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Best backhanded compliment of the year

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I have long been a deep admirer of backhanded compliments. The very best ones require a perfect combination of sarcasm, wit, bittersweet praise, and disdain. Women are especially good at them.

So when reader “FinanceDad” left this one, I was overjoyed:

“To think I was just going to call you a narcissist before reading this article”

Pure art. I can’t stop laughing.

Here’s what I’m going to do: Whoever leaves a comment with the BEST backhanded compliment gets a free signed copy of my book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich. The only rules: It must be about me and/or “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” and you must leave the comment within 48 hours.

This will be awesome.

[Edit] Comments are now closed. See below for 300+ (mostly horrible) backhanded compliments.

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S M Pandit
S M Pandit
6 years 1 month ago

You’re smarter than you look.

B Fish
B Fish
6 years 1 month ago

Great financial insights. You have such a firm grasp of the obvious!

Justin
Justin
6 years 1 month ago

I’m amazed by the level of success readers have after following your advice.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

This competition is a surprisingly good idea.

Sheridan
Sheridan
6 years 1 month ago

I always feel more intelligent after reading your thoughts and ideas.

Moshe
Moshe
6 years 1 month ago

I love how the design of this site itself is a lesson about saving money.

Baker
6 years 1 month ago

laughed out loud at this one…

Christianna
Christianna
6 years 1 month ago

HA! Loved this!

Derek
Derek
6 years 1 month ago

It’s easy to obtain success after following your example.

Lisa
Lisa
6 years 1 month ago

For a guy with bushy eyebrows, you sure know what you’re talking about.

Abigail
6 years 1 month ago

Your obstinance is charming.

Baker
6 years 1 month ago

Before I read the site, I only assumed it was a scam based on the title.

Erica Douglass
6 years 1 month ago

You mean this site isn’t a scam? F****! I need to make $20,000 by Saturday! That’s why I came here! I’m unsubscribing. Your site sucks.

😉

-Erica

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
6 years 1 month ago

It’s taken me some time to wade through your site, but having done so, I find it brimming with surprisingly useful, yet simple advice, organized in a fairly rational way.

Adam
Adam
6 years 1 month ago

Hmph, so it looks like the best jobs *AND* the best blogs are being outsourced to India now.

Erica Douglass
6 years 1 month ago
Ha! Okay. This reminds me of a really funny story. I used to run a web hosting company, and for a while, I had an Indian employee. His name was Sohrab, but he was American-born with no accent (and drove an older Corvette, of all things.) He worked out of our office in San Jose. One day a really pissed-off customer called. She was screaming into the phone about how our “outsourced Indian support” was terrible, and how much we sucked for using it, etc. I said, “Wait a minute. Who have you been dealing with?” And she mentioned his… Read more »
Mecca
Mecca
6 years 1 month ago

I actually LOL while holding my stomach at this post! Then hung my head in shame since I have so many friends. Repeated it to my friend Shan in India and he too laughed which made me feel so much better. It my not win, but it was great to me!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years 1 month ago

This is easily the most informative post you’ve ever done.

Brandon
Brandon
6 years 1 month ago

Glad to know you haven’t run out of article ideas.

Cath
Cath
6 years 1 month ago

Ahahaha. So snide, I love it.

Christopher
Christopher
6 years 1 month ago

“I Will Teach You To Be Rich” is a great first effort by Ramit Sethi. He shows a lot of potential for joining the ranks of personal finance experts.

PJ
PJ
6 years 1 month ago

It’s rare to see insights like these make it onto the New York Times Bestseller List. Authors of this caliber consistently amaze me with their ability to be ranked so highly. I don’t think I could write at that level if I tried. Such success is nothing short of astounding.

Rich S
6 years 1 month ago

Indians sure know what they’re talking about.

J.R.C.
J.R.C.
6 years 1 month ago

The way you leverage personal finance to fufill your personal enjoyment is always entertaining to observe.

FinanceDad
6 years 1 month ago

You just look like a cocky bastard, but you’re goddam witty and have a sharp and unique perspective on most everything. You certainly are changing the way I teach personal finance. I’m glad I made you laugh.

Sweta
Sweta
6 years 1 month ago

Are you having a low self-esteem day? You shouldn’t, you’re hot.

Dave
Dave
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks to what I’ve learned from you I’ll soon be starting my own compost/manure distribution company. My only hope is that I can be as successful as you are. Thanks!

Toronto Website Developer
6 years 1 month ago

With no shoes or socks on the cover, I thought the book was another piece of crap about frugality. Thanks for surprise.
-Pete

ps. With the money I saved, I just sent you a pair of Nike’s. Hopefully things pick up for you.

Josh Derouin
6 years 1 month ago

The “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” Blog definitely keeps the rich…rich.

Uncle El
Uncle El
6 years 1 month ago

I love this blog. I definitley earned 1k more in my mind.

Jeroen van Delft
Jeroen van Delft
6 years 1 month ago

Giving away a free copy of your book sure is an interesting and original way to garner more comments for your blog.

Josh Derouin
6 years 1 month ago

Your ability to write financial advice for the common man definitely makes some people rich.

Zac Bissonnette
Zac Bissonnette
6 years 1 month ago

You rarely find financial advice of this quality.

Zac Bissonnette
Zac Bissonnette
6 years 1 month ago

None of the more respected, better-known sources of financial advice contain the level of quality this site does.

Ryan Waldron
6 years 1 month ago

I’d think you were a profiteering asshole, except this batshit crazy crap you recommend makes good sense and seems to work. I guess that makes you a profiteering genius, and the asshole vibe is an air of success.

Trillionaire Wood
6 years 1 month ago

I’d bet Ramit Sethi is equal to any other Financial Guru.

Riley Cabot
Riley Cabot
6 years 1 month ago

Being Indian he surely has the biggest turban of all the Gurus in the yard.

TheBaron
TheBaron
6 years 1 month ago

IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com may sound like a scam, but it is a website that lives up to its name.

Jules
6 years 1 month ago

The advice here is better than most.

Josh
Josh
6 years 1 month ago

Geez Ramit, if some of these people follow your financial advice like they write “backhanded comments”, no one is making extra money.

Cashking
Cashking
6 years 1 month ago

A signed book that is one hell of a prize.

Leopold
Leopold
6 years 1 month ago

I read your blog for a long time and loved your great advice on becoming rich. It was only untill later I realised its not iwillteachyoutobeCOMErich, but a personal blog about how Ramit feels about being rich. Still fun to read though!

Ross Hudgens
6 years 1 month ago

Even though you frequently come off as a world-hating prick, I constantly find myself coming back to the site. Cheers.

Jaron
Jaron
6 years 1 month ago

I love how your prize for this is a free book that we’ve all read already. Way to use a conscious spending technique!

JB
6 years 1 month ago

“I Will Teach You To Be Rich” would be perfect if it lost 10 pounds.

Logan Cox
Logan Cox
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, these backhanded compliments don’t do justice to the quality of your work.

Dan
Dan
6 years 1 month ago

In all honesty, having crafted a brilliant back-handed compliment on Ramit’s blog would be an even better prize.

Dan
Dan
6 years 1 month ago

Psh. Like “To think I was just going to call you a narcissist before reading this article” was better than some of the ones here.

Kelly
6 years 1 month ago

No one ever questions if Ramit is holding himself back by being too humble. 😉

Scott
Scott
6 years 1 month ago

It’s true Ramit. Your humor is one of the main reasons that I read this site.

Sara
Sara
6 years 1 month ago

I Will Teach You To Be Rich: A brilliant and attractive Stanford grad imparts wisdom on getting rich, consuming large quantities of hot wings, and generally dominating your life. If you went to a state school, YOU NEED THIS BLOG

Ryan Waldron
6 years 1 month ago

Your large readership is really impressive, especially considering your snarkiness.

mepex
mepex
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you are truly an inspiration. Who knew a person could be so successful repackaging conventional wisdom?

Dr R
Dr R
6 years 1 month ago

Your coarse handle with the specifics of personal finance makes for a superb paint-by-numbers strategy for the financially illiterate! Bravo!

Andy
Andy
6 years 1 month ago

“I Will Teach You To Be Rich” is a book so good he has to give it away for free!

Todd
Todd
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit is great if you don’t know anything about personal finance.

Kate
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit Sethi of ‘I Will Teach You To Be Rich’ is a great example of the fact that that intelligence and interesting writing will take a person farther in life than looks.

Restless Butterfly
Restless Butterfly
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s blog has the greatest untapped potential of any finance blog I have ever read!

Jeff Kuo
Jeff Kuo
6 years 1 month ago

I’m sick of always reading stuff by experts. Thanks for writing like you.

Matt Cheney
6 years 1 month ago

That’s gold right there! Nice one Jeff!

James Crocker
James Crocker
6 years 1 month ago

Oh great, an update! I love these.

Karolyn
Karolyn
6 years 1 month ago

This blog offers great financial advice for people who aren’t interested in personal finance.

Tom
Tom
6 years 1 month ago

Damn-it Ramit, there isn’t much financial informaiton on this personal finance website.

Ed
Ed
6 years 1 month ago

Your advice is pretty good for a blog.

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

Don’t ever listen to the critics. If a priest can explain to me the keys to a successful marriage, I don’t see why a 28-year-old can’t tell me how to run my business.

Balaji Santhanam
Balaji Santhanam
6 years 1 month ago

Good one Steve!..btw..which one worked good!!

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks. In the contest of Ramit vs. Priest, Ramit won…

Riley Cabot
Riley Cabot
6 years 1 month ago

Nice, Steve!

Nikc
6 years 1 month ago

Great work Ramit! I always tell people: “If you really wanna read Suze Orman, but don’t have alot of time, just check out IWTYBR.”

Marc R.
Marc R.
6 years 1 month ago

I’m impressed with the amount of comments you’re able to inspire from your posts. I must have missed the post where you instructed your loyal followers to spend their time thinking of witty sayings to post in the comments of blogs to hopefully win a free book….a sure fire way to become rich indeed!

Joel
Joel
6 years 1 month ago

Reader’s might not absorb something the first time Ramit writes about it, but by continually referencing the same posts and reusing phrasing for reinforcement, he brings an antiquer’s eye to the re-purposing of content, putting old writing back on display in the hopes of reeducating the new visitor and finally getting through to the long time follower.

Fluterby}i{
Fluterby}i{
6 years 1 month ago

OOOH BURN!

Sheridan
Sheridan
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I bought a copy of your book when it first came out. If I win will this be an updated version where all of the errors have been corrected?

Kate
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit Sethi says he is funnier than 95% of his readers, and he’s right! He’s also smarter than at least half of them.

DanP
DanP
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit, for a finance guy, that’s a really creative way to get people thinking about your site. Kudos.

Ryan Waldron
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, You are funnier than your readers. This is trues. To that I congratulate you. Nevertheless, you are funnier than your readers in much the same way that a bison is smaller than an elephant.

Balaji Santhanam
6 years 1 month ago

I thought you are good at Finance, but you are good at ‘inviting’ criticism too!!…look at the list I thought I would be first ..but I’m 72!!

Nikc
6 years 1 month ago

DAMN SON! HOMEY CALLED YOU A BISON!! I don’t know about you Ramit, but those are fighting words where I come from.

Flutterby}i{
Flutterby}i{
6 years 1 month ago

You should be happy you have smarts instead of looks. But, hey, some women find money attractive, so you’re good!

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

I know they say the great ones make it look easy, but I’m impressed with how much effort you seem to have put into this site.

Jon
Jon
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit, great site. As always, it’s worth it to labour through your writing to uncover the valuable insight. Are you doing site development again? My first comment didn’t post.

Ajit
Ajit
6 years 1 month ago

Your blog empitomizes mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter.
If you don’t mind (losing the battles) it doesn’t matter (as long as you win the war)
If you don’t mind (losing pennies) it doesn’t matter (as long as you save the pounds)

Tim Rosanelli
6 years 1 month ago

Most readers agree that Ramit’s writing is a total scam… until they actually applied some of his advice to their finances and made money. 🙂

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

I’m impressed with the ease with which you managed to solicit and receive 81 pieces of negative feedback in just a few hours.

Steve
6 years 1 month ago

The stock photography included in the spam you send me is of the highest caliber.

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

Did you hijack my name?

Keith
6 years 1 month ago

Too bad you aren’t poor enough to need your own advice, Ramit!

Gurgling Snurg
Gurgling Snurg
6 years 1 month ago

Your flatulent emanations on iwillteachyoutoberich.com are pure ambrosia to me.

stuckinabarrel
stuckinabarrel
6 years 1 month ago

You must be one of the richest people in the world.. A secret billionaire ..

Andrea Magee
Andrea Magee
6 years 1 month ago

You are correct in reminding us, again, why women aren’t your target audience.

Kelly
6 years 1 month ago

Yeah, you’ve gotta admit that giving women a backhanded compliment in a post soliciting backhanded compliments is a bit over the top. …or didn’t you catch that one?

Barrett
Barrett
6 years 1 month ago

Advice like this is why the American economy is and forever will be as great as it currently is.

Vinay Katari
Vinay Katari
6 years 1 month ago

This is by far the greatest “Get Rich Quick Scheme” I have ever read.

Matt
6 years 1 month ago

You’ve taught me to be rich by compiling other people’s ideas and selling them.

courtney
courtney
6 years 1 month ago

I don’t care what anyone says, I think your blog is useful.

TC
TC
6 years 1 month ago

Great book. IWTYTBR is well written in layman’s terms for the financial literate.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 1 month ago

You are the least interesting hilarious person I have ever encountered.

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

The man you are today is proof that you follow your own advice.

Jessica
Jessica
6 years 1 month ago

At least you have something to fall back on.

Michael
Michael
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks Ramit for offering a signed copy of your book for the best backhanded compliment. I know this copy of your book will be worth so much more than the unsigned copy I already own.

Stefan
6 years 1 month ago

IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com could have been so much easier, just say: Teach others to be rich. Wouldn’t have lasted that long though

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

Don’t criticize Ramit until you have walked a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do, you are a mile away and you have his shoes…

Ryan Waldron
6 years 1 month ago

I would agree that one shouldn’t criticize Ramit until you have walked a mile in his shoes, except that it is clearly obvious from his book cover that he doesn’t have shoes.

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

Clearly, my advice must have been obvious, since someone followed it before I even gave it– you know, like the advice on IWTYTBR.

bob chase
bob chase
6 years 1 month ago

You aren’t usually very funny, but this clever scam to incite a riot of humorless banter has made you the best game in town.

Lori
Lori
6 years 1 month ago

It’s really great that you have a sense of humor about yourself.

David Crandall
6 years 1 month ago

Critics have said that Ramit doesn’t even have the financial intelligence of a 4 year old, but I’d argue that he does!

Ryan Waldron
6 years 1 month ago

I would disagree with that, I would say his financial knowledge is at a much higher level than his writing ability.

Bukka
Bukka
6 years 1 month ago

I had no idea that spending too much could be the cause of me not getting rich.

Garrett Vonk
6 years 1 month ago

I think this is a great contest and you’ll probably get a lot of good responses. It’s always great to see new ideas and opportunities for everyone to participate. All in all, this contest is really a unique idea…for a blogger.

understand the rules
understand the rules
6 years 1 month ago

you know guys, he didn’t say it had to be about him. you’re severely limiting yourselves here.

Sara
Sara
6 years 1 month ago

I was going to leave a sarcastic comment here, but I’m afraid you’re being ironic.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

This is one I actually received in High School when my troupe as judged in competition. I played the lead.

“It was an great performance for your age.”

Another fun one:

“I had no idea you cleaned up so well.”

Gurgling Snurg
Gurgling Snurg
6 years 1 month ago

Following a well-trodden path, Ramit demonstrates brilliantly that the secret to wealth is . . . to peddle a book about the secret to wealth.

Satvik
Satvik
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit Sethi’s magnum opus absolutely, decisively answers the question “Is it better to be sexy or rich?”

Kelly
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit of IWTBR really keeps his readers entertained with his juvenile antics.

Ramit’s advice really sticks with you because he has a unique way of combining jackass with truth.

Ramit’s 100% refundable policy balances out his hard sell tactics beautifully.

Jeremy Freelove
Jeremy Freelove
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s exceptional talent of repackaging other writer’s ideas is surpassed only by his ability to get his readers to follow through on them.

Gurgling Snurg
Gurgling Snurg
6 years 1 month ago

You flaunt your Stanford degree like a flashy piece of bling, hypnotizing the lumpen masses, while cleverly neglecting to mention that your major was not in economics.

Bravissimo!

Micah
Micah
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s personal finance insights are so incredible, they’re worth the hourly facebook and twitter updates reminding you that they’re still there.

Kelly
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve seen a few takes on this idea (54, 115) so it’s time to do it right.

Ramit has mastered the art of giving new life to conventional wisdom.

c’mon people… is it that hard to be subtle? It is supposed to be a compliment built on a negative trait that is looming just under the surface.

Kuato
Kuato
6 years 1 month ago

With the quality of advice you give, how are you not on the Forbes 500 list?

Jamie Phelps
6 years 1 month ago

IWTYTBR makes a great drinking game. Ramit snarkily restates common sense and you take a shot. I’m trashed right now and what’s worse, I’m out of scotch.

Rich
Rich
6 years 1 month ago

“I am sad knowing that I’m funnier than 95% of my readers. ” -Ramit

True, but that last guy is a *riot*.

Steve
Steve
6 years 1 month ago

hahaha!!!

James M
6 years 1 month ago

Earn1K really works, I’m starting to put more pennies in my pocket.

Jared
6 years 1 month ago

Great to see you back in character, Ramit! It’s fun contests like this that make up for all the self promoting and get rich quick schemes.

Razwana
6 years 1 month ago

Whoda thought – a guy with a name as complicated as yours could write a book with such a simple message

Daniel Perez
Daniel Perez
6 years 1 month ago

I thought you were a Berkley graduate, until I came across “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” and it’s abundance of witty, beneficial information–an ode to a Stanford scholar indeed.

Ryan
Ryan
6 years 1 month ago

Found this one on this website!

“Smart, bold, and practical. I Will Teach You to Be Rich is packed with tips that actually work.”
—J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly

Joe
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit! So glad you came up with a good idea!

Jeremy
6 years 1 month ago

Getting a copy of Ramit’s autograph will ensure that I have the most valuable writing he has ever done.

Tim Grahl
6 years 1 month ago

You have fantastic advice for the most part.

Alan
Alan
6 years 1 month ago

I want to be as successful as you when I get old.

David Crandall
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit does a great job of breaking down the stereotype that Indians are good with money.

Bryan
Bryan
6 years 1 month ago

Impressed that your success isn’t limited to running a 7-11.

Alan
Alan
6 years 1 month ago

People who like this sort of book will find this the sort of book they like.

Daghain
Daghain
6 years 1 month ago

Wow, and I always thought that people who wrote books teaching others to be rich were really just lining their own pockets.

Sachit Gupta
6 years 1 month ago

You’re uni-brow is beautiful. (Reference: http://www.nevblog.com/homeless-experiment/)

Linda Eaves
6 years 1 month ago

The way you fuss about how I spend My money is so precious!

Alan
Alan
6 years 1 month ago

“Smart, bold and practical” the books not bad too.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

@ramit lol, I’m laughing because, despite never being overweight, I dressed like that guy too.

That comment from the judge really pissed me off though. Heh.

Supposedly, one of Jack Nicholson’s favorite “ice breakers” is to lead off with:

“You look incredible, when is the delivery?”

Or something like that.

Alan
Alan
6 years 1 month ago

Ram It – Ramit. When I receive emails starting with Ramit I don’t believe You’ll ram it anywhere. Your so straight to the point.

Catherine
Catherine
6 years 1 month ago

At my wedding, talking with a guest at the reception (a friend from earlier days):

“Catherine, I am SO glad you did not buy into that whole mindset of losing a lot of weight before your wedding!”

(Granted, not skinny, a size 12… but, come on!)

Cory
Cory
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I’m a huge fan of your common sense approach to the family budget. I like how you take an intuitive process and break it down into plain language. The ideas you share are simple and straightforward, and avoid a lot of the complexity that the personal finance crowd tend to loathe.

Catherine
Catherine
6 years 1 month ago

Okay, yes, I just read that article again and it had to be about Ramit and/or his book… but it’s too good to not share 🙂

Efan
6 years 1 month ago

Despite sounding like a get-rich-quick scheme peddled by the lowest-quality of late-night infomercial magnates, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a delightful mixture of sparkling common sense, high-tech financial advice, and all the wit, charm, and grace one would expect from a newly-crowned personal finance guru.

Kimmoy
Kimmoy
6 years 1 month ago

Congrats on becoming a NY Times best selling author but do I really have to debate the minutae of whether the odds of commenting and winning a $10 book is worth it or not? Oy!

Erin Murtagh
Erin Murtagh
6 years 1 month ago

It makes perfect sense that someone who gave you a backhanded compliment would want a signed copy of your book.

J.Z.
J.Z.
6 years 1 month ago

That’s a great haircut! Did you cut it yourself?

Marco
Marco
6 years 1 month ago

Incredible! Your teachings are so assertive I’m convinced you really know what you’re talking about!

Kevin
6 years 1 month ago

Sethi’s IWTYTBR is the prequel to David Bach’s Automatic Millionaire. IWTYTBR is the Phantom Menace to the Automatic Millionaire’s Star Wars. IWTYTBR fills in the story line gaps and has the reader pondering the author’s motivation and choices in character development.

riley
riley
6 years 1 month ago

Do you agree or do you not understand yet?

Sunil
6 years 1 month ago

can’t believe you recommend buying $4 lattes . . . what kind of a finance “guru” does that?

Jocelyn
Jocelyn
6 years 1 month ago

Despite having little formal education in personal finances and economics, Ramit beautifully translates the often cryptic principles of managing money to cater to his college-aged peers with success that continues to astound.

Marie
Marie
6 years 1 month ago

“I Will Teach You to Be Rich” has taught me that anyone can achieve their dreams if they believe strongly enough in themselves.

David
David
6 years 1 month ago

By utilizing Social Networking and New Media, Ramit has filled the much needed niche of providing advice and ideas in ways their originators never thought possible.

chuckarama
chuckarama
6 years 1 month ago

I don’t know. The tone of this whole competition is a bit pitchy for me, but I like your energy. The whole Don Jonson shave thing is working for you. Keep doin what you do dawg, just watch the pitch.

Solomon
Solomon
6 years 1 month ago
I forget, what time zone were you in again? I see comments at 5:20am, crazy. Here are a couple: “Ramit keeps the poor…rich” “Ramit’s personal responses to people’s comments shows his commitment to refreshing his blog entries as if he’s reading as you type.” “IWTYTBR teaches STFUDF to all who LOL at his site.” On a side note: If the people who lack wit follow your finance advice as well as your advice to not come back to your site on a non-finance related matter, that could be depressing to them…but not as depressed because they first made $1,000 off… Read more »
rosa
rosa
6 years 1 month ago

Dear Ramit, I’m a spanish speaking person from Spain (Europe)…your blog and all your free stuff ( videos, e mails, etcetera) are very useful….for learning and practising English. I really appreciate it. Thank you!!

P.D: Do you speak Indian?

Josh Moore
6 years 1 month ago

Just because you’re qualified and I listen when you say I have psychological issues doesn’t mean you have sorted your need for attention and validation from others.

Ab
6 years 1 month ago

After reading some of these comments I completely see the value in your STFUDF methodology

Ab
6 years 1 month ago

Considering your average reader’s inability to craft a back-handed compliment, I’m impressed that you’ve been able to teach them about anything, to say nothing of a complex topic like personal finance.

Okay, I’m done hating on your readers since that could be considered self-hate…

Matteo
Matteo
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve always respected your work. The Indian community should be proud of you. Which tribe are you from?

Karissa
Karissa
6 years 1 month ago

I really love your book, it’s my favorite bathroom reader.

Jared
Jared
6 years 1 month ago

Hi Ramit,

Great job on the site! Keep working hard and I’m sure you’ll have some of your own readers — you know, ones that don’t click over here from Get Rich Slowly — in no time!

Thanks,
Jared

Juan C
Juan C
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s site is so popular that its server goes down the moment you try to buy his awesome Earn1k course. His advice about having a proper backup plan in place was exceptionally useful to me.

Dena Stern
Dena Stern
6 years 1 month ago

“The very best ones require a perfect combination of sarcasm, wit, bittersweet praise, and disdain. Women are especially good at them.”

As a women, that was an excellent backhanded compliment. But do you really need a signed copy of your own book? 🙂

LittleFreeBook
6 years 1 month ago

Congrats! That’s one of the best competitions that you could ever have come up with … keep up the good work!

jeremytech
jeremytech
6 years 1 month ago

This blogs worthless flights of fancy never cease to amuse me.

Blue
6 years 1 month ago

Finance Dad’s comment still describes you best.

Pollen
Pollen
6 years 1 month ago

No more amateurs stand up night at Ramit’s ever.

Chris
Chris
6 years 1 month ago

You and Jim Kramer give the best financial advice!

Adam
Adam
6 years 1 month ago

This contest is so enticing that I almost want to look into who you are.

Serena
Serena
6 years 1 month ago

I mistook you for a psychic to have already written answers to the many questions I always wondered about.

Jess
6 years 1 month ago

Your book will do wonders for your career.

Peter
Peter
6 years 1 month ago

I’ll be glad to see your blog succeed.

Peter
Peter
6 years 1 month ago

All your blog needs now is a little wit, humor, and some original idea.

David
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit is not a narcissist, more of a know it all, but that is good because he is so smart and interesting; it has taken him far. If you’re a narcissist, it is only downhill for you, but if your like Ramit you only get smarter with age.

Peter
Peter
6 years 1 month ago

It’s so nice to see the caste system in India is forgiving.

Nikhil
Nikhil
6 years 1 month ago

I drank five lattes this morning. They were delicious.

zoul
6 years 1 month ago

Nice but, am I getting rich by reading all these articles by you?

Brian
Brian
6 years 1 month ago

To think I was going to tell you to rename the site to iwillteachyoutobejewish.com.. This is quite the contrary!

Maddie
Maddie
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve never been more into an Indian dude

Manish
Manish
6 years 1 month ago

Honestly, I never thought one can make a profession out of selling pure wisdom. But, Ramit goes on to prove me wrong everytime i read his blogs. I’ve never got a chance to read the book. But something tells me that I might have it in me to start something, if done passionately.

Tom
Tom
6 years 1 month ago

At first I thought all these “friends” you help were fake, but then I realized you actually do have a life.

david
david
6 years 1 month ago

You must not be too busy if you went on vacation when you released Earn1K.

shiioot, sounded so much better in my head at 1 AM.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn
6 years 1 month ago

I’ll Teach You to be Rich is a book so full of common sense, every high school student should be required to study it.

Brian
6 years 1 month ago

The user generated content on this site is great.

Paweł Kata
6 years 1 month ago

Just looking at your logo doubles my investments 😉

Greg McFarlane
6 years 1 month ago

“Practical, worthwhile financial advice for a readership largely too dumb to understand what a backhanded compliment is.”

Adam Taylor
6 years 1 month ago

It is great to see Ramit developing some whit, at least now he is half way there.

Or:

Ramit is an excellent reminder to me that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.

GM
GM
6 years 1 month ago

It speaks to the industriousness of a man when he finds for himself at work what he can not at home.

Xianhang Zhang
6 years 1 month ago

After reading this post, I’ve upgraded my opinion of you to relatively adequate.

Mikko
Mikko
6 years 1 month ago

Great topic! How appropriate of you to ask for backhanded compliments.

Elizabeth G.
Elizabeth G.
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I am sad to see how many of your readers don’t know a backhanded compliment from a lame insult. (This is neither). Funny idea though.

Cathy
Cathy
6 years 1 month ago

Second prize – two signed copies of I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

Jen
Jen
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit, if I win, will you not sign my copy?

Jyrki
Jyrki
6 years 1 month ago

My brother and I set up a competition over which one of us is wealthier after the next ten years. As a start, I gave him a copy of your book.

Jess
Jess
6 years 1 month ago

I think it’s sweet that you’re still saving for a wedding.

Trev
Trev
6 years 1 month ago

LOLZ

Zain
Zain
6 years 1 month ago

1. Read Ramit’s blog
2. Take Earn1k course
3. ???
4. Profit!

mike
6 years 1 month ago

You should really write for Southpark!

Rich
6 years 1 month ago

If your advice was as good as you say it is, then you wouldn’t have to waste your time making a living pimping a book and a blog.

Lucy Siggs
Lucy Siggs
6 years 1 month ago

Darling, I’ve found the sweetest little website run from one of the Colonies on making money! Someone (so tasteful in a toga) says one doesn’t have to economise at all. There’s other stuff too.

Will Handy
Will Handy
6 years 1 month ago

Taj Mahal Badalandabad, you and IWTYTBR have seriously improved so much over the last few year since your early college days of learning about the “Great American Art of Muff Diving”

p.s. Earn 1K has helped me more than I can put into words. Thanks!

Will

Alan
Alan
6 years 1 month ago

If I won I would NEVER sell the book on ebay but if you could sign the book it would be even more valuable, no I mean special to me.

Kate
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit–the content this month on IWTYTBR is fantastic! You must have been working hard.

Pishab
Pishab
6 years 1 month ago

I’m not laughing at you, just near you

Lia
Lia
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit could be really handsome if he concentrated more on his appearance.

David
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you always write so clearly and passionately. I can’t wait until you get to a topic that really affects my bottom line.

Timothy
Timothy
6 years 1 month ago

Your comment was so good it almost deserves to be a featured post of its own.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

You’re really good at trying to be funny. From the looks of these comments, it’s rubbing off on people.

Dan
Dan
6 years 1 month ago

Your complimentary first chapter actually made me want to buy your book.

Adrian
Adrian
6 years 1 month ago

Dear Ramit, your book has farther reach than you think: my decision making in poker games got far better after reading it.

Baron
Baron
6 years 1 month ago

i usually dislike sophomoric writing, but i enjoy reading your blog.

i find the reader comments here to be just as insightful as any other personal finance blog.

chuckarama
chuckarama
6 years 1 month ago

Your ineffable ideas inspire me.

Satvik
Satvik
6 years 1 month ago

To see a demonstration of Ramit’s success, one has to look no further than the popularity of his back-handed compliments contest.

Satvik
Satvik
6 years 1 month ago

Actually, an even better measure of Ramit’s success is the exceptional quality of the responses in the contest. One can see not just the number of people following IWTBYR, but also their unusual intelligence and wit.

Tommy T
Tommy T
6 years 1 month ago

Don’t let Ramit’s narcissism and sardonic wit fool you, occasionally his posts are very close to accurate.

Steve O
Steve O
6 years 1 month ago

are you honestly this surprised at your responses to asking people to be witty? or do you just love making fun of people of average intelligence?

TTTimo
TTTimo
6 years 1 month ago

I thought I was a scrooge until I read all the money saving tips here.

MBernard
MBernard
6 years 1 month ago

“Great minds think alike”, not today apparently Ramit.

Matt
Matt
6 years 1 month ago

IWTYTBR’s inclusion on the NYT Best Sellers list is proof positive that millions of people make terrible financial decisions and desperately need help.

Lee
Lee
6 years 1 month ago

I recommend your book to my clients who have a sense of humor and have tendencies themselves toward the crass and unrefined.

Amy
Amy
6 years 1 month ago

Reading your blog is a great way to kill time.

Sophie
Sophie
6 years 1 month ago

I looooove to read your blog when I have nothing else to do!

Alex
Alex
6 years 1 month ago

The confidence with which you make your claims makes them that much more convincing.

Sandra Beckwith
6 years 1 month ago

You might be dumb, but you aren’t stupid.

Kate
6 years 1 month ago

The comments on this post really showcase the caliber of readers you have, Ramit.

Vijay
6 years 1 month ago

A self-help guru evident by the success of his book sales.

DanP
DanP
6 years 1 month ago

“I think it’s sweet that you’re still saving for a wedding.”

By far the best one so far.

Ryan
6 years 1 month ago

I was able to find a few people who graduated from my school and a medium hot daywalker to give your book rave reviews as well.

Michele
Michele
6 years 1 month ago

It’s nice to finally find a blog whose author doesn’t feel the need to prove they are smart.

Justin
Justin
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s latest contest truly shows the quality of reader he draws to his site.

James
James
6 years 1 month ago

“I am sad knowing that I’m funnier than 95% of my readers. Sad, but it also feels right.”

Your humor is the best thing about this site.

Ram M
Ram M
6 years 1 month ago

When facing unpaid bills galore, don’t say damn it, say Ramit and check his site.

Ram M
Ram M
6 years 1 month ago

i teach the poor to be rich.

John
6 years 1 month ago

Giving away a books for free . . . so THAT’S how the world’s greatest authors increase book sales!

Wayne
6 years 1 month ago

It’s really impressive that you have loyal readers given the picture of you on the iwillteachyoutoberich landing page.

John
6 years 1 month ago

The only thing that would make me happier than receiving a book that has been signed by Ramit Sethi would a piece of toilet paper that has been soiled by Chuck Norris.

Wayne
Wayne
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, your blog is surprisingly articulate. Indian guys are usually only good with numbers. Great work overcoming adversity.

Eric Bahn
6 years 1 month ago

For a young guy with such limited career experience to date, you provide awesome advice for people starting their own businesses.

Eric Bahn
6 years 1 month ago

PS: Douchebag. 🙂

David Crandall
6 years 1 month ago

It appears that there is an obvious need for iwillteachyoutobefunny.com!

My favorite is by far the “Second prize” one, though.

Cathy
Cathy
6 years 1 month ago

🙂

Rod
6 years 1 month ago

I almost save as much money from reading your blog, as I did when I switched to Geico.

Rob
6 years 1 month ago

I really like this idea Ramit, it shows you like to connect with your audience on a real level….I know I couldn’t get away with such a useful post.

Richard
Richard
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit Sethi produces advice worthy of his readership.

Chris
Chris
6 years 1 month ago

Not the typical highbrow stuff you’d expect from a Standford grad.

Melvin
Melvin
6 years 1 month ago

“I’m not rich but I’m your fan anyway”

Sean Connery
Sean Connery
6 years 1 month ago

Your mother’s a whore.

Sorry, if 90% of these responses aren’t backhanded compliments anyway, we might as well have a little fun.

Melvin
Melvin
6 years 1 month ago

You enriched my life with words!

Nishant
Nishant
6 years 1 month ago

Seeing people getting crazy over your book prize, I should have read it before recycling it…:)

Devin Reams
6 years 1 month ago

I’m surprised you have hundreds of comments.

Ben
6 years 1 month ago

I use half your blog tips half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of your blog half as well as you deserve.

Ajit
Ajit
6 years 1 month ago

Ok, this is a good one: I’m scratching my head wondering why, when I google Ramit Sethi, the next word google suggests is “scam”

Nishant
6 years 1 month ago

i am breathless with anticipation for your next post… to read all the brilliant comments your beloved readership provides you….

Jeremy
Jeremy
6 years 1 month ago

You call this a finance blog? I’ve been scouring the site for months, just waiting for you to tell me to give up my Starbucks habit…

mat
mat
6 years 1 month ago

not bad for a Gora.

Alex karasyov
6 years 1 month ago

Your book gave you a great fan club made of the financially challenged.

Dan
Dan
6 years 1 month ago

I know this isn’t a democracy, but 210 (Cathy) and 213 (Jess) get my vote(s). I won’t even try, lest I wind up sounding like 95% of the statements on here…

Melvin
Melvin
6 years 1 month ago

I like curry… and Indian food too

Nishant
6 years 1 month ago

if i made a dollar for every great comment left on this post.. i’d barely have enough to buy a copy of i will teach you to be rich.

k i m done!

Melvin
Melvin
6 years 1 month ago

“It’s obvious, your readers don’t know what is a backhanded compliment”

Jesse
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you’ve done so much better than I expected. Your blog even compares fairly favorably to my own!

Melvin
Melvin
6 years 1 month ago

“You are full of compliments”

Jesse
6 years 1 month ago

Also, I have to tell you how great it is to see how well you are doing in technology for someone with a psychology degree

Nish
Nish
6 years 1 month ago

You finally made me put my first comment.

Tony
Tony
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, a master of social trends, is pioneering the field of financial advice made of 100% post-consumerist recycled material.

Ron
Ron
6 years 1 month ago

I didn’t know that reading from a script can save you so much money.

Ed
Ed
6 years 1 month ago

Just like Barack Obama’s current tenure your work seems to inspire great hope. You show all the cognitive hallmarks of someone who graduated in the top 95% of their class. Do your fellow classmates follow your financial advice or are they all as independently successful as you? It’s surprising how many Stanford graduates one sees in positions of influence.

Jesse
6 years 1 month ago

The amateurish writing does nothing to detract from the great information in “I will teach you to be rich”

Poor Ramit is going to have a complex when this thread is over.

jewell
jewell
6 years 1 month ago

You’re blog is so funny and interesting, it’s easy to overlook how boring personal finance really is. 😉

Dreamer
Dreamer
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve loaned your book out to a lot of people, and I tell them the same thing every time: “Ignore the cover and the title, it’s the best book on money I’ve ever read.”

It’s funny because it’s true. This book offers something for everyone. I loaned it to a friend with a toddler recently. They loved the advice and easy to follow action items, and the toddler loved the bright colors on the cover. The best part is, by the time she’s old enough to understand aesthetics, she’ll appreciate the book for the content.

Josh Moore
6 years 1 month ago

Kinda funny that there is so many people commenting at how lame some of the backhanded compliments are, but they aren’t willing to have a crack themselves.

At least some of Ramit’s readers like to try the things he suggests, regardless of their results.

Tony
Tony
6 years 1 month ago

wow a free book? and to think i almost thought about buying a copy

Juan C
Juan C
6 years 1 month ago

Reading your posts makes me a smarter person.

Tony C
Tony C
6 years 1 month ago

your signature makes the book free right?

Nikhil
Nikhil
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit, just out of curiosity, is this the highest number of comments you’ve had for a single post on iwillteach?

Shah
Shah
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s advice is really good. Almost on par with the recent advice from my financial planner to sell my stock because the market is tanking.

Recent backhanded compliment given to me:

B: “T–will you develop a client contact information list for us.”

T: “Maybe–why me?”

B: “Well you’re the leader in the field on this.”

T: “In the field of client contact info?”

B: “Absolutely.”

T’s action: Immediatly changed email signature title to “Leader in the Field of Copy and Paste.”

Marco
Marco
6 years 1 month ago

Your book must be great! So many trying to nail this competition!

David Ponder
David Ponder
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit leads the way, demonstrating to his readers how to shake off the negative perception of a one sided lifestyle full of seemingly shallow pursuits.

Dingo_Pug
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit is to financial advice as Fox News is to journalism!

Jay
Jay
6 years 1 month ago

It’s very encouraging to see that your writing is accessible to this caliber of commentators.

Patrick Dench
Patrick Dench
6 years 1 month ago

This has absolutely nothing to do with finance and is completely frivolous, but at least it’s possible to get a good book out of it.

Felix
Felix
6 years 1 month ago

I could win a free copy of your book? Good thing I decided not to get it earlier!

Brian Gerry
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit is proof positive for his readers that financial success is achievable by anyone.

Valerie
Valerie
6 years 1 month ago

I’ve never clicked through to your actual website before from my blog reader feed! Wow!

(That is actually true, yes).

Rick
Rick
6 years 1 month ago

Finally! a meaningless post that can produce results for one lucky reader. Kudos – Ramit Sethi – Kudos!

JPM
JPM
6 years 1 month ago

It takes a lot of courage to give away your book for what it’s actually worth. I admire that.

sheris
6 years 1 month ago

I can’t wait to buy your book on the Kindle. Don’t want anyone to see what I’m reading on Caltrain.

K Mac
K Mac
6 years 1 month ago

You don’t sweat much for a fat girl.

KMac
KMac
6 years 1 month ago

You appear to have tremendous untapped potential.

Zain
Zain
6 years 1 month ago

You certainly have a large followership. And to think, all it took was a bribe to bring them out in the open

irene
irene
6 years 1 month ago

wow, you have a lot of acne.. but it looks really good on you

DanP
DanP
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, you’re english is really good for a brown guy.

anna
anna
6 years 1 month ago

the toga looks great: it really accentuates your shape.

(additionally, I’m subscribing to this site via rss so I never have to read its comments again. not that mine is anything brilliant, but I physically recoiled when reading 70% of these.)

T
T
6 years 1 month ago

I’m glad you already warned us that replies to blog posts are not the right metric to pay attention to…

But this is amusing!

Ryan Gooler
Ryan Gooler
6 years 1 month ago

India is an amazing country. From tech support to personal finance, it seems that Indians are showing up everywhere and showing us exactly what to do.

Adrian Childers
6 years 1 month ago

Didn’t know so many people loved to hate Ramit

Jerome
Jerome
6 years 1 month ago

Thank you for making us poor people feel right at home.

Kathryn
Kathryn
6 years 1 month ago

I stumbled on your site today….i’ve spent the last 5 1/2 hours reading articles then bought your book right after. If you were less of a jack ass and instead a little more professional, I would find your articles and book a lot easier to read.

(let me know if you need my address, I’ll be waiting for my free book)

Peter
Peter
6 years 1 month ago

Sheesh, Kathryn. That’s just a straight insult. It doesn’t qualify for the contest and you expect your book?

Peter
Peter
6 years 1 month ago

Well, it seems to me that the one about the wedding is the best one so far. “It’s so nice to see you’re still saving for your wedding.” Bravo.

I’d have liked to win but I already have the book anyways.

Lucy Siggs
Lucy Siggs
6 years 1 month ago

Snot fair! Ramit doesn’t clarify for how many weddings he is saving for!

M.L
M.L
6 years 1 month ago

Automation is a great idea but most people do not have money.

Brian
Brian
6 years 1 month ago

Reading iwillteachyoutoberich.com is as great as listening to Nickelback!

sorry that was low..

Galephico
Galephico
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, thanks for teaching me how to save on latte’s and coupon’s. I’ll be rich !

Guillaume
Guillaume
6 years 1 month ago

Given the number of comments, a lot of smart people saw an opportunity to win the book here. You really know how to attract your target Ramit.

Ed
Ed
6 years 1 month ago

Keep up the good work; reading this blog is the most fun I’ve had in a long long time.

Pratik Stephen
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit, I like how you’re totally comfortable with showing your true self in public, including that pesky (not so) little wise-guy inside of you!

Life’s too short to be politically correct for all the stuck up / immature / “too mature for jokes” aka boring / overly sensitive folks who can’t take a joke!
Ironically, its exactly these folks who inspire most “politically incorrect” jokes, and it’s often their reactions that make these jokes all the more fun! : )

Pratik Stephen
6 years 1 month ago

Your irreverent, cocky, and at times, downright childish sense of humor is the only reason I follow your blog!
: )

Pratik Stephen
6 years 1 month ago

(edited the earlier comment)

Your irreverent, cocky, and often childish sense of humor is the only reason I follow your blog!
: )

Christian Faller
6 years 1 month ago

Those answers make me sad…

However if you think about it, having a personal finance blog with at least 5% of readers that are financially literate AND funny at the same time is actually not bad at all. It easily tops the average of the American population.

CarolH
CarolH
6 years 1 month ago

Boy, next to the American Idol blog, this is my favorite!!

David Ponder
David Ponder
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit’s strength may be the fact that he can sell something without seeming like he’s selling something. Not unlike an inner city minister, Ramit promises huge financial windfalls to those who follow his ‘teachings’, all the while thriving on the incomes of his less fortunate ‘congregation’.

Tim
6 years 1 month ago

Ramit has an uncanny ability to break down complex personal finance topics into language a 5-year-old understands.

Desi
Desi
6 years 1 month ago

this is so retarded! there is one freaking sentence and everyone is looking in to it so deeply! unreal. Friends this is not how you make money in life….this is how you make Ramit make money!

Andrew
Andrew
6 years 1 month ago

I highly recommend this blog if Suze Orman’s website is down.

Desi
Desi
6 years 1 month ago
Ramit, Things became about making money, when..uh… you wrote a book about making money…oh yea its not about money its about being rich….bla bla. Sorry Ramit, I really liked your articles when it had actual content (people saving ‘x’ amount of money a year/month/etc doing so and so) then it all became about ‘paying’ for advice (earn1k, etc), and the articles/newsletters getting ridiculous like this one. Being a fellow Indian like yourself, I was excited about getting some real content, but now all I see is ass kissing from this retarded ‘Goras’. You know exactly what I mean 😉
Jonathan
6 years 1 month ago

Wow, didn’t realize making a backhanded compliment can be so…difficult. It’s like trying hard to come out as Andrew Carnegie when your voice sounds like Rocky Balboa.

Michele
Michele
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Ramit, the recent posts have been awesome. So much better than when I first started following your blog. Keep up the great job!

De
De
6 years 1 month ago

LOL! exactly my point. See Ramit, since I have opposed you, now you will be getting tons of backhanded compliments from your ‘loyal’ fans….even more now since my post. I have made others give you a lot more backhanded compliments then you would have every gotten, and thats in it self is the biggest backhanded compliment from me to you…..so I deserve the book 🙂

RyneG
RyneG
6 years 1 month ago

I think the deadline is over but i would still like to take my stab by saying…

I bet you could teach us so much more about backhanded comments if we enroll in your Earn1k program.

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