Ask Ramit: How do you choose ONE passion?

When I graduated from college, I was working on 9 projects. NINE. I was doing a startup...I was working on an ebook...I was doing this, I was doing that. People’s eyes would glaze over when they asked me what I did. My problem was I didn’t know how to choose. I didn’t want to close ...

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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 ...

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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Learn social skills and instant rapport from a NYT journalist

Did I tell you how I ended up choosing a major in college that made people crinkle their nose and say, “You’re studying WHAT??” Back in the day, like all high-school kids, I was delusional and dumb. I would brag to my friends that I wanted to study “computer science, but with no programming and no math.” I said ...

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What could 10 women say to make this group of grown men cry?

My friend was telling me about attending a men's event he attended a few years ago. A group of women were brought in to give direct feedback about how they perceived the guys and their clothing, their demeanor, the way they came across. These were grown men -- construction workers, authors, professionals. Try to imagine what happened. "The guys were ...

How to be happy

When I was doing a lot of TV, I would take questions from viewers. Literally 99% of questions would fall into the same 5 categories: I’m in debt. How do I pay it off? My credit card company did X to me. What should I do? I want to buy X. Can I afford it? I just had kids. ...