“Why don’t they respect me?”

November 18th, 2013

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?

October 21st, 2013

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?

September 27th, 2013

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 ...

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

August 23rd, 2013

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, ...

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Uh, it’s SUPPOSED to be hard

July 29th, 2013

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 ...

Be the Expert: How would you encourage a quitter?

April 19th, 2013

Sometimes I like to take a break from my normal writing on strategies of psychology, persuasion, careers, entrepreneurship, and money to see how well you can actually APPLY my material. After all, it’s easy to read and read along, nodding your head, saying, “Yeah Ramit, I got this.” But what happens when I put you to the test? It’...