to do is prepare like a maniac. Monday 7-9 PM: Research: Look at current company news, current financials, Wikipedia, Glassdoor, and other resources. Collect information in Evernote presentation. Distill 5 thoughtful questions based on a thorough understanding of underlying issues relating to the company. Use these in the interview. Tuesday 7-9 PM: Research the specific team I will be interviewing with. Check their LinkedIn profiles. Note… Read more »
guinness416
guinness416
5 years 8 months ago

Good luck mate, come back and tell us if you got it.

NK
NK
5 years 8 months ago

@Henry, great game plan, i will use it for sure. Good luck, knock ’em dead!

Paul
Paul
5 years 8 months ago

That statement “There’s a game going on around you that you don’t even know about” was a smack in my face. The words seemed to resonate with me, as I’ve always wanted to step up my game.

Often, I find myself saying “good enough,” and “nobody else is doing this.” Unfortunately, the level of “good enough” is usually the same as everyone else’s, and I find myself in the sea of mediocrity.

“Try harder” isn’t the proper response to failure. Rather, it should be “think bigger.”

dawn
dawn
5 years 8 months ago

Goal: write a novel
the invisible script I’m fighting is that I need to have the entire thing outlined, with good character notes.
New script: let’s see what happens.
Action: Write 25-50 words daily before I get out of bed.

Brad Rice
5 years 8 months ago

Dawn,

I’ve found the site 750words.com to be a fantastic motivator for me. As much as I may revile the thought of writing for the day, I just can’t go to bed unless I’ve got the little X checked off for today’s date on the site. At about two pages per day, I make some decent progress on my writing work. I highly suggest giving it a shot.

Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago

Dawn
What a great idea/goal. I always think I dont have time to start a novel, reading or writing! But even baby steps add up.

Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver
5 years 8 months ago

@Kate – I love love LOVE “voluntold”. Good on you for getting such excellent results.

@Gabor – am so impressed that you are locking yourself out of non-productive websites while you are coding. Break a leg! (or whatever the coding equivalent is)

Anoel
Anoel
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit, you can please record the live webcast? I work Thursday night and I’m really disappointed I’m going to miss it. I really love all this new content you’re giving! It’s really inspiring to me and I’ll post my results as soon as I can. Thank you so much for all your hard work

P.S. There’s a game going around you that you don’t even know it sums up so much of The Wire, the best TV show ever made that I think you’d really like especially if you like Friday Night Lights.

Zac
Zac
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit,

Great post. I’m going to write and automate a positive script right now.

Mike
5 years 8 months ago

“Going to law school is likely to leave the average student in crushing debt — and law schools are systematically deceiving students. This is why top performers know to only go to top 10 law schools, or they don’t go at all. (The same is true of business school.)”

Can you share more about this? I am planning on going to Law School soon and don’t want to be decieved…

Ramiro
5 years 8 months ago
Hi, the advice Ramit provided regarding Law Schools is generally correct for most people. There are differences among applicants, but generally you have to be a really good applicant with great LSAT scores and GPA from undergrad, plus great extracurriculars, in order to get into the T10. If you don’t get into the T10, it depends on the ranking and the financial package that they give you, whether you really love the field of the law and other concerns… I decided not to go, after going through the whole process and even getting into a T12 University… I researched how… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago
If you do go to a non-top ten your best bet is to go with an action plan. KNOW what you want your field to be in and dominate that. Join the organizations that your school offers and be active/a majority member in them. Before you go to law school think about what it is you REALLY want to do. Do you really have to go to law school to accomplish it? I would say that law school is really only necessary for those that want to practice or teach law. If you want to work in the field of… Read more »
Kelley
Kelley
5 years 8 months ago
Script: My next career opportunity doesn’t exist at my current organization. So if I want the next challenge, I have to leave the company. Crushing the script: Justify the need and added value for your next career opportunity. Propose creating the position within. Tuesday: Research/Brainstorm. What are some weaknesses in the company operations? What are my strengths/expertise and how could they be useful? What are the various roles and responsibilties for this job? Wednesday: Draft a proposal. Identify current weaknesses/inefficiencies. Offer strategic insight. Outline the roles/responsibilties of proposed position. Justify value to the company in creating. Thursday: Sell the proposal… Read more »
sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago

Hey, I didn’t read the post yet, I Just sew the email. You asked to live a comment if we like it so far, so, FYI (if you will ever read this) NOT only that I enjoy it, I LOVE IT!! I was checking my email every 30 min today as I’m pumped and ready to roll up my sleeves. So let the “riot” begin…this will be the toughest thing I ever did, and the most rewording thing I will ever do !!! SO LETS DANCE!
Thank you for giving us this gift.

TLC
TLC
5 years 8 months ago
script: Finish my first 2 sprint and 1 olympic triathlon in march, june and august respectively. Something that I have delayed since last year. The best way that I have automate this system was to obtain a 16 week schedule from a reputable triathlon website and follow it strictly. No more no less. I also have signed up for the above competitions and a gym membership with a pool. The best way to fight against willpower is to find small packets of motivations just like what you said. For eg., I have asked my girlfriend to cook me a nice… Read more »
Fabian
Fabian
5 years 8 months ago
I have been working on naturally improving my eyesight for a while. While I had great success in the beginning my attention has not been on it for a while and I keep putting it off. So I have been stagnating. Time to get back into a habit of focusing on correct vision habits! Tomorrow, I will make a table where I will have to check off ten minutes of practice every morning and also enter my Snellen reading for the day. I will also include a chart where I can draw the progression. From then on, every morning I… Read more »
Ren
Ren
5 years 8 months ago
Aloha Ramit, Friday I shared with a talented group of singers a theater piece I’ve had in the works (shelved) for four years. I realized I’d made it “too precious” and as such it would never do anyone any good. Today, 14 years after dopping out I’ve returned to college as a freshman. I realized, that although I am talented in many areas, I have a few gaps in my skill set that I need support in developing. It took hitting rock bottom and admitting I know less than I think. Today, I am seeking guidance and taking action. I… Read more »
Jonathan
Jonathan
5 years 8 months ago
SCRIPT: I need to increase my $/hour contracting rate for 2011 in relation to my increased experience and market value. Would like this to be automated with minimal conversation time. Method of Automation: 1) Wrote an short, concise email script that can then be emailed out to the 8 contracts I currently have. E-mail specifies the reasons for the price increase. E-mail script took 15 minutes to write. 2) Set up a separate g-mail label with filters identifying the 8 contracts. Upon receiving e-mails from the separate contracts, they are automatically filtered into the new “2011 locum” filter. 3) Outsource… Read more »
Michelle
5 years 8 months ago

“There’s a game going on” is a great way to frame it – I didn’t realise this at university until I had nearly fInished. Now that I am approaching 40, I am getting better at recognising the Games. It’s great to bring this to our attention! Thanks.

Lindsay
Lindsay
5 years 8 months ago
My family is the worst with tearing me down any time I show even a little bit of ambition. “Who do you think you are?” is their basic mentality, since they were stuck in crap factory jobs all their lives. I always fought them on it, but I know that I internalized a lot of it unconciously. I’m proud to say, though, that 2010 was the year of death and destruction for those stupid negative voices in my head. I’ve done a total 180* in the direction of my life. I just started back in college last week to get… Read more »
Kurt
Kurt
5 years 8 months ago

Great post. Along the lines of “it’s uncool to be ambitious”, I’ve interviewed people (read: MBA types) who had the too-cool-for-school attitude during the interview process of “I’m considering you….” but then realized to late that they really WANTED to work at my company. If they’d taken the time to focus on the interview process rather than thinking their MBA would automatically get them in, they might have done better!

Euan
Euan
5 years 8 months ago
SCRIPT: I want to be working on increasingly higher paying design projects compared with previous and current offerings. IMPLEMENTATION: Initially I want to be working on design projects of at least £1,000 value, with the goal of working on a £10K project by end of June 2011. There will need to be a shift in the job type I currently work on to ones that warrant a higher price tag. Tomorrow I will spend an hour identifying project types that warrant bigger bucks, then two hours identifying companies who are probable sources of such projects. Wednesday I will spend an… Read more »
Abigail
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script Example: I want to start building a resume of published writing by publishing a science fiction/fantasy short story in a magazine. Implementation: I already have a list of potential magazines and some potential short stories that have been edited. Tuesday: Finish writing the author bio/cover letter that most magazines require. Wednesday: Do some final editing on the stories (I should probably not allow myself more than 20 minutes per story or I will use the “This needs more work.” excuse to never submit any of them anywhere.). Thursday: Submit all of the ready stories to appropriate… Read more »
Aimee
Aimee
5 years 8 months ago

I have the same goal, Abigail! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Jim
Jim
5 years 8 months ago

2011 is the year of making things happen, inspiring blog post, keep up the good work.

Euan
Euan
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS (Forgot to include the above heading as instructed – apologies for duplicate post) SCRIPT: I want to be working on increasingly higher paying design projects compared with previous and current offerings. IMPLEMENTATION: Initially I want to be working on design projects of at least £1,000 value, with the goal of working on a £10K project by end of June 2011. There will need to be a shift in the job type I currently work on to ones that warrant a higher price tag. Tomorrow I will spend an hour identifying project types that warrant bigger bucks, then… Read more »
Mark Walsh
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Positive Script: People are more willing to help someone that they have actually met in person. Automation: Monday – Research trade organizations related to my startup (business/marketing, technology, textiles/fashion). Get information on annual meetings hosted by, or related to these organizations. Tuesday – Email 10 potential mentors who currently work in these fields. Ask them which of these meetings, conferences, or events they will be attending, if any, and get recommendations for other events that they or other similarly qualified individuals typically attend. Wednesday – Compile results, and decide which events will provide the biggest return on… Read more »
Mark Walsh
5 years 8 months ago

Just a clarification for Monday’s action:

…Get information on annual meetings hosted by, or related to these organizations TAKING PLACE IN THE NEXT 90 DAYS.

Mark Walsh
5 years 8 months ago

Results to date:
Emailed 8 potential mentors, and got responses from 6 of them. Will be booking passes to SXSW Interactive in March, and the ITAA meeting in the fall. Started relationships that I suspect will be essential to my business’ future success.

Jess
Jess
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 Results

Script:
I want to present a paper at a SAS conference this year. This will help beef up my resume as well as scholarship applications.

Implementation:
I have already brainstormed topics and outlined a 30-slide powerpoint presentation.
Abstract submission in February.
Present at in-house user group in March as practice.
April – write paper if accepted for conference; otherwise rework into blog post.
September – hopefully present at conference.

I have similar scripts for real estate investing and sql server cert this year.

Stacey
Stacey
5 years 8 months ago

Script: I want to have my private psychotherapy practice up and running with regular clients by the end of May, so I can leave my weekend job.
Wednesday, I am going to open a business account so I can send in my Medicare and Tricare applications and receive referrals from their networks.

Derek
Derek
5 years 8 months ago

Script: Famous University professors are too busy to talk to me about their research and how I might be able to join them.

Plan to Automate: Write a template email tomorrow at 8 am that can easily be tweaked to ask them 2-3 specific questions about their work and how I can get involved. Then every morning for the rest of the week at 8am, send out 3 emails to the professors I most want to talk to.

Mike
Mike
5 years 8 months ago

My Grandpa shared a golden secret with me as a kid: luck is when prior preparation meets success. I remember attending Georgetown University and being shocked to learn the amount of preparation that goes into interviews for the best jobs in consulting. If I hadn’t kept my eyes open, I could have really been blinded sided and missed out on a great job.

Michelle
Michelle
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to go to Africa twice per year, with all expenses paid to accomplish my dream of implementing my finance background and my passion for people through micro-finance. Automation: Contact 3 companies by Wednesday that work in Africa and use microfinance to reach the poor. I already have done a lot of homework and have contacts at Hope International, Seed Effect and Kiva. I met the co-founder of Kiva last year and after picking her brain, she suggested I volunteer with an organization. My problem is that I live in a remote area that doesn’t have a well… Read more »
Carmen
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

I want our band to book one jazz festival by February.
-Find and contact five state jazz festivals and send each of them an electronic press kit.
-By the end of next week, follow up with each person contacted from the previous week and send five out five more EPK’s.
-Do this each week and after I reach my goal, increase the bar to two festivals.

America Francis
America Francis
5 years 8 months ago
“Week 1 Results” “I want regular time for myself without neglecting my family.” I have a lot of tasks to accomplish, but I am home with young children, and I don’t want them to miss out while I’m working. Recently I offered to help a friend organize some of her personal finances. She’s looking for some extra money, and I’ve been looking for a way to get some time for my freelancing, outsource cooking, and keep my 3 year old from (being bored &) watching so many movies. I just set up a system with my friend where she does… Read more »
Matt
Matt
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS -I can start a side-business that brings $200 extra per week, without interfering with my home life, by April 1. -I have the knowledge and experience needed for this business, but I need to learn some basics. I can learn all I need to know about starting a business online and at the library. Schedule 1 hour/day Monday through Thursday to research online. Schedule 2 hours Saturday or Sunday to pick up library books and read. By the end of the week, I want to know what type of company I want to start (LLC?) and what… Read more »
Matt
Matt
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS -I can start a side-business that brings $200 extra per week, without interfering with my home life, by April 1. -I have the knowledge and experience needed for this business, but I need to learn some basics. I can learn all I need to know about starting a business online and at the library. Schedule 1 hour/day Monday through Thursday to research online. Schedule 2 hours Saturday or Sunday to pick up library books and read. By the end of the week, I want to know what type of company I want to start (LLC?) and what… Read more »
Brad Rice
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Guh, so many tasks that need to be tackled, but I should probably face the ones that are completely in my control first. Script: I will finish my screenplay and get it in front of an agent by the end of the year. Implementation: Already, I’m writing 750 words every day, so adding on another 500 in a different forum shouldn’t be that hard. In order to make this work a bit more like clockwork, I will just schedule about 45 minutes of writing time in the AM before work to get those pages done. Automating it… Read more »
Justin L
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to kick ass at my reviews and get a raise of at least $1000 but ideally $4000. I will do this by showing how I have created more efficient steps for completing projects than other team members. Implementation: Use the pre-existing weekly hours spreadsheet to do my own datamining and determine average time spent on each project by each team member to see if my implementations have decreased the time it takes me to finish a project vs team members who are doing all this manually. Then I will point out specific areas where employees are wasting… Read more »
Sami Challen
Sami Challen
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS; My Script – I will be debt free by December 2011. I will do this by creating an aggresive debt repayment plan by the end of this week and start to pay it down immediately. – Tuesday night; I will work through all my bills and loans and gather together all contact information of my creditors along with complete amounts owed and interest rates applied (where applicable) – Wednesday Lunch Break – I will call my creditors and negotiate a payment plan with each, where possible I will have them automatically debit the agreed repayments from my… Read more »
Christina
Christina
5 years 8 months ago
Looks like I signed up for these e-mails at just the right time for me. I’ve always wanted to write books, but was stymied by perfectionism. Things never got off the ground because I worried my work wouldn’t be good enough. In November, I finally had enough, and just got to work. By writing 1000 words every day, I finished the first draft of a self-help book I’m co-writing with my fiance. I’m feeling a bit intimidated by the revision process, so finding a way to automate would be ideal. SCRIPT: Organize, edit and get feedback on a rough manuscript.… Read more »
Craig Janis
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to find legal work with an international firm. Implementation: I will immediately create a list of international firms with offices in locations where I would enjoy living. I will then email the managing partners of the offices that I am interested in, and to the extent possible, personalize the emails for those partners. On Monday I will focus on firms in São Paulo because I have a strong connection to the city. On Tuesday and Wednesday I will expand my focus to other cities. On Monday I will also contact my mentor from my… Read more »
Jacqui_G
Jacqui_G
5 years 8 months ago
Oddly enough, I did exactly this last night on some of my long term goals. Instead of posting those, though, I think I’ll use something I gave you last week. Script: I want to attend a major university in the fall of 2012 as a distance learner in order to get my degree while still being available for my family. Action Plan: I will find out which colleges are the best in my major and provide distance learning, followed by contacting someone at each of the top 3 universities and find out what they liked/disliked about the program so I… Read more »
David Koontz
5 years 8 months ago

Awesome post Ramit! I’m going to spend 30 minutes every weekday on practicing interview skills until I get the job I want. I will spend 15-30 minutes on Sunday to gather Youtube videos and articles on interviewing for the following week.

Dave
Dave
5 years 8 months ago
Invisible positive script: I can make money doing what I love, while living a balanced life. I am currently employed in a job I loathe working 5 days a week earning a good salary. My long term goal is to at least equal my current income doing what I love, with much greater potential for growth. I will achieve this while leaving myself with more spare time to improve myself as a rock climber, as well as create and develop rock climbing areas within my local community for future climbers to enjoy; a costly task in itself. Automating it into… Read more »
Fran
5 years 8 months ago
So here’s my thing (it’s a bit long, but this kind of specificness just works for me): Current situation and goal: I’m a BA Design undergraduate studying in London, trying to start forming a career on the motorcycle design and building field. So I though it would be great to do a month internship/apprenticeship at a small/medium bike maker based in the UK or the US (preferrably the latter) to boost my CV and have some nice experience in the field. Plan: Tuesday: dedicate one/two hours in the morning to make a list of makers. Select around 8-10 of them… Read more »
Dave
Dave
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS
– Discussed moving into part time employment, will finalise this within the week and hand in notice at current position.
– Enrolled in rock climbing area development course.
– Approached alpine club about subsidised gear for bolting areas, and got a positive response.
– Created a plan of action for my side hustle
– Pencilled in a calendar giving me more free time, plus more time for my side hustle work.

Van
Van
5 years 8 months ago

Dave,
Congratulations on actually doing it! I want to know, did you actually do all this in 6 minutes since your last post?

Dave
Dave
5 years 8 months ago
Hi Van, thanks for the support. No, I didn’t do it all quite within the 6 minutes, I did it all within the past day or so. I had pretty much thought out exactly what this post was talking about, but the question in the post gave me a simple way to lay it all out (both benefitting myself, and hopefully the site). An update – new job is all lined up; as of 28 Feb, I will be working 3 days a week earning more than I anticipated, (Mon, Wed, Thurs), leaving Tuesday for me to work on side… Read more »
oldergod
oldergod
5 years 8 months ago

No link with the post but I noticed even I got to this post using the link you put in your newsletter I still have the subscription pop-up when coming on this website.
Is there no way you could know when people are coming from the newsletter so you don’t have to spam them much 🙂 ?

Dani
5 years 8 months ago

Seconded!

AnnaK
AnnaK
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I’ve been really enjoying these posts. Thinking a lot about something but never taking action for lack of a clear plan and a lot of invisible scripts about why it’ll never work and it’s too hard and I can’t do it etc. has been one my major problems. My overall new script for this is that every time catch myself thinking about something I’d like to happen, to tell myself “stop thinking start doing” and locate an action step I can immediately take to get closer to that goal. My current main goal is to build my… Read more »
Ian
Ian
5 years 8 months ago
Positive Scripting Automation: #1 “I can and will determine the demand for my 1st product design” Visit At least three Hookah shops to learn more about Hookahs where they come from and the nature and habits of the clientele (Wenesday January 12th, Friday January 14th, Saturday January 15th)) also ask about the history of hookahs why they are made the way they are, and where the best come from. Contact sister about the store she visited for further details. (Wednesday January 12th or tonight) Sign up for the top hookah forum site for more market research (Tonight) Complete the Hookah… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I need to add six additional school districts, this semester, to the schedule of student-oriented workshops that I facilitate. My previous script: Tell people I know about the type of workshops that I offer and encourage them to tell anyone they know who may be in a position to host the workshop. Automated script for the remainder of this week: Tonight: Email my list of past participants and ask for the three most useful topics and the three least useful in the workshop they attended. Tuesday: Use the state education agency website to create a list of… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
5 years 8 months ago

Yes, I’m replying to my own post! 🙂

Email to my previous workshop participants – DONE.

Bruce
Bruce
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to significantly reduce the amount I blindly CONSUME and spend more of my time actually DOING and working toward my goal (GOAL, increase my annual income by $30k by the end of the year) -Start this week going through email and unsubscribing to the various newsletters/blogs/forums I visit. This pretty much only leaves Ramit’s stuff to consume. Anything else, if it doesn’t produce income, or help with training skills for my side work, then it will have to go. -Raise my rates this year. The clients I currently have I feel confident are willing… Read more »
I.W.
I.W.
5 years 8 months ago

“I want to find a new job but nobody is hiring for want I want to do”

WEEK 1 RESULTS = This week I will wake up at 5 a.m. on Tues and Thurs. tto work on job searching for an hour. Tuesday will be dedicated to researching companies I would like to work for and/or job boards, as well as pooling my contacts. Thursday will be dedicated to submitting resumes or asking for informational interviews.

Roberto
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Script: I want to promote my eBook while I develop my writing business and write my next eBook, with the aim of leaving my 9 to 5 before the end of the year.

Automation: This week I will finish designing the cover and upload the eBook by Friday. I will also take advantage of Amazon’s marketing tools.

I am setting up weekly calendar reminders to write on my blog and other sites to build up links to the book page.

I joined mywritingspot.com in order to be able to write from my iPhone when I don’t have access to my MacBook.

Mallory
5 years 8 months ago
I recently quit my day job to go freelance fulltime. I absolutely love it and am slowly starting to get more clients. My script is: I want to have a more professional image. Today I bought a domain name for a blog to go along with my website. I would like to start and picked out a templet for it. Tomorrow I will pick out a design for my business cards and send it to get printed. I will also research similar blogs and form a list of ideas for my first few blog posts. Wednesday I will take a… Read more »
Al HT
Al HT
5 years 8 months ago
After lots of content consumption, time to take some action! SCRIPT: I want to get the level 1 (highest) of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), the only one recognized by all companies in Japan (where I live and work). I have been postponing that for a while, but now I want to get it at the next opportunity to pass it which is in June. HURDLE / NEGATIVE SCRIPT: No time to study between work and my other sports/fitness related objectives, which take up most of my time after work every day. The only available time to study is… Read more »
Jim
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to be a better Personal Trainer. The best way to become a better Personal Trainer this week is to get back to reading “The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition” that I purchased a couple months ago (as part of a very expensive certification course! You think that would’ve been motivation enough). The book covers the nuts and bolts of nutrition, but also covers the psychology of changing habits. The very first thing the book asks you to do is to take responsibility and accountability for your client. Essentially, it’s telling you to get rid of the… Read more »
Ray
5 years 8 months ago
First Ramit this is wonderful content. My invisible script: is that I can’t start my own consultant business without working a regular job first. Every time I try, I run into lack of funds and spurts of in action. Than the people in the past I have tried to help start businesses never follow through which keeps me believing I can’t do it and that my advice is worthless. Positive script: I can start my own consulting business Postive script 2: My business advice is worth millions to a company that hires me. Day 1 research sites on business consulting… Read more »
Thomas Hjelm
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: “I want to watch at least 1 hour of Japanese (a language I’m learning) video everyday.” Automation: 1) Setup events on Google Calendar at 5 minutes before each hour from 7am to 11pm which last 5 minutes a piece and repeat daily. Set these events to alert me when the event time comes. 2) Whenever an alert comes, stop what I’m doing and watch something in Japanese (TV, YouTube, whatever) for 5 minutes. If I get hooked, I can watch longer, but do at least 5 minutes. 2.5) Setup my computer to automatically open YouTube and… Read more »
bloo
5 years 8 months ago

SCRIPT:
Expand my DJ services and to include video DJing which will open up a wider customer base aside from the typical events.

WEEK 1 RESULTS:
– Seek and ask for funding of new hardware/software to support video DJing

– Expand and grow music video library

– Identify at least (3) “test” venues

– Create a promotional video

– Learn video software simplest for editing

– DJ an event for Ramit by the end of the year and charging him for it. 🙂

Matt S.
Matt S.
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I want to learn to take photos that will amaze my family (and myself). 1. I will study the photography book I found from a trusted recommendation and my camera’s manual. I will spend 1 week on the book and 1 week on the camera manual at night before bed, making notes about 8 study ideas I could do to exercise basic techniques, each in 30 minutes. Time to complete: 2 weeks (Weeks of Jan. 10, 2011 and Jan. 17, 2011). 2. I will spend 1 hour typing up each exercise during my commute as if I… Read more »
Colin
Colin
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results: Script: I want to build an online website/business to help fund my year of travel that starts in September. Implementation: – Read content on WebmasterWorld.com for an hour every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 pm when I’m done class. This is done to increase my knowledge of website development. – 2 hours of content development for website every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 3 pm. – Researching and implementing search engine optimization and affiliate marketing opportunities for 2 hours every Saturday at 1 pm. – Automated to-do list reminders on desktop to keep me on track. –… Read more »
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Positive script: I want to switch into a great new job by Mar. 15 as an external communications/media relations manager for a national nonprofit org or research hospital, in my current city. The job’s salary would at least need to equal my current salary, if not surpass it. Implementation steps (all entered into my Google calendar as appts with my other meetings and blocked time, and with email reminders that go to my Blackberry): Tuesday from 10p-11:30p: I’m going to identify 3-4 additional orgs to target who would likely have similar positions (or are advertising openings that… Read more »
Stephen Fleming
5 years 8 months ago

Really this is very helpful me for my own website and this is very attractive for me.. so thanks for the sharing the information about how to buy scripts from the online…

Kristin Patterson
Kristin Patterson
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to be a Healthcare Analyst at a consulting firm in four months. Implementation: Given that I’ve already identified the industry I want to work in: 1) First month, identifying consulting firms (other than the top tier firms) that have Life Science and/or Federal Government practices 2) Second month, utilize personal network to determine if I’m connected to anyone working in these firms in a similar capacity. If so, conduct informational interviews, mock interviews, and search job opportunities. If not connected, search LinkedIn to find analysts and associates and contact them asking three important questions about their work… Read more »
Delia
Delia
5 years 8 months ago

This post and the last one have been so helpful!!! I’ll be debt free and enrolling in Earn1k 2.0 in no time!

Neamah
Neamah
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want exposure as a writer. I’ve been putting this off for a very long time now; it was easier to simply assume no one would be interested in what I had to say or would ridicule me for my opinions cause I’m only 19 and I don’t have enough experience/knowledge of any field. I wasn’t even sure WHAT I wanted to write about. ACTION: 1. I signed up for 750words.com to start writing ANYTHING every day. Last night I wrote about toilet paper rolls and sushi… huh, well at least I’m writing! 2. I talked… Read more »
Sophie
Sophie
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Sorry for the massive comment! I decided to challenge an invisible script that is preventing me from working towards the goal: “set up my own theatre company in 2011, and secure a place on a theatre directing MA course starting in 2012”. OLD NEGATIVE SCRIPT: “Professional training is inaccessible due to my lack of professional theatre directing experience and funds.” I spent a few hours on Sunday afternoon searching for arts training courses and found: – Several providers of affordable 1-day workshops, aimed at those wishing to start a career in the arts with little or no… Read more »
Maurizio
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS A want to promote my just launched MVP that will help people with to many ideas narrow them down to the most useful/profitable so they can concentrate and implement it. I should start promoting it to professionals and influential people which already have this kind of problem (not reporters, but people who blog about entrepreneurship and similar content). To do this I’ll work everyday 30 minutes in the morning looking for people like that and building a list. Then I work 30 minutes in the afternoon focusing on one people on my list, researching his particular case… Read more »
Pramit
5 years 8 months ago
Mine’s pretty simple, but I thought I’d include it anyways. Positive invisible script: Get recognized as a visual artist (sketching, oil pastels and possibly through free software like InkScape and SketchBookExpress). Most people tell me I’m artistic, but I know someone like Ramit will scream “so what? who the hell cares?” to my face. Since I’m still in college (2nd year) and don’t have a hobby yet, I’ll take on this challenge as a learning experience in art and marketing. Automation: (a) I don’t produce artwork regularly (I haven’t made anything significant in the past 3 years!). This is because… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago
There are loads of online resources for artists. As I metioned to another reader you can offer art prints or the actual painting on sites like etsy (youll have to print them yourself or find an offsite printer) and DeviantArt.com which is a huge community of artists where you can offer commissions,art trades or just give them away if that is what you truly want, plus you can sell your prints which they print and ship (at some loss in profit to you). If you want recognition in your community target local stores, offer to do store signs, advertorials. My… Read more »
Pramit
5 years 8 months ago

Argh I forgot to use the heading. I hope it still counts! *WEEK 1 RESULTS*

NK
NK
5 years 8 months ago
Two things: 1. Refine my short story compilation and look for a publisher. For the longest time all i keep thinking is how do i get this published, but the truth, is that the script isn’t even ready for publishing as well as i would like it to be Week 1: get off my arse and complete it at least 1 hour each day editing Week 2: research publishers available online, 1 hour minimum online Week 3: email all publishers in mind 2. Get a higher paying job. Plan: Week 1 – Update CV Week 2 – Register with recruiting… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago
Be careful with recruiting agencies. Ive dealt with a couple and unless you can find a company that does target placements you might end up just spinning your wheels. I had one try to place me as an event planner when it there was nothing in my skill set or something I had even expressed an interest in, Not that I could have done the job, but when I went with the agency I told them exactly what I was looking for and they spent every minute placing me in opposite positions. Follow Ramit’s advice, speak with people that are… Read more »
Aimee
Aimee
5 years 8 months ago
I have to say, I’m torn between trying to set ridiculously big goals and feeling like I’m another one of those people that sets a huge goal (like budgeting or dieting) and then, inevitably, fails. I suppose action and measurement make the difference. And it’s funny, but I’ve noticed that putting even the smallest honest effort into a big goal tends to be rewarded – I was practically handed a great modeling gig just by asking the right photographer for some pictures! It really challenged my idea that I needed to lose weight first, then go through the ordeal of… Read more »
Adrianne
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago

Aimee why not set a big goal and then break it into the smaller goals. You want to write a best selling sci-fi novel – thats great! But you also want to get short stories published. Many great novels start off as short stories and then get broadened into larger ones.

I would also look at writing contests, those would certainly also get you some exposure and would be great if you won, or at least get some critical feedback.

Good luck with the writing – would love to hear how it turns out

Aimee
Aimee
5 years 8 months ago

Adrianne, that is fantastic advice. Sort of an Ender’s Game approach. I wasn’t sure if I could pare my novel down, but I’ve been thinking about it over the past couple of days and it might be feasible after all.

sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago
Hey, a complete newbie hear, as in, it’s the 1st time I’m “rolling up my sleeves” and preparing to work harder (smarter) then I ever did!!! In the past 3 years of my life I’ve consumed a ridicules amount of information and a boatload of e-courses on how to, and ways to, make money online, and didn’t do shit! I physically left school when I was 14; I’m no Silicon Valley entrepreneur Nor an Ivy League graduate, my computer/tech skills are none, And I taught myself everything I know, including English, Hence, English is my 2nd language. I don’t think… Read more »
audrey
audrey
5 years 8 months ago

Ok, a bit late in on this, because I couldn’t decide what to do.

Using the scripts of “People like to help” and “I am going to ROCK this interview”

I’m going to contact my friends at the company to get their input on what I need to know for the interview. I am also going to set up a couple mock interviews with the career center to get in some extra practice.

Janice
5 years 8 months ago

Week I goal — Instead of keeping a task list, now i keep a goals list, a subtle but important distinction. I group them by day, as i accomplish goals they get a strikethru but are not eliminated until week’s end. Doing this got me to finish my website/blog, send it for review to 8 people,develop a personal blog, start marketing and monetizing the website and plow thru a bunch of personal tasks that were just mundane but necessary to get done. All this in just afew days’ time. Instead of thinking, now i just DO.

Darryl
Darryl
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS ************** I am a student, I read this yesterday, today I got out of debt, Thanks to the generous Christmas money from family. I have a bizzare fear of banks, and going into the bank was a battle, glad I did it. I opened an investing account and for automation, each month I pay the bank, bank fees, I will ‘pay’ myself, towards my investment account. I also cleaned out the fridge and stocked it with food. Healthy body, healthy mind. p.s. setting a ten o clock reminder the day before to prepare helps, i knew where… Read more »
Jules
5 years 8 months ago
SCRIPT: I need to get my PhD so that I can find a much-better paying job. Which, unfortunately, is actually kind of true if you work in the sciences. COUNTERSCRIPT: Freelance writing and editing *can* be worth pursuing, and if I can land one job, I can get others. Goals are therefore to: a) identify 1-2 potential clients, and brainstorm proposals every week b) pitch a proposal to said clients the following week c) land at least 1 contract per month If this seems less-than ambitious, it’s because I’m pretty realistic about how many writing assignments I’ll be able to… Read more »
Dan K
Dan K
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to improve my programming skills and try some new technology Implementation: I will make a light (in scope) video game. I will pick a platform (probably mobile), game type, and think of some basic ideas like setting/artwork/etc. I will then identify the major components of the game and write a plan for coding them. I will also talk to my friend Jon to see if he has any interest in working on it. I will finish those steps by Friday, then start to implement my coding plan. When the game is finished I will… Read more »
John S
John S
5 years 8 months ago
Script – I want to get into the music industry as a composer/producer and violist (been working on that one for a while, and I’m attending a music school already). I don’t know exactly how to get there, and “going to music school” is obviously not going to cut it. So, I’ll talk to people who’ve made it and learn from their experiences. Implementation – 1) I’ve already set up weekly 1-hour “lessons” with someone who’s making a living teaching jazz improvisation (with a slice of music business thrown in) writing music, and playing professionally. He’s played on a few… Read more »
John S
John S
5 years 8 months ago

Typo correction

3) I’ll make that another email I send right now. I’ll send those weekly emails after I write the weekly message to my viola professor.

(So, to clear things up, I emailed my viola professor and that indie game composer I had in mind before hitting submit)

Rohan
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Positive script. I want to set up an online business automating my passive income. Implementation. Monday – Go through the resources I have available to me which I have collected over the years regarding internet marketing and creating passive income and affiliate marketing. While researching, I will compile a list of contacts with email addresses and decide on 3 questions that I would like to ask them. Make calender reminders of the following Tuesday – Decide on 6 topics that I would like to write an article on regarding my affiliate/niche markets, do 10 mins of research… Read more »
MB
MB
5 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the info – I learned a lot!

JArmijo
JArmijo
5 years 8 months ago
Generate $2k of additional income each month for the next 3 months by: – Identifying 5 products or services I can offer immediately that meet the criteria of the Earn $1k Additional Income program. * Is there a market (does anyone want it) * Can they pay? * Am I solving a problem Refine Affiliate Marketing Sites * 5 more article submissions to improve traffic * Complete next step in Affiliate Marketing for Beginners (Get the Sale) Leverage eBay as an additional income generator. * Currently have numerous electronics and other things that can be listed immediately. How will I… Read more »
Stephanie
Stephanie
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS 1. Invisible script of success: I want to begin to commission my artwork as my “side hustle” – a great way to combine my hobby and earn extra income Negative script that was holding me back: artwork as a source of income takes too much time and dedication, i.e. you can’t have a regular 9-5 job and hope to be a quality, paid artist Next steps: research price point (done) and find a client base Simple way to automate it: mention my work in conversation with everyone new I meet, long-time friends I’m catching up with and… Read more »
Tiang
Tiang
5 years 8 months ago
My invisible script is producting TV segment plans I have been procrastinating on for the past 3 weeks. I will spend 30 minutes every morning to create the 6 film plans I will work my extensive phone book and networks to approach the 8 companies who’s technology we want to highlight I will dedicate an hour for each film plan, and another hour to call and follow up with the companies every day from 7am to 11am. I will co-ordinate with the director, site locations, main interview contact, and myself to book in 6 film shoot dates for the next… Read more »
Jason
Jason
5 years 8 months ago

I wanted to post something here, but the fact is it usually takes me an inordinately long time to craft even simple comments. And my long time problem is talking a big game and then moving on rather than executing.

So, I’ll not waste time trying to word things just right here, but to actually move forward and execute instead.

Dani
5 years 8 months ago

For real. The assignment was to post our RESULTS with “week 1 results” at the top, not to get 200 people to say what they planned to do first! We can post when we have something to say!

Dani
5 years 8 months ago

(At least that was how I read it. Later on I realized that that was off – but it still seems weird to call it results when all we’ve done is make often-grandiose plans about what we want to get done! I’d rather see an iPad for whoever gets the best actual results in a week or three, myself.)

Scott
Scott
5 years 8 months ago
Enormously helpful post, Ramit! The “big win” that I’ve been chasing for two years is to land a job in financial services…and I just applied for something at Morgan Stanley by way of a friend who works in their derivative operations unit, using some of your advice (eg: asking about the interview process, how I can prepare for the next step, etc.). Just in sending a quick e-mail, I can already tell what a difference this will make to my job hunt. I’m no longer just rattling off skills and achievements and begging someone to like me–instead, I’m signaling that… Read more »
Kristina
5 years 8 months ago

Script – I want to become a better salesperson, increasing my sponsorship and advertising sales by 100% in 2011.

Implementation – I will reach out to the Top 5 salespeople involved in my shows, once per day, and speak with them on their sales tactics for different people. I will also spend 1/2 hour each day in a public setting reading people’s behavioral cues on moods per the various books on reading people that I have read.

Henry
5 years 8 months ago

By the way, as a specific tip for interviews, if the company is public, check out the earnings calls including the analyst Q&A session. Oftentimes you can find some very thoughtful questions or at least good food for thought to use in interviews.

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Elisa C.
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, Your posts in the last couple weeks have been phenomenal. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but the one about skepticism and cynicism holding you back really struck a nerve. I’ve never been one to take no for an answer or just follow the status quo. I, too, got into a highly competitive dream school despite less than stellar SAT scores and others telling me it wasn’t a very achievable dream. After almost dying in childbirth, and almost losing my baby, too, I became a stay-at-home mom — the craziest job I’ve ever had! Once again, I… Read more »
Elisa C.
5 years 8 months ago

Ok. My iCal is all “steroided” up for the next 4 weeks. My husband’s gonna hate me because I have so many reminders and alerts set up!! LOL Should be great…

Zachary
Zachary
5 years 8 months ago
I would like to say Thanks to everyone that posted a script right away! It helped me understand this material sometimes I don’t get it. With your examples it is awesome and really helps! I see there are a lot of common goals that I have with other people too. My script is: I want to do three back to back 900’s in the half-pipe for the Deaflympics. Today: (tuesday)I will do three 540’s, and I will work on one 720 this week. to get closer to my goal of doing three back to back 900’s This will help me… Read more »
Rebecca
5 years 8 months ago

Any suggestions for people who just discovered this 30 days: 10 days in?

Dave
5 years 8 months ago
Invisible script – “Gaining weight is difficult, and I’ve always been–and will be–skinny. I won’t be able to put on 25 lbs. of muscle by March 11, 2011” GOOD implementation: I can gain 25 lbs of muscle by March 11, 2011. According to Drew Baye, I should be getting between 2,400 and 3,000 calories per day. That includes 155 to 232 grams of protein per day and 570 calories from good (animal, coconut) saturated fat. Because I work, my lunch will be smaller (calorie wise): I should do: 1,200 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch, and 1,200 calories for… Read more »
Dave
5 years 8 months ago
Glad I can read today! WEEK 1 RESULTS: Invisible script – “Gaining weight is difficult, and I’ve always been–and will be–skinny. I won’t be able to put on 25 lbs. of muscle by March 11, 2011” GOOD implementation: I can gain 25 lbs of muscle by March 11, 2011. According to Drew Baye, I should be getting between 2,400 and 3,000 calories per day. That includes 155 to 232 grams of protein per day and 570 calories from good (animal, coconut) saturated fat. Because I work, my lunch will be smaller (calorie wise): I should do: 1,200 calories for breakfast,… Read more »
Thoa
5 years 8 months ago
How I’m using your automatic default advice to advance my New Year’s Resolutions http://menage-a-thoa.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-years-resolutions.html SAVE $10,000 Default: Automatically withdraw $1,000 into my savings account every month, just after my paycheck is deposited. Leftover money is for expenses, bills, & guilt-free spending. Habit: Blog about total saved every month. Automatic email reminder will be sent to me to remember to blog. Difficulty: Easy as I am more addicted to saving more money than I spend. Time period: January to December 30 ITEM WARDROBE Default 1: Print a list of 8 items I want to buy that month and carry it with… Read more »
Nathan
Nathan
5 years 8 months ago

Invisible script:
I don’t have skills that people will pay for.

Action:
Straight from work to the library for 30 minutes of reading followed by brainstorming ideas.
Schedule this 2x per week to avoid probable burnout. My best fit is Monday and Thursday.
Read and implement Ramit’s “Find your first profitable idea” from the Tim Ferriss book special as a part of reading.
When I find 3 ideas that pass the acid test of possible profitability.
For each idea, identify two people who have a similar business
For each idea, identify three potential customers.

Nathan

Allyson
Allyson
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit – Dynamite blog, dynamite challenge! My New Script: I’ll take advantage of my unemployment to explore new ways to earn money for what I love to do, and how I can best help others — through my writing — despite having been out of the field for years. Implementation: 1. Apply to local colleges (Journalism/Communications Master’s level) 2. Join 3 local Journalism/Writer’s/professional groups 3. Ask for “Job Coach/Buddy” withing these groups 4. Call/write a list of the editors from my fav Top Ten media outlets and ask for informational mtgs. — what do they need most? 5. Explore “Internships,”… Read more »
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Amanda
Amanda
5 years 8 months ago
Invisible Script: I will get a job as a school counselor at one of the top school districts. Implementation: I know that I have to be a part of the game going on around me. I was recently told that most schools know who they are hiring before they even announce the position. To get ahead of the curve, instead of just applying on job boards, I’ve contacted people that I know in the field so they can put me in touch with any openings before they are made public. I am emailing 3 people every day until I run… Read more »
Hema
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS:
“Finish Sanskrit Book by Saturday”
Get up a half hour earlier each day and write 5 pages a day.

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 8 months ago
-ve script: I can never ‘ace’ an interview (Thanks for your post btw, it was what I needed). Implementation: Interview in two weeks. By Jan 15th, revise the topics I’m weak in. Make such a list by Jan 12th. By Jan 18th, have a mock interview with career services and atleast one with a pal, find out about the company from couple of friends By Jan 21st, second round of mock interviews Automation: – Solve (write code by hand and then compile) five new problems each day from a new area. Once I finish all areas, solve harder ones. –… Read more »
Michele
Michele
5 years 8 months ago
The script I’ve been living by: “I have to figure out exactly what I love and then research it to death and save up a bunch of $ so that I can quit my day job and pursue it.” The reality: I love many things and I don’t have to limit myself to one thing, nor do I have to save up and quit before I pursue it. Week 1 step: I will set up a three month plan to begin writing a blog about women’s wellness. I have been fighting some health issues and constantly yo-yoing weight wise. I… Read more »
Erik
Erik
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK ONE RESULTS

Script: It is my intention to be a freelance writer.

Automation:
– Learn the basics of how HubPages.com works.
– Challenge myself to write 30 hubs in 30 days, starting Jan. 23 and finishing by Feb. 21.
– Edit the first draft of my novel.

Taylor
Taylor
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Script: I will consistantly work to find a better job in the area where my fiance is from so we can live there.

Implementation:
– Do research to find out what websites/career fairs and potential employeers are in the area.
– Narrow down these websites & employers and setup dates to attend the career fairs
– Research the companies at the career fairs to better learn about thier business and see if there are potential contacts I may have in the industry.
– Contact the employeers and dig deeply into finding if they have potential positions available that are of interest to me.

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years 8 months ago
I can tell this is a challenge I need to take, because I feel fear reactions in my body just thinking about publicly committing to a course of action! My goal: To leave behind the 9-to-5 this year in order to become a full-time impresario! I named my dream career “impresario” because it doesn’t exactly exist right now as I envision it; it’s about combining performance (burlesque, belly dance, fringe theater) with creating and producing events that are participatory spectacles– where everyone who attends is a co-creator as well as experiencing something creative, unexpected, and colorful. I’ve done aspects of… Read more »
mike m
5 years 8 months ago

Script: I want to grow and get more reader involvement on my blog:

Implementation:
1. Become more active on the Facebook Fan Page for my blog(which I just created last week), by posting more on the Facebook wall.
2. Let readers know with a blog post about the new Facebook Fan Page that has been created, for the blog
3.Search out more photos to had to my blogs Flickr group.
4. Contact those photographers to let them know about the Flickr group and also about possibly featuring their work on the blog

Léan Ní Chuilleanáin
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, I’m loving this new material. My first goal from the last challenge – to finish my art piece without pulling an all-nighter – failed utterly, in that I dragged my sorry carcase to bed at an unmentionable hour of Monday morning, then got up scant hours later to drive across the city and deliver the piece, minutes before it would actually have been too late. Ugh. (Then yesterday my three-year-old came down with a tummy bug, underlining *why* my lifelong habits with deadlines just won’t work for me any more!) So my target script is an easy choice: I… Read more »
Wes
Wes
5 years 8 months ago

I don’t really think of these things as “scripts,” just goals.

My goal/script/question is: how can I spend 5 hours/month volunteering in 2011? (I know it’s a pathetic amount of time, but I’m starting from scratch.)

Plan to implement (not sure automate is the right word here): TODAY – Fill out volunteer application forms at two organizations for which I’d like to volunteer. Block out recurring time on my calendar to volunteer. EOW – Complete next steps for each volunteer program. EOM – Participate in first session for each program (interview, orientation, etc.). FEBRUARY – Begin volunteering.

Dani
5 years 8 months ago
That’s because a lot of people are putting goals as their “scripts”. The way I understand what Ramit wrote is that we identify the assumptions that are holding us back – our “invisible scripts” that we are living by, like “I don’t have the time to volunteer” – and then look honestly at what is really stopping us (like “I don’t make time to volunteer, I don’t know any places around here to do it, I’m afraid they would want more than I am willing to give”) and create a plan to make it easy for us. I question “automate”… Read more »
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sarah
5 years 8 months ago
SCRIPT: I want to eat healthy so I can lose weight. Automation: Eating healthy will be my default because it will be easier than not eating healthy. Step 1) Made healthy snack packs with nuts and jerky to keep in my purse at all times. Step 2) Eating out for lunch is my downfall so every weekend I’m going to make a big batch of something that freezes well and freeze individual portions. By 4 weeks I should have a reasonable variety of things to bring when I don’t have leftovers Step 3) Started keeping v8 and canned tuna at… Read more »
Stepan
Stepan
5 years 8 months ago
Hey Ramit, I sent you an email, but I’ll post it up here too, When I was testing my assumptions last week, I also found that my studying methodology was one of my invisible scripts. I went ahead to fix it and it turns out that I created an automated positive invisible script Background: In 2010, I discovered some extremely effective studying techniques, so when I worked, I worked well. However, I took part in the “my life sucks and I’m so busy” debates that people always get into, and throughout the course of 4 years developed invisible scripts like… Read more »
leah
leah
5 years 8 months ago

Old Script: I am tired all the time. I don’t have any time to workout. I’m a mom, wife, and lawyer. I wake up, work, take care of my family, and go to bed. Rinse, repeat.

New Script: None of my identities are possible if I’m not healthy.

Last week: Joined gym.
This week: Have scheduled meetings/training sessions 3x a week immediately after work. Am accountable to someone else and my pocketbook. Picking up child 45 minutes later isn’t going to ruin his life.

C
C
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to get a new job this year. No more excuses. (My own barriers include thinking that no one would hire a pregnant person and I should stop the job search once I got noticeably pregnant. I’ve acknowledged that barrier but realize that at some point I won’t be pregnant anymore and I’ve got to get the ball rolling for the future, regardless of the risk that I’ll get an interview and lose some job prospects now. The practice of continuously updating my resume and cover letters always makes both documents more refined. If I don’t get a… Read more »
Iain D
Iain D
5 years 8 months ago

Spend the hour between childs bedtime and mine developing idea for web app business

Results so far:
Started yesterday; I’m well into a book on web app development, I have a Friday date with a school teacher (my idea is education related) and I found out one of my former coworkers is friends with a former minister of education.

Old script: I don’t even know where to start. I should research some more (and then didn’t because it was intimidating)

Jonathan Vaudreuil
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Old Script: I don’t know what prospects would want out of the dozens of angles I have for my consulting and freelancing idea. Automation: Spend 1 hour every morning researching different organizations I could potentially speak at for 10-15 minutes (such as Rotary, industry/professional groups, etc), and come up with a short list (top 3-5) of specific topics based on the people who I’d be speaking to. Results: Already identified a few topics which look like a good fit for each group. Once I have a strong feel for these topics and a draft speech, my next… Read more »
Bukka
5 years 8 months ago

“WEEK 1 RESULTS”
SCRIPT
I will book a regularly reoccurring gig 3-4 weekends of the month. I will then expand my knowledge/education by attending regularly scheduled classes or lessons so I can become more valuable and because I just want to. I will book a regularly occurring weeknight gig bringing in another $1000 per month that will work around my priorities (the weekend gig and study).

RESULTS
I’ve booked two regular weekend gigs and am in line for a third. I’ve registered for Spring 2011 classes and private study. I have an audition for a regular weeknight/weekend gig.

Patrick
5 years 8 months ago
I want to share 2 quick stories about invisible scripts that I flipped last year that really impacted my life: Script 1. I can’t afford this week-long class that I really want to take in LA. – positive implementation: I signed up for the course anyway, using a payment plan to pay for it afterwards since I knew I would never make it happen without a commitment. Next, I cut out my wasteful spending immensely — the the point where I had saved up enough money for the (expensive!) class in only 2-3 months. This was after making excuses to… Read more »
Kristine
Kristine
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Positive Script: I will earn at least $1200 per month with my new on-the-side interior painting business – this translates into only 3 jobs, so should be very do-able amongst all the other things I do. Automation: today: 1) write email script that introduces potential clients to my services and benefits. 2) send it to 3 people with whom I’ve done other kinds of business to get their feedback Wed (away) Thurs: 1) improve the script from the feedback and send it out to everyone I can think of! 2) get library books on painting techniques and business… Read more »
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Ian
Ian
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: “I want to go from Bedroom DJ to performing raging live sets!” Be prepared to play a live DJ set/mix that is at least 1 hour long by June 1, 2011. Automation: – Practice for at least 1 hour everyday before 11AM, which is when I check emails and do other mindless crap that I zone-out on prior to lunch. The earlier I wake-up, the more time I have to practice. – Be consistent w/ my practice log which tracks date, minutes practiced, genre played, # of tracks used, and what the practice focused on. –… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years 8 months ago

Hey Ian, what area of the world are you located in? When my events get going, I’ll certainly need DJs with raging live sets. =)

Stephen
5 years 8 months ago
Hey Ramit, Here’s the problem – lose 20 lbs of fat and get in shape Previous negative script: “I need the perfect workout, diet, technique, etc…” New Positive Script: “Stick to the basics and automate EVERYTHING so that willpower is out of the equation” —————————————————————————————————– SOLUTIONS: – Use P90x workouts, which eliminates the need to plan workouts and go to the gym – Workout with my fit brother, who keeps me accountable and motivated – Use the Slow Carb Diet (a la Tim Ferriss) which keeps things simple and repeats 3-4 easy meals on rotations – Throw out everything in… Read more »
Howard
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 Results Script: I want earn $100,000 in my sales career this year. Implementation: 1. On the weekend, I will (1) gather/develop my calling list for week (who, contact info, reason fro the call, script if needd, block time to make calls); (2) Determine what needs to be done for sales meeting already set for the week (develop goals and agenda for each meeting, develop script for meeting, time block for practicing sales presentations); (3) develop goals from these activities 2. During the week, stick to my schedule and totally focus on the weekly goals. Prepare and deliver each… Read more »
Jim Mortensen
5 years 8 months ago
Script: “I want to be worth $100 million dollars. I want to do it by creating an animated show that puts good into the world.” Automation: 1. I have an iCal alarm that goes off at the same time every day, 5 minutes after I get into Nickelodeon. It reminds me to set a small goal for what to get done on my pitch. 2. I set the goal for the day. I set it to go off right when I get home from Nickelodeon. 3. Every single work day, I make some small progress on the pitch. Even if… Read more »
H
H
5 years 8 months ago
Old Script: I let little nasty things that people do or say really get me down and kills not only my work day but also I take it home with me and causes me sleepless nights. New Script: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and just keep focused on my own strengths. I find that I get physically, mentally, and emotionally drained the first few hours of my work day. Part of it has to do with lack of energy on my part and the toxic environment that exists around me. So I’ve started to have a… Read more »
Zuri
5 years 8 months ago

Invisible Script: Have one industry lunch a week
Actions: Set up one lunch appointment a week with industry friends and ask them for help in one area of my career.
Write down industry contacts and start with the ones who are “least important” and contact four a week.

Started this before reading this article so I started with some important people before getting more experience with meetings. Right now I have a tentatively scheduled meeting with an important alumni and a phone conversation with a friend who’s a big theatrical agent’s assistant.

Jessica H.
Jessica H.
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS GOAL: To become one of the most intellectually prominent people in my field. (I am going on the job market in a year and I want to DOMINATE. This is the main piece I’m missing.) NEGATIVE SCRIPT: No one cares about what I think. What I have to say is boring and obvious. Everyone will think I’m stupid. NEW SCRIPT: I’m a life-changing, extraordinary teacher. My students clearly think I have something worthwhile to tell them. So do the dozens of people I mentor or advise every year. So do my immediate collaborators and peers. I just… Read more »
Hamza
Hamza
5 years 8 months ago

Congrats!

Zuri
Zuri
5 years 8 months ago

PS The old script was: You need connections or youth and beauty to get ahead and with out it it’s just luck.

New Script: Network and ask for help.

Wojtek
5 years 8 months ago
I already have a little job called street fashion photography (something like The Sartorialist). It’s definitely not a lot of money, but the 3-minute street portrait sessions with total strangers are something I want to invest my time in anyway NEGATIVE SCRIPTS: No one dresses nicely during the winter. I couldn’t make a photo while it’s so cold outside, I would have to get back to warm place in 10 minutes. I’m waking up too late to make those shots, because before I’m ready to leave my apartment, it’s already dark outside! POSITIVE SCRIPT: I can change my habits so… Read more »
Ryan J Riehl
5 years 8 months ago
New Script: Increase my blog readership Automation: I probably have about 5-10 (very generous number) friends and acquaintances who read my blog. If I want to be a major player, I can’t just keep writing and hope new readers will just appear. I want to reach 200 (20-40x) readers by the end of January. Each day, starting tomorrow, I will find one blog in the same category as mine and ask them to let me write a guest post. By the end of the month, that will be ~20 emails sent out. Each guest post will be my best work… Read more »
Simon
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK ONE RESULTS Positive script: I want to get into a small animal surgery residency (very competitive field) in 2013. I know this goal seems far away, but I am taking a 6 month mini-retirement starting April this year, followed by a working holiday for 18 months. When I finish I will be ready to settle down into my chosen vocation. Automation: Initially (today): Contact friends in residencies and specialists I know and ask for recommended residency programs in Australia and the UK. Daily – Assign 20 minutes daily for researching the above programs, using 2Do/Toodledo (To-do list software). Another… Read more »
Jeremy @ Auto Insurance Quotes
5 years 8 months ago

It is really best to practice interviews before going into that interview room. I remember I had around four failed interviews before my successful fifth job interview. On that four failed interviews, I noted down the questions and my answers and contemplate on them.

James Egan
James Egan
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: “I want to become an expert value investor” It has been my life long dream to manage money in the value investing tradition. I’ve read probably hundreds of books on Warren Buffet, Ben Graham and other similar money managers in the field. I have even passed the first two levels of the CFA program. However, I have no real experience making specific investment allocation decisions aside from selecting index funds. This is my implementation for how I will transform myself into an expert value investor in the next 6 months. 1. Every night when I come… Read more »
James Egan
James Egan
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: “I want to become an expert value investor” It has been my life long dream to manage money in the value investing tradition. I’ve read probably hundreds of books on Warren Buffet, Ben Graham and other similar money managers in the field. I have even passed the first two levels of the CFA program. However, I have no real experience making specific investment allocation decisions aside from selecting index funds. This is my implementation for how I will transform myself into an expert value investor in the next 6 months. 1. Every night when I come… Read more »
Zachary
Zachary
5 years 8 months ago
My script was: I want to do three back to back 900s in the half-pipe for the Deaflympics. My implementation was “Today: (tuesday)I will do three 540s, and I will work on one 720 this week. To get closer to my goal of doing three back to back 900s” Week 1 results: I have fantastic news to share, today I met Shaun White on the slopes and I went after him and introduced myself. So he was pretty cool and I rode with him for two runs. I asked him for feedback and he did watch me! It was a… Read more »
Antonio Fisher II
5 years 8 months ago
“WEEK 1 RESULTS” Old script: Because I failed at my last attempt to start a online business and currently experiencing one of my worst financial moments I am most obviously going to fail again. New Script: I am a successful online entrepreneur. I have a great idea to solve problems for many people and I am implementing a great Idea over the next 7 weeks. Specifically my first goal is to make enough profit to cover my rent of $1311/month. After I do this I will try to take what has worked and multiply the results to produce $5000/month profit.… Read more »
James Clear
5 years 8 months ago
Here is one that literally happened in the last 5 hours. Negative script: I don’t have the connections/contacts/money/degree to get in touch with high-profile people. Positive script: I can get high-profile people to promote me and my work… even if they have never heard of me. [In this case I was thinking of Guy Kawasaki – founder of Alltop, author, 300K+ Twitter followers.] Implementation: Emailed the Holy Kaw editors from Alltop. Gave a nice little hello and directed them to an article on my site that I thought Alltop readers would like. (This article: http://passivepanda.com/become-better-negotiator) Results: http://twitter.com/#!/GuyKawasaki/status/24994107449417729 Now I’m on… Read more »
Efan Bruder
5 years 8 months ago
I’ve always been one of the smartest people around, and for a long time I’ve let that be my excuse for not accomplishing anything. I generally just coasted by on brains with very little effort, and that has generally kept me going at a kind of “I guess this is OK” level. Bad, old script: Being smart means I don’t have to try to do good things. New, Good Script: Accomplishment matters. Being smart isn’t enough. How I’m automating this: I set up an alert on all my electronic organizers (one of which is always with me) to ask me… Read more »
david
david
5 years 8 months ago

Old script: I don’t have enough time consistently to work out because I’m too busy.

New script: I have plenty of time before my day starts to workout and I can automate my workout Monday through Friday for 30 minutes a day. I also got my fiance to work out with me for accountability.

Results: My first workout made me feel like the $6 million man! The feeling of setting up a system and seeing it manifest itself is so intoxicating. I definitely have to replicate this into other areas in my life.

Ricardo Solon
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I want to write great content with value like this post and become an authority — which means I will have 1000 loyal readers and lets me focus on web apps and software that I love (37 signals model)— within 60 days. This week, I’m going to make a 7-week plan to write better content like this post. I’m guessing I need to research my field on Monday, figure out what’s working out there, narrow down, and then figure out who I can contact on Tuesday. I could probably do each of these things in 1 week,… Read more »
stringy
stringy
5 years 8 months ago
Positive script: I will lose 4 kilos and then maintain that weight within +/- 2 kilos Automation: Remove all soft drinks and cordials from my house; fill my water bottle while I wait for my computer to start up each morning and leave it within reach for sipping; say yes to the friend who has asked me to be her gym partner once a week, because it will also take care of the need to socialise; look up nutritional info for my favourite takeaway and decide on a new ‘regular’ choice based on least number of kJ; move scales to… Read more »
Todd
Todd
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT I want to be hired as the Chief of Staff position for our office by having the best prepared plan for the office and crushing the interview. IMPLIMENTATION Tuesday—Update my resume to refocus it on my previous management roles (2 hours). Wednesday—Draft example work plan for office assistants with measurable deliverables (2 hours); speak with hiring decision maker about position and what he is looking for (30 minutes) Thursday—Draft sample media plan for turning around our press shop and implementing an aggressive earned media campaign (3-5 hours) Friday—Draft incumbent protection plan to be implemented by our… Read more »
T
T
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 results: (Past behavior: Planning to start an exercise program once I catch up on work/housework/volunteer board work/emails/take my kids to their activities/errands. In other words: never.) Positive script: I DO have time to eat well and exercise because I am as important to myself as my kids and my work are to me. Because eating well and exercising are high priorities for me, I continue to improve these behaviors every day. Doing so makes me feel better about myself, increases my patience with my kids, and improves my effectiveness at work. Automation: I did the up-front work of… Read more »
Kelly Azevedo
Kelly Azevedo
5 years 8 months ago
My problem: while I’m doing great work for my clients I have trouble sharing those successes to justify raising my rates or getting new clients. I have a barrier around promoting myself (seems slimy, feels like bragging, should enjoy what I have already) that I need to overcome. Positive Script: As I grow in my freelance career how can I track my successes and turn happy clients and customers into amazing referrals? Automate it: Step 1 – create a new project in my Basecamp page that tracks compliments. When I come across compliments in emails, email them to this project.… Read more »
Tim C
Tim C
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS My positive Script I will crush my apathy and get 30 new clients by 30 June 2011 Automation Diarise and action time to do the following simple steps 1. Build the database of prospective firms 2. Write happy content on our website twice per week – it can be my own thoughts or content curation 3. Contact at 10 firms per week 4. Allocate follow up time in diary each week 5. Ensure my closing skills are as sharp as possible by a) practicing my technique in a similar vein to interview practice as suggested by Ramit… Read more »
Paul Culver
Paul Culver
5 years 8 months ago
Samit, ever since picking up a copy of IWTYTBR and reading your blog, your style has resonated with me (originally hailing from your neck of the woods could have something to do with it!) and I’ve found a ton of motivation here. For years I’ve struggled with determined with getting some sort of side ventures up and running in order to build a greater sense of independence, flexibility and mobility of work, ability to travel more and gain an increased peace of mind from being proud of a growing sense of accomplishment, but over that time have allowed myself to… Read more »
Anastasia
Anastasia
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I got my dream job at a company to which I’ve previously applied and got rejected by going a different route and networking on LinkedIn. The only problem is it’s a temp job. The full-time position has received many applications and interviews are in progress. I am one of the interviewees (for the job I’m currently doing). Invisible Script: I will use my advantage as a temp, that being intimate knowledge of the company, my new network of coworkers and supervisors, and my understanding of what they’re looking for, to stand out in the interview and get… Read more »
Anoel
Anoel
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Invisible Script of Success: I will create an in house marketing position that I know the company wants and will leverage that to increase my salary at least $500/month at my next review. Automation: Set up at least 2 hours a day to read about marketing and research the company that currently handles our company’s marketing (remind myself to do it through daily emails). I will contact 3 people who work in marketing per week (immediately after my morning run whether by email, phone or taking them out for coffee) for their best marketing ideas and information… Read more »
Stephanie
Stephanie
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS MY SCRIPT FOR SUCCESS: I’m at the top tier of my current career track, skill set and salary-wise. I’m going to refocus my career and get a higher-paying job in a more specialized aspect of what I am already doing that allows more room for career growth. IMPLEMENTATION: 1) Identify two to three senior-level job postings–it’s the title I want in three years, and it’s rare to find opportunities for mid-level positions with that title–that haven’t been filled/have been on the market for 60+ days. (Indeed.com makes this easy to implement; you can create an RSS feed… Read more »
Alex McClafferty
5 years 8 months ago
Invisible Script: I will juice downtime for maximum return on time investment. Execution: TUNES I’ve uploaded strictly business audio e-books and podcasts to my iPhone so I can listen on the bus, when waiting for coffee or at the gym. No music = no distractions! This way I can get through an extra book or a few lectures a week. LUNCH Use my lunch breaks to create an extra 5 hours of progress per week. Monday – Update personal action plan for the week, track progress and reflect on achievements Tuesday – Finalize the transcription of my personal coaching session… Read more »
Jeanie
Jeanie
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I want to learn Spanish. (negative version of this script: If I could find the time, I would learn Spanish, but it’s just too hard with social friends and hobbies and a full time job.) Learning Spanish would not only make me more marketable in about any job I pursue (even in my job in software – we make localized versions and support Spanish-speaking customers), but also open up opportunities for travel to Latin America and let me access a whole other part of my home city of Los Angeles. Automation: Step 1: schedule weekly lessons on edufire.com (online… Read more »
Wigley
Wigley
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: I want to improve my vision (eyesight) and my artistic skills. BAD IMPLEMENTATION: The doctor says that my eye condition would not get any better. So why try to improve myself…..I’ll never see the same again! GOOD IMPLEMENTATION: God help those who help themselves. I am far to talented to let my skills go down the drain…I was not born with this condition. I developed it because I did not take care of my eyes and my health. It is now time to take a step towards improving my health. Action: 1-I will continue to do… Read more »
Barry
Barry
5 years 8 months ago
I want to build an eCommerce Store targeting Active Dads offering Jogging Strollers For someone who is new to this, this ambition will require 30 days. It would take designing the store, adding content on products, policies, etc., and crafting the process for the user. – Get a calendar to set about 2 hours solely to work on the eCommerce store for the next 30 days – Have the first 10 days be dedicated on designing the store, with each day tackling one design challenge assignment (ie. Day one: create a store logo). – The next 10 days be focused… Read more »
Anthony R.
Anthony R.
5 years 8 months ago

Love this idea!
Do you have a background with software and/or web design?
Pls follow-up with the results, would love to see the progress.

Active Dad here of 2…love 5k’s and have finished a few sprint and olympic tri’s.

Katie
Katie
5 years 8 months ago
I set two goals/negative scripts to erase: 1) Follow Tim Ferriss’s “Slow-carb diet” and get out of the mindset that it is impossible to follow a strict diet in a college atmosphere – I began by eliminating all snacks in my dorm room that were not consistent with the diet – Purchased one month’s supply of the necessary supplements and protein-rich foods – Created an excel sheet tracking the metrics I’m interested in and set up automatic reminder emails if I fail to enter data on any given day – Negotiated a complimentary personal training session at my gym, scheduled… Read more »
Cat
Cat
5 years 8 months ago
Negative script: I’m lazy, a procrastinator and can’t change who I am because change is very difficult if not impossible according to everyone else. As a result, I have work in my industry of choice but I have no side projects of my own despite wanting to for years on top of being an avid consumer rather than producer of many books and blogs on self improvement. Positive script: I want to develop focus and discipline so that I will be able to work on a deep practice level without being distracted for up to 3 hours on per day… Read more »
Jamie
Jamie
5 years 8 months ago
Old script: I’m don’t have a good enough comment/vignette to win an iPad. New script: this is the year of the hustle. Starting in September of last year, I started to go for things, believing things are no longer out of my reach. In particular things attached to travel. My implementation has allowed me to win a scholarship to study my job on the otherside of the world all expenses paid. I also went for a job that I was underqualified for which would allow me to travel around the world. Without hesitation applied. So far I have been rocking… Read more »
Jamie
Jamie
5 years 8 months ago

I’m kicking ass and taking names this year. I want an ipad for my travels so I am simply going to ask for it. So I am requesting that I be selected. And since my background is in psychology that is what I would like to discuss with you during our phone call.

Niels
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: I want to increase the sales of my educational iPad app. The key to achieving that is marketing, which I currently suck at. IMPLEMENTATION: – Every Monday, I will spend 15 minutes (marked in my calendar) to identify 3 top-100 apps that I want to study this week – On Tue, Wed and Thu, I will spend 15-30 minutes (marked in my calendar) to study one of the selected apps: look at their iTunes description, look at their webpage, look at their pricing history, look at their ranking history, try to determine what event/action/blog/review is behind… Read more »
Valentina
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script (negative version): The fact that I am not a Spanish-native speaker makes it impossible to grow my business, because in Social Media Marketing language is the key. Script (positive version): My strong point is content, not grammar. Also, I have very good analytical skills and the patience to digg into potential clients´s data to find out what works and what doesnt. Not only related to social media. Once people get to know me they usually recognize this. KEY FINDING: I have to find a way to present myself to potential customers before they know they are… Read more »
DG
DG
5 years 8 months ago
Negative Script: I should not contribute to meetings because I do not have full information to add my opinion. If I say something off base my boss and others in the room will discount my thoughts from here on out. Positive Script: I have unique strengths and thoughts that I bring to the environment and need to bring this to the table. In, fact, the successful people are those that constantly bring forth ideas even if those thought evolve. I will put in the needed preparation to have my thoughts laid out before meetings Actions: As I said above, every… Read more »
Angela
Angela
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit- First of all, I want to comment on the law school thing. I am an attorney and have a lot of law school debt. While I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, I didn’t realize the amount of debt I would end up owing. I wish I had read your stuff sooner so that I could have at least gotten a scholarship to law school. But after law school, when I could not find a job in Chicago or my hometown of Omaha, I headed to Wyoming to work for two judges knowing that would give me an… Read more »
Dana Ung
Dana Ung
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS: (Below are 2 scripts: an old script + results and a new script + results): BG: To learn Chinese and learn more about manufacturing, I moved to China to do design and manufacturing consulting. I figured that the environment would be conducive to learning Chinese and doing business in China. Negative script: Speaking broken Chinese will make you look stupid, especially when you say something wrong or stumble. In business, it’s unprofessional and stymies communication if you don’t have perfect Chinese, so if their English is good enough, speak English. Positive script: Take advantage of being immersed… Read more »
Kent Roper
5 years 8 months ago
I will complete at least two billable hours on my freelance web design side business 5 days a week. I have set up an event on my gmail calendar at 10 am every weekday morning to remind me to get to work. I also set up for my gmail calendar to send me a text message at 9:50 to my cell phone that says “Get off Facebook!” If I don’t already have 2 billable hours under my belt at the time I get the automatic text message, I will stop whatever useless activity I am doing and finish my daily… Read more »
Kent Roper
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS (forgot to put header there, hence the duplicate post) I will complete at least two billable hours on my freelance web design side business 5 days a week. I have set up an event on my gmail calendar at 10 am every weekday morning to remind me to get to work. I also set up for my gmail calendar to send me a text message at 9:50 to my cell phone that says “Get off Facebook!” If I don’t already have 2 billable hours under my belt at the time I get the automatic text message, I… Read more »
Will
Will
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Ramit, Although this is not directly related to a positive script for earning extra income, I would like to share how I recently applied psychology to dominate a script that I had been struggling with for years: to wake up early. I had been trying desperately to form a routine and wake up in a timely manner in order to get to work on time every morning. Generally, I’m supposed to be in at 8 every morning. However, this is not a strict rule, as I can realistically arrive anywhere from 7:30 – 9:30 AM. I have… Read more »
Hema
5 years 8 months ago

This is one of my biggest problems because I work late and get to bed by midnight some times. So I convince myself I need 7 hours and don’t get up early, often getting to my first appointment by cutting a few corners in the morning routine…any ideas?

Tim Cailloux
Tim Cailloux
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I have two ideas for applications on Facebook (with a way to make actual money on them) but have no idea how to create Facebook applications (or really program at all). So, this week I went to my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and saw that I have tons of people in my network that know about programming. I first sent a general blast to my contacts to see if any of them know of people that I don’t with experience. I took the list of names that I received and set aside 15 minutes to describe the… Read more »
Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years 8 months ago
Old negative script: I’ll never be as smart about production and textiles as [fill in someone from the industry. New script: I can become the leading resource for domestic production and textiles. Implementation: Find out what the coursework looks like from the top universities, and scrape the top resources into a list. Read a minimum of 50 pages a day on textiles and apparel production (this is a low barrier, I usually read a combined 100 to 200 pages a day of fiction and non-fiction in my limited free time). Talk to one new person in the industry per week.… Read more »
Mariska
Mariska
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

My implementation results have helped me increase my chances of getting into Vet school next year. Instead of just “studying hard”, I now have a couple of aptitude tests to practice for the Stat F test, emailed three vets in different areas (farm, zoo, surgery) to see if I can do work experience with them and bought a course on how to study smarter & faster.

Reed
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, This is fabulous and was priceless. You will see that I used long time triggers with your brilliant automation idea to really create a fabulous platform for content creation. I doubt this will work for anyone else, though. I walk you through it (because I memorize and ingrain as I type or talk out things…) Positive Content Script: “I have over 20 years of successful youth coaching and soccer experience that people have asked me to share with other coaches and I will create products to share the wealth of knowledge” I have coached for nearly 22 years and… Read more »
Liz
Liz
5 years 8 months ago

Very impressed with this post. You are a big part of the reason I am rethinking many of my life’s assumptions. Of course it makes sense that you have to prepare so hard for something you really want. I wish I had taken this advice seriously several years ago. Better late than never, I guess.

PureMouse
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS It took me a couple days to not only identify my negative scripts but to figure out how to postive-ize them and then find a positive implementation of them. I came up with 7. #2 was – I don’t have enough experience yet. Postive-ized – I have more experience than most of my prospects and more than enough experience to launch myself focusing on Facebook and Twitter. Implementation – I will brainstorm a list of Direct Sellers (partylite, mary kay etc) to pitch to and offer them an initial individual session for free to build my experience… Read more »
Erin
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Negative Script: I do not know enough about the field I am working in to contribute to meetings at work. (background: I am a counselor in a mental health clinic and I fell into my current position working with a population of people with a specific mental health diagnosis, and I have weekly meetings with the people who are at the top of the field and developed the therapy I am using. I am intimidated by them and typically keep my mouth shut in these meetings for fear of seeming stupid.) Positive Script: Being a contributor can… Read more »
Antonio
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Script: If I use a step-by-step marketing approach, like the one Ramit used, I will atrack 100 members to my secret-underground-niche-program. Each one could pay $10 each month.

Automatization: I’ll block 2 hours on Saturday, from 6am-8am and launch the program in my blog. Also 15 minutes blocked daily in my schedule for follow-up.

David
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: (I stole yours, hope you don’t mind) “I want to out-prepare the SHIT out of this interview for an internship this summer” Automation: Weekly schedule: Wednesday morning: research interview process (2 hours) o Find most popular questions, write down my answers – STARTED TODAY o Once I get a group together, 1 hour research, 1 hour group work Friday morning: (15 mins) o Text 3 friends ask if they want to help each other get summer internships o Put up as facebook status as well oIf none of the 3 friends say they’re interested, 3 more… Read more »
Emily G.
Emily G.
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I got a bit of late start this week, but I can’t believe how quickly taking a little action has yielded the first stage of results! This fall I went back to school to become an interpreter – quitting my full-time, benefitted job to pursue my passion that will be much more lucrative and fulfilling. I started part-time job searching well-before my final day at work (about 3-4 months before quitting). That was this summer, and I have still not gotten a part-time job. I’ve been unemployed since mid-September, and after reading Ramit’s challenge on his blog,… Read more »
Mario Villalobos
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: Writers write. Automation: Every Sunday, I’m going to spend 15 minutes having an ideas session where I write down ideas for stories, characters, scenes, funny/emotional/inspirational/nostalgic/intriguing/etc. moments, lines of dialogue, etc. Every Monday, I’m going to start on a new short story based off of those ideas, and finish it by the end of the week. Once every month, I’m going to look at all the ideas that I haven’t used, and any of the stories I did write, and see if any are good candidates to start either a novel or a screenplay (either a movie… Read more »
Sandy
Sandy
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I will be more productive at work. Steps: 1) I admit (and accept) that I need to spend some time each work day checking my personal email and scanning my RSS feed. I also recognize that it has to be in multiple quick intervals (as opposed to one big chunk). In the past this has led to huge procrastinating and causing me to stay late and take home work. 2) Monday evening (after work) I prepared my plan of action. 3) I started with some research – my favourite ”work procrastination’ sites tend to update in… Read more »
Matt Trentacoste
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS This ended up being a bit longer than expected Script: Submit my PhD dissertation by the end of the summer. I considered many more hustling-oriented alternatives, but after a bit of introspection realized my degree is the biggest force in my life. It consumes immense amount of time and prevents me from easily negotiating freelance projects. More importantly, my sense of self is somewhat tied to this monolithic project, and I find self-esteem waxes and wanes with my week-to-week success. Everything else I do is trying to fight my way out from under it. The extremely vague… Read more »
Bauduin
5 years 8 months ago
Dear Matt, I can’t be cheerful enough for your work and the organization you’re putting in it. I wish you much success in this chapter of your life which is so critish for you. But you are quite ready to overhelm the difficulties that are before you. Follow simply the plan you have established and you are assured to succeed in the finishing of your thesis; so do I feel the situation. But my intervention in your work is also quite selfish: I do wish practice some English, and this objectif is already fulfilled. What shoud please me very well… Read more »
katrina
katrina
5 years 8 months ago
Negative Script: I don’t have enough time to start another business Positive Script: All I need is at least one or two more hours in my work day to test out and implement my creative business idea. Automation: Set my alarm for an hour earlier every week day with a glass of water by my bed and my phone (aka alarm clock) at a distance from my bed so I’m forced to get out of bed to turn it off. (I HATE waking up early). I then drink the glass of water (drinking water helps energize your body to wake… Read more »
Russ T
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: No one wants to help me. (cue maudlin music with annoying mime with sad face) Every Wednesday: I will ask a friend or acquaintance to write a small article for my blog about what kind of nerd they are and what they know. Steps already taken: One thing I have struggled with is getting the wife to buy in on the idea, and frankly I was worried that there would be a fight on it. So I took her out last night and talked directly with her about the project and my goals and made sure… Read more »
Dr.Hugo.Z.Hackenbush
Dr.Hugo.Z.Hackenbush
5 years 8 months ago
Script: Old scripts, – I don’t have time to earn extra money; – Don’t have the resources, it’s hard, I’m not motivated, doesn’t feel good, I’d rather watch AFV. – Where the F— are the pretty girls? New script: It’s ridiculously FUN earning an extra $5,000 by March 1st, 2011 in my free time to pay down student loans. (script assumes a change in psychology, thanks Ramit) Implementation: – Brainstorm twice for 10 minutes, 3 days apart, what gives me easy, free happiness * Determined acting does (plays, tv, film) (I liked it in school) Its easy (little kids do… Read more »
Robin Gerhart
5 years 8 months ago

I prepared and made the decision to change my life and start my own company, now I will implement the skills to get the clients I need to pay off my start up debt and have the life I planned for. I will also be able to give back by contributing to Autism research.

Natalie
Natalie
5 years 8 months ago
After reading this article it dawned on me why my athletic life is so successful: my friend and I have standing Mon, Wed, and Saturday swims every week that we have kept up for years now. It’s gotten to the point that i don’t even notice it anymore because it’s so habitual and routine and I plan everything else around these evenings. Even if I fail to get in runs the other nights of the week, those three weekly swims keep me moving in the right direction (which in this example is staying in shape). Let me apply this principle… Read more »
Jaime
Jaime
5 years 8 months ago
I’ll give an example of a way I automated an invisible script a week ago, as well as one I will put into motion this week! SCRIPT: “I want to get in shape to the point where I can go on a hiking trip with friends this summer” IMPLEMENTATION: Since my car died last month, instead of buying a new one, I moved to a location where I am forced to walk a minimum of 1.5 miles to work every day. I also have to walk to lunch and dinner. RESULTS: In less than 2 weeks I’ve already noticed that… Read more »
jason
jason
5 years 8 months ago

Script: I can find a job that’s in total alignment with my desired lifestyle IF ONLY I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO DO.

New Script: GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING, so long as it has a decent chance of moving you TOWARD WHERE I WANT TO GO!!

Results: set up four different informational interviews over the last week in commercial real estate, energy regulation, business consulting, and medical administration. Three of those are coming from good friends who would totally go to bat for me if I ended up really wanting to switch careers.

David
David
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Bad script: I do create nothing because I’m not creative
New Script: Create then learn from failure. Produce before your ready

Created a website and told some friends and family about it. I wanted them to respond and we could help push each other.

heres the website
http://goalcompleted.wordpress.com/

Bigger things this week: Doing “scary” emails
Start ghostwriting a new ebook for a company

Katy
Katy
5 years 8 months ago
Old Script: “I need to be extra perfect (perfect resume, contact, research) to every get a job where I want.” That script scared me so much, I was constantly self-editting and avoiding working on my resume, researching companies or reaching out to my network. Now I have scheduled 15 minutes everyday this week (with an alarm reminder) to work on my resume, and 15 more minutes at a separate time to send out emails to my network and research companies. I am also leaving the hour after those 15 minutes open, in case I get inspired to keep going. So… Read more »
ramanuj
5 years 8 months ago

“cigarette smoking sucks, it gives no pleasure and it kills my ability to do well in sports. My chest hurt that day after I ran just 2 km.”

Implementation: I feel like smoking when i see someone else smoke, or go near a shop selling cigarette. everytime I feel like smoking, I will remind myself that I want to be good at sports, and how it hurt while running one day. I will counter the desire to smoke by saying a firm no. no arguments, no thinking about it.

David
David
5 years 8 months ago
I will stop procrastinate. Discipline will be a key for me. Reward will be less stress by declutered mind. Always define reward! The script is the * lines, other is the comment. * I know what I want: I’ve set my target for 3 months (what I want to be done). I wrote them on the paper. I force myself NOT to write any other “important-future-targets”. It will drive thinking abou them and not about the current ones. I command to myself NOT to reevaulate these targets unless there will be really BIG reason (reevaulating and doubts are my biggest… Read more »
Harper
5 years 8 months ago

The best I have done was with pain. I began associating taking shots of insulin for my diabetes with life instead of the pain of doing them. Eventually it got to the point where I could tone down my recognition of pain in any situation as long as there was a long term goal ahead of me.

So I got rid of “Pain is bad” and put “Pain is often just a part of progress.” in it’s place.

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results: Background: I realize this isn’t related to finances or making more money, but it’s important to me, so I’m giving it a go. For most of my life I’ve been overweight and allergic to exercise, but for the past year I’ve been working against that. Old script 1: You’ve always been a fat ass, so that’s probably not going to change. Old script 2: You could lose the weight if only I understood weight loss a little better by reading as much as possible. New script: You’ve wasted enough time already. You’ve managed to save $1500 in… Read more »
Léan Ní Chuilleanáin
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

My aim was to automate the script I meet my creative deadlines in a steady, sustainable way.

Two parts to my implementation plan: (1) Develop a checklist for the beginning of a new art project. (2) Use my new checklist to plan my next piece.

Results: DONE and DONE.

Feels good. Looking forward to the next challenge. Thanks, Ramit!

Tim
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Script – I can get into the best shape of my life!

Implementation: I work at home and spend a lot of time here. Activities seem to blend together. I knew in order to get in shape I needed to get out of the house. I reached out to some local trainers and gyms and swapped website consultation/development for a LIFETIME gym membership and training twice a week! It’s pretty easy to hide behind limiting beliefs, but once you take action the sky is the limit. Thanks Rammit.

Emil
Emil
5 years 8 months ago
I want to write a blog commenting culture in general (not just reviewing music Wich I allready do) Automatization: I will alter my marathon training program (Thanks Runners World) from ´07 which succesfully got me through Copenhagen Marathon to suit the blog writing process. The training scedule was Three times a week 1) Tuesday, light Training 2) Thursday, Muscle building training (Fast running) 3) Sunday, long distance running (Slow). For blog writing it translates to: 1) Tuesday, idea generating (through surfing, newspaper, radio). 2) Thursday, determining the week’s topic and determining the angle, writing the key points. 3)Sunday, getting facts… Read more »
Maggie
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to become an import model — In 2011, I want to be a model at one car show. In my first comment, #18, I outlined my plan to work on this script. AND I HAVE RESULTS TO SHARE! 😀 Ramit, I’m EXCITED. So normally I don’t contact other models. I figure they deal with a ton of creepy guy fanmail or weird things from girls who want to do what they do and are just sick of it. Well, I decided to do it anyway. I contacted three models whose work I follow to… Read more »
Michael
Michael
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: I want to get consistent mentoring from people I respect. IMPLEMENTATION: I’ve set up a recurring reminder in my Google calendar that tells me to send 3 emails: 1. A request for help or advice, 2. A “checking in” email to someone I already know 3. A quick note to someone I’d like to meet This will help me keep on task with receiving mentoring while also meeting new mentors. The reminder will come up once a week at first to keep it sustainable as I get started, and will be scheduled for the evening rush… Read more »
Jamie
Jamie
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results Revised script: I will improve my time management and become the go-to SME in my field at work. Old Script: My work results are ok even when I slack off, although I am often stressed because of it. This is because I don’t have good time management at work. Implementation of new script: I will sign up for alerts and blog feeds in this subject area, and review the updates daily (done). I will forward any news to my teammates if it applies to them. For my assigned work, I will complete at least one item the… Read more »
SS Khoo
SS Khoo
5 years 8 months ago
I don’t ask myself if I FEEL like doing the hard or uncomfortable things I need to do to achieve a result because the answer is too often ” No”. E.g. Do I feel like getting up early to go to exercise class? No. Do I FEEL like getting my tax papers ready for the accountant? No! Do I feel like talking to my flat mate about their persistently undone chores? No!. Instead of asking that loaded question, I’m noa asking “What is the NEXT ACTION TO TAKE to get … my exercises done, my tax papers ready or to… Read more »
Sara
Sara
5 years 8 months ago

I like this very much. It’s a great way to move from emotional resistance to action.

baddriver
baddriver
5 years 8 months ago
1. My invisible script to success, “Know what job openings are available in my industry, and apply to those that advance my career” 2. Ramit motivated me to ask for a raise last year. I received a raise of 20% yet I am still underpaid for my experience and position. To automate my script of keeping an ear to the ground for job openings in my industry, I created RSS feeds from job searches on craigslist and indeed.com and added them to my Google Reader. I already check my RSS Reader multiple times a day to catch up on my… Read more »
John S
John S
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS — Like I said in my previous comment (reproduced below), I sent emails to my viola professor and that composer that I admire. As expected, my professor was enthused and happy to talk to me whenever necessary. She’s scheduling an extra time for me beginning this week. I haven’t gotten a response from that composer I emailed, but I’m sending another email to him next week (after my viola lesson, which my professor is in the process of scheduling shortly). Oh, and since she’s making extra time for me, I’ll make sure the emails to those composers… Read more »
Weiyang
Weiyang
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Previous script: forming new habits is hard and requires discipline New script: Forming new habits is easy once I remove the barriers to forming the habits. Script for removing barriers: 1. Set up 1 hour last sunday of every month in calendar 2. Identify new habit to form, write it down on a piece of paper, and put it on the wall above my computer 3. Identify the barriers 4. Automate a plan to form the habit and remove the barriers 1. Set aside time every day to work on the habit 2. Create a visual map… Read more »
Hamza
Hamza
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Old Script: No way I can get myself to write for my ebook on a consistent basis. I get distracted super easily so I’ll leave it on my to-do list until I get around it *someday*. New Script: I know I’m a lazy bastard but I’m gonna find a way through trial-and-error to COMPLETELY focus 2 hours every day to write on a consistent basis. The Problem: A few months ago I realised I was a lazy bastard when it came to certain aspects of my life and overly PRODUCTIVE in others. Why? I had no clue… Read more »
Reed
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Sorry for duplicate…forgot the heading last time. Ramit, This is fabulous and was priceless. You will see that I used long time triggers with your brilliant automation idea to really create a fabulous platform for content creation. I doubt this will work for anyone else, though. I walk you through it (because I memorize and ingrain as I type or talk out things…) Positive Content Script: “I have over 20 years of successful youth coaching and soccer experience that people have asked me to share with other coaches and I will create products to share the wealth… Read more »
Weiyang
Weiyang
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS (attempted a little reformatting, since the previous comment came out looking very confusing) Previous script: forming new habits is hard and requires discipline New script: Forming new habits is easy once I remove the barriers to forming the habits. Script for removing barriers: 1. Set up 1 hour last sunday of every month in calendar 2. Identify new habit to form, write it down on a piece of paper, and put it on the wall above my computer 3. Identify the barriers 4. Automate a plan to form the habit and remove the barriers —–A. Set aside… Read more »
Nick Hudson
5 years 8 months ago

Hi Ramit,

I just want to say that your article helped me become aware of so much I was doing wrong, and of the many warning signs (and signs period) that I’ve been ignoring through my life. Although, I always did have that sort of feeling that SOMETHING was going on around me that I had not a single clue about. Luckily, it’s not too late to be a part of the game. Thanks

Eva
Eva
5 years 8 months ago
I feel isolated at work. Instead of assuming people don’t want to talk to me, I’m going to start a conversation with 3 people each day. I’ll just ask about what they’re working on to make it really easy for myself. I’ll then add asking about family and follow up with earlier conversations. I did this today with one person and had positive results. Over time I will try to increase the length and depth of conversations. I’m hoping for more happiness at work, but I think it will also add to more overall success at work.
Steve B
Steve B
5 years 8 months ago
Old Script: “I can’t make a living being a musician.” New Script: “I can find licensing opportunities, higher paying shows, and get my music good exposure on Pandora.” Action: Contacted pumpaudio.com and submitted mp3’s for the green light. They have been green lit and now just waiting to have music placed somewhere. Got on Amazon Advantage and sent cd’s to their warehouse, the first steps in submitting and getting approved by Pandora. Automation: In concern to performance (where I make a few dollars now), focus on what the bands that have bigger and higher paying shows do to get those… Read more »
Sharlotte W
5 years 8 months ago
Hi Ramit, Most comments on this post miss the point. They are ambitious, detailed and self-reflective, but don’t put systems and processes in place to create measurable results. Making specific, concrete goals with a plan and a deadline may be a good start, but that is a conventional approach. People take this approach every News Year’s and this blog is about actually making it happen. You even started your January 5th blog with Mike Tyson’s quote, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” So obviously, the challenge was not about writing down goals and telling you… Read more »
Sharlotte W
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS.
Sorry, heading was cut off to my post.

Elizabeth
5 years 8 months ago
Goal 1: Weight 119lbs (smack dab in the middle of the normal range for my height) Goal 2: Average $3,000 a month in income from my photography business (enough to quit my job). New Script for Goal 2: My work is valuable; when people see my work, they want to hire me. Good Automatic Implementation for BOTH Goals: As I mentioned in my comment on the previous post, due to working on my photography portfolio at my gym, the owner expressed interest in my work and wanted to sit down with me for a meeting. The meeting happened yesterday. The… Read more »
Sara
Sara
5 years 8 months ago
OLD SCRIPT: I CAN’T DO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING AT THE SAME TIME: (This was my script for many, many years, and I felt like a hamster on a hamster wheel. I would over-focus and make progress in a certain area, but then an emergency would emerge in a neglected area, and I would lose momentum. So it was years of two steps forward, three steps back.) 1. work a full-time job 2. practice 2 hrs/day, 5-6 days/week + study with a teacher 2x/week + pursue audition and competition opportunities + study and memorize music + attend rehearsals + perform… Read more »
John
John
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS I want to start to launch my own website business. I can easily launch the site by the end of May, if I spend an hour a day working on the site. I will do this by waking up an hour earlier every day and using the time work on action items determined for the week. I will set personal deadlines to make sure the time spent is not wasted. I will break up action items into tasks that take less then an hour to complete. This week I created a gaunt chart with personal deadlines and… Read more »
Steve O
Steve O
5 years 8 months ago

Geez out, that’s a lot of comments. Anyway, can you just call it “schema” instead of “scripts”? Maybe it’s an Indian thing, or a Bay area thing… I always have to think of what you’re referring to when you say “scripts”.

Kristine
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit: Damit! Another great blog posting. That’s what I say everytime I read a great blog. I’m a huge reader and would secretly love to write well. Old Script: I wish I could write really killer blogs/articles. I get inspired then sit down to write and there is no flow. I get really stuck and nothing gets written. Only frustration. Over and over! New Solution: It’s my mission to get into the rhthymn using my own voice and write killer articles/blog. I’m taking 5 classes this week on SEO, Blog tools, blog posting with review, and connecting with others through… Read more »
Pramit
Pramit
5 years 8 months ago
Hey Kristine, it looks like you’re on a roll here! However, if your goal remains to writing excellent blog articles, then I suggest you focus on just that: writing. It’s cool that you are taking classes on using various tools, but I doubt that these activities match up with your intended goal (which is to have a killer blog like Ramit’s). I’ve read and heard from Ramit, Tim Ferriss, and a number of popular bloggers that content is king. Ramit invests 12+ hours writing his guest posts, and I know Tim’s articles could easily be composed into individual books! So,… Read more »
Nicole
Nicole
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK ONE RESULTS: NOTES: I start working on a horror film next week. One of my superiors is one of my favorite film producers and a big player at the film studio where it is my dream to work. They do virtually all their hiring based on internal recommendations. For the next film she produces at my dream studio, she will recommend and hire me. SCRIPT: Be so good they can’t ignore you.* AUTOMATION: I came up with six initiatives I want to tackle during the course of the filming schedule. Each focuses on a mini-project that is high impact… Read more »
James McLaughlin
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I am talented, savvy, and experienced enough to make more money on my own by going freelance full time and investing in projects I have tested that I know will generate profitable income without having to rely solely on client work (affiliate lead-gen through media buys directed to landing pages). I have the ability to create a sustainable business and will do so by hiring others to help my projects rather than simply creating another job for myself and unrealistically taking on all the work. I will use relationships to help me learn more and gain… Read more »
Chris Clark
Chris Clark
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, I spent a lot of time on this and attempted to be brutally honest about what script has been holding me back the most. I arrived at two “old scripts” and created a hybrid new script for destroying them. Old Script 1: I want to accomplish —> list of impossibly long things in impossibly short period of time. Old Script 2: OK is good enough until I figure out exactly what I want to do with my life/time/job. Once I know that, then I can go for it. Old Result: Get overwhelmed. Do nothing or worse exhaust myself doing… Read more »
Brad Draeger
5 years 8 months ago
I have been talking about starting my own business for a year now. I even had a lot of good ideas I would do some day. I spent the last year working a bit for my mother-in-law on the side doing some website and office efficiency work. When I read your email I decided that this is the year of new beginnings. I no longer wanted to look back and say I should have done something. In a little over a week, I have successfully determined a company name, designed a logo, built a website and started talking to friends… Read more »
Dina
Dina
5 years 8 months ago

1. Made 3 appointments for the next week
2. Scheduled an appointment to make the rest of the months’ appointments
3. Set up a place to capture new/evolving ideas
4. Added 4 items to idea list

Kevin M.
Kevin M.
5 years 8 months ago
This probably isn’t the sexiest auto-script technique, but I’ve used this for the last 2 days and felt myself becoming much more productive. 1. Day before @ 4:00 PM on Google Calendar: I schedule 3 events (for 10:00 am next day) that are modified to send me an email reminder at 9:50. 2. The 3 events are split thus: a. Tomorrow’s goal for my start-up. (Very specific ex: email Beth + others to get a MaRS contact) b. Tomorrow’s goal for my eBook. (Write pg #16, “How do People know YOU”) c. The words “You’ve got it in the bag… Read more »
Dina
Dina
5 years 8 months ago

I almost forgot the most important part:

I hustled hubby into taking the dog to his standing 9:00 EST play date so that I could attend the webcast 🙂

Jesse Mutzebaugh
5 years 8 months ago
OLD SCRIPT: “This client/boss sucks but I can’t leave because I’m stuck in a contract/this job. This is only going to get worse unless I quit (less money).” SHIFT IN THINKING: If you’re stuck in a job/client contract and they are for whatever reason making your life hell, there’s a number of things you can do than telling them off, trying to ruin their reputation or ruining yours. You can suck it up. No matter what you do, you can’t change your boss/the client. You have no control over them. You DO have control over YOU. You can: -Make yourself… Read more »
Jesse Mutzebaugh
5 years 8 months ago

So I was so anxious to show how I implemented my script automation that I forgot the heading (may be a disqualifier like a high-school test, but I just want to be safe…)

WEEK 1 RESULTS

OLD SCRIPT: “This client/boss sucks but I can’t leave because I’m stuck in a contract/this job. This is only going to get worse unless I quit (less money).”

NEW SCRIPT: “I will continually give the client/boss the benefit of the doubt and protect their reputation to keep healthy business relationship with them AND potentially their network (much more money).”

Caroline
5 years 8 months ago
With a husband, 2 kids, and a growing business, my default was to feel overwhelmed. Now when I find myself getting that way, I just repeat internally, “I have enough time.” It’s just like the Earn1k mantra about having enough time to build that side business (or in my case, that main business) — we all have enough time to do it. That simple reminder about having enough time breaks my panic just long enough to refocus me on the most important activities of the day — for business, I prioritize the revenue generating activities and a balance of short-term… Read more »
Fraz Ismat
Fraz Ismat
5 years 8 months ago
Wow, that webinar was really eye-opening. The new script that I will follow is linked to a lack of insight I had into what is really going on… I have interviewed at many places, and had rarely gotten requests for follow-up. I didn’t think much of it, reasoning (and following the invisible script) that “if they didn’t contact me, there was not a great deal that I could do.” Now, I will go back and contact those interviewers (many from years ago…) and ask them what issues I may have had during my interviews—what went wrong, what I could do… Read more »
Dave F
Dave F
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Previous script: if there’s something that needs to be done, wait till later when you’re in the mood.That way, I’ll be more productive when I get to it. New script: List the 3 most important things that come to mind at the start of the day and get it done before I leave the office. Doesn’t matter Results: – Got my ass off and phoned my credit card company to fix a late fee charge using your script – Thought about two old acquaintances from college who happen to be successful. Happen to drop them each an… Read more »
Grant
Grant
5 years 8 months ago
I’ve known I would like to work in the exciting area of Internet startups for a while now, but I’ve done absolutely nothing about it for years. Partly inspired by this new direction for 2011, and having seen a post on HN about Hitelite, I joined an upcoming event. For 2 hours, I spoke with 20+ startups for 5 minutes each and a couple hours later, 4 had indicated they would like to follow up with me. I am now in the process of scheduling phone interviews with each of them. If nothing pans out, I will prepare better for… Read more »
Midwest Meg
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS new invisible script of success: “People will pay me to do what I love” automation tactic: spending one hour / day networking with people and organizations I would love to write for. When I don’t, the husband has been instructed to make me sleep out in the bike shed (in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin) with only a mediocre sleeping bag and one of our wimpy cats to protect me from potential rodents. My husband’s a stinker about following through on these kinds of things, so it’s been quite effective so far. implementation results: See ending of… Read more »
Cat
Cat
5 years 8 months ago

Previous script “i have too much stuff to do in a day, i can’t focus on my big idea”

New script “i will do one thing a day”

Automation: set up an iphone alert for 8:30am in the morning, when i ride the subway, as a time when i will set 1 simple task for the day, that only takes 30 minutes to complete. Set up another alert for 11pm, before bedtime, to review and check the done item off the list.

Mallory
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS This is a copy of my post from monday – results are at the bottom 🙂 “Mallory January 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm I recently quit my day job to go freelance fulltime. I absolutely love it and am slowly starting to get more clients. My script is: I want to have a more professional image. Today I bought a domain name for a blog to go along with my website. I would like to start and picked out a great templet for it. Tomorrow I will pick out a design for my business cards and send… Read more »
Stephon
Stephon
5 years 8 months ago
Old Script: I want to lose 60 lb in 6 months Action Script: Weight: 240lb Height: 6′ 3″ Basal Metabolic Rate: 2357.3 cal/day Target Weight: 180lb To reach my target of 180 lb in six months, I need to lose 10lb a month, or roughly 2.5 lbs a week. I will lose this through a combination of exercise and dieting. FOOD (3600 calories): I understand my psychology/habits a bit and recognize that I have trouble not eating what I want. To make it easier on myself, I’m going to adhere to what I call conscious eating: (1) pre-plan my meals… Read more »
Julia
Julia
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results Old Script: To be productive I need to have access to the web wherever I am. I need to use willpower to not waste time on the internet and focus on tasks. New Script: I will approach the internet the way a guy approaches a mall: know what I need, get in, grab it and get out. Automation: 1. As an experiment, I disabled internet access at my home. Only having it at my work area encourages me to procrastinate less when I’m on. 2. I implemented Leechblock on my laptop to limit my time on groups… Read more »
Franke
Franke
5 years 8 months ago

Script: I want to submit three new patterns to potential publishers in the next three weeks.
Automation script: I will set aside an hour each day from 7 to 8 p.m. to work on each of my creations. On the seventh day, I will photograph and label the completed piece so it can be submitted to publishers.

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Old negative script: “I’m swamped. I don’t have enough time to go to the bathroom, never mind bring in more income for my family on the side.” New positive script: “My time is valuable currency. I can either use it to help my family or take away from it. It’s completely up to me how I spend it.” Goal: Figure out where all my time really goes and fix what’s broken in preparation for introducing new high-value activities. With a very demanding full time job 45 minutes away (which I enjoy), and a husband and two small… Read more »
Mike M
Mike M
5 years 8 months ago
Where I Was At: I’m pretty happy, comfortable and content with my life. That’s a bad thing. I haven’t made any great progress towards my goals and I’ve settled for mediocrity. So, I’m fixing this with a very simple script that is being used in two divergent directions. Script: I will spend 10 minutes a day DOING something to further my career, life and/or create my side-business. It seems so simple, yet it’s been insanely effective so far. My biggest problem is that I, like many here, consider myself smart and am afraid of failure. The result is I over-think,… Read more »
Kyle
Kyle
5 years 8 months ago
Negative Script: “Now that I have a clearly defined goal, I should decide what to do first in order to accomplish that goal.” Why is this one of the worst kinds of negative scripts? Because it actually sounds like an incredibly Positive Script ─ but it’s often just a recipe for failure. We all know how exciting it is to have a really cool, really specific goal (whether it’s starting a business, writing a book, etc.), and we’re impressed when we meet others who have them, too. Even more impressive: seeing people decide how they’re going to take action to… Read more »
Niki
Niki
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Sometimes we can learn best from our past unintentional successes. This exercise reminded me of an old invisible script that went something like “Oh I could never work out at lunch.” About 8 months ago, when presented with a discount to join a local gym through work, I jumped! What I didn’t realize was how I was going to manage getting there before/after work (as I’ve always done and would always do) with the gym being so far from home. There I was with a gym membership to a gym 30 miles from home, 4 blocks from… Read more »
SusanO
SusanO
5 years 8 months ago
Life Altering Change: Reduce frequency of migraines My script automation isn’t about money. Not yet, at least. At the moment my goal is to reduce the number of migraines I get so that I can go for two months with full paychecks. I’ve had migraines my entire adult life, and they get worse as I age. I have so many I generally count the pain-free days instead of counting the migraines. And in any given pay period I am typically OFF for more days than I accumulate sick time and vacation time, so my paychecks are always short of my… Read more »
Louis
Louis
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: As a financial analyst who has invested his own money for over decade, I’m ready to launch my own hedge fund. Since raising enough capital is usually the factor that decides whether a fund lives or dies, I will secure $2.5M of commitments from 10 accredited / qualified investors within 12 months. IMPLEMENTATION: In order to secure 10 accredited / qualified (that’s industry speak for wealthy) that will, on average, commit $250K to my fund, I estimate needing to reach out to a minimum of 100 potential investors. The first 6 months I plan to spend… Read more »
Tigs C
Tigs C
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results I posted early that I would work on my film plans. So I spent the 2 hours finishing the plans, working the phones and scheduling pre-production meetings. The results… 4 Completed Film Plans 1 Film Plan pending on a meeting with the onsite contact, scheduled Friday Afternoon 2 third parties who have begun preparations for their interviews. and plans emailed off to Director for approval this morning. Satisfaction in a job well done. Failed: 3 Film plans that i didn’t have time to follow up on. Oh well. I have to say, it’s a great feeling to… Read more »
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5 years 8 months ago

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Sarah Y
5 years 8 months ago
Fantastic! Big picture: I’m going to write a book about motivating from Joy by using the body as a divining rod. Immediate need: to fill my schedule with coaching clients so I can do the work I love and gather research to know exactly what kind of book I need to write for them. Monday I contacted 6 people I really like to schedule coaching sessions. Results: One person said not now because her plate is too full, but said she really wants to connect with me. I know we’ll get together another time. The other 5 replied quickly to… Read more »
Arthur
Arthur
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: I want to move to Liverpool England, even though I’m an American BAD Implementation (what I was doing) I guess I should look for jobs on UK job sites and fix up my resume. Look at moving the cats.. pretty much make lists but not move forward, just feel overwhelmed. Good Implementation (what I’ve been doing the last 2 weeks) Break down each major task into a 15 minute task a day. If I get more than 15 minutes of work done, great. Otherwise at least I moved forward. Monday: Only look at big or high… Read more »
Mark W.
Mark W.
5 years 8 months ago
Positive script: I can automate my marketing of my consulting services and create more time and room for other things (building relationships, health and well-being, etc.) Automate: Set up my existing database of past clients, current clients, past referral sources, current referral sources to email out excellent informational articles on my services and generate and email out helpful tips and advice to my referral sources on how to build their business. Results: I’ve been receiving very solid referrals for the last five years of doing this and my business keeps growing as my database grows. Positive Script #2: I can… Read more »
Chris
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

Negative: I can’t utilize social media, I’m a terrible writer

Positive: I am more influential than I think

Automation: I will launch a social media campaign promoting my photography services and products by January 30, 2011. Over the next 2 days I’ll research blog platforms and integration with my current website. Will schedule 1 hour daily to develop content and featured products.

Allyson
Allyson
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS (REALLY, JUST TWO DAYS!) 1. Wrote from 9-10:30AM — yes, I lsitened to the Theme from Rocky! 2. Applied for reduced fees for 2 Writer’s Groups (waiting for result from one, other not approved) 3. Registered to volunteer for one organization at the national level for networking opps (waiting for membership & assignment) 4. Applied for scholarships to 2 private Writing Workshops (waiting for results)5. Contacted Department Chairs and professors at 2 college programs 6. Created list of Top Ten media outlets to ask for informational mtgs. 7. Sent out emails to former employers for paid PR… Read more »
Brandy Brown
5 years 8 months ago
I’ve been doing this a little while… based on things from you and others actually… I hope it counts because it’s my one major script right now.. this is pretty personal. What didn’t work before: I’m the QUEEN of imposter syndrome – and have a hard time not believing that it is sheer luck which has landed me where I am today. I love my school, but I know if I had not suffered from IS the way I do I wouldn’t be in the debt I am now, would have gone somewhere else for undergrad and maybe grad, would… Read more »
Zachary
Zachary
5 years 8 months ago
This morning I wrote another script before hitting the slopes. Automate my scripts for Deaflympics this morning: “Today I will pratice 3 back to back 540’s I will stop and take a one hitter to improve my technique on one hit to focus on getting better on technique. I will practice all switch riding. I will attempt a 720. I will attempt a switch 540.” Week 1 Results: Today I did practice all those, I failed at the 720. I did attempt a backside 540 on the right side wall, that is a bit closer to 720, not yet there… Read more »
David
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS

UPDATE: Just got a call from my network, talked to a friend who is a CFP about a possible internship with me and the CFP asked for me to call him tomorrow. Sweeeet!!

Carl
5 years 8 months ago
So the only negative script that keeps running through my head is that I can’t change education by being a teacher. A little bit about me I have worked in New York City at two schools over the past 5 years. I went through undergrad with the plan of being a teacher, and I plan on doing it until I’m convinced that I can better serve the world doing something else. As a teacher, there is a institutional practice that people sort of ignore what goes on in other classrooms, except for the principal. Principals of course rarely have meaningful… Read more »
Themark
Themark
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: With a few simple changes I can become more attractive to women. In five weeks I will have dates with three different women. I have the same tools as everyone else, but I’m going to maximize them. It is time to stop reading about others meeting women and start living it! TODAY: ~Make reservations at 3 different restaurants on different days 5 weeks from now ~Send my friends an invite to a get-together at my place 4 weeks from now ~Make plans to go shopping with my fashionable friends 2 weeks from now (I’ll get them… Read more »
Christian
Christian
5 years 8 months ago
“WEEK 1 RESULTS” Original GOAL: Help a friend with is business Barrier: I’m afraid to ask because the last time I turned him down. My original response was to make a small demo (done) and push the demo to something really usefull (not just a concept) Positive script: From this exercise, I realized I just want to do my own apps. Since it’s use the similar language and technology that he use, we might be able to do something togheter starting from there. so here the script: “I want to do my own webapps, by the end of this week… Read more »
Pramit
Pramit
5 years 8 months ago

Hey Christian, here’s a good resource for software developers to look at (if you haven’t already heard of it): http://gettingreal.37signals.com/toc.php

Ben D
Ben D
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS SCRIPT: 5 year goal “I want to lead a security consultancy firm.” However, to accomplish ambitous goal, I’ll need to start small and build my team slowly. I will do this by first finding at least 1 job per month. To get that 1 job per month, I have created the following automation. Just for edification, I did a lot of thinking about how to keep myself motivated, keep myself accountable, and how to know if there are any little rewards that I can claim. I am the most laziest person ever and I usually take the… Read more »
Sambath
Sambath
5 years 8 months ago
For 8 years I’ve been stuck in the debt cycle, I just want the burden lifted off my shoulders. Script: I want to pay off my credit card debts by the end of 2011 and also have at least $1000 in my savings by the end of the year. Automation: I WILL set it up so that each pay day (biweekly), $250 will automatically be allocated out of my Chequing account. From that $250, $50 will be sent into my savings account never to be touched before Jan 2012, the remainder will be used to pay off the credit card… Read more »
Heather Ross
Heather Ross
5 years 8 months ago
Original Goal: Help 48 people this year toward their career goals Week 1 Results Posted on my mirror and repeated aloud, every morning: “I am a creative, energetic career and small business counselor with Turning Points in Career Counseling. I have developed several small businesses and coached clients to double their sales averages. I have received training in Entreleadership and Financial Peace with Dave Ramsey, as well as other sales and goal setting workshops. I LOVE to craft resume’s, allowing my clients individuality to shine through. With goal setting and accountability, I help my clients achieve their dreams. Result: Became… Read more »
TheWolfe
TheWolfe
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 Focus: I want to obtain a new job in the Hospitality industry Old Script: I’m unqualified because I’m unskilled, inexperienced, and a talentless hack in an economy that no one is hiring. New Script: I’m not a talentless hack – that’s something that I spit out through despair that has no solid basis in fact. Being inexperienced is natural considering I just finished my schooling and out looking for work. I do already have skills that work well with my industry of choice – great charisma, social skills, willingness to learn about my environments, can always listen to… Read more »
Dan
Dan
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Positive Script: I want to save up enough money to pay for my wedding next year. Automation: I want to pay for my wedding by next June. Which means I have to save $10,000 extra by the next June. This works out to about $555 a month for 18 months. On Tuesday, I will work on getting a raise at my current job. Wednesday, I will create a 4-week plan on getting my first three paying customers for freelancing and implement it. Every two weeks I will review my progress and take notes on what went well… Read more »
Holly
5 years 8 months ago
Wk 1 Results – From in the Disaster Zone – Brisbane (Australia) Floods On Monday when I first read this post, it was raining heavily. I decided that I definitely wanted to get involved with automating scripts – I’ve interrogated my negative invisible scripts before and its very revealing – this promised to be a great exercise. Two hours later I was told to get home and prepare to evacuate. Brisbane city is the third largest in Australia. More than 75% of the state (bigger than California and Texas combined) – Queensland – has been declared a disaster zone. If… Read more »
S-Man
S-Man
5 years 8 months ago
Week one results: Positive script: I will move forward in my 2 businesses that I’m starting up and take them from ideas and concepts to products that are actively being built (with deadlines). I will also research a job in the entertainment industry in case those two projects fail, even though I have no experience at all in entertainment (i am a software developer), I will present myself as the best possible candidate, EVER. Lastly, I will overcome my addiction to female attention and will only hang out with amazing girls that are worth my time. Implementation: The two business… Read more »
Raghav
Raghav
5 years 8 months ago
Goal: To be more confident around people. Develop better conversation skills in order to meet and befriend interesting people. Negative Script: I know I should talk to more people but they would not want to listen to me as I have nothing interesting to contribute and am too nervous in conversations. Positive Script (since last 2 weeks): I will utilize all opportunities to talk to people without worrying about their reactions/judgments. Better conversation skills can be built through perseverance and practice. Automation: • At work, instead of emailing people with requests or questions, make a quick phone call to them… Read more »
Marcie
Marcie
5 years 8 months ago
Backstory: I work as a legal assistant, and I’ve always been good at accomplishing tasks and getting results . . . for everybody else. This makes me a valuable employee, but keeps me from leading a life I’m excited about for me. I’m busy, but not always productive, and the outcome of my efforts is often that I feel like I don’t have the time or energy to pursue what I want. I began a daily practice of “eating a frog” each day – by identifying an critical I moved more quickly toward my goals. This has helped me set… Read more »
Ninjasha
5 years 8 months ago

I plan to essentially yank Ramit’s idea of brainstorming weekly on Mondays the people who I need to be speaking to throughout the rest of the week and stop putting excuses in my head about why they probably don’t need to be bothered.

I also need to develop a website of my own content within the next 6 months. It can’t happen over night, but it has to happen and the summer is my deadline.

Nicole Allen
Nicole Allen
5 years 8 months ago
Backstory: About 6 years ago I was late to work, starving, driving thru “fast food row” and was COMPLETELY uninterested in anything they had to offer. That’s when I came up with the idea of an all-organic, local food, drive thru restaurant. Two years later I’d spent months with the SBA and years researching only to find out that according to them, I would never get it off the ground because “you don’t have the capital” and “you would have to charge too much.” (Is it me or does the Small Business Administration, well, think small?) Dejected, and feeling like… Read more »
Neal
Neal
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS Script: “I don’t need to research the ideal plan anymore because I know enough to work towards my goals. If I execute, the result will be ideal. Automation: Since I spent too much time searching for the perfect plan, the mere shift to living in the trenches instead of behind the office desk, so to speak, changed my entire approach. I made an “Action Stack” document with three bolded priorities for the next 7 months: time with family, medical school application, and fitness. I included four goals under each item such as a targeted MCAT score, how… Read more »
Elena
Elena
5 years 8 months ago
Goal: improve productivity and make progress towards long-term goals, without feeling guilty whenever I’m not doing work, and without using unhealthy approaches such as overscheduling myself to create time pressure. Some of the usual approaches to productivity remind me of the following money advice: 1) Make a todo list/schedule and stick to it = make a budget and stick to it. Nice in theory, but in the real world, your todo list/budget goes out the window once the first unexpected expense or time demand turns up. 2) Avoid distractions/cut out TV = avoid non-essential spending/cut out lattes. Sure, it gains… Read more »
Adrianne
5 years 8 months ago
Week 1 Results Goals: I wanted to lose weight – told myself never had the time I wanted to get the nonprofit my friend started moving – told myself I needed to wait til she got organized I wanted to change the scope of my website – told myself i needed to do x and x and x before I could. Instead/Automation 1. I will lose weight. I set a reminder in my calendar. Not only that i put a motivator attached with it. I need to lose weight, get up and exercise. You have to do this for Isabella… Read more »
bp
bp
5 years 8 months ago
RESULTS Slightly bummed after watching the webcast tonight (3am in Europe, giving me a total of 4 hrs sleep), today is Thursday, and I’m done for the week. SCRIPT I’ve just signed my third book deal and this time, I want to enjoy the ride. I will be done on time, with the help of a VA (which I’ll find a way to pay for), and figure out how to get rid of my social media addiction for good. IMPLEMENTATION: – Monday: Looked around for outsourceable student jobs, found a professor who wanted the graphics of his book redone. I… Read more »
Justin Yin
Justin Yin
5 years 8 months ago
Original Script: If I wait long enough, somebody will notice my financial need and increase my financial aid. Invisible Script: Those around me have already written rough, if not final drafts for their potential scholarships during winter break and I do not know which ones I am going to apply for. Thursday & Friday: Compile a list of possible scholarships to apply for and print out their requirements. Put their deadlines in Google calendar and set up a 3 month rough draft reminder and a 2 month final draft reminder to give me plenty of time to send my potential… Read more »
Kyle P
Kyle P
5 years 8 months ago
I know I’m about 6 hours late on this, and it’s totally my fault…but wanted to post it anyway for some accountability! SCRIPT: If you work as an American in international business you really only need to know English since everyone speaks that. Actions: – Contacted the Latin American Association in my ton and signed up for a $300 7-week course to learn beginning Spanish. – Contacted the Goethe Institute in my town to set me up with a speaking partner to work on my near-fluent German (no response yet) – Looked for speaking partners on CraigsList for both Spanish… Read more »
Salena
Salena
5 years 8 months ago
Script: I need to get control of my 401Ks – I have multiple retirement accounts from previous jobs that I have been meaning to consolidate for ….ummm…..well….for several years actually. Week 1: Implementation- – Monday- I contacted the person managing retirement accounts for my current company and got the necessary information to roll-over my previous accounts and consolidate. – Wed- I pulled up all the previous accounts info and emailed the contacts to request the forms to fill in for my roll-over. – On Friday I should have all the forms filled in…By this time next week I will have… Read more »
Matt M
Matt M
5 years 8 months ago

Script: I won’t get in shape if I don’t dedicate the time. Getting up earlier simply isn’t realisitic.

Actions:
– Set up weekly gym schedule using hours during the business day (in progress)
– Give schedule to boss, who has already agreed to allow me the time every day. (MAJOR success)
Note: that last one is another invisible script. Something like “bosses just want workers to work” has been replaced with “Good bosses know that flexibility improves job satisfaction, which improves productivity and loyalty. Good people are expensive to lose and replace.”

Samantha
Samantha
5 years 8 months ago

WEEK 1 RESULTS
Script: I will get feedback and exposure on my fused glass pieces from local businesses.

Actions:
* For one month, each week I will visit one local design/home decor store and take in some of my best pieces.
* I will ask for feedback on my pieces including color choice, design, and price range.
* I will ask them if they sell products from local designers and if they would put some of my products on display in their store.

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David-E Cohen
5 years 8 months ago
WEEK 1 RESULTS : > MY POSITIVE SCRIPT TO SUCCESS : I want to find a great photographer agent (ro rep me precisely on my interior design/architecture/urban landscape photos) in Paris within a week. > IMPLEMENTATION : TODAY (WEDNESDAY) 1) Complete the list of Paris agencies I already have = 1 hour 2) Choose 15 great agencies among this list by actually going on their website which have photographers like me or similar (target my niche. No fashion, portrait, still life…) = 1 hour 3) Write a short efficient template email in which I can just replace their name /… Read more »
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5 years 8 months ago

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5 years 8 months ago

Great advice – I’m applying it already!

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Alicia
5 years 8 months ago

I will eliminate the shyness that has been burdening me all my life:
– Speak three times this year (one down, one scheduled!)
– Each Sunday, I will meet 3 new people to defy shyness.
– When that little voice pops up and says, “Hey, I have a comment on this,” I will act on that, not repress it. Must do this at least 2x/week. Increase frequency by a factor of 1 each week (2x the first week, 3x second week, etc.).
– I will host 50 people at gatherings this year: parties, dinners, and playgroups with our kids.

Keith
Keith
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, Last year I bought your book looking for ways to better myself. I was really impressed with the philosophies and advice you offer. Its an extremely direct approach rather than these other books that instruct you to be more passive about things. I implemented your strategy of doing something, anything, RIGHT NOW, and did a complete 180° from where I was at. I was unhappy with my job, so I applied at 3 jobs a week that I wanted. Some I wasnt as qualified for, but I was thinking about my productivity and drive and really went after positions… Read more »
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