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The “mental frameworks” I use to respond to hundreds of emails/day

My friend Derek Halpern was asking me how I respond to so many emails every day. "What filters do you use?" he asked. "You're not going to believe it," I told him, shaking my head. "I just click 'All Mail' and just cycle through emails insanely fast." He looked at me in disbelief. But then I mentioned something else: "By ...

Ask Ramit: How do you practice improving social skills?

Earlier this week, I was at a dinner party with a few friends. As I was sitting in my usual position of reclining, drinking and telling dirty jokes, I spotted my mortal enemy: an avocado. “Hey,” I asked my friend, “can you show me how to cut an avocado?” Twice this week, I got an avocado sent to me. The ...

7 things I learned from 9 years of IWT

I’m not a sentimental dude. But this week, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” turns 9 years old, and I’ve been thinking about the last NINE YEARS of writing hundreds of blog posts, thousands of emails, and millions of hilarious jokes. In 2004, I wrote my first blog post. IT IS HORRIBLE! I say that Step #1 ...

New interview: Crafting the life you want

A friend of mine has 4 college interns working for her, and last week she asked me to speak to them about business and psychology. When I got there, they’d prepared questions about writing and productivity and marketing, but we spent the most time talking about how to deal with the pressure of parents’ expectations. I noticed this because ...

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