Be the Expert: How would you encourage a quitter?

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’...

How to handle a career crossroads

I remember being totally unsure about what direction to take with my career. I was at a crossroads with two choices -- and I had no idea what to do. Senior year of college, I had a great job offer. It would have impressed my friends and parents, I would have made a lot of money -- but there was ...

“Follow Your Passion” is bad advice. Do this instead…

I’m on a crusade to end these nonsensical ideas that sound logical, but actually make no sense whatsoever: “We need to educate people about the importance of eating healthy foods” (as if they don’t already know that eating 5 Big Macs is bad) “We need to teach people about the importance of financial literacy” (as if they don’...

Be the Expert: “We’re moving in together. How much should we each contribute?”

Let’s kick off our Money & Relationships series today. One of the hardest financial steps in a relationship is when two people move in together and start sharing expenses. Who pays for what? How much should each person pay? Does gender matter? What about income level? Check out this question I recently got from Jesse: Hey, Ramit. Bought your ...

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Be the Expert: How would you persuade this guy to change his workout habit?

I was at the gym the other day and saw this guy who was doing an ab workout all wrong. I caught eyes with a trainer, who shook his head. We both smiled. So we started talking and I asked him if he ever corrects people that are doing exercises wrong. He tells me, “Yeah, I actually used to go ...

Be the Expert: What would you tell this novice investor?

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s “experts” who make a quick buck off of ignorant people by recommending products that are NOT in their best interest. One of my readers, Matt, recently emailed me for advice about applying the suggestions in my book. He was considering switching his mutual funds to index funds and asked ...