How I handle negative critics

Here are some of the names I’ve been called in the last MONTH: “Scammer” “Sellout” “Rip-off artist” “He lies about everything” “Total BS...none of his stuff is good anyway” How would you feel if someone said this about you? How would little Ramit handle this? He would cry   It’s a funny quirk of human psychology: You ...

“Why don’t they respect me?”

When people don’t respect you, you start to pick up on subtle little signs. Years ago, in my early 20s, I noticed a few of them. People would say, “What makes YOU think you can teach people how to be rich? Are you rich?” When I would be out with my friends and we’d talk to girls, we’...

How do you deal with unsupportive family members?

In the ultimate human curiosity, the more and more you start doing well at something, the more and more people will try to cut you down. Sometimes they don’t even realize they’re doing it. They’ll say things like, “Are you really sure that’s the right decision? What if something goes wrong? What if you don’t ...

Be the Expert: How would you respond to this co-worker?

How would you handle this? Years ago, I had a co-worker who needed my help to finish a project that (1) he was leading but (2) it would also help my team. "Sure," I said, "just find me tomorrow and I'll show you how to do it." The next day came and went. He never found me. Later, when he ...

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Be the Expert: What do you say to a partner to help them lose weight?

All right, today we’re doing a VERY challenging “Be the Expert.” This is the series where you try to take my material, apply it in the real world, and usually end up miserably failing. Then I shake my head and clean house. Here’s the scenario: You’ve been dating your partner for 3.5 years. Man, woman, straight, ...

Uh, it’s SUPPOSED to be hard!

Like most young people who are dumb, I entertained a lot of delusional ideas. I was frustrated that the world didn’t recognize me for how great my “ideas” were. I’d complain about having to “put in my time” (shouldn’t I get to skip all that?? I’m so smart!!). I even once emailed Guy Kawasaki, a famous ...