Ramit’s Therapy Sessions

In a rare generous mood, I recently asked some of my readers to send me their toughest questions so I could answer them. I expected challenging questions on asset allocation, multi-armed bandit testing, ethnographic research, and maybe advanced negotiation techniques. In actuality, I got questions like this: “Do you think most people cheat because their partner isn't doing enough? And ...

How to stop being jealous

I used to be pretty jealous. I used to actually joke that I was just a “jealous guy,” as if that was part of my makeup. And the truth is, it’s easy to feel jealous when you’re young and everyone is going through the same experiences -- same classes, same grades, same clubs -- but some people are ...

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How to ask for something from an important person (and actually get it)

Today, I’ll show you the actual email I used to get bestselling authors and famous celebrities to contribute to an ebook I put together. Hint: the email does not look like this (an actual email I received): With emails like these, I hope you appreciate the mental fortitude it takes to not go insane every day of my life. ...

I took great pleasure in saying NO

A weird thing happened over the last 8 weeks. I started getting scattered messages from people who couldn’t subscribe to my email list, no matter how many times they tried. After I got more than 10 emails, I decided it wasn’t PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard), and I had an IWT analyst look into it. We ...

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How to stop feeling guilty

We’re talking about the Year of Unapologetic Mastery. Yesterday I asked you to tell me what one of the skeptical people in your life -- including yourself -- would say to hold you back. The comments are DISTURBING. If I had any emotions or functioning tear ducts, I would have cried. Look at this comment: “I’m my own ...

The Year of Unapologetic Matery

2014: The Year of Unapologetic Mastery

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my mom and dad. About halfway through, my mom cleared her throat. "You know, I was hoping I could go to India next year," she said. "Oh really?" I said, knowing where this was going. "When are you thinking?" "Maybe in January." "It would be nice if you could send me ...