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I run a really weird business.

99% of the time, I give away my product for free.

Once in a while, I charge for something. Some people buy. Others howl in outrage, saying “How dare you charge? I could get it for free anywhere!”

But I also have opportunities that others do not.

I can write something and have it in 75,000+ inboxes within minutes.

I also get people offering me ways to make tremendous amounts of money with 2-3 hours of work. For example, a while back, I got a call from an infomercial company, who wanted me to appear in one of their programs. I said “No thanks” but then they said, “Are you sure? [WELL-KNOWN PERSONAL-FINANCE PERSON] is involved.” I said hmm…tell me more.

They told me that after appearing once, I would make roughly $50k/month in residuals. A few years ago, this would have been unthinkable. But I turned them down.

Today, I want to share some background into my business. Why am I writing all this free material for you?

What’s going on behind the scenes?

What do I expect of you?

Today is a good day for some unveiling.

The real purpose of this hustling course

A few behind-the-scenes insights from my 30-day course on hustling your way to success.

Lesson #1: Timing matters.
In the world of self-development, January is Christmas. More books are sold, more gym memberships signed, and more resolutions made than at any other time of the year.

This 30-day course on hustling is going extraordinarily well. Forget about traffic and engagement, just look at some of the results you’ve gotten in the last 2 weeks:

“Got together with a public relations consultant I know. I told her about my new book and she immediately offered to give me a hand, hooking me up for interviews in radio and TV.” – Roberto

“New job is all lined up; as of 28 Feb, I will be working 3 days a week earning more than I anticipated, (Mon, Wed, Thurs), leaving Tuesday for me to work on side hustle, and giving me 3 day weekends. Tomorrow I will be handing in my notice at my current job, so exciting and scary times are ahead. Going from a software developer to a rock climbing instructor… Who would have thought?” – Dave

“I was given approval from my manager for a new work schedule that would work around classes plus approval for tuition reimbursement.” – Robbie

Lesson #2: Extremes work.
Why am I doing this?

Why am I writing SEVERAL all-new articles each day, and selling nothing? Why am I doing it for 30 days, waking up at 5am-6am each day, drinking more caffeine than ever before, and posting new material to my blog and multiple email lists?

Two reasons.

First, most people get used to mediocrity. We graduate college, dreaming of flying around to meet CEOs, weekend pool parties in Vegas, shopping sprees, or even just being able to buy whatever we want without worrying. But within a few years, we settle into a world of normalcy where being ambitious is “weird” — and even if we are ambitious, we’re not sure what exactly to do to turn that ambition into results.

Should you start tweeting? Launch a Facebook page? What about a blog? That guy Ramit has a blog, right?

My challenge to you in this 30-day challenge was to accomplish more in a week than you accomplished in all of last year. And indeed, look at these results:

“I LUV the 30-day course on hustling, it made me move my butt and do what I was considering beyond my abilities! Awesome!! I never had so much “hope” before, Ramit you are it!!)” – sambista77

“I am REALLY unhappy at the job I’m in right now, so to change that I started to apply to jobs that I’m absolutely not qualified to do, but would love to. After getting the first rejection letter, I wrote an e-mail using the “Recession Proof Graduate” technique and secured a phone interview for tomorrow! Now I just have to keep hustling to show them I’m really ahead of the game.  Thanks for the daily butt kicking, I have no excuses to ACT.” – Julie

“Ramit, I’ve treated you like a prostitute for too long… those days are over my Indian friend and I want to share 1 major win with you via testing.My 14th attempt blew the interviewing managers out of their toilet seats. Why: because I changed the script, used the briefcase method, job shadowed my potential client, wrote a detailed proposal with 5 things they can do TODAY to save the company $1500/week EVEN IF they don’t hire me.  Ramit, thanks for the extra $10k, 5+ weeks of vacation, and 6% 401k.” – Justin

You’re accomplishing this not just by reading, but by tapping into powerful external variables — like the fact that we’re more likely to take action in January, and that this is a WEEKLY SERIES with specific action items.

That’s extreme. When was the last time someone told you to take action within 48 HOURS — and promised to hold you accountable?

That extreme demand is, in part, why we’re seeing such incredible results.

Second, QUICK WINS are important. Once you see results, you’ll know that this is real. That’s why I’m so insistent about taking action rapidly — because our normal default is inaction — and once you see results, they build upon themselves.

Here’s an example: One of the funny things that happens is people see my book at a bookstore, or linked from some blog, and say “This sounds like a scam.” But once they try one of my negotiation scripts in the first chapter — and they work very, very well — they instantly realize that this book is legit. And they accelerate their behavioral change and get results like this.

I call these QUICK WINS, and they are almost as important as BIG WINS. So once you achieve a quick win this month — like negotiating your salary, or realizing an invisible script that’s held you back, or taking someone important out to coffee — you realize that this stuff works.

And then it’s only a matter of time before you avail yourself of more of my material. Maybe free. Maybe paid.

The pattern I’ve noticed: QUICK WINS, then strategy
We start off by doing random things. Negotiate this. Ask that person out for lunch. Then we realize this works. And we start wanting to be more systematic. As each of us gets more successful, we realize how much we don’t know…and we look to trusted sources to help us accelerate our growth curve.

So instead of, say, adding 20% to my income like last year, this year I want to add 40%. I want to accelerate my growth. Or instead of taking 4 weeks of vacation, this year I want to take 8. I want to accelerate, not stay stagnant…

Compare this to grandiose recommendations that tell you to come up with an over-arching strategy first. Has that worked for you?

In 2009, I probably spent around $25,000 on self-development material. In 2010, I spent over $50,000. 2011 will be even more. I want to accelerate. I want to be systematic about it.

And I want to help you do that.

What I expect of you

I’m tired of people who simply expect more and more free material. They consume and consume and never give back. Worst of all, they’re simply looking for their fix, that new piece of shiny information that makes them feel good about learning something new. But taking action? Forget it.

Those people are losers and I’m done with them.

In this world, QUALITY is rare. How many blogs do we know that run “Top 10” lists every week? How many say the same vague, boring things about saving money on lattes, or the best bank account with an 0.0002% higher interest rate?

I try to make every post and email better than anything else on the topic. After all, why write something unless you’ll be proud of it in 25 years?

That’s why I spent 2 years writing my book, which gets people results like this.

It’s why I spent over $100,000 and almost a full year developing Earn1k, my course on earning more. My students get results like this:

In order for me to continue getting results like this, I need to be clear about what I expect from you.

I’m happy to give away the majority of my material free. My goal is to produce material that is more valuable than others’ paid content — and do it regularly.

But here’s what I expect of you:

  • I’m not just giving you free material — I’m investing in you. So I want you to invest in yourself, first with time. If you like what you read here, follow through it. Stop consuming and start producing. If it pays off, I know you’ll invest with more time and, at some point, money for my paid products.
  • Take action or leave. If you simply read and don’t do anything, leave. Let’s not waste each other’s time.
  • Master the game being played around you. My favorite comment from people is, “I know how to save $15! I’ll save it by not buying his book! Hahahahahaaaaaha!!!!!” The sad thing is, there’s a game being played around these people and they don’t even know it. They genuinely believe that by not purchasing anything, they can somehow find their way to a rich life. They see cost, not value, while top performers will always invest in themselves. They are not right for this site.
  • Don’t make excuses. I’ve written about getting into Stanford, or getting huge raises, or getting disproportionate rewards through hard work. I had no special advantages. My techniques have worked for hundreds of thousands of people. If you have excuse after excuse about why you can’t do it, you should probably spend time on your own beliefs rather than reading blogs.
  • Expect higher for yourself. Too many people have gotten used to mediocrity. Too many people believe ambition is a bad word. That’s not true. You can quit your job and travel abroad this year if you want. You can earn $2,000/month on the side. You can meet a celebrity for coffee. I’ve already shown you how in this month of free material…and I have more systematic techniques to show you soon.

If these work for you, I’d love to keep helping you hit disproportionate goals. If not, do me the favor of unsubscribing. I don’t want to waste anybody’s time and I don’t want you to waste mine.

Again, if you follow this month’s free material on hustling, you can get more accomplished towards your goal in a week than ALL of last year.

But I’m not your grandma and I don’t coddle whiners. You’re going to have work harder than you’ve ever worked to get disproportionate results.

Now let’s talk about taking hustling to the next level.

First, you learned how to hustle. Soon, get paid for it.

This month, you’re learning how to hustle, or work extraordinarily hard for disproportionate results. You’re learning how to:

*Test your assumptions
*Automate new invisible scripts in your life
*Learn how to get meetings with busy/important people
*Negotiate for what you want

Each of these is showing you how to take control of your life, instead of passively letting life go by.

Now I want to show you how to turn your newly found hustling skills into income.

Hustling — using techniques to get a better job, or travel more, etc — is valuable in and of itself.

But once you have those skills, you can turn them into side income.

Let me show you how others have done it.

What’s coming in February: Earn1k 2.0

Look at this ghetto page:


It looks like any standard landing page.

But what’s been going on behind that page is extraordinary.

One year ago, I launched Earn1k, my step-by-step course to teach students how to turn their skills into significant side income. I spent over $100,000 to develop it and make it better than any other course on earning money.

Over the last year, I haven’t talked about the results that Earn1k students have gotten in any serious detail. I guess I don’t talk about it publicly too much because I don’t need to.

So today, I want to show you just a hint of what my students have accomplished — and let you know how you can apply your new hustling skills to earn more money on the side.

READ these results from Earn1k graduates

– “Increase my interview call-back rate from 30% to 70%.” — Vishal

– “Make $250/mo doing less than 5mins of work each month.” — Allan

– “I increased my annual salary 25% by being essential to my boss and was uber-prepared to ask for and make the case for a raise.” — Daniel

– “I increased my hourly rate from $40 to $100/hr” — Alana

– “I’m currently getting booked for about 3-4 days a week earning about 35-45/hour, which was on par with my 9-5 job…while working about 20-30% less.” — Rob

– “I earned twice as much on the sides as I did the previous year.” — Keith H.

– “Instead of going the freelance route I used the techniques I learned from earn1k to get into my bosses head and go from 56K/year to 74K/year, and get training in new skills. I have turned those around into a new job which pays 92K/year with the potential of a 10K bonus. So I went from 56K per year to 92-102K/year using earn1K techniques, in ~ 9 months.” — Andrew b

Over the last year, I’ve been testing new techniques, recording live calls with students, and building even more systems to help people turn their existing skills into side income.

Why side income? Because if you want to eventually quit your job, you can start by earning an extra $1,000/month, $2,000/month, or even $5,000/month. Once you’re earning that kind of money on the side, you can decide whether to quit your job (as many of my students have done) — or stay and simply fill up your bank account.

Or even spend it on the things you love.

You’re learning how to hustle. You’re seeing that it works. Soon, get paid for it.

In February, I’m opening up a new version of Earn1k — Earn1k 2.0 — for one week. The “2.0” means my Earn1k material PLUS  hundreds of new tactics, scripts, stories, systems, and insights that we’ve collected and organized from hundreds of Earn1k students who set up multiple streams of income.

So here’s what I’m going to do: We’ve got 2 more weeks of free material on hustling. Then I’m giving away another bonus week via my email list. And after that, I’ll open up Earn1k 2.0 to my private email list only. It will not be available through the blog.

Right now you’re learning how to hustle. I want to show you how to take those new skills and turn them into side income for you.

To-Do This Week

If you want to turn all your momentum during this 30-day course into actual money in the bank, make sure you’re signed up for my private list to join the bonus 5th week on earning more.

This week, I’m releasing another Earn1K lesson to help you with negotiation.  This technique is called: “From Free to Fee”, and you’ll learn how Matt C. negotiated one free project into a monthly $6,000+ check from me.

Just enter your name and email in the form below to get access to this and many other bonuses from this 30-day course.

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Ryan McRae
5 years 8 months ago
I’ve taken this to heart. Went to the dentist and I asked a TON of questions and they just opened up. I explained I could fill their need and said, “Here’s the ‘menu’ of services I can do. All you have to do is pick.” The dentist was like, “WHAT THE HELL? THIS IS GREAT!” I couldn’t get him to pick one right there and then, but I’m going to follow up on Thursday. (Any help on closing a sale after the briefcase technique, let me know, Ramit.) –Ryan Earn1K member, Ramit Disciple The things I love: Earn1k, Southwest, Zappos,… Read more »
Dmitri
5 years 8 months ago

Thank you, Ramit! This is awesome. I’m looking forward to next month’s course, too!

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Alexander J. Rinehart, MS, DC, CCN

Great motivating post…definitely appreciate how you sift through the hackneyed, twice-baked advice and give us something real to chew on.

We forget that the brain needs exercise too. Nobody knows their potential because they never give themselves a chance to reach it. Thanks for making the internet a better place.

Casey Friday
5 years 8 months ago

This is fantastic information. You’ve excited me to the point of taking massive action, and I can’t wait to see what you have to say next!

Elaine
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, it’s not just all the recent content and giving it away for free… free content is the basis of a business on the web. People demand it. You interact with your readers in an incredible capacity! Yes, you write a lot of stuff, but goodness, you are quoting your readers in the article the next day after a comment and regularly using READER IMPUT to enhance your content. It’s like having a conversation. Especially recently, I look forward to every email I get from you. All good bloggers know you need to INTERACT with your audience. But you, especially… Read more »
sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit
Before I got to the 3 paragraph I had to comment.
I just LOVE the-in your face, I’m good and I know it (you are!), non apologetic way you say things!!! I’m hooked!
LOVE. IT.

sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago

OMFG
I have been quoted, I’m honored!

Ryan
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit,
Forget hardest working, you are the hardest-HUSTLING man in the business.

Nathan Strange
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, Over the last two weeks, I came up with an idea I am passionate about and is in perfect timing, got two business partners who complement each other perfectly, met with a local entrepreneur who wants to be my mentor and is giving me workspace and encouragement, and on and on and on. These last two weeks have been more productive than the last 15 years of my life, and the path its taking me is the path of my dreams, one that I had given up on long ago. Thank you so much. You are able to inspire,… Read more »
IamDavid
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit’s Guide To Kicking Ass was $4.99, now you’re selling courses in the thousands of dollars. I really enjoy studying you from an internet marketing perspective. You are in fact very good at what you do and I always learn something.

Bminus
5 years 8 months ago

Changing the world!
-B

wilson usman
5 years 8 months ago

Dude no matter what you do I’ll always trust you. Everything that you say here is just plan real, not that typical online tips bullshit, but real life ways to make money.

The way you do it online is better than 99% of all these online entrepreneurs. As you said you have to get people results and you do that just right.

Karlos
5 years 8 months ago
Thanks Ramit, keep up the freaking great work. In Week One, I took to heart what you said. I’m a longtime professional writer whose always dreamt of selling a young adult novel. I’ve written two and have ideas for four more. I called three published authors I knew and an editor I’d been introduced to last year. Had lunch with the editor, spoke to one author for an hour, and am having coffee with the other author tomorrow. So far, each one has loved my book concept and has given me specific tasks I need to do and things I… Read more »
Ben D
Ben D
5 years 8 months ago
Amen to QUICK WINS! I hustled, I read you stuff, created action plans for myself to follow through. Each week I saw a simple idea turn into something wild. I got over my assumptions of people won’t pay for this kind of work, by actually testing the market. I have 1 / 3 people responding to me about a quick job (they work for a bigger company that helps other small – medium sized business grow). Then after taking some of lessons learned from BJ Fogg’s Psychology webinar, I took ownership of my own skills/talents at work. I’ve always known… Read more »
Tom
Tom
5 years 8 months ago

Loved the article.

I just opened the Free to Fee pdf, with an embedded video and a presentation. Unfortunately I can’t make the video play. Which pdf reader should it work in?

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5 years 8 months ago

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sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago
This is a MEGA philosophical comment. Let me be clear, the things I’m saying are first and foremost for me If at any point you feel I’m too aggressive you right, I AM. I’m up for living the life I always dreamed about. Sadly however this kind of life will only come from challenging the status quo and pushing outside my comfort zone. Doing so, is by all means, both unpleasant and stress inducing. To illustrate this better, I’ll just say, that the past 2.5 weeks (beginning of hustling course) have been the hardest weeks of my life. Read: I’ve… Read more »
Dan @ Casual Kitchen
5 years 8 months ago

Most of what I know about the psychology of excuse-making (both regarding my own excuses and those of my readers) I’ve learned from you. And thanks to reading you over the years, I’ve cured myself of almost all of my excuses — and I’ve helped hundreds of my readers do the same. (Either that or I successfully scared the excuse-makers away!).

Keep it going Ramit, you are a force for good.

Dan @ Casual Kitchen

PS: This is one of the most impressive bursts of uber-blogging I’ve ever seen. Anywhere. And, yeah, it’s motivating all right.

Chris
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit,

My issue is that I don’t seem to have something to “sell”. I run a soccer news/blog and have made a lot of connections in the industry which has in turn got me a lot of meetings with people.

I have sold 1 ad space and another for trade of services, how can I make real $$$ from this type of venture?

Thanks for having a different outlook on the financial world!

Gal @ Equally Happy
5 years 8 months ago
I think you’re a reflection of the changing economy (and I mean that in a good way). It used to be that information products were scarce and had a physical medium, so it was easy (and necessary) to charge a high price for them and prove value later. In the new economy, information is easily available and requires no physical media, which means products based on information can be delivered cheaply. Thus, they have to prove value first and only then can they charge a price. In other words, we’ve gone from “why would I pay for something I can… Read more »
Katie
Katie
5 years 8 months ago
Just reading this post gave me the additional jolt of energy I needed to get through the day. Over the last week, I also realized what I’ve been doing oh SO SO SO wrong in school, and I’ve kicked my butt into gear and have started FINALLY figuring out what actually works for me. I found a new study buddy who seriously kicked my butt into shape and helped me get the highest grade on a test in this class so far. I also start a new class next week, and I am ready to work much more closely with… Read more »
Betsy
Betsy
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, I have been reading your blog for over a year now, initially because I was having to seriously manage my finances for the first time in my life and eventually because you teach street smarts so well (something I’m pretty far behind on for a number of reasons). When you told us that this was the year that we either had to take action on what you were saying or unsubscribe from your blog, I took you seriously. The thing is – if this were a graded class, I’d be getting a D or an F because I’m only… Read more »
Eleanor
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, your earn 1K is helping me to transform my project management consulting practice ( I set out on my own this summer, and haven’t looked back) and re-introduce the concept of hustle into my life. I’ve always been ambitious, but hustle, the sheer sense of “let’s give this a try and see” is something that I remember being a HUGE part of my immigrant grandma’s personality. She picked herself up from setbacks that would have permanently grounded most people several times, took chances, and made it work. How is it that a nation of immigrants lost the steam/hustle/balls that… Read more »
Ben
Ben
5 years 8 months ago

awesome, i’m scared and excited, it’s on!

The Gmat Coach
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, “First, most people get used to mediocrity. We graduate college, dreaming of flying around to meet CEOs, weekend pool parties in Vegas, shopping sprees, or even just being able to buy whatever we want without worrying. But within a few years, we settle into a world of normalcy where being ambitious is “weird” — and even if we are ambitious, we’re not sure what exactly to do to turn that ambition into results.” It is THAT kind of wisdom and thinking that makes you head and shoulders above everyone else. It is so true, to the point of being… Read more »
Emily
Emily
5 years 8 months ago
I’ve learned that it simply cannot hurt to ask. I am the director of the Fun Committee at work [as a secondary, volunteer position in addition to my full time job]. We just put on an amazing event last week and I think we are due for a congratulations for all of our hard work this year. My first thought was ‘ the company is not going to cough up extra $$ so we can to treat ourselves on company time’ BUT I also now know it can’t hurt to ask. So I went to management and what do you… Read more »
Becky
Becky
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, I admit that I started off this hustle course thinking all about action, but then my actions fizzled out pretty quickly. I can name a million excuses, but it doesn’t matter. They are all negative scripts holding me back. This weekend I found out my husband and I will likely get our jobs cut by June, so I’ve been re-reading your columns again and this time I’m getting down to business. I am always motivated when I read your emails and posts, so I’ve ordered your book. I am eagerly waiting to get it. I want to join your… Read more »
Laura
Laura
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit,

If someone is currently trying to work his/her way out of debt, is now the time to be taking this course? (I ask because I skipped a course last year when you said that anyone working on personal debt shouldn’t be taking the course at that time.) I’ve paid to take your courses in the past, so I definitely trust and value your advice.

Thank you!

Charlie Ford
5 years 8 months ago

I think it’s the same thing here – if you’ve got debt, Earn1K isn’t for you.

Tom
5 years 8 months ago

I’m breaking down and buying your book. I actually ordered it this morning.

I figure if I save at least the cost of the book, then you have given me another “free” thing.

Thanks for the e-mails, and please keep them coming.

Matt
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit – Between listening to you and Tim Ferriss (and the story about your smack-talking workout web site) and your earn1k class — I’ve created a workout contract with my wife (a fitness professional) with risks and rewards. I’ve been working out 3 weeks straight now.

Also, I’ve taken more steps to getting my side businesses up and running in the past month than I have in the past year.

Thanks.

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years 8 months ago

Great information that is motivational. The key though is that all of your writtings mean nothing without action.

“Change is optional…survival is not mandatory!”

I am taking action with each email you send. Thank you!

Jeff
5 years 8 months ago

Dude you are really cranking out some amazing info. I can’t wait to see what’s coming over the next 2 weeks.

Jae
5 years 8 months ago
Mr Sethi, I discovered you through Tim Ferriss, but had been skeptical with your book title. Now I wish I hadn’t!!! If I followed you back then, I’d be in a totally different position now. So here we are. I haven’t worked since October because I relocated. I’m in the process of purchasing a practice and things are stalling in the negotiations. I just watched your negotiation video yesterday and intended to use the mindset while negotiating with the seller. Unfortunately, I hadn’t factored for the broker to get in between. Instead of negotiating, I ended up getting emotional and… Read more »
Martin
5 years 8 months ago
I think anyone who’s been paying attention (and listened to the webcast with BJ Fogg) knows exactly what you’re doing: Baby steps. How much more likely are any of us to sign up for Earn1k 2.0 now? Only a few months ago I wouldn’t have, and now I’m seriously considering it. By digesting your free material, we’re all taking baby steps towards paying for your material. You’re applying the exact techniques you’re teaching all of us. Baller. How’re they working for you? How many new e-mail sign-ups do you have? How much blog-traffic has this driven? And what I’m really… Read more »
Robin Jakobsson
5 years 8 months ago

Very inspiring comment.
Thank you very much for sharing this!

Trish
Trish
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, I’ve been a silent observer, learner, listener for some months now. I have been working and making money on the side for years now. As a teacher, it isn’t easy working full time at a demanding school and then working another 10 hours a week privately. However, I have demanded and have recieved a higher salary for my private work based on my additional knowlege. I have learned not to apologize that my fees are higher than the norm. I have worked damn hard, have gained experience and knowlege and have invested in myself. My client list has grown… Read more »
Brettan
5 years 8 months ago
I completely enjoy getting these emails (I have unsubscribed to so many others), because it reminds me that I (we all) need to break out of the mold of “negotiating is for people who are pushy and rude,” or, “if I say this is my rate, will they think it’s too high and move on to someone else?” In my work, I often struggle with the preemptive decision that someone won’t want to help me, will find me annoying (this is such a girl thing), or will think I am overconfident and cocky when it comes to what I charge… Read more »
Dani
Dani
5 years 8 months ago

I’ll will admit that up until a few weeks ago I was one of the ‘losers’ you refer to (and in some cases still am) I have taken alot of what you say to heart and even acted on a few. Unfortunatly everytime I get to the selling part I still feel like I’m full of shit. So I guess I need a little of your confindence and a bigger kick in the ass. I have people depending on me.
Thanks!

Michelle
5 years 8 months ago

“Quick wins, then strategy” – I love this!?! All too often we fuss over creating a “BIG PICTURE” without taking any action, which provides feedback and allows us to adjust, as needed.

This goes well with another of my favourite slogans; “Fast and crude will outdo slow and elegant”. It’s all about taking…

A-C-T-I-O-N

Jules
5 years 8 months ago
Baby steps: yep. Started out with a simple writing job. Got signed on to produce/edit as well. Just landed another writing gig, and this week I’m going to send out two more query letters to two different magazines, one of them big, another less so, as well as some new ideas to another magazine which I’ve queried earlier (they actually responded, but not enthusiastically). But I wouldn’t describe any of it as “hustling”: it takes a lot of time and thought and effort to craft a good query letter (freelance writing) and a lot of time and thought and effort… Read more »
Dan
Dan
5 years 8 months ago
I am in the process of reinventing myself and my career. I have been working in education as a teacher for the last 7 years and desire to make a move. This course is helping me to identify the scripts that are at work in my life that keep telling me that I have missed the boat and the last 10+ years of my life has been a waste. Being aware of the negative scripts and taking specific actions steps to move forward is this transition having given me confidence in approaching potential employers, even though I am under “qualified”,… Read more »
Frank
Frank
5 years 8 months ago

For 2 years now I haven’t had the balls to ask for the meeting’s when given the opportunity. After reading ” meeting important people” I called up a close friend, whose father owns over 100 Mcdonalds franchises.

While meeting for lunch he happily told me how he got his business started with little capital, names of investors who specialize in small business, and other business contacts who I could learn from.

Finally taking initiative was the key, now i have the confidence to stop talking and FINALLy start doing!

Thanks

sambista77
sambista77
5 years 8 months ago

Hey
No webcast tonight?
Sorry, I want to know if to setup my alarm to 4am (6pm PST)?
Thanks

Ratilius
5 years 8 months ago

I like applying something I learned in probability theory: If the value of your current position is less or equal to the expected value for you after taking some action, then PLEASE get going!

Simon
Simon
5 years 8 months ago

Thanks Ramit – no more talk from me (to myself or others) just action, one step at a time without excuses and recognising value above cost !!!

Shane Wilson
5 years 8 months ago

Thanks Ramit- Skip all this writing crap and make a video why don’t you. I like the material but Jesus Christ enough with the testimonials. If you want some of MY money, which apparently doesn’t matter that much to you right now, then make videos. That’s what I want and that’s what I will pay for…but not much…mabe $1 per video.

Colleen Welch
Colleen Welch
5 years 8 months ago

Well, I am not your targeted reader. I am over 50. I like your different views on money. Most money advice I don’t read because It’s depressing, I feel I need to develop other skills to earn more. I am just a main frame programmer. I could moonlight part time, I have been seriously thinking about that. I have an interest in web applications but not the skill level. I always wanted to be a writer. I need some ideas I can do.

Ernest
Ernest
5 years 8 months ago

Thanks Ramit…Action speaks louder than words and results yell even louder…thanks for the service you are offering!

Barry
Barry
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit – This post proves that what you’re REALLY interested in is selling and marketing — to your readers. I mean your personal finance philosophy is pretty simple, no? Remove all barriers, automate, automate, automate!, buy all the lattes you want or else you’re going to kill yourself and instead focus on the big wins. Am I missing anything? Ah, of course. We can only cut our spending so much. Instead you gotta earn more!!! Oh, add words like complex, systematic, behavioral, methodical and psychological whenever possible. It’s funny what Ramit does if you really think about it. His job… Read more »
Ilene
Ilene
5 years 8 months ago

I’m haven’t taken all of Ramit’s good advice – but nevertheless… it looks like I’m going to get that part-time job that will make that extra $1000 a month. (I’m not going to say that I’ve gotten the job until the paperwork’s all signed.) I have a feeling that if I’d taken all of Ramit’s negotiations advice, I could have gotten more money per hour – but I guess I’ll get to apply those skills to the next opportunity comes along!

Sanjay
Sanjay
5 years 8 months ago
Ramit, In the past month that I have been reading your blog, emails, webcasts, and finished your book. I have taken more financial action (automating my savings) than I have ever before. The embarrassing part, I am a CPA and know a lot of this stuff, but didn’t take action until I started taking small steps thanks to your materials. For example, I implemented an invisible script that I was too inexperienced and needed more training to be selected for a special training opportunity at work (normally reserved for more experienced employee). This idea kept me from going for it.… Read more »
Martin
5 years 8 months ago
Barry here brings up some interesting points, as something I’ve personally thought about quite a bit, here’s my $0.02. – To do business, Ramit (and Tim Ferriss) have to market to people who want to change. They market to people who are already dissatisfied. If you’re happy, you’d never read this blog. – Effective marketing in this field is unfortunately by nature a bit misleading. Everyone wants a “quick fix” and wants their money for nothing. Ramit, Tim, and others have to play on this desire, otherwise they wouldn’t reach anyone. As soon as you say “it’s hard work” people… Read more »
kasiviswanthan
kasiviswanthan
5 years 8 months ago

nice one ram

Cameron
Cameron
5 years 8 months ago
Great comment on quick wins and acceleration. In addition consistent focused small victories will yield large victories. Taking action to quit drinking cola/energy drinks after heavy usage for the past five years is a great milestone I can draw strength off of (coming up 2 months within a week). Next major milestone that I am prepared to take action on effective tomorrow is to wake up at 259AM M-F for the purpose of working out early in the morning (small victory + health victory) and to create strong precedent for the day. Its always good to start off each day… Read more »
Brandon
Brandon
5 years 8 months ago
If this doesn’t get deleted, you invited me to comment, so I will take you up on that: 1. I haven’t seen ANYTHING here I haven’t seen before (if you have something new, please let folks know!), though I like your spin on it. As Wilson said above, you just say it different (he likes it better, too me it still is a lot of extraneous info and convincing hype for the real intent of sales, which is perfectly normal and acceptable, but not at all commendable, honorable, interesting or different) 2. It is all mostly hype and takes the… Read more »
Marilyn Williams
Marilyn Williams
5 years 8 months ago

Dear Ramit….You are unique among men. An independent thinker. That is very appealing. I downloaded your wonderful book from Audible.com the day after Christmas. Remarkable info. Also planning to buy a hard copy soon. Thank you….and thank your parents for raising such a fascinating, intelligent son. Best to you. Marilyn

Shane
5 years 8 months ago

dude, this is some amazing stuff, wish I would have been turned on to you years ago. I found you and 4HWW at the end of 2010. Never been so motivated in my entire life…..I’m going to make big things happen in 2011 – thanks for all you do

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field” – Niels Bohr, Danish physicist and Nobel Prize Winner

Bryan
5 years 8 months ago

I wish I could give away my product. Once people try it, they buy it again and again… its just getting that first try in, which is not cost effective for ky product these days (shipping kills it). Be grateful, Rammit, that you can ship free and truly give free samples that leads to more sales.

Three cheers to FREE, my favorite four letter F word, LOL.

Roberto
5 years 8 months ago
I just want to add my voice to the many who find your material practical and useful. I accepted your challenge and achieved positive, measurable results within a week. I’ve been following up on every email and getting results, results, results. I read the occasional critical comment and always find the same strident tone of people who are more interested in telling you why something won’t work than in trying it; more interested in putting others down than in pulling themselves up; more interested in appearing streetwise than in learning anything. I wish them well. Me, I’m already better off… Read more »
Sal Jumat
5 years 8 months ago

Hi Ramit,

Your materials have been useful and practical. Its easy to use and handy. I am so loving ‘I will Teach you to Be Rich’ book at the moment!

Teresita
Teresita
5 years 8 months ago
I just recently heard about you and your book, I started reading and I liked your direct style and appealing techniques so I came to read your web page. I’m trying to catch up on so many articles from before while reading the new ones. English is not my mother tongue and I’m still learning it so it gets hard sometime to understand the actual meaning to some lines, but then I read it time and time again until I get it, and that fact alone makes me feel some sense of accomplishment as well as an extra motivation to… Read more »
Heather
Heather
5 years 8 months ago
Thank you Ramet for your amazing, amazing content that never ceases to be inspiring to me. I am working with my Father right now to help him in his start-up business coaching and your “stuff” is just so meaty and filling! I am really enjoying all of your posts and love the way you integrate the Psychology aspect into you IM stuff. Your info is no BS and so fresh! And so many of your readers are equally intelligent, I have never seen so many people in one place who express a willingness and desire to be accountable for there… Read more »
Nick
5 years 8 months ago
Hi Ramit Thank you for all the great emails. I was inspired to set up a side business, helping people with computer related issues. I am not an I.T. specialist but have spent enough time setting up printers that won’t work and sorting out problems with adsl connections and the like to know a few things. I helped a friend who referred me to a school where she worked. I told them it was a side business and they agreed to my fee. I did a couple of hours work and was due to come back the following day to… Read more »
PureMouse
5 years 7 months ago

Nick, this is exactly the freelance business I am looking to launch in March. May I suggest, without knowing anything more than what you posted here, that you consider tapping into the Baby Boomers who don’t know how to use their cell phones much less how to upload and get photos printed? That’s what my niche is going to be and as long as you’re not in southern Wisconsin, it’s a fantastic idea. 😉

Lucille
Lucille
5 years 8 months ago

Ramit – the best things in life are always free – your giveaways are the proof!

Amber
5 years 8 months ago

After having participated in the Earn 1K course(did the work the same day and everything), I was able to isolate alot of the things that I was doing wrong when it came to freelancing. Since taking the course, I’ve managed to wrangle up some fresh clients, up-sell some old ones, and land myself 2 long term contracts focusing on my creative loves – writing and design.

I can’t thank you enough for convincing me to join Earn 1K, and if this new course is anything like I’m all too happy to be a part of it.

Maxime
5 years 8 months ago

Hi Ramit,
Do you think that some of your readers don’t take action because their afraid to fail?
I mean you are so successful that if we try but fail we may think we’ll never be as good as you.
I know it blocks me a few times ago. Now I just try knowing that I might fail. Surprisingly, it doesn’t happen so often.
Thanks Ramit

Cassidy
Cassidy
5 years 8 months ago
Hi Ramit. Just when I started getting rolling with your program last week I got hit in the face with a loss. It was heart breaking shock. As the cost of the vet bills was more than we could handle right now (I am the only one working in the household and self employed)… I managed to think on my feet and negotiate a win:win:win deal in the midst of the shock and pain with the people who are helping us. When we got the bad news (and while we were trying to make a decision about our little fur… Read more »
Adam Gustafson
Adam Gustafson
5 years 8 months ago
Goddamn! …Ive laughed aloud in this Starbucks on VanNess at the cut throat clarity of this post, and had a man turn to look at me. Whatever, I also instantly just unsubscribed to all the sites that send me inane time wasting material that sucks my energy and drive. Ive been on this 1 Month Hustle completing the exercises, a little behind but getting it done, and absorbing the deeper lessons of it all. My sobbing excuses are getting the lack of attention they deserve. Im truly inspired and finding ways to keep it going. One reoccurring issue: How to… Read more »
mariana
mariana
5 years 8 months ago

well ive been reading most everything… its an extra effort cause my native language is spanish…..
im hopefull i will end learning very usefull techniques

PureMouse
5 years 7 months ago
Ramit, you scare the hell out of me. You post these challenges and “do it within 48 hours” things and I get terrified that I will have to take action on my dreams! (gasp). so far the only one I didn’t participate in was the negotiation one because, literally, i have nothing to negotiate for or with. My credit cards are as low as possible, I don’t have a day job so no raise, I have no business contacts, so no negotiating with them and nothing else I could think of that would require or improve with some negotiation. BUT!!!… Read more »
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Adam Gustafson
Adam Gustafson
5 years 7 months ago
Alright, real quick– Today was a good day. As a direct result of this last post pushing me over the edge I did all of the following TODAY: 1) Asked for and got a meeting with the boss of my company and my supervisor. I asked for a more responsibility and a chance to use my potential as a creative problem solver. I spoke with shocking clarity and had an engaging conversation but no definitive answer yet. Blew boss away honestly. 2) Bought a bike. Big deal, but Ive been wanted one since I moved to San Francisco. Went, saw… Read more »
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Rebecca J. Faught
5 years 7 months ago
Thank you for the great advice on getting over what skills I actually have that I can use to hustle my way through. I never thought of that angle before and am now getting off my arse to do something positive. “Fail fast” is a great motto that I will incorporate into my life going forward. I’ve been searching for a job for awhile now and have been trying new techniques such as informational interviews, volunteering, and networking at lots of different events. When I receive my next job offer, I will use some of your negotiation techniques. Thanks, Ramit.… Read more »
Muffadal
Muffadal
5 years 7 months ago

Great post Ramit. I completely agree that people are generally scared of being ambitious and doing something different. I think a lot of it has to do with the current structure of our educational system. Our system is designed to produce people that will be cogs in a machine and will not think outside the box or ask the difficult questions that you are pushing so many people to ask. We all need more of this.

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